Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Tuesday Thingers: Here's My Review!

This week's Tuesday Thingers topic:

Do you post links to your reviews? Here on Library Thing, or anywhere else? How else do you like to promote your site?

Well, I don't really promote my site. I know I should, and I intend to do more of that this year. I mostly write my blog for my own enjoyment and edification, but I'm happy and flattered and grateful when someone stops by – so I guess I need to try being a little more public.

But I do sometimes post my reviews on LibraryThing (and that reminds me – I've got a couple I need to post). And for a while, I was posting links to my reviews on LT's "Blog the Book" message board, but I haven't been very faithful about that. I do try to include links to my reviews in the updates to my 50 Book Challenge thread at LT. And I've thought about posting my reviews on Amazon, but I've never actually done it. Don't know why not – guess I really should try it. Goodness knows I've benefited from the reviews others have posted there.

Giveaways? Well, I really don't do giveaways. I'm not generally very enthusiastic about entering contests or sweepstakes or competitions. And I've found that most of the books being given away on the various blogs I read are usually books I already own or have read. And also, hosting a giveaway requires a lot more time and organizational effort that I really want to expend (I'd rather be reading). Although I know it could be a super way to attract more visitors to my blog. So maybe that's another new adventure for this year. At the moment, I'm mostly concentrating all my time and energy on catching up on reviews – as usual, I'm running just a little slow. If I wait much longer, I'll have forgotten I ever read those books!

**Edited to add: Almost forgot about Here Be Reviews. I'm signed up there, and I'm assuming my reviews show up somewhere on the site, but I don't check it very often. Also, I have a WordPress blog where I was cross-posting my reviews, but I haven't kept that up for a while now. Do I seem a little hit-or-miss about all this?**

Tuesday Thingers is a weekly meme aimed at LibraryThing users and enthusiasts, hosted by Wendi of Wendi's Book Corner. (Thanks, Wendi!)


  1. It is a lot of work to host giveaways at times. I'm taking a bit of a break as it does take away from other things and I don't want to always have a giveaway. It is nice to pass on books to others and some of the publishers are very generous in their offers to send books directly to the winners. It's finding the right balance that works for you.

    My Tuesday Thinger post is My post is HERE.

  2. The first couple of times I had a contest, I wrote everyone's name down and picked from a hat. That was a lot of work. Now I just use random.org and it is way less time consuming.

  3. I have posted about giveaways before and I can't say I am really very positive about the idea. I did one...about a book I really wanted to promote...and it greatly increased my traffic while the contest was on. But I think most people can to enter...but few stayed to read or comment elsewhere.
    I don't blame people for wanting to win something...Hey, I have entered contests too...but I don't really want them to come to my blog for just that.

    Or maybe I am wrong...lol

  4. Oh - I forgot about Here Be Reviews! Yes - I'm part of that too. I love that site and do use it to search for reviews sometimes.

    As for giveaways - you are right - they do take a lot of time and effort. . . I'm actually cutting back a bit. LOL

    Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week. ~ Wendi


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