Tag: Blogging: Behind the Scenes

2021 Goals & Looking Forward to 2022

2021 Goals & Looking Forward to 2022

Posted January 6, 2022 in Checking In // 4 Comments

Remember in December 2020 when we were all like, “Yeah! I’m sure glad THAT’S over!” then 2021 came swooping in, grinning like the Cheshire Cat. That was … something. I’m going to be really aggravated if 2022 waltzes along, sees the actions of her predecessors, and decides, “You know what, this system seems to be working, I’m going to do more of the same.” 2021 was the year I broke. Somehow, I got through 2020. I got passed SIE and FINRA 99 certification in 2020. I wrote 50,000 words during Camp NaNoWriMo in 2020. I read nearly 150 books and […]

The Ups (& Downs) of Being an Introvert in an Online Community

The Ups (& Downs) of Being an Introvert in an Online Community

Posted November 24, 2021 in Blogging // 8 Comments

Good morning my beautiful monsters. I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I run my blog. At the moment, I’m not changing anything (goodness knows I have a gazillion things to tidy up after the last three times I changed things)… but I’ve been thinking about it, you know? I’ve been actively running The Literary Phoenix since 2017. For me, that’s huge! I’m terrible at committing to everything but my job and my relationship, and some days even then I lie and bed and wonder: “What if I just… call in sick today?” I am a behind-the-scenes person. I […]

“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

Posted April 13, 2020 in Blogging, Bookish Things, Reading, Writing // 8 Comments

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 […]

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.

Posted February 17, 2020 in Tags // 4 Comments

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 […]

Paying My Blog Fees in ARCs – Did It Work?

Paying My Blog Fees in ARCs – Did It Work?

Posted February 7, 2020 in Blogging // 6 Comments

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 […]