A: Ask. Ask. Ask. Always ask permission. And if they don't get back with you, it doesn't mean that you have permission. You really shouldn't repost anything, unless you have permission. Copying might be the highest form of flattery, but it can piss someone off royally when they go to your site and see that you've posted their review, or article – even if you do give them credit, and they didn't know about it.
This a personal choice made by the subscriber. You can choose daily trends, weekly updates and even instant updates. There is nothing you can do about it.
A: They use html. Creating a link is one of the easiest forms of HTML that you can do. This is what I usually use as my signature in a comment.
This is what the link looks like:
XOXO <a href="http://www.parajunkee.com/">Parajunkee</a>
Put your link where I have my link in red. Notice that my XOXOXOs are outside of the links, but my Parajunkee is inside, so just Parajunkee is linked.
A good way to just make your link without typing it is, just link something in blogger and then go into EDIT HTML and find your link and copy and paste the code. Remember to preview the comment to see if it is working.
A: If it is an image that the blogger created, asked permission. If it is a general public widget, you are more than welcome to use it for your blog. The only time someone would get upset is if it is specifically created for their blog and not for general consumption.
A: Only if that person checked off subscribe to these comments. There really isn't a way to force it. But if there is a way that might be able to notify commentors I haven't heard of it, maybe someone can chime in if they know how to do it.
A:Quick answer - blogger is for intermediate users, Wordpress is for advanced. Blogger is great because everything is FREE, everything is easy to use and is very stable, but at some point you might outgrow your blog. You might want to add certain features that just aren't available. Then it might be time to move to Wordpress, but you'll have to pay money.
I recommend Blogger for people that don't want to pay a dime. Wordpress for people that want to push their blogs to the max and are willing to pay money to do it. I hope this answers your question. And everything for wordpress is more expensive.
Example: Wordpress domain $17 (same domain through godaddy or wherever that usually cost 9 - 12 they just add on that 5 or so bucks to switch your name servers)
Blogger domain: $10 - they don't charge you a thing for switching those name servers
A:Ah, blogger jealousy. I love it, because you know you've experienced it to! You've gone to BLOGGER X, who has like 50 followers and they have an ARC of let's say FOREVER and you are like WTF? How did you get that?! I want that sooo bad! They aren't even making ARCs of FOREVER! OMG if you were standing next to me on the bus I would push you over and grab it from your hands, read it as quick as possible then mail it back to you with a big apology and a $20 amazon.com gift card. But I want to read that book so bad and it is not FAIR FAIR FAIR. I so hear you on this one Chloe. It happens to all of us. And I'm not just saying that, a certain friend of mine, that will remain nameless will probably think I "faked" this question just for her cause she was lamenting on the exact same thing (but I didn't this is a real question).
Are you ready for a Parajunkee analogy?
There are ten guys that go to Vampire High School. Only ten. There are three hundred girls. Of course the guys are inundated with propositions on a daily basis. The senior prom comes along and you want to go with CHUCK, hottest of the hot. Wanted by all the girls, he's the next best thing. What do you think will get CHUCK to notice you out of those 300 girls jockeying for his attention? Sitting in your desk, minding your own business with a sticker on your shirt that says I >3 CHUCK, or if you walked up to him, tapped him on the shoulder and said. "Hi I'm Chloe. I frickin' am hot for you. Go to the prom with me."
Now, granted CHUCK might turn you down. But at least it got you noticed and maybe for the next dance he might remember that awesome girl that tapped him on the shoulder.
Does this make sense? Big pubs and authors will not come to you. You have to go to them. You have to say hello, send and email, introduce yourself, your blog and say that you are dying to read X book. Request. Request. Request.
Here are some tips:
- Be professional. Polite. Courteous.
- Put REVIEW REQUEST BOOK NAME in the subject line
- Include the ISBN number in the email
- Include your mailing address
- Include your blog URL
- Include your name
- Include how long you have been in operation
- And if you want an interview or giveaway, in that is email is where you should ask.
- Look on the pubs sites, there is usually a CONTACT US link and if you dig deep enough most all of them have a REVIEW REQUEST email
And let me follow this up with. No matter how many followers you have, there will always be someone that has a book you want desperately and you just can't seem to get --- I've been dying to get Enclave. DYING!! It was supposed to come, but it never came. So, here I sit. Totally jealous of Julie from My 5 Monkeys cause she always gets all the cool books!!! It released two weeks ago and I'm deflated. I want to cry. See, blogger envy, what a killer!!!
But, you really shouldn't be jealous, because there are so many books out there and you can't get a hold of all of them. You can't get in on all the coolest contests, no matter how hard you try. Who knows that blogger with only 50 followers might have been tweeting at the right time and landed an ARC giveaway or something...it might have been the highlight of their year. It's not always about followers, sometimes it is about luck.
That's it folks. Talk Less. Read More. Happy Thursday. Also, I don't have a Follow Friday person, because they didn't get back to me, so the first person to comment in here that they want the Friday Feature gets it.