Tag: Blogging: Behind the Scenes

“Why Haven’t You Finished Your Novel?” & Other Exasperating Productivity Suggestions During Shelter-In-Place

“Why Haven’t You Finished Your Novel?” & Other Exasperating Productivity Suggestions During Shelter-In-Place

In the early days of shelter-in-place mandates, a message sputtered up through the waves of social media: “Now that we’re all at home, we can Do That Thing!” For some people, “that thing” was learning a new instrument.  Really digging into learning Portuguese.  For many, it was perfecting sourdough bread (which I tease about, but I love sourdough bread… please keep baking!).  In writerly circles, the pressure seemed to be on writing:  you don’t have social engagements, so now you can finish that book. Doesn’t matter if the person was an aspiring novelist or a seasoned author – the vision […]

Posted April 13, 2020 in Blogging, Bookish Things, Reading, Writing // 8 Comments //
The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag // In Which I Talk About How I’ve Been Blogging Forever. FOR. EV. ER.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag // In Which I Talk About How I’ve Been Blogging Forever. FOR. EV. ER.

We book bloggers are a rare and strange breed, are we not?  We come from all walks of life, from all over the world.  We come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and colors and backgrounds and states of being.  We are united by one thing – a love for the written word, and our platforms. We may not all be on the same platforms, and we may not all read the same sorts of book, but there is that common chain.  And the bookish community is a force in itself.  We have our ups and downs and drama […]

Posted February 17, 2020 in Tags // 4 Comments //
Paying My Blog Fees in ARCs – Did It Work?

Paying My Blog Fees in ARCs – Did It Work?

At the beginning of 2019, I decided I wanted to experiment with an idea bouncing around in my head.  I’m a self-hosted blog, and not a big one, but I made this choice because I liked the freedom it allows in customization and plugins.  The Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin (and, subsequently, its sister plugin Book Database) have made that decision really worth it for me… but I am a hobbyist blogger.  What does that mean?  It means everything I pay in hosting and design comes out of my pocket.  In my case, it means I have no affiliations, I’m not […]

Posted February 7, 2020 in Blogging // 6 Comments //
A New Decade, A New Design (& Mad Props to Kat @ Novels and Waffles!)

A New Decade, A New Design (& Mad Props to Kat @ Novels and Waffles!)

I don’t know how many of you knew this, but my oldest post on The Literary Phoenix is from 2009. Yes, lovelies, that’s from 11 years ago! This blog has been around a long time, but my commitment to it has been flighty at best.  Flighty, until the second half of 2017, when I dove myself into this old hobby blog and decided this was going to be My Thing.  In the last decade, a lot of things have changed about this blog: It went from a writing blog (with some reading) to a reading blog (with some writing). The […]

Posted January 26, 2020 in Blogging // 16 Comments //
Fact:  I Am Terrible At Marketing My Blog (This Is Not An Advice Post)

Fact: I Am Terrible At Marketing My Blog (This Is Not An Advice Post)

I have been blogging on-and-off since 2009.  In many ways, I don’t think that’s a fair date, and it’s the reason I don’t really celebrate a blogiversary – I didn’t commit to anything consistent until 2017.  Still, in that time I haven’t even amassed 1000 followers.  That seems like such an important number to me – as if “1000” will make me more of a legitimate blogger.  The sensible side of me knows that isn’t true – you can be a legitimate blogger as long as you have a blog… even if only your mom follows you (my mom does […]

Posted July 4, 2019 in Bookish Things // 18 Comments //
Reviews on Your Blog:  Worth It?

Reviews on Your Blog: Worth It?

On and off in the last several years, I’ve bounced around about my stance on including book reviews on my blog.  Even though it’s a book blog.  There’s a lot of variety in the way book bloggers handle their content, and I think it’s important to include whatever content you personally want, and stick to it. A lot of my content is book reviews.  I make sure to include two non-reviews a week (sometimes more), but ultimately, you’re looking at about 65% of my content being reviews.  For a while, I felt like this was just filler content.  But I’ve […]

Posted April 19, 2019 in Memes // 22 Comments //