Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Blogosphere

"Hey Tiffany, I need your help unpacking today."

"Sure thing, Mom. Just let me go through my blog updates."

*An hour later...*

"Tiffany, what are you doing? I need you up here!"

"Sorry, Mom! Just three posts left!" Dang it, another one just posted...

Does this happen to you? I am currently following 40 blogs, and that's just on blogger. I have even more that I get e mail updates from because they don't have the google 'follow' tool. I pick one or two more blogs to follow every day, it seems like, and I try to read all of them.

It's not just because I want to be more a part of the online writing community--it's also because I really enjoy reading what everyone has to say. Some of the books that are reviewed are absolutely fantastic, and when I pick them up I am so happy I did. People have such good advice, and great discussions can start in the comments section. It's kind of addictive.

So what do you do to manage your addiction? Do you pick and choose which ones you look at? Do you only follow a select few blogs? Do you skim over the post to see if there's anything that catches your eye and answer the question at the end?

For your reading pleasure today, I have picked out a few of my favorite blogs from this morning and posted the links here. All of these blogs are awesome in general!

"The Write Environment" on Writtled by Kelley Smith
Conversation on what your optimum writing atmosphere is. If you say something, go back! Kelley responds to every comment!

"Teaser Tuesday: LOVE ME OR LET ME DIE" by Katrina L. Lantz
Not your usual "Teaser Tuesday." Katrina shares a snippet from her WIP, a Dark Paranormal Romance that's a modern retelling of Hades and Persephone. I can promise you, it's going to be awesome!

"Blogging Platforms" on YAtopia by Sarah Nicolas
Thinking about starting a blog? Starting a second one? Changing your platform? Sarah has some great advice for you.

"Book Review: A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan" on Presenting Lenore by Lenore Appelhans
This book looks intriguing, and Lenore gives great, honest, reviews. Also, stick around on Presenting Lenore for Dystopian August! So much fun!

"He's Just Not That Into You" on Unedited by Jen Daiker
Great post on your secondary characters and how to get them to open up. The conversation in the comments section is also worth reading!

"Tell the Truth Tuesday: Balancing is A Tough Act" by Elana Johnson
Elana is wonderful, and this post just proves it. Great discussion and pointers on how we can handle our busy lives in the blogging/writing world as opposed to family, church, friends, and work. (And in my case, school.)

There you have it! Hope you enjoy the blogs!



  1. Awesome post! I struggle with this as much as the next person, but when I'm feeling really ambitious, I love following Elana's awesome power blogging routine. It works like this:

    Open your reader, scroll through and every time you see something interesting, open it in a new tab. When you have reached your max number or run out of interesting posts, start whittling through them. Read, comment, close. Read, comment, close. Read, comment, close. Just make sure to really read for comprehension and leave a meaningful comment.

    This works for me. Great links! And also *blushes* thank you so much for the amazing shout-out! You rock!

  2. Ha! I love the name of your blog -- I feel like a victim of writing myself sometimes (ah, what a fabulous obsession!). I think I follow about 200-300 blogs (rough estimate...) and I give myself about an hour a day to skim through them on Google Reader. If there's one that catches my eye, I open that blog so I can read it in a bit more depth and comment on it. Plus, I always read and comment on blogs by people who comment on mine (kind of a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" thing).

    My skimming ability's really improved since I started following blogs (and there are so many great ones out there!).

    Excellent post!
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  3. I follow over a thousand blogs. Obviously I can't visit all of them everyday, so I tend to prioritise them to my favourites and those who comment on my blog.

  4. AW! Thank you so much for mentioning me. <3

  5. Wow, Tiffany. This post is packed with great blog referrals and information. Can't wait to visit them all. Thanks!


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