Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014: A How-To Guide

In less than a week, Armchair BEA 2014 will be kicking off another great year filled with daily topics, guest posts, giveaways galore, and so much more! Before all the excitement really begins, we thought we would share a little how-to guide to aid in making Armchair BEA the most successful for you!

GET REGISTERED: If you have not already registered, you can do so here. You can also confirm that you are an official participant by checking out our 2014 Participant List here.  Please note that this list is manually updated and you will not see your name appear immediately after registering.

KNOW THE AGENDA: Last month, we shared the official agenda with all of you. Just like last year, we have dual daily topics -- one for blogging and one for books.  However, unlike last year, we will be having only one linky (with the exception of GIVEAWAY day) for you to link up to.  Be sure you are paying attention to the directions for linking up to make it easier for other participants to visit your contributions (more information below and also posted with each linky).

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CALENDAR:  For those planners in the group or for those that need reminders, be sure to subscribe to the official Armchair BEA calendar!  You can see all the information in one place for this great event, including daily topics, Twitter parties, and the Instagram challenges.

LINKING UP TO DAILY TOPICS: Daily topics will be posted at 12:00 Midnight EST to coincide with the BEA in real time. This is your chance to link up as well as visit all the other participants' entries. For convenience purposes, we do request that you turn off word verification for your comments during this week to allow ease of conversation for all those participating.

When linking up to daily topics, please use the following format for ease of navigation from other participants:  Name @ Blog Name - Daily Topic Represented (i.e., Sally @ Armchair BEA - Literature OR Sally @ Armchair BEA - Introduction & Literature).  Please use only permalinks (links going directly to the designated post) when linking up.

LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC DAILY TOPIC?:  ALL the posts throughout the week can be chaotic and the daily topics can oftentimes get lost in the shuffle.  For easy navigation, refer to our Agenda/Quick Links tab at the top of our website.  Everything will be linked up as it goes live right here!

PREP YOUR INTRODUCTIONS: The first day of the event, we ask that you introduce yourself using a preset list of ten questions, of which it is recommended that you answer a max of FIVE.  With hundreds of participants, this allows everyone to visit as many blogs as possible without getting too bogged down.  You can find the 2014 questions here.

TWITTER PARTIES: We are so excited to be hosting a Twitter party EVERY single day of our event this year.  Be sure to check out the full schedule here.  All Twitter parties have also been added to our official Armchair BEA Calendar.  Follow @ArmchairBEA as well as #ArmchairBEA to receive the full experience of the bookish chatter!  We also recommend using Tweetdeck or Tweetchat to follow the conversation.  It often moves very quickly and can be difficult to follow on the main platform.

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE: We are excited to host our Instagram Challenge again this year!  Click here for more information.  

GIVEAWAYS: If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit our list of sponsors and their items available through the giveaways, be sure to check them out here. You may want to even begin making your wish list in case you are a chosen winner this week!  And, don’t hesitate to send a shout-out to any and all of our sponsors throughout the week!

ARMCHAIR BEA IMAGES: We have specialized buttons for Armchair BEA that can be found on our new Images Page. If you choose to use these images, please be sure to give credit to where credit is due (our designers!).

FOLLOW BEA LIVE: For those of us unable to walk the streets of New York City and the floors of the Javits Center, we do have a multitude of online correspondents who will be sharing all the latest and greatest with us. Be sure to check back throughout the day, subscribe to the website, and/or follow us on the social networks to stay up-to-date on all the news streaming in.

CONNECT TO THE GOOGLE+ COMMUNITY:  For those who missed the new addition this year, we now have an interactive group on Google+!  This can be an additional way to ask your questions, chat with other participants, and commiserate throughout the week of the event and beyond.  Please no spam!

GOT QUESTIONS?: If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! You are welcome to comment on the site, @ us on Twitter, post on our Facebook page or Google+ Community, or send us a direct email to armchairbea AT gmail DOT com.

Are you ready for another great year of Armchair BEA?!? We sure are and cannot wait to share the latest and greatest news with you as well as a multitude of surprises!! Here's to another great year!!