Sunday, January 4, 2015

31 Days to Better Blogging Day 4: Top Commenters

Okay now I'm all caught up! I've been back posting the days of this challenge for organizational purposes. This is a month long challenge by Rachel @ Parajunkee that I'm so excited to be digging into.

I don't think I ever did this! Even in the prime of my blogging days, I never thought to highlight people who comment. I look so forward to adding this element to my blog. It's nice to know who's checking for me!

Rachel also suggests to do this because you'll be able to comment on their blog in turn. How lovely. I would say at this very moment, it doesn't entirely make sense for me to post one until people notice I'm blogging again haha!

I am looking forward to "rewarding" commenters with books/ecards/features etc. Bring it on friends!

How do you acknowledge the people who comment on your blog on a daily basis?

I'm back - for real.

Welp - I haven't really got a valid reason for you folks! Back when I wasn't working and had all the time in the world, I hadn't realized how time consuming keeping up a blog would be!

It became more of a chore than a passion for a long while. I also switched names to La Toya Literally (from my humble beginnings as LazyGirl Reads, which I was more commonly known as) and re-introducing myself to you as that was becoming difficult to do as well.

So yeah, there are a bunch of first world excuses as to why I haven't been blogging. Bing bang boom.

What I intend to do, is to very slowly get back in the swing of things. Not overwhelm myself with writing a review or two per week (although, I really really could...I've read a LOT and haven't reported back to you all here).

If I'm popping up into your feed, please point me to the hippest blog out there as I gather my thoughts and get it all together again.

Expect lions and tigers and bears! Defying feats of gravity and clowns! Expect the unexpected!

Thanks for reading!

La Toya

PS: Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

31 Days to Better Blogging: Day 3 About Me Refresher

And now we've come upon the easiest thing for me to do which is talk about myself. HEHE!!

Rachel has a lot of great points on her original post. While I'm thinking that I can flaunt that beside having a passion for reading, I'm actually a pretty darn good singer - she points out that that might not be of interest to someone coming to your page to understand WHY they should read your blog.

There's also the challenge to post or highlight old entries you may have that could be of interest to a new reader. This has me thinking about my blog and it's existence in an entirely new way. There was a time that I was posting several posts a day on different subjects, loosely based around books. And there were also times that I took a break from posting about books and would gush over Halloween instead.

These posts are sort of lost (might not be if I poke around in the Help section a little). Lost because I changed my domain name altogether. I'm hoping I can re-activate that page so that I can include the cool posts I once had.

Anyway, I'm going to work on finding those old posts and getting a cool updated picture of myself for you all.

Do you have an about me page?

Friday, January 2, 2015

31 Days to Better Blogging Day 2: Spring Cleaning

This is a challenge by Rachel at Parajunkee! Click here for her original post with great advice on cleaning upy our blog!

Oh me, oh my. My blog is a HOT MESS. Coming back to it this week has got me feeling slightly overwhelmed, slightly excited. Most unorganized. So once again, how incredibly serendipitous that this challenge is happening!

I have quite a few things off to the side that once worked for a previous design but does not work now. I guess the questions I would have for myself would be:

do I delete them entirely? do I change the colors? do I come up with something completely different?

And there are things that seem a bit dated. I started this blog on a sultry summer day all the way back in August 2010 with no clue about design, color coordination etc. I feel like keeping my little buttons and "blog awards" would be a nod back to my beginnings. But it really doesn't work for where I want to take the design.

Lastly, before I delete a few of these things, I need to figure out how I got it there in the first place! I barely remember how I even get those glitter gif stars in my sidebar in the first place. I would hate to delete those!

Any new/returning bloggers having these issues? What should I do?!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

31 Days of Better Blogging: Day 1

So, as it normally works in my life, Rachel from Parajunkee has challenged us to a month long better blogging challenge - precisely when I needed to get better at blogging. Haha, thanks Universe!

Something I prided myself on when I was a bit more active was posting really relevant comments on as many blogs as I possibly could. I would HATE seeing people comment for the sole purpose of having you circle back to their block. I mean, really?

While I tend to put on my signature with my blog link in it, I never said anything irrelevant or weird. Some of the best (read: worst) comments I'd see would be:

"Cool. Here's my site..."

"I would actually never read this book, but whatever. Check out my giveaway!"

"::blog name here::"


I'm challenging myself to set aside time to comment on a few pages every day as well as a couple entries per person. I'd also like to make new friends this way!

Read Rachel's original post here with some great advice!

What are some of the comments you've gotten or seen that annoy the crap out of you?