Expanding Horizons

Because I don’t read enough book blogs on a weekly basis (yeah right) I am interested in discovering some book blogs I may have overlooked.  Maybe your blog doesn’t come up in the usual Google search or you are new to the book blogging universe.  I would love for you to ‘introduce yourself’ here in the comment section for this post and link back to your own blog(s).  Planet Books averages 100 hits a day (which may not be much for some of you but I am happy to have them) so you could get some new traffic too from those people who don’t know about your blog either. 

I love reading your blogs and though I fell off the blogging and commenting wagon for a while there last summer and fall, I’m hungry for more and love to discover your recommendations for what to read.  Below are a few of the book blogs that I frequent.  On the right of the screen under “Friends of Planet Books” you can find more links too.

Year of the Bookworms 2010
Books on the Brain
Stephanie’s Written Word
The Literate Housewife Review
Life & Times of a “New” New Yorker aka NYC Book Girl
Thoughts of a Lusty Reader
Lit & Life
Book, Line, and Sinker
Nonsuch Book
The 3 R’s Blog/Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness
A Striped Armchair
Books in the City
Hey Lady!  Whatch Readin’?

Bloggers Block

These last couple of weeks I have been suffering from a terrible case of bloggers block and have felt extremely guilty about not posting as often as I have in the past.  I want to provide you, the reader, with witty posts about books or music or whatever comes to mind but for some reason I haven’t been too inspired lately.  It’s funny that bloggers block has inspired me to write this post though.  Ironic!

Well I Googled BLOGGERS BLOCK and do you know that I got a ton of responses to my search?!  Crazy!  It turns out that this condition is suffered from throughout the bloggesphere and I’m not the only one (though it feels like it when I visit your lovely blogs and read your wonderful posts that seem to be posted on a by-the-hour basis.) 

I have admittedly fallen off the meme wagon and should probably start doing BTT (Booking Through Thursday) posts again.  I am consistent with the Sunday Salon posts though, so that’s good.  I figure that I may have too many things on my plate these days and that is causing a lack of drive to write posts, but I really need to get out of this funk. 

What do you do when you hve hit the wall that is known (or is becoming known) as bloggers block?

Social Networking – Do you do it?

I was just listening to a podcast from Small Biz Tech Girl where they were discussing the importance of social networking using such sites as Facebook, MySpace, Linked and numerous others to drive up business for your product.  They also touched on the potential waste of time these sites can be if you get sucked in.  I use Facebook, MySpace, Okinawa Hai! Society and my latest discovery, Blissfully Domestic Living Community to help drive readers to my blog.  I use the e-mail system on Facebook to e-mail all of my ‘friends’ and the Bulletin option on MySpace in the same way.  Okinawa Hai! Society and Blissfully Domestic Living Community allow me to create an event advertising my giveaways and even creating a start and end time for the event.  Add all the e-mails I send to my huge contact list in my personal e-mail account and I have got some big numbers on giveaway opening days. 

If you have a blog and want to drive traffic to it do you use social networking sites to help like I do?  Where do most of your readers find out about your blog in the first place?  Do you think that social networking is a good thing or a waste of time?

Inspirational, Motivational ~ the Hump Day for May 28, 2008

I found this question via The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness and thought I would write a response here.

This week…it’s all about the other guy (or gal). One of the greatest things we all say we find in blogging is community. What post, blog or blogger has inspired you? It could have been a comment, a post, something someone did. Perhaps you’ve become friends. Big or small, if it moved you and caused you to take action in your own life, tell us about it. Tell us what inspired you, and then let us know the story from there—your story.”

I have dabbled in blogging over the last few years but it wasn’t until discovering Stephanie’s The Written Word and Lisa’s Books On The Brain blogs that I was inspired to really stick to it and focus on books and music for topics.  I started reading TWW in the spring of last year.  I loved the way her site looked and I really enjoyed her posts.  When I first started to read TWW, it was an on-line book club but as time passed and a new daughter was brought into the family it has changed into a blog sharing a little bit of everything.  It is no longer a book club but books are still discussed and recommended.  The posts were informative and clever.  Funny and entertaining.  I came across BOTB through comments left by Lisa on TWW.  Isn’t that how we discover so many of our favorite blogs?  BOTB continues to be a source of book blogging inspiration.  She is very active in the book reviewing community and is always discussing interesting books, old and new.   BOTB is full of book reviews, stories about the kids and hubby and fun meme’s that you are invited to share in. 

Planet Books has become a mix of a book lovers, music lovers and everything else type of blog.  As a result of blogging and reading other blogs, I find that my interests have expanded in the “real world”.  I am more interested in politics (I know it’s hard not to be right now), culture, the news, discovering new music and books and working on myself as a person, woman and member of society.  Having a blog gives me a great outlet to discuss some of these ideas and discoveries and I love the community I have become a part of and the friends I have made.  Though I may never meet these ladies or the many other people I have “met” via blogging, I appreciate all the words they share with us in the blogging community.  I enjoy sitting down everyday and learning something new from people out there just living their lives, making new discoveries themselves and then blogging about it. 

If you haven’t gotten your copy yet…

… you can go to the NY Times Magazine article titled “After Life” by Joan Didion that is an excerpt from her book, “The Magical Year of Thinking”.  I am still finishing up my other book club selection, “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”by Kim Edwards but I am really looking forward to reading TYOMT when I’m done. 

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

If you have thoughts on TYOMT as you are reading it, please feel free to share them with us.  I hope you are enjoying the new site here and find it easier to access.  I have been playing around and learning some of the bells and whistles that WordPress offers me as the administer.  I am really loving the tool that allows me to link to other web sites through the post.  I also like what I’m finding in other WordPress blogs. 

I hope your weekend is going well.  Check ya later!