Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Day to Enter My Contest and Bloggish Thoughts of the New Year

Today is the last day to enter my Silly Little Giveaway! Enter here to win a copy of Colters' Woman!

I just realized my blog is 6 months old! Very cool. I have always loved to read and I really enjoy the comraderie and friendships in the book blog world. I think I've mentioned before that I have three kids, each about 8 years apart. With the birth of each child, I stopped reading for a few years, until they didn't need constant supervision and I could sit back with a book, confident that I could get in at least a few pages before Mommy was needed to grab something out of reach or assist with a task. My youngest child is three now, and when she was two I picked up reading again - I read the Twilight saga. Then a co-worker recommended Sherrilyn Kenyon, and then I found the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Oh my! I trolled the internet for more, more, more! Then, while I was googling sexy vampire books, I found Ms. Moonlight , Mandi, VampFanGirl, and Cecile. I had no idea there were blogs dedicated to books out there! I had been keeping a personal blog for awhile, and thought to myself, why not? My co-worker who recommended the Dark Hunters had moved to another job, and I didn't know anyone else who was into these kinds of books, so I jumped in with both feet and am so glad I did!

Now that 2010 is peeking around the corner, I'm thinking of ways to improve. I see features on other blogs that I like and thought about incorporating some of them here:

I'm wondering if I need a button? Are they better than a regular link?
I'd like to try a rating system (probably stars, I guess: 1-5 like Goodreads system?)

I'd like to link to reviews by other bloggers to the book I'm reviewing.

I've seen where some people put the ISBN # and where you can purchase it, price, etc., do people really find that helpful? I usually just write down the author and title and go to my local bookstore.

We're doing Christmas at our house, so I'll be around a bit, but headed out to Houston for New Year's Eve. I'm looking forward to the three Challenges I've signed up for and if my sidebar is any indication 2010 is going to be a great year for reading!!


  1. Congratulations on six months! I'll be following to see the changes you make. I'm having fun discovering all the blogs out there for the different genres I read.

  2. *throws confetti* Happy 6 Month Blogiversary !!!

  3. I can't believe it has been 6 months already, feels like yesterday.

    Thanks for keeping me "in the know" about all the hunky, wordy goodness.

  4. I did make a button, but no link, hm. I just did it cos it is pretty but yes you could do it :)

    Do not care so much for where to buy and stuff cos I do not do it anyway.

    Review system, I tried but gave up, so hard. But yes 1-5 is a good one, try that (do not forget the halves)

    Happy Anniversary btw!

  5. Aww, Patti.. thanks for the mention hon!!! You know I love ya! I remember when I first came across yours! I was so excited to actually have someone in the same state as me!!! Made me feel less alone in this great big world, lol!!! Now look at us!!! =)

    I think that is great that you have set up blog goals. As for the buttons... guess it is just up to you and what you can do and what you want to do. The rating system, I never tried it only because I never had the time to come up with the codes that need to go with my thoughts.. yea, I am that spastic! LOL!

    Happy 6 month Blogiversary!!!!
    Have a great one honey!

  6. Yay! *cheers* Happy 6 month Blogiversary, hon! I hope for many many more and I'll be here to see all the changes you're planning on!!
    I'm thinking myself about a button too and have the same question as you. Don't know if they are better than a regular link...
    Happy Holidays and a great New Reading Year!!