Wednesday, May 31, 2017

GUEST ARTICLE: 8 Favorite Book Blogging Tools and Resources


When I was thinking about best practices, book blogging, and what I wish someone had told me 8 years ago, this list of my favorite resources and tools immediately came to mind. It's funny thinking back to 'so long ago' when the only tool available was number 1. So many of these have come along since I've been blogging. Just as I'm sure we will add more to our toolbox in the coming years.

There have been times I've taken a slowed down or even taken an extended break from book blogging. Do you know what always brings me back? I miss the community.

These are a few of my must-have tools. I'd love to know which ones you use. Share YOUR favorites in the comments!

Favorite Resources


1. The book blogging community, itself. One of the things I love about being involved in the book blogging community is just that - it's a community. 

2. Events in the book blogging community that promote collaboration, community, and confidence in blogging like Armchair Book Expo. Another favorite event is the quarterly Bloggiesta. This page alone will teach how to do most anything you need to know as a book blogger, no matter which platform you use.

3. Edelweiss and NetGalley. Have you signed up for these sites so you can request an electronic advanced reader copy? Definitely. a. must.

4. The Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin is a fantastic plugin that will help you to track and organize your reviews. Ashley from NoseGraze also offers several book blogging themes, but if you get nothing else, the UBB plugin is a must.

Specific Tools


Canva . While there is a slight learning curve, this image design site is worth the time you invest. As focused on social media the internet has become and with the growth of Pinterest, the ability to create quick, easy, and consistent images is vital as you create your brand.

Mailchimp. If you haven't heard this yet then please allow me to impress upon you the importance of creating an email list. It does not matter if this is day one of your blog being out in the world, you NEED to start collecting emails. Mailchimp allows you to send up to 12,000 emails a month for FREE. Plus it is user-friendly with lots of tutorials.

Buffer. I've tried several of the social media share sites such as Buffer, CoSchedule, and Hootsuite. Buffer has, by far, been the easiest to use and most user-friendly (for this technologically challenged blogger!).

Google Drive. Probably the number one tool I use for everything. Within Google Drive you can draft a blog post, track the books you've received, create a budget, run a giveaway, and a million other things. You must have a gmail account to access the Drive and then it's like you've got Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel Spreadsheets at your fingertips - online AND offline!


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Stacy Millican is a mom to three grown children and YaYa to two of the sweetest boys you could ever meet. Just don’t tell the little monsters that! Descended from a family of readers on both sides it was inevitable Stacy become a voracious reader and book blogger. If she can add author to the title one day, then all her dreams will have come true. The first book that changed the trajectory of Stacy’s life was by Madeleine L’Engle: A Wrinkle in Time. Stacy’s only regret is Ms. L’Engle never saw the love letter Stacy wrote her hero from afar. Connect with Stacy: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

7 comments:

  1. I recently discovered an awesome image editing site that's even better than Canva or PicMonkey. It's called Pixlr and it's super intuitive and lets you do all the things you can do in Photoshop. It doesn't have templates like Canva, but I'll take that for all the flexibility you get and the fact that's it's completely free.

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    1. I've not heard of Pixlr - thanks so much for sharing! Off to check it out now!

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    2. Thanks, Tasha B.

      I haven't heard of Pixlr.

      Elizabeth
      Silver's Reviews
      Armchair BookExpo Introduction

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    3. Is Pixlr free of charge?

      Thanks.

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  2. Have to go and check out all these tools more in depth, but they sound wonderful. I love using Edelweiss and Netgalley, Goodreads and of course Twitter.

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    1. It's fascinating to me how Twitter is so popular with authors and bloggers while other social media sites are more popular for other types of bloggers. I'm there with you - I love Twitter and how accessible our favorite authors are on it!

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  3. What terrific tools...I have only heard of a few of them.

    THANKS so much for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    Armchair BookExpo Introduction

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