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Top Ten Tuesday- Blogging Life Easier

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Top Ten Things That Will Make Blogging Easier!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers are given a topic and asked to make a corresponding list of their top ten books.  I don't always participate in Top Ten Tuesday but this week is a topic I love to find out more about!

1.  Goodreads! This is an amazing resource for all of us readers.  I love goodreads.  I run two groups on there and discover new books that way. I use goodreads for the book description in all my reviews and the picture I use for the book cover.  Thank you goodreads!

2. Rafflecopter I have only held two giveaways on my blog (I don't do giveaways to get followers) and both times I used Rafllecopter.  I saw it used on other blogs and it is so easy for giveaways and it's FREE!  

3.  inlinkz I recently am hosting my first giveaway hop Off to OZ (sign up if you are interested in joining the hop).  I looked around and tried to use Mr. Linky like I see a lot of blogs use but it turns out you need a paying membership. inlinkz is FREE and easy to use!!

4.  Bloglovin.. I like Feedly.  But I really like Bloglovin.  Since I am used to GFC on blogger, Bloglovin helps me to know how many people are following me.  I know some bloggers say the number of followers you have is just that .. a number.  But I like to know how many people are actually interested in my blog.  Bloglovin gives me that number. 

5.  Pixlr has made blogging easier for me.  It helps me make pictures better.  I do have photoshop but am a little lazy to go and learn it.  My husband uses it all the time though and I got tired of asking him to always help me out.  I used it to make my banner for my Off to Oz giveaway and other buttons for my OZ month here.  

6.  Other blogs have helped me out along the way.  I have a section on my blog that links up to links from other blogs that have shown me how to do things.  I have these links on my blog to help you guys out.. I take NO credit for the stuff listed so I hope those blogs don't mind that I link them up.  Find help here

7. Library honestly I couldn't be a book blogger without my library.  I could never afford everything I read so therefore I am there at least once a week.  Plus I don't feel bad if I don't get a book read since it is free (do you see a theme with my list??? FREE???).  Seriously.. use your library.

8. Amazon Prime.  If I do order a book.. this is how I do it.  It's cheap and free two day shipping.  When I had my giveaway my winner was so happy to get the book so fast and I was happy because it was FREE shipping.  FREE!   Of course there is also Media Mail from the US Post Office so always remember to ask for that shipping rate if you are mailing a book. 

9. Memes and networking... a lot of people might not like this but memes I think really help bloggers find bloggers.  I have found several blogs to follow through this meme here.  Participate in them but don't participate in only memes.  Only do the ones you really care about too.  Comment on other blogs and really get to visiting their blogs. 

10.  no Captcha! Please!  This makes blogging so much easier when you don't have it turned on.  Really it isn't that necessary.  There is even a challenge for this that you can check out:

The Book Wheel
Hope these help all bloggers out there. Now I am going to check out your blogs to find out some tips for myself!
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21 comments:

  1. I didn't even think of Amazon Prime - love it! It's the best money I spend each year. You're the second one to mention Pixlr, so I'll definitely try it out (although I am absolutely terrible at graphics).

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier. :)
    Erin @ YA Book Crush

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    1. Pixlr will make graphics soooo easy. I love it!

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  2. Captcha is the worst! I wish people would stop using it.

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  3. Great picks, I see we share some. Goodreads was a really popular choice. I love it too. And I use Bloglovin as well and I am pretty content myself.
    As for the library, wish ours were better stocked...

    Happy reading!

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    1. I have heard some people's libraries aren't stocked very well. Mine luckily has everything!

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  4. Very true about the library. And I love Rafflecopter. So much better.

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  5. Down with Captcha! It isn't always a deal-breaker for leaving a comment (I already wrote it before I got sneak-attacked, after all), but I definitely won't save the blog to return to. Especially during blog events like Bout of Books, when I'm trying to visit and respond to as many blogs as possible.

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    1. I agree.... it makes me so mad when I go to submit a comment and boom there it is. Half the time I can't even read what it says!!

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  6. Still... paranoid bloggers use captcha :-)

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  7. You have to pay to use Mr. Linky? I never would've guessed! I would pass on that as well then!

    Ooh, and there is a way to check how many people follow a blog on Feedly know. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but they do list numbers like on Bloglovin'.

    And yesssss NO CAPTCHA! PLEASE! I am horrible at those things. Just horrible. And I always wonder if I should say something to the blogger in case they don't realize the have it installed (isn't it like default for Blogger?), but don't want to seem rude. But errr.

    I love your Blog Help page btw. I don't think I've ever noticed it before, but I think it's great you share the resources that you found helpful as a blogger!

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    1. It is automatic on blogger. You have to go in and take it off. I usually notice new blogs have it. I just want to tell them too.. but what if they want Captcha?????

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  8. NO CAPTCHA! I freaking hate putting those things in. I literally can never read them and end up going through 2 or 3 before I can finally post my comment on a blog! So annoying. Great list!

    Rebecca @ The Library Canary

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    1. Yes... I never can read the dumb things either.. and the number are so blurry. They are like a picture or something ?????? ERRR

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  9. I use inlinkz too! Goodreads is amazing and rafflecopter is definitely a must have. I've never heard fo Pixlr. I should check it out because your Off to Oz hop badge looks so cute! :)

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  10. Seriously, Captcha is such a pain in the butt! I love bloglovin' too. I've been considering signing up for Amazon Prime. I've seen it mentioned in a lot of TTTs this week.

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  11. Amazon Prime....once you get it, you can never go back! I LOVE having Prime!

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  12. I think you are right about Rafflecopter. I should have included that!

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  13. I love Goodreads and Bloglovin'. And yes, no captcha, pretty please with a cherry on top :)

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