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.
A: Jinky, first you have to get a number. So count up all those extra points and entries until you have a number. So if you had 150 entries, that is your number. Go to random.org and go to the True Random Number Generator and type in the 150 in MAX area.
The number generated is your winner. In this case it would be 6.
Thanks Tami for chiming in, it is always great to get an author's perspective.
A: First off, thanks! I lurve my header too. Now, the thing about drop down menus...well they are really tricky. It takes a bit of coding knowledge. I have found a site that has a list of sites where you can try to create your own...but it might need a little code finagling also. Here is the post: Drop Down Menus (Geek Blogger)
I don't want to say that it's above your technical skill but if you do have a problem adding them, you might have to hire someone that can install them for you. There are a few bloggers out there that can do that... ;)
A: It is your blog ... do what you want. Set up your reviews any way you like, rate them anyway you like. Bloggers set up rating systems because sometimes it is not enough to just say I really liked this book, or I didn't really like this book. A rating system gives someone a quick glance at just how much they really liked the book or not. I actually did a BB101 on rating systems.
A: One way I've found is to use a Hide/Show button that you can find on a few blogger buster type sites. One quick and easy way was in this post by Tweak my Blogger
The HTML looks straight forward in that one.
A: You use graphic software and create one. I'm assuming you are talking about the actual graphic and not the grab code right underneath right? Dana, I can't really tell you how to create a graphic, depending on the program you use, or your design skills you might have to try and figure that out for yourself. I recommend Photoshop, but that is advanced software.
Or, you pay someone to make it for you. Takes the headache out of it and is much cheaper than graphic's software. (I know I'm shameless!!!)
A: You would use a Link Up widget. This tallys up the entries.
I have managed to locate these:
Mister Linkies: http://www.blenza.com/linkies/
Linky Tools: http://www.linkytools.com/
Simply Linked: http://www.simply-linked.com/
A: Hi nymfaux darlin'...I did the research and I have found it for you! Thanks Larissa!!!
Check out the Paranormal Spring Break countdown over yonder ------->
I made it at a site called Counto.
It might take a bit of messing with, but I figured it out. Best thing is to know the exact dimensions of the picture you are going to use for the background or it is going to STRETCH it all over the place.
much cheaper than graphic's software. (I know I'm shameless!!!)
A: I would do about one a day and schedule them in advance if you are ahead, too many overwhelm your readers. They are following a lot of blogs, if you are posting three reviews a day they won't be able to keep up.
I'm not saying my schedule is perfect but here is what I try to do. About three reviews a week. I definitely do one on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday I usually do a WOW meme (Waiting on Wednesday) and if I have a review I will post it in the afternoon. This is a wonderful day to do one of my After Hours reviews in the evenings. On Thursday I have two mandatory posts that go out, this one the BB101 and my evening is the Hop. So on Friday I usually like to maybe post another review. So min of 3, max of 5. I take the weekend off. This works for me, but find your own pattern.
That's it kids. Talk less. Read more. Happy Thursday.
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