Top Ten Tuesday – Things that Make Blogging Easier



Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list ten things that make my life as a book blogger easier.

I love this topic. This is the ideal opportunity for me to appreciate all the great resources at my disposal, and it’s a great meme. I can’t wait to read what tools help make other book bloggers lives easier. I could definitely do with some tips.

  1. Amazon: Yes, the big bad online retailer that is swallowing up all the book shops. Why do I love Amazon so much? Well, this was the first online tool I had access to that made me realize just how many books/genres are out there.

    The sad fact is that most bookshops in India stock mostly best sellers, self-help, and non-fiction, and so before I started blogging, I really didn’t have much knowledge about what’s available out there. Also, I don’t have many bookish friends in my real life, so I really love and rely on Amazon recommendations and they work really well for me.

  2. WordPress: Every blogger needs a blogging platform, right? And WordPress has long been my platform of choice. I love its various features such as Copy a Post, which makes my regular tag posts (Teaser Tuesdays, Wordless Wednesdays, Top Ten Tuesdays) a breeze.

    Another great WordPress feature is their Media Library where I can upload images and just link to them from different posts- huge time and space-saving. I can even do some quick edits to images.
    And of course I have to mention their awesome themes. OK…let’s stop right here and say WordPress rocks, and makes blogging so very pleasurable and easy.

  3. Other bloggers: Yes, other bloggers make my blogging life easier. How? Well, by their comments. It’s so encouraging when people drop by to comment or like a post.

    It doesn’t feel like I am writing only for myself, the interaction makes blogging more rewarding and therefore easier to keep plugging away.
    In addition, blogger buzz about books is another great way to know about new books that may not catch my attention. A good example is Gone Girl – a book I read and loved, and got to know about solely because of some great reviews out there.

  4. Goodreads: This is not my only resource but I usually use goodreads for copying and pasting the book synopsis before I start my review (always with due credit). This usually matches what’s there on the back of the book, but it’s so much easier to copy and paste rather than write it out all over again.

    Also, I don’t always reuse the book synopsis. A lot of times, I write it out in my own words, but if I am short on time or behind in my book reviews, this short cut works for me and is really useful.

  5. Wikipedia: I love wikipedia for all the great research and obscure facts I can dig up about books. Plus knowing a little more about the setting and context of some books makes it easier to appreciate.

    I know my appreciation for books such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Black Angel were enhanced after a little Wikipedia research :).

  6. Tech: Here I give thanks to my internet connection (even if it goes down in every storm). Also, my blogging schedule really came into its own once I purchased an iPhone and an iPad.

    Apps like Evernote for note-taking and syncing on all my devices, Instagram (for taking photos for my blog), and A Beautiful Mess for making my terrible photos just a little bit prettier are awesome tools. All these tools are a boon for busy bloggers who have to steal time from real life in order to keep the blog on a schedule.

  7. Publishers and book publicists who keep me well stocked with newish books that provide enough fodder for this blog to flourish.

    If not for them, I would be reading and blogging about 10-year-old books and no one would be reading my reviews.

  8. Google: Just because I found so many of these great resources using Google search 🙂

And um…well, that’s all really. I think I’ve really drilled down deep making this list. And so even if it not a top ten list, it is the definitive list for me.

What are the tools/things/features that make blogging easier for you?

  • Amazon, Goodreads and my Kindle makes my reading life much easier 🙂

    • @Melinda: I am thinking of getting a kindle, seriously tempted but that would mean just another virtual towering TBR list 🙂

  • Great list! That’s true about Wikipedia, it’s a good resource to double-check on certain details about a novel and additional facts. I love how everyone’s more or less mentioned GoodReads this week 🙂

    My TTT

    • @Lianne: I know, goodreads really is a boon for book bloggers 🙂

  • Amazon was the original Goodreads for me. It was where I occassionally reviewed books, read reviews, added books to my wishlist, etc. So I get where you are coming from!

    I’m definitely thinking of switching to WP, and even though I am very good at adapting to new programs and such, every time I look at it, I just get overwhelmed.

    I can’t wait until they do an Android version of the A Beautiful Mess app!!

    Great list! & thanks for stopping by my post earlier! Have an awesome Tuesday 🙂

    • @Racehlia: It still is, I love their recommendations engine or whatever they call it. I love how they have lower priced options for books, the variety everything…

      If you are comfortable with Blogger, there’s really no need to change. I used Blogger for sometime, but really didn’t like the text editing area and so I moved my blog to WordPress. I’ve been thinking of self-hosted now for the past few months but it just seems like too much work for me.

      I love that Blogger has great customization options. You have a lovely blog.

  • Not sure where my earlier comment went 🙂 I used to refer to book reviews on Amazon a lot, before Goodreads came into existence. I am thankful to WP and other bloggers 🙂

    • @Ava: Yeah, goodreads has a great community. I actually don’t use it too much…just for stalking what everyone else is reading, and to maintain a list of books I own.

    • @Ava: and of course for the story synopsis 🙂

  • I completely agree with you about WordPress. I love it! I also use Amazon a lot because I don’t have an independent seller near me. Great list!

    • @Chrissi Reads: Yeah, Amazon is a boon for people who don’t have access to good libraries or book shops.

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  • I agree totally with you on wordpress, fellow bloggers and book publicists. Reading this has helped me gain some more clarity on book blogging. Thnx 🙂

  • SRS

    Nice – Can I also work on these prompts? How does it work? Btw I am a big fan of Amazon too!!

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