Today for BB101 this will be a two parter. This is the second part, actually about books and book related things.

Spawned from the Big Sis, Little Blog program, Book Blogging 101 was born. Do you have a question? Leave it in the google docs form and I’ll try and answer them in the order they are received.

Question #1:

What do you do to network your blog? Anonymous

A: To be perfectly honest, I really don’t actively network my blog. I actually stopped at 1,000 followers. I got a little overwhelmed when I hit that number and felt rather pressured to actually be intelligent and write intelligent things, so I stopped actively pushing my blog on other people. But, to help you out, I’ll let you know what I did when I was networking.

  1. I scoured the web and found other blogs like mine and said ‘Hi!’
  2. I joined and I actively participated in the forum, joined groups and signed up for blog tours
  3. I jumped on twitter and started following people and tweeting out my posts, having conversations, used hash tags
  4. I joined Facebook and Networked Blogs on Facebook and found others with similar interest
  5. I joined, made friends, commented on reviews, joined groups
  6. I found other blogs like mine and followed them
  7. I participated in blog hops and memes, left my link and followed others that participated
  8. Most importantly I made sure my content was something people would want to read by:
    1. Proof-reading my reviews and making sure they were as error free as I could get them
    2. I participated in memes that were pertinent to what my audience wanted to read, tried not to post, just to post
    3. I started columns that I thought would be helpful, came up with original ideas and didn’t try to mimic or ‘be like’ anyone else
    4. I tried to do ‘interactive’ posts that got my readers participating. I asked questions, or stimulated with posts that got people thinking and commenting
    5. I hosted contests of books that I liked and thought others would like to read also

Mainly…I didn’t just sit back and wait for others to find me. Some do, they will come, but I made sure that people knew I was there.

Question #2:

I heard ALA was in New Orleans this summer. Can I stay at your house? – Jerry

A: Well, Jerry. I really don’t think that would go over well with the hubs, but maybe the New Orleans blogger chicks might be able to recommend hotels. We might just put a post out on the topic. Stay tuned.

Question #3:

I actually saw a blog that had a meme like the one I created almost same title but they changed a word around, they even do it on the same day as me. Same thing as mine and this person is a follower of my blog so it’s not like they didn’t know. I want to write a post and claim that I did it first, would this be petty?Anonymous

A: I think, if I were you, I might hold off on doing a post claiming first rights, because really chances are, you might not have done it first. There might be another blog out there that you don’t even know about that has a similar meme and doing a post might leave you open to have a bit of egg on your face if someone comes back with a retaliation. There are so many similar memes out there, to claim ownership of one is a bit iffy. The only time I would put up a fight is if they have used a graphic of yours or if they are ‘copying’ your content.

Your followers will know who came up with it first. If the other blog is using similar ideas, think of it as flattery. They obviously saw that your idea was so freakin’ awesome that they had to use it themselves, but they weren’t creative enough to even think of a better name, so they just had to change one word. Total flattery. It’s like when you wear something really hot to work or school and in a week or two you notice that others are wearing similar outfits. You started a trend… go you, you trend setter.

I really see it all over the bloggyverse. It might cause some hurt feelings, when one blog copies off another. Some of them can’t even use a different day, or name…, I would just recommend that if it is not an exact copy, don’t worry about it. But, if you do see that they are directly copying you, try writing an email first. Think of it as a friendly, cease and desist sort of thing.

Not directly copying? Wish them well, but use it as an affirmation to yourself. Try to make the content of your meme great, thereby inspiring friendly competition. Let’s take children’s cartoons as an example.

There has been a channel called Nick Jr for awhile. First it was called Noggin and then for branding purposes they renamed to Nick Jr. It is a channel without interruption that caters to toddlers. Pretty ingenious really and I have to give it to Nickelodeon for coming up with it. There was a big article written that young children are susceptible to advertisements because they don’t know how to distinguish fact from fiction so TV in general was banned from small children. Nick swooped down as the savior and came up with this channel.

Well, now there is a Disney Jr. that will be launched in February. Really Disney? You couldn’t come out with a better name?? How will they compete? Nick doesn’t have the rights to Jr. If so, Burger King would have swooped down a long time ago. But, they can make great shows, offer fun inside stuff for the kids etc. And, really they are already a head of the game… I see a lot more Dora & Diego stuff out there than Handy Manny and Imagination Movers. See…it really is all about the content.

Make a political statement, stop following the person and maybe just forget about. In the book blogging world there are tons of variations of Teaser Tuesdays and Waiting on Wednesdays… and even think about blog titles… how many blogs do they have out there with similar names, styles, designs? I personally have had my design copied, not directly copied, but it was so similar that people told me about it.  What did I do…redesign and made it better. Or at least I hope it is better. Good luck.

Question #4:

How does one create a logo?  I really like how everyone has an avator or a cartoon logo. – Book Snob Wannabe

A: You make one yourself with design software or you hire someone to do it for you. There are a lot of fun software programs that let you mix and match clip art and text to come up with just the right thing, but if you don’t think you can handle such an endeavor there are a lot of great designers out there that have affordable prices that can come up with some neat work. There are even some amateur designers that might do it for you in exchange for a good book 😉

Question #5:

I’ve become friends with a blogger, through twitter, but her blog is really bad. She doesn’t spell check her reviews and they are not coherent. She’s been asking me why I don’t stop by her blog  and comment and why I don’t have her button on my sidebar, but I really don’t want to associate my blog with hers because it really is bad. I feel like I just need to do it so she won’t bother me anymore, but when I think about it, I would never ask other blogger friends why my button isn’t up on their blogs. I think it is rather pushy.  Anonymous

A: I feel like Ann Landers or something with that question. Is that her name? From my POV I would never ask a friend of mine why they didn’t have my button up. You don’t want to have my button up, that is fine, friendship doesn’t = free advertising. I’ve had to sever ties in the blogger world, either from people acting in ways that I didn’t want to associate with, or because I felt like they kept on expecting something out of me that I didn’t feel comfortable delivering. If this person is someone you truly consider a friend, make the effort and comment on their blog and put up their button, but if they are just a casual associate maybe let them know that you don’t appreciate being constantly asked about it. That you have a lot of things on your plate — and a guilt trip wasn’t part of your itinerary for this week. Just maybe say it nicely if you want them to continue to like you.

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