A: Alisha, I format my post in the HTML portion. I utilize the new Google Font Directory and separate things in DIVs. I can do this because I can code HTML and CSS. I recommend lynda.com, for a small $25 a month you get plenty of great tutorials and teach yourself HTML and if you are really a go-getter, CSS.
A: Trish - First, thank you so much, you are awesome too ;) Second, I know this is crazy, but yep they pretty much do it manually. There is no short-cut that I know of that will help you out. Personally, I have begun to track my reviews in an excel sheet on Google Docs. This would be a good way to maintain your list and you can copy and paste from that.
A: S - They would like to you to review them, that is why they sent it to you. If you said yes, to accepting that book than you really should review it. Now, if it was unsolicited, if the book doesn’t pique your interest, I wouldn’t read it. This is why I always stress to bloggers that when you get a review request in, take a look at the synopsis of the book - if you like the sound of the book, accept it, if you don’t - turn it down!! A person that doesn’t like dystopian shouldn’t accept a dystopian book for review. You’ll end up writing a bad review. And that, my friend is what a publisher does not want.
A: I would suggest changing the font color in your CSS and not in the blogger editor. If you are primarily changing your colors in your Blogger Editor, maybe think about changing your overall body font to that color. This way it will show up in black in your reader instead of that light font.
A: Artsy - You know, your blog is yours so do what you want with it. You want to stick that picture of yourself with Tiana the Disney Princess on your sidebar, by all means have at it. Want to show off your ten billion cats, why not? Does it make you look unprofessional? Yes. Professional entertainment blogs, web pages and newspapers do not have pictures of the owners dogs and cats on it. But, is it your aspiration to be a professional looking blog? That is the main question. If the answer is you want to look professional, I would take off all the riff-raff. If you aim is to look like a sole person’s blogging outlet, then keep the pics up. It is all about your intentions as a blogger. I think family pics might inspire a family friendly environment and not give the more rigid feel of professional type blogs, but I don’t know if they inspire more trust than a more professional looking blog. I guess it is really a matter of opinion - if you trust a down-home girl, that likes cats more than a professional blogger’s opinion than you’ll like the blog with the pictures of the cats.
A:Hi Curious Blogger - First back up your template. Then you would go into your template designer, if your professionally designed template allows it (if a caution prompt comes up it is not allowed) and one in you would go to the tab that says ADVANCED. Once you click on that a series of options become available that allows you to change color and fonts. Depending on the template base that was used you can change your gadget titles, post titles and even the post font, click around in there and take a look, you might be surprised at what you can do! If your template was created before the switch over to the new Blogger Templates, you might want to contact your designer and ask for an upgrade...they might do this for you for a very small fee. I know I transitioned a few of my clients from their old templates to the new templates with very little headache and I don’t think I charged much.
A:Hi Natasha - I have a feature just like that called Parajunkee After Hours. I just put a image on the post and a warning that says for mature audiences only. There is no way to limit a section of your blog without limiting the whole thing.
A:Hi Aimee, it is ok to let that author know that you are a fan, but maybe keep it a bit low key. Like what do you think is more professional:
Girl walks into an author signing. It is her turn at the table. She looks at the author and says, “Thank you for coming to my town, Ms. Author. I really enjoy your books, especially BOOK WONDERFUL, which had me up late at night reading until I finished. I really appreciate your craft.”
Girl walks into an author signing. She is dress like the author’s main character, right down to the gold Lamé shorts that the character sports. When it is the girls turn at the table to get her book signed she begins jumping up and down excitedly. “OMG OMG I am sooo excited to meet you!! You are the bestest author on the planet. That one scene where Markolla and Vanesalita hook up in the space ship with the Mongo Demon was just like EPIC and I had to stay up all night to get through to the end to find out if Vanesalita was really related to Markolla...and then when I finished it I couldn’t sleep because all I was thinking about what that cliffhanger and how I had to read your next book. And here it is. And I’m freaking out because I have to read it. LIke right now. SO you rock!!!”
I’m sure that the author will be thrilled with either response, in face a fangirl response might make their day. But if your aim is a certain professionalism...save the Squee!! for your buds. But, between you and me, I totally fangirled out on a few authors that got in touch with me, oh yeah and a certain publicists that thinks I’m a little off my rocker.
A:Hi again Aimee! You are trying to stump me! I think it has to do with comment moderation. Give this a try, go to you DASHBOARD > SETTINGS > COMMENTS
What do you have for, WHO CAN COMMENT? It should be Anyone.
Also, scroll down under Comment Moderation. If you want moderate them, click ALWAYS. I have mine set that posts older than 3 days have to be moderated, just so I give them special attention. If you don’t want to moderate click NEVER.
Then there is this next section: Email Address.
We will email you at this address when a non-member leaves a comment on your blog. Leave blank if you don't want to receive these emails.
Keep it blank and you won’t be emailed, I think this might be the section you are worried about. Take your email out if it is in there, and maybe you won’t have the anon problem anymore.
A:Hey Not Going to BEA - Personally, no I don't think it is rude. I think the IMM meme is an outlet. A genius idea by the fab Story Siren. It is a promotional tool that bloggers use. We all know that we can't get to all the books that come in. So we do a promo post with the book listed. A quick way of saying, check it out, look at what I'm interested in, without actually reviewing the books.
Look, I know where you are coming from. Just put that grumpiness in check. I'm going to look at those IMM lists of all the BEA attendees and literally froth at the mouth. And I remember last year how much a few blogger "brag" posts pissed a tiny bit of the blogger population off. But, intrinsically it is just that nasty little book blogger jealousy rearing it's ugly head again. Stomp down that jealousy! Be happy for those BEA attendees - they paid for those books by purchasing attendance badges, plane tickets and hotel rooms...they deserve those books. Not to mention, most of those blogger come back and give away a TON of the books they get. Win. Win. In my book.
That's it folks. Talk Less. Read More. Stop being jealous. Happy Thusday.
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