How do you interact with the Blogging community? My Tips & Tricks

January 24, 2015 Discussion 52

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So with the advent of the new year I have goals in mind which I already listed in my 2015 Reading, Blogging and Art goals. It got me thinking about 1 goal in particular which then spawned this discussion and tips post! My goal that spawned this was…

More Interaction! Also I had a more specific one “to visit at least 5 new blogs a week.” I know that might sound hard but oddly enough I’ve done pretty well at finding blogs I haven’t been to before and hopefully making new friends! But lets break my interactions down shall we? And hopefully you might find some of them useful!


– Regular and frequent Content! Post blog content on a daily basis if I can, which usually I’m pretty good at doing (if you can’t that is totally understandable! – whatever you CAN do, folks will still interact with you if you are interacting with them!)

– Respond to your comments! Reply back to the comments left by visitors and then I go visit their blogs in return (I keep track of this by if I’ve responded to their comment on my blog then I know I’ve visited them back for that comment) I’ve been a bit slick lately in responding to comments on my own blog only because I’m 7weeks away from my pregnancy due date, and sitting for hours at my computer desk is hard. So if you get middle of the night comments from me with lots of typos these days it’s because I’m on my phone lol

– Randomly jump to a blog I don’t recognize! When visiting and commenting on a post from blogs I already follow I quickly glance through the list of folks who have already commented on that post and then jump over to the blog/commenter names of ones who have names I don’t recognize. (WHAMMO new blog discovered!)

– Kick it up a notch! I’ll also take it another step further and if that new blog also has other bloggers who’ve left lots of commenter names I don’t recognize I’ll leave that page open and hit it back up again later in the week for even more new blogs I have yet to encounter/visit! I’m weird I never completely close my browser session so I can pull all the pages/tabs back open the next day and puck up where I left off in my blog browsing madness.

– I use my social media to randomly visit people! At least once a week or every other week I’ll go through my twitter feed and get to a person’s blog via their profile if I see a tweet from them and if I realize I haven’t visited them in awhile. Or I’ll look through the list of people who follow me and visit their blogs.

– How do you decide what blogs to visit each day!? Do you use an RSS feed reader – do you check it and clear it daily? I know I don’t. Do you use the comment back method and use that to visit blogs every day based on who visits you? (This can really limit the amount of visitors you get, but hopefully helps maintain your relationships with your steady followers and friends). Are you an email subscriber? – I personally can’t stand subscribing to blogs via email. My inbox is crazy enough as it is. I also have a haul of blogs that I manually type in the address bar of my browser so often that my browser pulls then up so quick because roar ones I usually visit I a daily basis cause yeah I stalk when I can. Pretty much I think the best way to do this whole follow/visit thing is shake it up and vary your method. We only have so much time in a day/week. So try out different methods and don’t always just stick to one because you might miss out on another way that could make things fun for you. My next goal is to try Stumble Upon because I’ve noticed I’ve been getting page view hits from it and I’ve never even been there! 😕

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– Sharing is Caring! Some bloggers are fabulous about doing “around the blogosphere” type posts where they include links to other bloggers sites that they want to highlight. I tried this for awhile but got lazy. But I LOVE looking at the ones that other people put together and almost always I end up looking at practically all of the blog and discussion links. Especially the one that Oh! The Books does on a weekly basis.

– Try sharing a review perhaps!? If sharing content that frequently is too much work for you, you could always try sharing another bloggers review at the bottom of your review as “other reviews of this book by such and such bloggers”. I know I personally always stop by and check out the reviews of a blogger that happens to link to my review. Its a great way to strike up conversation with another blogger and also its just nice. Someone that does this often to my reviews and always tickles me pink when she does is Kristen @ Fantasy Cafe. She so fabulous at including usually 2 to 3 other bloggers reviews linked at the bottom of hers.

– Discussions! When you discuss something and you were inspired by someone else’s post – why not mention theirs and link it in your post. An extra bump for them and it’s just nice. It’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Some thoughts and advice on visiting, commenting and plugins/platforms:

– The importance of visiting other people’s blogs! It’s a community for a reason. By visiting them and reading their content that is also how you get to know them and I personally believe it’s essential to comment because that’s how you interact and engage. Hopefully they’ll even respond to your comments (and hopefully you’ll notice they’ve responded..some sort of comment reply notification is key!)

– If you have a blog I recommend installing a Comment Reply Notification plugin – that notifies the commenter that you’ve responded and it emails them your response. I also just discovered via a few other bloggers a fabulous plugin for reminding you that you have comments on your own blog you need to respond to called “Comments not replied to.” I just installed it so we’ll see how that works it. Other blogs use different commenting platforms that automatically do that, such as disqus (but I personally hate disqus and all other commenting platforms especially ones that require you to login…just annoys the piss out of me) lol but they aren’t bad really nite that I stay permanently logged in. So maybe they don’t annoy me that bad lol

– Not all commenting platforms notify people you’ve responded! Ultimately, many folks like the varying different kinds of platforms. Just remember based on what type of commenting platform that you choose, If it doesn’t notify the commenter in some way that you’ve replied to their comment its sort of like you are shooting fish into a bottomless barrel – or shouting into an empty room. Got it? Good.

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Challenges – I try to do them and always end up forgetting about half the ones I join in on. But this is a great way to interact with people. And this year I preformatted at least two quarterly update posts to make sure I remember! And I even added a widget that I got from Ashley @ Creative Whim that tracks my challenges!

Readathons – one of my favorite ways to meet new readers even though ultimately I don’t always change my reading habits for a readathon.

Twitter parties – Join in on them and chat it up because they are totally fun (most that go along with events even have prizes)

Themed months hosted by other blogs – These can be soo much fun and usually come with a linky to link up your themed posts that then other people can peruse the list and check you and your content out. Highly recommended!

– Link Ups! and Weekly Features! – There are various types of link ups I’ve seen around and they are usually done as memes or features or just something the blog does on a regular basis. Examples are

– Blog Hops – Believe it or not I really don’t think the big giveaway ones do anything significant for your blog! (Other then increase your “stats” and pageviews temporarily.) I don’t know if this is true it might just be my personal opinion but a goodly portion of the increase might just be giveaway goblins who are after the free loots you are offering and will likely never visit your blog again. Do I still participate in giveaway blog hops? You bet your sweet ass LOL because I like to reward my already current set of loyal subscribers and I figure hey why not see if I actually do meet some new people. I can’t say that I never do – because back in my earlier days I used to use blog hop lists as a way to easily find new blogs to follow. Especially for those themed hops that I found really appealing to my personal reading tastes.


– Don’t sign people up for your freaking newsletter just because they left a comment on your blog. Its not cool.

– Don’t sign people up for your freaking newsletter or blog tour company without their permission.

– If you’re wanting to actually make friends and connections in the community don’t try to short shrift anyone, actually interact and it will pay off and hey jee wizz you might freaking make friends! #Gasp

– Avoid leaving spammy type comments like “I’m a new follower you should follow me back” or “Great content – by the way I have this giveaway going on you should enter.” (well unless you’re already their established friend and you know they would really want to know LOL).

Sometimes we all leave generic comments, just letting them know you were there in my opinion is often all you’re aiming for when you can’t figure out much to say – so that’s cool! And I’m a firm believer in that almost all comments are nice, someone is taking time to leave it and I freaking appreciate it. The only time I don’t so much is when it is blatantly self promotion cause you know that doesn’t really leave a nice vibe – know what I mean? This goes the same for authors that visit. If all you are doing is dropping by to tell me I should read your book that really isn’t going to get you a response from me.

Please remember these are just personal opinions of things I try to apply to myself and I merely wanted to share how I interact with the blogging community. Some people may not agree with them and in no way am I an authority on blogging etiquette so you can take it all with a grain of salt! Or a cookie =)

I hope you guys liked my new doodles I did just for this post! Course I’ll be lazy and use them again someday I bet lol.

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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52 Responses to “How do you interact with the Blogging community? My Tips & Tricks”

  1. Silvara

    I subscribe via e-mail so I know when new posts are put up. Otherwise I tend to forget to visit blogs, even ones I love. I get distracted easily and time just flies by. My inbox tends to be crazy full, but I’d still rather have the e-mail telling me to visit, than have to rely on actually remembering what blogs I’ve visited lately.

    As far as sharing content goes, I love Stumbleupon. So when I visit other blogs, I Like their reviews/discussions and add them to my Stumbleupon likes. I also retweet posts on my Twitter for the bloggers I follow there. And my Fantasy Creature Fridays have linkies up for reviews of books that have fantasy creatures, and discussions about fantasy creatures.

    I’ve been visiting a lot of new-to-me blogs because of the Discussion Challenge going on. But I’ll have to try your idea about clicking on the people who comment on others blog posts. When I have the time… *laughs*

    I love that you mentioned not signing people up to newsletters if they haven’t done so themselves! I followed a few authors a month or so back because of a giveaway, and kept them because some of the tweets were interesting. Next thing I knew, I was getting e-mailed about all kinds of stuff I didn’t care about and had to go remove myself from the mailing list! I was like, but I never signed up in the first place! Needless to say, I’m no longer following those authors in any fashion.
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    • Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

      I have yet to try stumble upon! I should totally check it out. I’ve noticed I’ve gotten quite a few hours the past few months because of stumble upon and I’m really curious as to how that system works.

      I still can’t believe you use email to track the blogs you follow!

      I have been visiting more blogs as well due to the discussion link up! I’m so glad those ladies thought up that challenge for this year. I hope it gets more popular so even more people link up!

      I’m in the midst of writing an email to you right now :-).

      That crazy newsletter thing has happened to me sooo many times. I can always tell when I didn’t sign up…which is almost always since I don’t do the newsletter thing usually except for pubs and other orgs. That and they use my blog email which I don’t sign up to any newsletters with period.
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  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    This is such an informative post! All your tips are helpful for new and old bloggers! Your method of finding new blogs is genius – I don’t know why I haven’t really thought of doing that. It’s great too that you make time to comment, even if you have to do it by phone (it’s too fiddly for me to try to comment by phone, but it would help with my productivity!) Thank you for sharing your thoughts Tabitha, this is really great! And I loved the drawings you made for the post!
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I have been doing more and more visitng of blogs on my phone and it’s working out great except that I don’t always double check my comment before I hit post which sometimes leaves me sounding crazy because of the swipe auto words are often sooo weird. Today I tried to swipe program and it kept saying orgasm….can you imagine how embarrassing that is!? Haha. But yes the finding blogs from other blogs comment section is a favorite way of mine to do it.

      I’m so glad you liked the doodles! I really hope to do more sometime soon.
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  3. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    This is a really awesome post Tabitha with some tips and tricks for blogging and interacting! I think commenting and visiting other blogs is definitely the lifeblood to the community and making blogging friends! But yes, we don’t like spam or spammy newsletters. Like you, I have a few key blogs that I type in my browser everyday, for the rest I comment back or visit bloglovin 🙂 I like to visit my friend’s commentors too!
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  4. Cassi @ My Thoughts

    This is such an amazing and helpful post. This is a great community and that’s what I love about blogging. It’s always great to interact with fellow bloggers and share thoughts. In particular I try to comment on the reviews. I notice unless it is a really popular book at the moment, the reviews tend to get less comment love. I also love the idea of checking out new blogs from the commenters when you link back to reply to comments. I’m going to try that. Great suggestions and awesome post!
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Thanks Cassi. I know what you mean about the newer releases getting more comment attention, probably because more people are likely to recognize the book title, but. Honestly I think my old backlist reviews I have been doing lately get ok attention too. Ultimately whatever folks want to comment on I’m fine with. I don’t really do many memes anymore so all I have are reviews, discussions and author guest posts so whatever anyone comments on I’m always happy to interact with folks!
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  5. Lynn

    I must admit I’m useless with the whole follow/subscribe thing – I’ve clearly subscribed to a lot by email which is defo a mistake as I now have vast amounts of emails in my folder – I deleted about 12,000 just last week believe it or not – which was very time consuming!! I do like to comment on people’s posts but I would say I have a regular number of blogs that I really enjoy and visit all the time. The rest I check out on the reader and if I have something that I really want to say then I go for it – otherwise, if I haven’t got a comment I tend to like the post (unless of course I don’t like it – very unlikely!) There are so many blogs out there and the only way to find the ones you love is to interact.
    Thanks for sharing 😀
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  6. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    Great post, Tabitha! Lots of good information, and stuff I already do too. I recently started clicking on the links of other commenters when I visit blogs, and if I hadn’t done that, I never would have found some of my favorite blogs out there! I think maybe through you I discovered Bibliosanctum and Fantasy Review Barn, so THANKS FOR THAT! I just now installed that commenter plugin, which I didn’t know about.

    **I have a question for you, maybe you know the answer. I never get notifications anymore when WordPress bloggers respond to MY comments on their blogs, and I never get notifications of track-backs, when other bloggers leave my link on their posts. This really bums me out. I used to get those with my free WordPress blog, but now I feel like there must be a plugin for those types of notifications. Do you happen to know?

    Oh, and by the way, I also subscribe via email to the blogs I follow. For the same reason as Silvara. I just don’t have time to “remember” to go to blogs I love, and I want to read every post they put up, so email is the best way for me.

    Oh, one more thing! I totally agree with you on Giveaway Hops. They are a hella lot of fun to do, and it’s fun to see your stats jump up for a day or two, but you’re right, most of those people are giveaway junkees who don’t give a shit about my blog, unfortunately.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      No I don’t think there is a specific plugin for that. It must be a setting within your wordpress settings somewhere. This started happening when you switched to self hosted right? I would scour your settings. I think it’s one that is like ‘notify me of pings and track backs’ perhaps?

      Personally I keep a handful of blogs open on my PC desktop all the time lol and that’s how I do for my blogger friends that I feel I have a lot of tastes in common.

      Let me know if you still need help finding that setting I can go over mine with you if you want.
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  7. Jen - At Random

    I have a handful of blogs that I check/comment on on a regular basis but aside from those I’m REALLY bad at commenting. :-/ I should probably work on that lol
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  8. Lola

    Great post! I think that if you can’t post every day it’s handy to at least post regular like once every two days or on certain days, so your followers know what to expect. I didn’t have a schedule when I started blogging, but gradually I started blogging certain posts on certain days and it works for me.

    I really like the idea of sharing links to other bloggers who reviewed the same book, that’s a great idea! Although it probably costs some time if you want to do that for every review. And responding to comments is a very important one as well.

    I use bloglovin to visit blogs each day. I use a different plugin then you do for comment reply notifications, but it does basically the same thing.
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  9. Two Dudes in an Attic

    It’s entirely possible that I’ve never read your blog before, but I think we’ve talked on comments and certainly frequent the same watering holes, so now seems like a great time to leave a note!
    Good luck with baby and blogging. My kids had a mysterious computer radar alert system going and would scream whenever I got close.
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    • Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

      Haha yeah my toddler has iPad alert. He constantly wants it if I have it. And if I’m focusing on my phone he tries to grab my face and says in a constant stream “wake up momma wake up” I can’t do the computer at all with him.

      We most definitely frequent the same watering holes. I’ve been by and read your blog a few times 🙂 I’ve got your blog hooked into my feed reader too 😛

      I know I’m a bit odd in that I have one foot in the adult fantasy/sf blogging world and the other in SFF YA. I just really like reading from both. Tho much YA lately has been ergh, not so great.
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      • Two Dudes in an Attic

        I don’t do a lot of YA, though I’m trying to keep some tabs on it so I can make recs to my kids. Not that my daughter has any use for my book choices! At least they are old enough now to let me have my computer time.
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  10. Claudia {Sparrowhawk}

    Gah! I love this post seriously! Such great tips! I actually selected 20 blogs this year that I have purposefully committed myself to. I visit them daily (usually before my kids wake up), and encourage the bloggers by leaving a comment or even sharing their content. I want to be more intentional with my pursuit in this blogging community, and while most of the bloggers may not respond or pay it forward, I still do it any way, because there are seriously some really amazing people out there 🙂
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  11. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I’m trying to get back into the habit of going through my Bloglovin feed (I still miss Google Reader!) at least every other day, if not every day, and commenting. The next step is to get back into the habit of replying to comments on my own blog. I use the notification, so I read the comments but don’t always have time to click on the link and comment (I read at work, when I have the time, which isn’t often sometimes). The commenting, to me, is one of the most important things that keep me blogging. Because it’s people like you that make it fun! 🙂
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  12. Cait @ Paper Fury

    THIS IS A POST OF WONDERFUL AWESOME. *nods wildly* I’ve gotten really lax about visiting new blogs. I even link up and forget to actually go around and do, you know, the HOPPING part of linkups and blog-hops. *sigh* Sometimes replying to comments just wears me out and I don’t feel like doing anymore. (Although I have noticed my blog’s stagnated a bit over this.) But this is suuuuuch good advice and quite inspiring to be more friendly to people I’ve just met. XD The biggest point of blogging, at least for me, is to meet people and chat about books. I LURVE IT.
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  13. Valerie

    WOW 5 NEW BLOGS A WEEK? That is pretty hard! I actually use my bloglovin, because it’s a great way to see what everyone is posting, and that way I miss nothing. But yeah, I feel like I should really do more, but I don’t think I have the time sadly, I’LL PUT MORE EFFORT OVER THE SUMMER. But for now, I’ll wish you luck! And of course, the tips are great! 😀
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  14. Brigid

    That’s some damn good advice. I’m just a teensy weensie little blogger still. I’ve recently found a lot of great blogs. I love talking on twitter with other bloggers. Talk all the things.

    I’ve got lots of learning still to do, like blog design and trying to find a new name for my blog. ’cause the one I have? I’m not a fan. I think I chose it when I was a little too friendly with the beer.
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  15. blodeuedd

    Sometimes it feels like I am such a bad commentor (honestly how to say that?), anyway I am always so short cos I am a woman of few words. But I hope everyone is used to it by now 🙂

    Cos yes I love all comments on my blog too, except those; I just followed you, follow me

    And I totally do that follow a blog from a blog too, but way to seldom! I totally need to check all blogs that just commented here now. Such a good way to find new blogs

    I’d love to do a link up thing, but everyone else is so much better at it than I 😉
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  16. Rinn

    I’m not as good at returning comments on my own blog – I reply to them, but I don’t always visitor that commentor’s blog. I need to improve that 🙁

    I’ve been pretty rubbish at commenting over the past few months though, which is why I’m making some time every week to get back to my usual commenting! I find the link up posts REALLY useful for that – especially since my Bloglovin’ feed is very overwhelming right now, having not really checked it or cleared it out for months. I think I need to mark all as read and then start afresh!
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  17. Louise @ Nerdette Reviews

    This post is really helpful, especially since I’m the absolute worst at interacting with other bloggers and it’s a mixture of me being shy and forgetful. Sometimes I’ll go to comment on a post and then get scared that I’ll sound like an idiot and just delete the whole thing, which I don’t think really helps anybody. But I’m definitely going to work on interacting more! Thanks so much for the tips 🙂
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  18. judy

    See for me, I really prefer to get new posts via email. Especially as I have been known to check blogs at work and they have a serious filter on the websites they will allow you to pull up. But that does mean I rarely comment on the blogs I read in email. I know I need to be better about replying to comments on my blog as well. Great post and some creative ideas. 😀
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  19. Anya

    Thanks for linking me 😀 I really really need to join in the discussion linky this month! Okay, goal for the month is to link up for a discussion and try to find some new blogs to love!

    I used to have a solid system of all blogs I liked going into the RSS reader and then I would look through that and click through to comment on things. And then somehow that got a bit out of control and filled with stuff I don’t care about and I’m too lazy to add some blogs to it if I’m looking at them on my phone or whatever so often I only remember to stop by when they comment which I really appreciate! *needs to get better organized again!*

  20. Annie

    I adore this post. so many great ideas! I want to find new blogs but I feel like I have such a hard time keeping up with the ones I do follow that the idea of adding more feels overwhelming.

    But I love the weekly recap posts people do (especially oh the books) because I can find an interesting post or a fun discussion without having to follow a ton of new people on rss. I love my feed but if I don’t clear it out about once a week I (again) feel a little overwhelmed 🙂

    But I love the idea of linking to other reviews at the end of review posts.

    I also like tweeting links to posts I’ve enjoyed reading in case it helps someone else find it. It’s something I enjoy doing and it *doesn’t* feel overwhelming 🙂
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  21. Jamie

    I need to get out and interact more. What I feel I need is more time. Just responding to comments takes 1-2 hours of my time almost every day, not to mention going to their blogs, other blogs I follow, forums or anything else! Sadly I can’t always do it and I am terrible at time management so I end up easily falling behind. I am trying harder this year. One thing I have noticed that helps so I can do more is cutting out distractions (no twitter, FB, etc up when it is comment time, etc)
    Still it is so easy when someone posts about a great book, to go to goodreads, look up said book, then you see all these notifications, then recommendations pop up….next thing I know is 30 minutes have passed yet I only stopped by 3-4 blogs! So focus is a huge weakness of mine while I try to interact.
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  22. Miriam @ Inky Realms

    Great post, no idea how you manage to find the time to visit & post daily though! I struggle with once or twice a week & feel like I miss so many great books & discussions because of it.

    Also totally looking forward to using Twitter regularly once I get back to NZ and it isn’t blocked. It’s such a hassle to access at the moment but it seems like people have such interesting conversations over there.
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  23. [email protected]ffthePage

    Great post! I might go ahead and use some of those tips. Since I’m still new in the book blogging community it’s difficult having to keep up with a lot of it with school and work OTL.

    I take full advantage of emailed subscriptions just because otherwise I’d probably forget to check blogs for posts ;;. Since I’m doing a lot constantly it’S nice to have a bit of convenience.
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