After a whirlwind week, Armchair BEA wraps up! I’ve had a blast getting to know other bloggers and of course visiting them! I have a bunch of comments to respond to and will hopefully get to those later in the day.
Genre Features: Oh man! I loved seeing everyone’s recommendations. I particularly enjoyed genre fiction as well as non-fiction. The classics discussion were nice because I got to say hello to a few old friends I’d forgotten about and of course say hello a few I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t yet.
Blogger Development & Ethics: I loved these discussions and everyone’s input. A common theme was plagiarism and not to do it! There was a lot of discussion regarding negative reviews and how to handle them. Plus there were some great tips regarding using images from the internet and ARCs. What really stood out, all blogger’s concerns are the same in some format. We shouldn’t be afraid to reach out and ask for assistance if we need it.
Twitter Parties: I had a lot of fun connecting with other bloggers! Lexxie from (un)Conventional Bookviews and I had a great discussion regarding what it meant to be “professional.” We agreed on some aspects and disagreed on others, but we both reached the same conclusion: blogging is a hobby & there are no rules. 😀
As for the question of what we missed, there’s so much left to discuss regarding various aspects of blogging and different genres in fiction, that it is difficult to tackle everything in a week. I do think we can use aspects of what wasn’t covered and use it as a stepping stone to incorporate those discussions in future blog posts. If there’s a specific genere that didn’t get addressed (ie fantasy, paranormal, etc), make a list of books that you enjoy and use it as a post. It doesn’t matter if your blog focuses primarily on one genre because a follower may be interested in other genres too and hence your readership grows.
If there’s one thing I learned from Armchair BEA is not to be afraid to create your own rules. There’s no right way or wrong way to blog. If you want to dedicate an entire post to graphic novels, do it. Put that little spin and set yourself apart.
On a final note, I want to thank the organizers of Armchair BEA as well as the sponsors! Thanks for letting us connect with others and bringing us the excitement of BEA. To everyone who visited Lit, etc-thank you! <3