BBAW, the Final Send Off

It has been a crazy week of book blogging and celebrations, and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who voted, participated, commented, read, and brought the giveaways and posts to the community.  You’re all fantastic people and your voices have been heard.

I also want to thank you for voting for my blog as Best Poetry Blog.  I appreciated that more than you know.

Three Tips for Blogging:

1.  Be Creative:  Come up with your own events, challenges, review formats, weekly features, and interview questions.  Take inspiration from other blogs, television, your neighbors, strangers on the subway, and wherever else you find it.

2.  Try it Out:  Even if you try out an idea and it doesn’t work, you gave it a chance.  You should also give it more than a few weeks.  Keep the events, formats, and other stuff you try going for a month or more because the blogging world is so big, it takes more time to get noticed.  You can help that along by following tip #3.

3.  Spread the Word:  Facebook, Twitter, and commenting are your friends.  Its how you make connections, how you build a following, and how you inform others of what you are doing.  This works for your reviews, your interviews, your giveaways, your events, and more.  If you are starting your own challenge, you should submit the information to the Novel Challenge blog.

One of the latest things I’ve done is make a Facebook page for the blog, and use it to spread information about poets, interesting articles, and publishing updates and trends.  It’s been a great way to keep discussion going, and you don’t need to constantly watch it like you do Twitter.

I hope everyone had a great time this week and found some more blogs to follow and enjoy.  Take the time to read through these new blogs and get to know the people behind them.  You’ll be richer for it.

What are your tips?

Since I received a second copy of When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, I’m going to pass one along to a book blogger. I haven’t read this yet, but it sounds fantastic.

All you have to do is comment and leave a link to your blog so I can visit.

This International giveaway ends Sept. 16, 2011, at 11:59PM EST.


  1. Great tips!

  2. Congratulations on the win! 🙂

  3. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books says

    Congratulations on your win for Best Poetry Blog, Serena!

    No need to enter my name in the drawing for WHEN SHE WOKE – I’ve read an advance copy (really liked it!) and can’t wait to discuss it with others.

    • Thanks. I’m glad to hear everyone has liked When She Woke. I’ll be reading it next month I think. I’m a bit behind in reading these days.

  4. When She Woke was REALLY good! Just saying!

  5. I think your tips are very helpful. I never considered starting a Facebook page for my blog, but it makes a lot of sense. I will definitely be considering that idea. Now if only I could get the hang of twitter!

    I would love a chance to win a copy of this book.



  6. connect, you’re support network are part of your blog.

  7. No need to enter me as I’m so wildly behind on reading, but wanted to give you a shout out for your win (you had my vote!) and to applaud your suggestions. Esp the one about giving things time — that’s been the biggest thing for me as I blog, relaxing and letting things be! 🙂

  8. Thanks for the tips. please count me in

  9. I’m really curious about this one. Sounds great.
    My tip is definitely comment people. If someone leaves me a comment, I always try and comment back on THEIR blog…unless they commented on a giveaway. Those are hard to comment back too.


  10. I liked your tips!

    As our blogs are reflect our personality, we all look out for different blogging tools. One should go for that wchich suits her/his blog. One should always keep the reasder in mind. Afterall, we all want readers on our blog. And comments!

    Here is my post:

    BBAW 2011: Readers

    And yes, do enter me!! Would love to win it!

  11. Your post title has gotten “The Final Countdown” stuck in my head 🙂

    Really great advice. I love your list of places to find inspiration! I’d like to try my hand at creating some events of my own in the near future…just have to find the time.

    As for the contest, please don’t enter me, as I got to read this one already. It is FANTASTIC and I’m so excited for whoever wins!!

  12. Trying new things is important. I like to wait until I have a short list of ideas and do them at once so that it doesn’t become a chore.

  13. Social networking is going to be on my list too when I get around to writing my post! Blogging has been much more fun since joining Twitter.

    Thank you for the giveaway! And congratulations on your award. My blog is http://theprettybooks.wordpress.com

  14. Congratulations on your well deserved win! No need to enter me.

  15. Great tips! This BBAW has been so much fun! I would love to read Jordan’s new book!

  16. I like the mysteriousness of the woman portrayed on the book cover. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.


  17. Thanks for the tips. They always help even if you’ve blogging for three years.

  18. This sounds liek an amazing read!

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