Welcome to the Feature & Follow

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The 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!

How does this work? 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 – Mandee @ Compelled by Words

When did you start blogging?
Just this year, on my birthday! February 1st to be exact.

What is your favorite part of book blogging?
Meeting new people that share the same enthusiasm about books that I do. Every single person I’ve come across since I began blogging has been amazing. I have yet to experience a negative situation with an author, fellow blogger, or anyone else. This community is so tight that you feel like part of the family almost instantly. Sometimes people who read like we do are outcasts because others just don’t understand how we could love books so much. Not having many friends where I live has made me dependent on blogging to connect with those who “get me”. It’s a great feeling to be part of something like that.

What is your favorite book?
Ah, the ultimate question. It’s so hard to pick a favorite when there are just so many fantastic books out there. But I’ll go with the one that got me back into reading after high school was long over with. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. If you know me at all, then you know I have an obsession with Japan. That book started it all. I would give anything to have lived in Japan in that era and the movie was done beautifully. If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, I highly recommend it.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
That would be having authors I adore actually take time out of their crazy schedules to read my reviews of their books. I knew that the more experienced bloggers got to work with famous authors on a daily basis, but I never in a million years imagined that little old me would get any sort of recognition just for writing a review that I wasn’t even asked to write. It’s pretty amazing!

Rachel, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of all this. I can’t tell you how much you’ve made my day. Blogging is the best decision I ever made and I plan to stick around for a long time so I hope you guys are ready!

What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?
That’s easy. I would have done some research prior to posting so that I had a better understanding of what I was doing. I went into blogging to have an outlet to talk about books because my friends never wanted to hear it. But I had no idea just how important bloggers are in the bookish community. Now that I’ve been blogging for a while, I realize just how clueless I really was. But honestly I wouldn’t go back if I had the chance. Everything has happened exactly the way it was meant to so I wouldn’t want to change that. However, I would have started a LOT sooner if I knew how amazing it would have all turned out to be!


Q: What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?

I really can’t think of anything I would do differently. Maybe network a little bit more – but I think I did do it a lot — I don’t know.


Gain New Blog Followers

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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! Come back at midnight CST for the Facebook & Twitter hop!!