For some bloggers this was one of the first times they wrote a post every day for a week. That was the case when I did my first Armchair BEA and I was totally exhausted. By the second year, I was use to posting 5 days a week, but not actually writing articles every day. Even this year it was still a challenge as I have regular contributors, and I'm so thankful for them.
I hope that bloggers discovered other "topics" they can write on. I often hear from bloggers that they aren't sure what to write about besides doing reviews. Last year I even did a series of tips posts on creating other content. If you found discussing the various topics presented this week fun and would like to do more, I have a weekly discussion on Sundays (though the discussion lasts all week). I hope you will stop by tomorrow for "what makes a book a classic".
If you missed my thoughts on this week's topics:
Day 1: Introduction & Literature
Day 4: Beyond the Borders
Day 5: Middle Grades & Young Adult
My goal during Armchair BEA is to visit 10 blogs and leave some kind of comment. I did well the first three days, but then on Giveaway Day I don't think I commented on 10 blogs (unless that was an entry). Yesterday I didn't get to any of the blogs. Just too tired. I will try to get by some of them today and tomorrow. Looking at the comments left on my blog I think a lot of others had the same issue.
But what this week did show me was that I was capable of visiting blogs and leaving comments. If I can do that when I'm also responsible for writing a full post each day, then I could do that when I'm on my normal posting schedule. I'm going to try really hard to visit at least a couple of blogs a week and leave comments. I know we all love comments so I hope others saw that leaving comments wasn't that difficult and will also try to comment on more blogs on a more regular basis.
I have always enjoyed the Twitter parties, but this year I had more trouble connecting within the chat. I attended 3 parties. The best chat was the Wednesday morning chat. Though it still was very fast past, there were defined questions (Q1, Q2, etc) which helped organize the discussion - you knew what people were responding too. I chatted individually with a few people at last night's party so that was nice. I also won prizes at two of the parties.
If you haven't made it to a party yet, there is another one tonight at 7 pm US eastern time.
As we usually finish up on Friday with all the Armchair BEA fun, I wonder if tonight's party will be less well attended. That isn't necessarily a bad thing as the chats really fly and are crazy with a multitude of people chatting. I've been using Twubs.com to follow the chat (it looks more like a chat room). But I do flip back to Hootsuite to check my mentions to ensure I don't miss anyone responding to me.
Arguably the most anticipated day of the week. It is always fun just to see what everyone is giving away. A number of blogs that I visited for that day were doing giveaways for the first time. Others used it to clean shelves or just share their favorite books with others.
My giveaway was a combination of cleaning the shelf and letting other authors promote their books. Because I know it is difficult to get around to the 111 blogs that hosted giveaways, my give away is open until Monday night. Besides the 2 paperbacks for US only (because of publisher restrictions), I'm also giving away 2 paperbacks internationally and then there are several ebooks that authors donated. There are 10 prizes so there will be 10 winners!
Not part of the Armchair BEA giveaway, but because I thought many of you would be interested there are still a few hours left in the Fierce Reads giveaway where I'm giving away signed copies (4 winners will get 1 book each).
I did the first two days of the Instagram Challenge. On Wednesday, I didn't really have anything to take a picture of since I'm reading mainly on my Nook and it was "current bookmark". I had good intentions of doing yesterday's - "what can I build" with books, but yeah, I was too tired. Today is "where I ArmchairBEA" and I might get around to it.
Getting Back to Normal
So that is pretty much my week. A lot going on and I, at least, tried everything that was offered. I don't feel too bad about what I missed or didn't get to. I'm learning there is only so much I can do each day.
I am looking forward to getting back to my normal schedule. I think May is the first month ever (or in a very long time) that there was a post everyday. That is 31 posts!
I'm responsible for Two Cents Discussions on Sunday, but after I write tomorrow's post I may leave next week completely to my collaborators. I hope that if you discovered Girl Who Reads this week that you will come back to see what a "regular" week looks like. We have a great line up next week.
An interview from our new staff interviewer on Monday. Claire will have a review on Tuesday. Wednesday will be some of June's upcoming releases. On Thursday I provide tips useful to bloggers and authors. Friday I will have a review.
Okay, so I won't get much of a break, but then again I don't know what I would do if I wasn't writing for the blog!
This week my reading has also suffered so hopefully I will get back into my books. I have several set to expire on Netgalley soon.
Now Armchair BEA is over, what are you looking forward to? What is your "normal" blogging week?