Blogging Tips

Miss Talkaholic has great blogging tips that I feel I should share with you guys.

Click here to view them and let me know what do you think.

Do you have any you would like to add?

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Review Format and Category Tweaking

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted for Poll – Publisher and Publishing Date. These were the results:

Since almost everyone seemed up for it, I have already begun including the Publisher and Publisher Date in my latest review:

I got rid of the format, which didn’t seem to be doing much, and added ‘Kindle’ to locations to make it more obvious, so in the end it looks pretty much the same as before and not cluttered, which was my main concern.

But more importantly – What do you think?

Oh and since I am all for simplifying, Blog Freebies, GR First Reads and Rafflecopter subcategories are all under Giveaways now.

Looking forward to your feedback!

New on Pinterest and Instagram

As part of my pursuit to use social media more actively I have created accounts in Pinterest and Instagram.

I haven’t done much with them yet but I have to admit I really like Pinterest’s boards, they are very handy, and the stuff I find there is quite inspirational. Sometimes I misclick and add stuff to the wrong board though and I find it difficult to remove the pins from there, especially on the app!

Instagram seems cool as well and I hope I will be posting more when I get my new phone (whenever that will be)! Not sure I can create pictures nearly as beautiful as the ones I see around, I don’t think I have that good an eye for that kind of stuff, but we’ll see where the journey takes me.

Things are getting busier at work but hopefully I will be able to take some time to explore both, eventually.

In the meantime, if you have any tips please let me know and please feel free to add me, I will follow back:

Thank you!

500 Posts and a Tweak

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Quick update – Today I published my 500th post and tweaked my top bar to reflect the blog’s recent changes.
Where it used to say ‘Chats’ I am now listing all the blog’s features.
I will be adding a new one some time during this month too :)

Thank you for following Ana’s Lair and for every single time you stop by to like and comment my posts!

View Record

Good morning, everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely day.

Mine started amazingly. Not only did yesterday’s views beat Lair’s all-time record but it also reached another one that I didn’t think I would see fulfilled anytime soon – breaching 100 views in one day.

I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. Thank you so much to all who visited!

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Ana’s Lair is 2 years old!

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com 2 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 2 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

That’s right, today marks the second anniversary of Ana’s Lair. In this time I have published 477 posts, had 8600 views and 3568 visitors.

It all started as a way of getting more Netgalley approvals. I read that folks who had a blog, instead of just posting on GoodReads or Amazon, might get more requests approved so I figured… Why not. I didn’t know the first thing about blogging, let alone coding to make the page look like I wanted, but I found some helpful folks along the way who helped me with it. And then I met other amazing people who encouraged me and actually made me enjoy sharing my thoughts even more.

Back then I had plenty of free time, worked few hours, and so I could be online quite often. Then in the summer of 2015 I got a new job that keeps me very busy for stretches of time, while others I don’t have as much stuff to do, like right now. I was actually able to take the following week off, so I am extra happy.

I would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to read, like and comment my posts. May we celebrate Lair’s anniversary next year as well!

Category Makeover

I thought the category system was not very user-friendly, especially considering I have been expanding on the stuff I usually post about, so I touched it up a tad.

You can now find:

– All Reviews including Books (subcategory where I got them from), Movies and TV;
– Features as in the blog’s weekly/monthly/yearly/otherwise features;
– Other Posts includes several categories that used to be crunched up under ‘Randomnesses’ and I felt it would be good to clarify at least some of them;
– Tags remain the same.

You can find the categories listed on the blog’s sidebar.
Please let me know what you think!