The Weekly Write-Up is where I talk about what’s gone on in the past 168 hours, both on the blog and off.
In summary: Entrepreneur-ishhhh things and crazy ex-girlfriends.
It’s My Life
Yeah. I’m dropping some Jay-Z.
But you know how last week, I had an awesome few days? It turned in to an awesome one week and counting.
I turned in that epic freelance blogging piece, that also ended up being my highest paid post so far. But more importantly, I’m insanely proud of it and excited for it to go live. So score!
I also launched the Read & Review Book Planner, which I had originally categorized as a failure. Why? I launched a little later than I had originally planned, wanted to send out more emails to my subscribers the week of, and originally scheduled a few more blog posts talking about book blogger organization over the past 7 days since its release. But then I got a cold and well, you know what Nyquil does to a human. I was pretty worthless last week.
But you know what? That launch fucking rocked.
Because I did pretty well despite not doing enough.
I was one purchase away from my target number of sales for Tuesday through Friday (when I would get paid out for the first time). Considering I fell waaaay below my promotional targets, getting so close to my sales targets felt awesome.
I also started 2 more resources to go with the Read & Review planner: a challenge tracker and blog tour planner. If you want me to let you know when they launch, you can sign up for updates!
I’ve also been focusing more on learning and admin this month, instead of constantly writing. So I’m doing things going through some of the courses I’ve been hoarding (currently Pinfinite Growth), cleaning out my Dropbox and Google Drive, organizing my CRM, and participating in the Nose Graze #BlogCleanse.
Basically, I know I’m about to fall off the radar for a few weeks so I’m doing as much as I can now. The Poconos trip I’m so excited for is this weekend (although it might be too warm for the ski resort to make fake snow…), and the small inn we’re staying at only has wifi in the common areas (and ew, other people). I refuse to buy more Karma data since I know I’m getting some for Christmas, so I’ll probably be pretty unplugged. From there, it’s on to more traveling, more bonding with people, more offline-ness.
Not something I’m used to, but we’ll see how it goes. 😉
Also, I’ve been hoarding episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on my DVR all season, damn I’m glad I didn’t get rid of them. After all the awards buzz last week, I did a bingewatch over the weekend to catch up. God, it’s hilarious! The characters are so awkward that even I cringe, but it’s in the funniest way. And it’s a musical! And so feminist. And again, awkward. V. awkward.
Here’s the first look trailer to tell you what it’s actually about:
Aaand my favorite musical number so far, which is probably the only accurate, sexy “getting ready for a date” montage: it features DIY waxing and the teamwork required to get into a pair of Spanx. #RealLife
Catch up. Catch up now.
On the Blog(s)
- Review: Bedside Manners by Phoebe Fox – This was a “had no reaction, so it’s been on my NetGalley shelf for too long” book. I’ll be upfront about that.
- 5 Ways to Keep Your Book Blog Organized in 2016 – Tips for getting your shit together. Come on, we all need to, at least a little bit.
- How to Set Up a Sexy Short URL for Your Blog – Want your social media links to be something awesome instead of something bit.ly? I use bberg.wtf with my Buffer account! Full tutorial here. 🙂
Organize Your Book Reviews
I’ve been talking about Bumblings Blog Guides – resources to help you be a better book blogger – for awhile right? I admit, I dropped the ball a time or two over the past year.
It’s the epic 3-tab spreadsheet I use to plan and track my ARC reading – but it can be used for all book reviews. Every single step – from requesting the ARC from a publisher or tour company through to promoting your review on social media and cross-posting it on Amazon and Goodreads – has a place for you to fill in info or check off a to-do item.
The best part? Right now it’s $5, but it won’t stay that cheap for long. The first 25 copies are that price, but it will be jumping up to $7 soon.
Links I Lurve
Do you skimm?
TheSkimm is a daily newsletter (every weekday) that sends you a summary of the headlines from the day before. Actually, it’s better. Because the writing is funny, sarcastic, witty, and full of fun culture references. All while making me a more informed citizen. After all, why read the news when I can read a book? 😛
So the downside of all the work I’ve been doing lately is that I’ve barely done any reading. 🙁
What I’ve read:
- Under the Spotlight by Kate Willoughby – Still working on this one, over halfway through and loving it! Christine and Joe finally, like, saw each other, so that was awesome lol. Now cool things are happening and I’m excited. 🙂
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries – I started a book club with some other startup marketers, and we wanted to start with something easy. We’ve all read this already, so discussing it won’t be an issue. 😛