Desing by Nina @ Nina Reads
Has blogging opened up opportunities for you beyond getting free, advance copies of new books? Has it helped you get offers to write or review elsewhere (maybe even for pay)? Have you gotten invites to special events or places you might not have been to otherwise?Here are a few things blogging has helped me go beyond just my blog:
- Books: I think the biggest thing blogging has opened the door for me are the books! If it hasn't been for my blog, I would't know about half of these books that I know about! Sure I'd scour the books at my library, but with blogging, I know specific authors. I can ask about the books to the librarians and because of my reviews, I've given recommendations for my librarians to order some books! This has moved beyond free ARCs and review books. I can see a book on a shelf and I'll get excited about it because someone talked about it on their blog.
- Writing: I've been a story tell since I was a kid but it was when I was in the 4th grade that I really wanted to write. Blogging has opened my eyes to many, many authors and publishers and other websites out there to help writers! I never knew about writing workshops and querying and all that jazz.
- Conversations & Friendships: While I don't tell everyone about my blog, the books I come across in blogging have helped me make new friends. I've started long conversations with people based on reviews I've read or interviews. Many of these people have become my friends.
- Events: I knew that authors visited schools and stuff, but I had no idea that people could ask their libraries to host authors. If it hadn't been for blogging, I wound't know about half the cool things that deal with books, one of the biggest being BEA itself!
What about you all? As always, leave links and I'll visit!