Category: Blogging Tips


The Truth About Social Media Reach

Posted 16 December, 2014 in Blogging Tips / 10 Comments
The Truth About Social Media Reach

Welcome to another Bumblings Blog Tip! This one is a quick one, but I wanted to interject it into the middle of my Facebook rant (here’s parts one and two). Does everyone who likes your Facebook page see every one of your posts? No. Obviously. That’s what everyone is so mad about. But guess what? There is¬†no social network where you will get 100% reach, no matter what other bloggers tell you. There’s No Such Thing as 100% Social Media Reach (Tweet This) Just because a social network doesn’t have an algorithm, doesn’t mean your followers are seeing your posts. […]

Facebook Doesn’t Hate You

Posted 10 December, 2014 in Blogging Tips / 11 Comments
Facebook Doesn’t Hate You

This post is part of Bumblings Blog Tips. It’s time for some real talk. On Saturday, I talked about how complaining about Facebook isn’t getting you anywhere. And maybe Facebook is perfectly justified in most of the decisions they make, because they’re a business. Making money is not a choice for them. And complaining takes time that adds up. So instead of complaining, learn the fact and use those facts to improve your Facebook strategy. (Tweet this) Today, I want to address all the people saying that Facebook hates small businesses and blogs and is decreasing your reach to punish […]

Stop Complaining About Facebook and Read This (Part 1)

Posted 6 December, 2014 in Blogging Tips / 18 Comments
Stop Complaining About Facebook and Read This (Part 1)

Okay. I told myself that once #BookBlogWriMo was over, I would go back to posting weekly tutorials, best practice posts, and informational articles once a week for Bumblings Blog Tips. And even yesterday, that was still the plan. But I feel like I need to get this out, and I feel like it counts as a blogging tip because I feel strongly that it’s blogging advice most people could use. Stop Complaining About Facebook SO Much

#BookBlogWriMo Day 9 – My Blogging Workflow

Posted 9 November, 2014 in Blogging Tips, Features / 5 Comments
#BookBlogWriMo Day 9 – My Blogging Workflow

Welcome to day 9 of #BookBlogWriMo! Today we’re talkin’ bout that #blogflow. So if you can’t already tell from some of my other #BookBlogWriMo and Bumblings Blog Tips posts, I’m a bit of an organizational and productivity nerd. Actually, a bit of a nerd in general, but this is neither the time nor place to talk about the TARDIS onesie I’m currently wearing. But yeah, I love coming up with anal retentive workflows and systems when it comes to my book blog, even though I try not too treat it too much like a job or business instead of a […]

#BookBlogWriMo Day 8 – My Blogging Toolkit

Posted 8 November, 2014 in Blogging Tips, Features / 19 Comments
#BookBlogWriMo Day 8 – My Blogging Toolkit

Welcome to day 8 of #BookBlogWriMo! Today, we’re talking about one of my favorite subjects: blogging tools. It’s also doubling as an edition of Bumblings Blog Tips. ūüôā I made it through the first week of #BookBlogWriMo! Unexpected stuff at work made it more difficult than I thought it would be, but what a thrill! Seeing you all so excited about this makes the¬†craziness of organizing the challenge, maintaining it, and participating in it worthwhile! And what better way to celebrate one week in than talking about blogging smarter? One of my favorite things is finding ways to get more […]

37 WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts to Save Time Blogging

Posted 25 October, 2014 in Blogging Tips / 7 Comments
37 WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts to Save Time Blogging

Welcome to this week’s edition of Bumblings Blog Tips! Okay, so this one was never on the Bumblings Blog Tips Trello board because I just came up with it yesterday and am way excited and wanted to write it up ASAP.¬†Because I love, love, love keyboard shortcuts, and I just found out that WordPress has about a thousand more keyboard shortcuts than I thought, and I want to share. So you know how you can “CTRL + B” with text highlighted to make it bold? Stuff like that? You can do it in WordPress as well as word processors like […]

Goodreads 101 for Book Bloggers

Posted 18 October, 2014 in Blogging Tips / 16 Comments
Goodreads 101 for Book Bloggers

Welcome to this week’s edition of Bumblings Blog Tips! Honestly, I feel like kind of a phony writing this. I don’t use Goodreads much anymore.¬†But the topic was suggested, and I want to keep the people happy! But since I don’t have a lot of first-hand experience, this post will be short. Goodreads is important for a lot of bloggers. It’s a great way to reach more casual readers who aren’t looking at authors’ blog tour schedules, in Facebook groups, etc. But how do you convert them from Goodreads friends or followers into blog readers? Even though I’m no Goodreads […]

3 Reasons to Use Post Excerpts on Your Blog

Posted 11 October, 2014 in Blogging Tips / 7 Comments
3 Reasons to Use Post Excerpts on Your Blog

I have design issues with many book blogs. I went back to using an RSS reader because a lot of blogs that wrote posts I enjoyed most had the worst designs and usability. But that’s an issue¬†for another day. But one thing that annoys me more than anything else is when a blog’s homepage has the ten most recent posts. Sound crazy? Probably. But¬†when I say the blog’s homepage has ten posts on it, I mean ten. entire. posts. Book reviews are usually, like, 1,000 words when you take into account the intro, the book’s description, the review, the author’s […]

Google Chrome Plugins for Book Bloggers

Posted 4 October, 2014 in Blogging Tips / 6 Comments
Google Chrome Plugins for Book Bloggers

I. love. plugins. Any kind of plugin. They make life so much easier. Chrome plugins. WordPress plugins. They all can do wonders for productivity, and I’m a¬†big advocate of working smarter, not harder. Today, we’re talking about Chrome plugins. Specifically, ones that I think you fellow book bloggers will find helpful. I’ll cut right to the chase and tell you a little about what’s in my browser lately. I keep separate Chrome profiles for the blog and for everything else

Grow Your Email List with Twitter Lead Gen Cards

Posted 27 September, 2014 in Blogging Tips / 10 Comments
Grow Your Email List with Twitter Lead Gen Cards

Welcome to post #2 in Bumblings Blog Tips! (Almost) every Saturday, you’ll find a new post waiting for you here about different ways you can grow or improve your book blog. Last week, we talked about how to use Trello to organize your blog. This week, we’re talking an awesome list building tool, Twitter lead gen cards. Email subscribers are a really, really valuable thing to have. For any blog. Facebook may change their algorithms, Twitter might change the way their timelines work, but email inboxes will continue to function similarly to how they always have. I’m not going to […]