Armchair BEA: Day 2

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So it's day 2 for the Armchair BEA event and todays topics are Becoming a Better Blogger and Genre: Fiction
So I will start of with becoming a better Blogger. I have only been blogging for a year and a half and even though that seems like a while the time has flown by. I probably started my blog around the worst time in my life to do so because my personal life exploded, so I think I went weeks where I posted barely anything. Although I have to admit that I learned things from that. At first I felt like I had to review everything everyone sends to me because I wanted to help them out. I learned quickly that it is just not possible. I also learned that if there are days that I don't blog then there are days I don't blog. My blog is meant to be a fun and kind of relaxing thing and I think I have found my happy medium. I don't participate in anything like tours, cover reveals, etc.. unless I'm genuinely interested in the book. I also do the same with reviews but I remind myself that I have found so many books that I enjoy because of reviewing or agreeing to review. There are books that I still think, gosh I wonder when the next one is going to come out, that are self-published. So I like to keep an open mind without overwhelming myself. I kind of made the decision that I was going to write reviews the way I like to write them and not follow review writing guidelines. I know super bad right. I do, however, want to improve the quality of my writing. Obviously my babble factor needs improvement too. :)
So the genre of Fiction. Well yep I love it, but I also enjoy non-fiction. I think I have read so many books on Russian and English history my head might explode. Trying to talk about Fiction is kind of very broad. I'm not sure I have met a subject in Fiction that I don't enjoy. I love love Sci-Fi and Fantasy but to be honest so many of those things are mixed together these days that you are not just reading a sci-fi book. It's a Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance book. So I think Fiction has really learned how to mix things up and give us so many great things for everyone to read. You don't have to be a hard core fan of Fantasy to enjoy something like Shadow and Bone, or completely sci-fi to get into Unraveling. If you are asking me to pick something specific in Fiction that I love, I can't do it. If you are asking if I love Fiction in general. Yes I absolutely do.
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I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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  1. I agree about the genres. It's so difficult to pick a genre, since every book is a mixture of different genres.

    Development + Fiction - Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  2. I think you should write the way you write. You have a distinctive voice (your babble) and it is what makes your blog unique.


  3. Oooh if you love books with time travel you should totally check out Time Riders it's a pretty great series :)

    1. I do love time travel. I should check it out

  4. Your way of blogging is similar to mine... I blog when I feel like it, and don't when I dont... My blog is a hobby, and I don't want it to become like work!

    I read mostly fiction - but I definitely can't pick just one or two genres.

    Here's my Better Blogger / Genre Fiction post :)

  5. I definitely agree, that blogging needs to be fun. If it gets too stressful, or like work, something needs to change.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I started out the exact same way you did - and almost at the same time, too! I began at the end of March 2012 and it was around the worst phase in my life, too. Blogging, however, helped me a lot. Not only because I realized it was something I could do, but also because I think the Internet in general is just great at showing how much the world has to offer! So many places to go, so many people to meet....

  7. I love your take on development and not overwhelming yourself!

    I feel that way about genres, too! I don't really pick books based on genre, I just pick what I think I'll like!

    my armchair BEA post

  8. I totally agree with the not posting everyday. My blog is for enjoyment as well, not meant to overwhelm me.

    Blogger Development & Fiction

  9. What a great point you made. Books really have welded different types of genres together nicely! I think it's great that you can read a book and still enjoy it if it's a genre you don't particularly enjoy, for the sole reason of it being interwoven with other genres. Some of my favorite books I have read this year are from self-published/indie authors. Most of them have chosen specifically not to go with a publisher, not because they were turned down.

    When I first started my blog, I was worried when I didn't post something. I felt like my followers were going to be irritated or stop following me. Biggest misconception ever! It's just not possible to post 365 days a year and people don't expect you to! It's your blog, you do it how you want to. My babble factor needs some improvement, too :)

    My genre post

  10. I finally learned to make blogging fun as well. It sure helps with the stress level when I don't feel like I have to post something every single day!

  11. Oh please you need to keep babbling! It makes your blog your own :) And I like your point on how genres are blending together...I had never thought of it that way before.
    Steph @ The Unlikely Librarian

  12. Book blogging has definitely broadened my reading horizons!


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