TGIF at GReads! (4) & Weekly Recap

Friday, July 15, 2011

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder.

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This week's question is:

Book Blogger Appreciation: Which book blogs have inspired you or made a difference in your blogging experience?


This list could include at least 20 people, but I'm going to try and limit myself to a few.

Small Review1. Small Review. Sometimes I worry this blog is too fangirly over Smalls. I name drop that girl like no one else. Recap post? Check. Signature? Check.

Her influence is all over this blog. She gave me the idea to properly index my reviews and features, as well as create boxes around my text. Her blogging tips posts are amazing. She's sweet, funny, and helpful. Her Newbie blogger event really helped get my blog off the ground, and I'll be her diehard fan and bosom friend forever.

I mean, she made me a signature. As a joke. In response to one of my (usually snarky) comments. I bet she never thought I'd use it. Joke's on you, Smalls!

2. The Unread Reader. Talk about amazingly nice! Missie has over 1300 followers and still manages to leave comments on so many blogs every single day (including mine, yay!). She taught me that not everyone with over 1000 followers will ignore you. Sometimes, they visit your blog. And sometimes, they leave you nice comments. And sometimes, they email you and ask you to co-host events with them. Missie reminds me that having a successful blog is about putting in the time and effort to put up quality content and have meaningful interactions with people. I'm trying to incorporate that into my blogging routine, because I look up to her so darn much!

3. Ruby's Reads. Ruby puts it all out there. She doesn't hold back. Her energy is infectious and her posts make me laugh crazy hard. She inspires me to really go there with some of my content. Say what you mean, mean what you say. She hosts interesting and unique events, she leaves tons of comments, and holds the distinction of being the first blogger to ask little old me to guest post on her blog (which I still haven't done...yet). She reminds me that blogging is about connecting with people, and that you can meet people who truly become your friends while doing so.

I also have to mention that I would never have even gotten this blog put together without the help of Writer Musings and Parajunkee's View. Tabitha at Writer Musings is the person who introduced me to the world of book blogging and I will forever be grateful to her. And Parajunkee? C'mon, who hasn't learned a thing or two from her? Her Book Blogging 101 posts have been incredibly helpful and got me started on the right foot.

Okay, enough gushing!

What blogs have influenced you?


My weekly recap is inspired by the phenomenally talented, kind and generous Small Review. If you are not already following her, you are really missing out. Also, have I mentioned how much I love Cool Text? They're the folks that allow me to make these cool (and simple) text buttons - for FREE!

If you're a first time visitor, or just didn't get the chance to stop by this week, here's what you missed:

Features
TBR 911!
I whined about all of my books like an ungrateful brat.

Reviews
LEGACY by Cayla Kluver
2/5 stars

OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon
5/5 stars
In a special review, I talked about my love for this book and the new 20th anniversary edition.

LOVER REVEALED by J. R. Ward
4/5 stars
Book club time!
Black Dagger Brotherhood Challenge

Giveaways
I'm giving away SPELLBOUND and a signed copy of THE ESPRESSOLOGIST for my July giveaway. Hop on over and enter!

Enjoy your weekend everybody!



Amazingly beautiful and painstakingly crafted signature courtesy of Small Review

15 comments:

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

All three choices are brill! They all rock! Especially Missie... but then she does have the greatest name... ;D

Missie said...

Logan!

I'm in tears here. Happy ones of course. And of course I stalk you! Can't help it. I'm attracted to smart people.

Plus, I love to annoy you with my text speak. LOL!

Ruby and Smalls are full of win. They always crack me up!

Smash Attack! said...

FAB choices! ♥

Hannah said...

"I'm trying to incorporate that into my blogging routine" and you're doing a great job! Your posts are fun to read, and hey, your comment the other day put a little smile on my face. I didn't think anybody read my little corner of the interwebs so even if you just briefly popped in, it was nice :)

As for my influences.. hmm.. plenty of people have influenced me. I suppose The Bookish Brunette has been a fairly big one, as well as several others. Book Chick City, another. Anyway approachable who tries to make their blog their own rather than "just another book blog". That's what I want to do with mine. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm, because she reviews adult books, quite a bit of contemporary fiction, which really appeals to me, among other things. There's three bloggers :)

I Read Banned Books said...

Yay for Missie!

Logan E. Turner said...

@Melissa - Ha! I respectfully disagree. Everyone knows the best name is, in fact, Logan. :)

@Missie - U R so funny! LOL! TTYL!

In all seriousness, thank you for your support. My smart digs your smart. And your hot boys with potato crotches.

@Smash - I need to add you and Gone with the Word for bringing me out of my Twitter shell!

@Hannah - I love your blog, especially with the new design! I also love the Bookish Brunette and Book Chick City, but have to check out the other one. Thanks for the recs!

@Jen - :) Yay Missie is right! I should have added you as Most Inspiring Tour Host!

Bookish Brunette said...

All three of those chicks rock my face off!!! Great choices!

Small Review said...

*sniff* Logan!! Sending you hugs my bosom friend! I think you just wrote the perfect guest list for a sleepover party.

Midnyte Reader said...

Yes, I love Missie. She is...just the best. Extremely sweet & kind & just so welcoming. Parajunkee's blog has helped me out too. I'm definitely going to check out the other blogs that you have mentioned. If you love them, I know I will too!

Logan E. Turner said...

@Bookish Brunette - And YOU rock MY face off too! :)

@Smalls - SLEEPOVER PARTY! You said the magic words. Maybe if we ever all wind up at BEA or ALA we should be roomies.

@Midnyte Reader - Yes! I promise they are well worth your time!

Rubita said...

Oh. MY. GOD! Logan, I am crying--nay, sobbing as I write this. And SO ashamed that it took me four (five?) days and a prompt from you to read it. I am the worst blogger buddy EVER! I'm flattered and touched and am hugging you across the internet. Thank you!

Um, I'm sorry about the Bookish Brunette's face. Do you think she could put it back on (and you too) before the slumber party? I know--Let's all do BEA together next year! We can rent a suite at the Palace, have drinks at the Waldorf, and go shopping on Fifth Avenue.

Rubita said...

Agh, ack, bleh, m-m-missing hyphen!

Logan E. Turner said...

@Ruby - Don't feel bad! I almost missed your July 4th post that had little old me on it! I'm snuggle hugging you right back! BEA is sooooo on!

Small Review said...

AAAaahhh we totally need to do that!!

Logan E. Turner said...

Okay, then, it's settled. Start saving your moolah ladies!

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