Friday, July 13, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (2)

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Here are the rules to the blog hop!
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

This is a question I love to answer because my story is a little unusual. At first, when I started doing reviews last December for Amazon, I was all about the free books because I was spending way too much on my Kindle and needed a free hobby. Then I really started getting into meeting new authors and supporting their novels. I ended up keeping in touch with a number of them through email or Goodreads and realized that I could generate more interest for these authors through a blog (plus, several of them mentioned that I should go ahead and start one since I had a ton of material already). It's been such a great adventure, and I'm thrilled that after a month, my little blog has so much traffic! Have a great Friday!


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  1. Hi Christina,

    Just stopping by from the hop; thanks for stopping by my blog. New follower. It's pretty cool that your author friends were the one who encouraged you to start blogging.

  2. Great answer! It's awesome that you know loads of authors!
    New follower via GFC! Thanks so much for stopping by my FF this week! :D

  3. I love to keep in touch with my favourite authors, too :-)

  4. Hi thanks for following back. I like your answer. You know when I started blogging I didn't even know you could get free books. It is a great perk though

  5. Well, I have seen your name on almost every single one of the Feature Follow posts of bloggers I follow and realized, I have never seen your name before. :)

    AND- you started blogging right about the same time I did! :)

    New follower via GFC and Linky -
    Please come follow me back :)

  6. Hi Christina, thankyou for your kind comments and visiting, you have a lovely blog and the idea of supporting authors with their books is noble and wonderful :D **Followed you back via GFC**

  7. That's a wonderful answer! <3
    Thank you for stopping by, I'm a new Linky follower ^_^

    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian

  8. Congratulations on your lovely blog. :) I saw you were from St. Louis- YAY!!! Love the STL, the zoo is fantastic.

    Isn't blogging just so much fun? I love meeting other bloggers but the books you makes it all worth it. :)

    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog. :-) WOW, being ranked 2000 is awesome! I'm newly following you via Linky also! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Tamara @ Shelf Addiction

  10. I like the fact you were already into reviewing before you started blogging. When I started I had only written probably two reviews for school or something lol I'm glad you started blogging though - I love reading everyone's reviews - especially for books I've already read, I like seeing what others think! Thanks for commenting on the blog! I'm a new follower!

  11. That's such a nice thing about book blogging! The first time an author emailed me, I screamed my head off.

    New follower:)

  12. It's so cool that you were reviewing before book blogging! I need to start posting my reviews on Amazon, too...

    Great answer, Christina.(:

  13. I love being able to keep in contact with authors I like as well. Thanks for following, I'm now following back (GFC)!

  14. Thanks for stopping by - new GFC follower.

    My thoughts exactly. The free books were the immediate and initial appeal, but interacting with the authors is what keeps me going.

    Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

  15. We authors love to be in contact with book bloggers, too! It's so fun to network as a community of book-lovers! I'm so glad you started your blog! Happy Friday! (New follower via GFC!)

  16. It's great that you started blogging. I love reading your reviews!
    Thanks for stopping by. :)
    Old follower

  17. That's awesome! I've stumbled onto countless of new authors because of other bloggers! Even just the online community in general too! I use to hang out on forums a lot of some authors, but have fallen short in the past few years. I remember at the time when Rachel Vincent had the Pride up and running, friends told me I had to give Richelle Mead's books a shot and I ended up loving them!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    I was a featured blogger!!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  18. Great answer! Thanks for stopping by and following, I'm following you back :)

  19. I think that most blogs start with GR or Amazon. However, Amazon and I don't always get along. I hate that you have to not put spoilers or no pics. Sigh. That is why I love GR so much more.

    Followed ya back! :o)

    Thanks for stopping by my page.

  20. Hey, thanks for stopping by and following. Great answer too.

    New follower via GFC

  21. I love helping to promote new authors too. :) NIce to meet you!

  22. Forming relationships with authors is one of my favorite things in the entire world!

    Thanks for stopping by this weekend...

    New follower!

  23. Old follower returning visit. Great reason for starting your blog

  24. It's cool, many people switched from either amazon or goodreads, blogging is so much more fun when combined with them!

  25. I haven't left many reviews on Amazon, but it sounds there is a great community over there. I should branch out.

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I followed ya back.

  26. Hi Cristina You have a great blog for only a month old thanks for commenting on my blog

    new follower


  27. You are doing awesome in just a month! Congrats! Hope you have a great weekend!

    New Follower

    My FF

  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Returning the follow via gfc. Fantastic review of Everneath!

    Jess@ Jessy's Bookends

  29. Lovely answer. Similar to mine.

    ~Shane @Itching for books
    thanks for stopping by earlier. new follower via GFC

  30. Hey Christina. I love your answer - one of my favourite things about blogging has been meeting authors and being exposed to great books I may not have heard about otherwise!

    Following you back! :)

  31. Great answer :) It's great that you started out on Amazon and then GR and then finally making your blog! Congrats on your month! you're doing so well! Keep up the great work :)

    Following you back via GFC :)

    Ana♥ Beach Bum Reads

  32. My favorite part about blogging is discovering all the wonderful books out there :) Thanks for swingin' by! I'm following you too

    Happy Reading :)

  33. I didn't start having an Amazon account until a couple of months ago, but I've done reviews on Good Reads since January of last yeart.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am following you back!

  34. That's a great answer! It's very different from most stories, I think!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog too! I'm adding on as a follower!

    Tammy @ Into the Mystic

  35. I love blogging and finding new things to read!

    Thank you for stopping by and for the follow, I'm following back!

  36. It's great to have a blog and tie in all of our review platforms! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Returning the follow via GFC. :)

  37. Thanks for stopping by! I followed you back via GFC! Happy weekend!

  38. Thanks for stopping by follow back GFC:)
    Book Review Club

  39. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely Comment. I am following you back, My blog is not that old itself, Thanks again and I love your post as well.

  40. Hey there! I just started following you!
    Here is my FF :
    Thanks (:

  41. Thanks for popping over, its great to see the power of blogs working so well for authors xx

  42. Thanks for following and the compliment! ^^
    Am now following you back :D And I spend waaay too much on books too :D Obsessions~

  43. Hey! Thanks for following my blog! I stopped by to return the favor ;)

    Vanya D. @ YA Story Teller

  44. Thank-you for becoming a new follower, a bit late but I followed you back!

    Scribing Shadows

  45. Thanks for the follow, following you back!

    If you like free books, I recommend you join Netgalley if you haven't already!