Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA- Blogger Development

Hi all. It's been a super hectic day so I'm posting really late. Sorry 'bout that. I just wanted to say a few words (literally) about blogger development which is today's topic.  I'm so excited I won the first day of giveaways! ^_^ this is proving to be a magnificent  Armchair BEA thus far! I even did the Instagram challenge today. (Click on the Instagram circle in the upper right sidebar if you're curious) Sorry, I'm half asleep or I'd just embed it. Ok, now to business. 
"The purpose of the conference is to foster "blogger development"--and clearly, that development can go in a variety of directions! Today, we're inviting you to talk about your approach. Have you branched out into your community? Do you partner with other bloggers? Have you gone "pro" or tried generating some income through your blog? If you're a long-term blogger, how has your online personality developed over the years?"

 All right, if you've read my Intro post & Classic post you've learned pretty much most of what I'd want to tell you. I'll elaborate a little bit. I blog solo, and that's not gonna change. I love participating with other bloggers by commenting regularly on their posts and supporting their blogging (and personal) endeavors. I think that's important. As a community, book bloggers are a force. I love the feeling of camaraderie and easy way of discussing things. I find myself eerily similar to, like, most of you guys. :$

I have considered becoming an Amazon Affiliate. I know I could use the money for giveaways and to attend author events and get stuff signed and then give them to my followers! I know since I live in Los Angeles I have a unique opportunity to attend more events than some other book bloggers. The reason I haven't yet become an affiliate has boiled down to me wondering if it's worth it? It's actually a perfect time to ask you guys: what is your opinion? How much do you really make being an affiliate? Is the annoyance of the ads outweigh the amount of $$ (& in turn giveaways and other perks for followers). I kinda just want what's best for my followers, you know? I don't have much blog traffic, although I'm hoping to change that.

I'm not a long term blogger. I've only been blogging since dec '12 /Jan '13. I had a rocky start and didn't really post much until this year. It was a confidence issue. I still have that issue (I feel as though my reviews stink compared to what I want them to be). Only difference is, I don't mind. I love having a blog because you can just be like "screw it, this is mine I'm doing what I want!" :mj

Ok. Man, am I long-winded or what? "A few words (literally)" --- MY A$$!!! hahaha
You can tell it's late here. And I'm exhausted. I'll chat with you guys tomorrow during twitter! Add me @diamondcronen if you wanna <3 nbsp="" p="">
Feel free to link your Armchair BEA posts (most recent or this one, w/e) so I can check you out! I'm loving all the new blogs to follow! 
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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.


  1. I'm visiting the Armchair BEA participants who posted later than me last night! I figure procrastinators and latecomers should stick together. :$ I love your header with Ganesh and your sage advice "Keep Calm and Blog On"!

    1. Thanks Laurie! I think we should stick together too! I am a total procrastinator, lol! :h thanks for stopping by

  2. I'm visiting all the Armchair BEA-ers who linked up after me last night! I figure us procrastinators and latecomers and busy people should stick together! ;)

  3. I don't do any affiliate programs, but I've heard that you really need to put effort into pushing them to get anything worthwhile out of it. Do what makes you happy, that's what I say! Tattooed Books

  4. /m\

    Congrats on winning on the first day!

    1. Lol, congrats Freda bc YoU just won for today! :party woohoo!

  5. Don't stress about the blogging, just keep it simple and let it fit in with your life and commitments. We've thought of becoming affiliates, but the amount of money would be negligible so it's not our top priority.
    AH@Badass Book Reviews

  6. I am in the same boat. I don't think the amount of money would be enough to warrant making my blog commercial anyway. I like it to be low key and no stress. Have fun with it.


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