Welcome to the Feature & Follow


Increase Blog FollowersThe Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

 

 

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How does this work? The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to WordPress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don’t have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.

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Our Feature is Guiltless Reader

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When did you start blogging?

I’m going to sound like a grandma when I answer this … but here goes. I started blogging in 2005! I started out as a foodie blogger which chronicled how we (me and my family) got unstuck from our food rut. After all, one needs to eat, why not make it an adventure? (My blog is still semi-alive here if you’re curious).

Aside from good food, I also love a good book. Food for the body and food for the soul are equally important. Just like my reforming my eating habits, I thought it would be great to push myself out of my comfort zone when it came to my reading material. So I started sporadically blogging about books in 2007.

What is your favorite part of book blogging? There are so many great things about book blogging. First is that I love that I stumble upon so many new reads, books and genres and authors that I otherwise probably wouldn’t come across. Second is just being part of this huge virtual reading community (readers, authors, publishers, etc); I really feel like I’m part of something greater and grander then I ever imagined as my reading life was always a solitary, private sort of thing. I love how much the community has grown (it’s mind boggling at how much it has grown!) and I know all our reading lives are richer for it.

What type of books do you mainly blog about? I’m an eclectic reader so I don’t blog about a specific genre. I am willing to try any genre and embrace variety in my reading fare. And because I can’t help myself when I see bookshelves, libraries, bookish art, bookmarks and anything bookish, I also blog about those too! Short answer: I blog about books and all things bookish!

What is your favorite book(s)? Oh no. Please don’t ask me to choose. Ok, ok, some favorites so far: Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel by Susannah Clarke, Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, most of Neil Gaiman’s stuff … ok, you probably should just go check my favorites shelf on Goodreads instead

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging? Authors commenting on my reviews. I always get a little buzz when that happens! I feel like they have deigned to anoint their blessings on their readers. Seriously, I love that readers and authors come together so easily and so naturally in the book blogging community!

 

 

 

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This weeks Question:

Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other then your home)

I can’t read at busy places, I can’t go to a coffee shop and read, or pull up a chair in Barnes & Noble and just zone out because I’m such a people watcher. So, it has to be quiet. The best place has to be the beach. I love to go to the beach and read.

Parajunkee, Urban Fantasy, Blogger TipsNew Feature! Next weeks question will be a Activity!

Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other then your home)

Also if you are worried about your followers not knowing how to follow you — here are some great banners that you might use:

RSS GFC email bloglovin

 

Right Click, Save to your hard drive, upload to your #FF post and link to the “subscribe” link of your choice.

RULES

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Happy Follow Friday!