Sunday, January 4, 2015
I don't think I ever did this! Even in the prime of my blogging days, I never thought to highlight people who comment. I look so forward to adding this element to my blog. It's nice to know who's checking for me!
Rachel also suggests to do this because you'll be able to comment on their blog in turn. How lovely. I would say at this very moment, it doesn't entirely make sense for me to post one until people notice I'm blogging again haha!
I am looking forward to "rewarding" commenters with books/ecards/features etc. Bring it on friends!
How do you acknowledge the people who comment on your blog on a daily basis?
It became more of a chore than a passion for a long while. I also switched names to La Toya Literally (from my humble beginnings as LazyGirl Reads, which I was more commonly known as) and re-introducing myself to you as that was becoming difficult to do as well.
So yeah, there are a bunch of first world excuses as to why I haven't been blogging. Bing bang boom.
What I intend to do, is to very slowly get back in the swing of things. Not overwhelm myself with writing a review or two per week (although, I really really could...I've read a LOT and haven't reported back to you all here).
If I'm popping up into your feed, please point me to the hippest blog out there as I gather my thoughts and get it all together again.
Expect lions and tigers and bears! Defying feats of gravity and clowns! Expect the unexpected!
Thanks for reading!
PS: Happy New Year!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Rachel has a lot of great points on her original post. While I'm thinking that I can flaunt that beside having a passion for reading, I'm actually a pretty darn good singer - she points out that that might not be of interest to someone coming to your page to understand WHY they should read your blog.
There's also the challenge to post or highlight old entries you may have that could be of interest to a new reader. This has me thinking about my blog and it's existence in an entirely new way. There was a time that I was posting several posts a day on different subjects, loosely based around books. And there were also times that I took a break from posting about books and would gush over Halloween instead.
These posts are sort of lost (might not be if I poke around in the Help section a little). Lost because I changed my domain name altogether. I'm hoping I can re-activate that page so that I can include the cool posts I once had.
Anyway, I'm going to work on finding those old posts and getting a cool updated picture of myself for you all.
Friday, January 2, 2015
Oh me, oh my. My blog is a HOT MESS. Coming back to it this week has got me feeling slightly overwhelmed, slightly excited. Most unorganized. So once again, how incredibly serendipitous that this challenge is happening!
I have quite a few things off to the side that once worked for a previous design but does not work now. I guess the questions I would have for myself would be:
do I delete them entirely? do I change the colors? do I come up with something completely different?
And there are things that seem a bit dated. I started this blog on a sultry summer day all the way back in August 2010 with no clue about design, color coordination etc. I feel like keeping my little buttons and "blog awards" would be a nod back to my beginnings. But it really doesn't work for where I want to take the design.
Lastly, before I delete a few of these things, I need to figure out how I got it there in the first place! I barely remember how I even get those glitter gif stars in my sidebar in the first place. I would hate to delete those!
Any new/returning bloggers having these issues? What should I do?!
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Something I prided myself on when I was a bit more active was posting really relevant comments on as many blogs as I possibly could. I would HATE seeing people comment for the sole purpose of having you circle back to their block. I mean, really?
While I tend to put on my signature with my blog link in it, I never said anything irrelevant or weird. Some of the best (read: worst) comments I'd see would be:
"Cool. Here's my site..."
"I would actually never read this book, but whatever. Check out my giveaway!"
"::blog name here::"
I'm challenging myself to set aside time to comment on a few pages every day as well as a couple entries per person. I'd also like to make new friends this way!
Read Rachel's original post here with some great advice!
What are some of the comments you've gotten or seen that annoy the crap out of you?
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I guess that's a super teaser since there's no context whatsoever. Guess you're going to have the check the book out soon!!
Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment and link me to your Teaser if you have one!
Monday, February 10, 2014
Hey guys! I'm so glad to be back blogging again and participating in my favorite meme. Drop me a comment on what you're reading so I can add to my TBR list!
And here's an "oldie" but goodie. I remember when this came out and everyone was so enchanted by it, so I figured I give it a go, this being Valentine's week and all :)
What are you reading??
About a million years ago, I requested this book on Netgalley from Little Brown and Co. It has taken me forever to finish this book for one reason or another and at about 63% in, I had to put it down once and for all.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
So, I've been away a while, and sort of reading. I've been thinking about reading and blogging and the like but...life always gets in the way.
I should put "life" in quotes because up until right now, I've been coming down from being on my first National Tour (I'm an opera singer for those of you that don't know), then my first musical reading in over 10 years, and then, nothing! Now I'm back working a temp gig for a little while and I realized that I have way more time than I thought.
I mean, I've downloaded SO MANY Galleys on NetGalley, discovered an entirely new newsletter that sends me free book downloads and deeply discounted books in general, and there was one time that I found like one thousand new books (not just in good condition but actual books that has JUST come out!) But I never got around to reading most of those books. Ugh, I'm so behind on life.
Anyway, I'm posting a books I must read list here for my reference and to get me back in the swing of things book blogging. Drop me a line if you'd like. Can't wait to pop around to some of your blogs!
Parable of Sower by Octavia Butler
I just freaking LOVED Kindred and I need to read every single book that Butler writes.
Alex Cross' continuing saga by James Patterson
And that's Merry Christmas, Alex Cross Kill Alex Cross Alex Cross Run Cross My Heart OMG I'M SO BEHIND.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Not because it's a dern movie, but because I found out what it's about and it sounds AWESOME.
Sheesh, and like every other book.
Monday, May 27, 2013
I'm from Brooklyn NY!!! Yes, now I know what you're thinking, "you're just a train ride away from BEA, La Toya, why don't you just go?!" Well there's the whole time management thing again. I'm workin on it, I'm workin on it. Random fact about people born and raised in Brooklyn: We stopped saying "Fuggedaboutit" years ago. Seriously. And the pizza and bagels here better than you can imagine.