Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Make my Life as aReader/BloggerEasier...

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

I love the way these lists make me think about my reading habits and now my blogging habits. What things really DO make my life as a blogger easier...?

1. This is definitely top of the list-other bloggers. They were so helpful when I was setting up my blog and they are helpful now in inviting me to blogger events, alerting me to new books and new authors and most-importantly, motivating me. If I'm finding it difficult to read or post, they are always there with words of support-fabulous.

2. The authors. All the authors I've met or communicated with have been so lovely and also very supportive. They are lovely about my posts and so really motivate me to blog and post more!

3. My iPad, I use the app to compose my posts and then do the twiddly bits on a computer. It's much easier to get pictures and other content into the blog, I can take pictures with the iPad and then upload them straight away, it's also been handy when I've been away over this summer, I can blog on the go!

4. Twitter. Very helpful for getting my blog posts out there and also for contacting publicists, publishers and authors.

5. Starbucks. I love to read and I love to read with a cup of coffee. If. I'm sitting at home I'm much more likely to get distracted by cleaning or pets or even just going to bed. I can sit in Starbucks with my giant mug of coffee and really concentrate on the books I'm reading.

6. Audiobooks. I get one audiobook a month and this month, because I've been travelling in the car a lot, I've got a couple out of the library as well. This means that time which would normally be non-reading time because I'm driving or cooking or cleaning, can also be reading time and therefore another blog post for me!

7. These top ten Tuesday topics. I love composing my top tens each week and it means that one day a week I have something consistent and accounted for!

8. Netgalley. Some of these things are sounding very technical aren't they? Netgalley means that I can get my hands on the latest releases without faaaaaar to much damage to my wallet. I work hard but my pennies don't stretch far enough to be able to get alllll the new releases. Netgalley also means I can get my hands on some of them ready for publication day, making my posts entirely relevant and up to date!

9. My kindle. My kindle means that I can have a full bounty of books with me at all times. I also really like the highlight function on the kindle. This means that if there are certain parts I know I'm going to want to talk about, I can mark them on the kindle without having to turn down any pages or damage the book in any way!

10. The publishers. I've been to some fabulous events held for bloggers at various publishing houses. These have allowed me to find out about new authors, new books and very often allowed me to meet authors. All these things give me more material for my blog and make the blogging even more enjoyable.

There you have it, a bit of insight into the way that I blog as well as the books that I use and the processes that I go through. I wonder if any of the things are the same as on your list? Or if you think there is anything that I've missed? Let me know!

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