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!

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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!

The guaranteed way to gain reviews

Great tips, please read the entire article!

Suffolk Scribblings

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Reviews, reviews, reviews. They are something an author both craves and fears. We are desperate for reviews, both as confirmation that what we’ve produced is liked – though I’ll let you into a little secret here, no matter how many great reviews you receive, you’ll never get rid of the thought that people are just being kind and not really telling you what they think – but also as a means to attract new readers. At the same time we’re terrified of reviews, especially early in our careers, in case they confirm our darkest fears that what we’ve created is illegible rubbish.

In my case, about a week after I published my first novel I became afflicted by a kind of desperation as I waited for somebody, anybody, to review my book. I couldn’t understand why everyone was taking so long. What was the problem? Didn’t they know how important reviews were? I ended…

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Ana’s Lair on Facebook and Twitter

Dear all,

I would like to make a quick post to all who follow and keep up with Ana’s Lair.
First of all, thank you very much! I really appreciate that each and every one of you takes the time to visit the blog, especially considering I am not able to invest in it as much as I would like.

I would also like to let you know that Ana’s Lair is linked to Facebook and Twitter, where a post is automatically created when I post here. That’s not new.

However, I have also been making an effort, whenever work and other nuisances allow it, to post interesting tidbits every now and then, from quick thoughts/images to news to quizzes about the themes you usually find in the blog – books for the most part, as well as movies and the occasional TV show. They are basically an expansion of what you see here in the blog and a different way to connect with you.

So I would like to invite you to like the pages, post whenever you feel inclined and please feel free to give suggestions! I would love to engage with you in a different manner so I really hope you will join.

Have a great weekend!

Review Quote

Ana’s Lair was just quoted and I would love to thank the author Sara Snider.

Click the cover to access the link

You can find the original review for the book here!

The book only costs 4.99$ and it is great fun. It is different from what is out there so I definitely think you should give it a try.

Let me know if you read it, I would love to compare notes :)

Day 212: Celebrations and Updates

Hey folks!

Since I missed my 6 month anniversary last August 19th, I figured I would make a post about other achievements I got in the meantime today, the 7th month anniversary.
Since the last update, Ana’s Lair got the following badges:

1337 likes!

200 Followers!

200 Followers!

Updates:

– I decided to get rid of the Authors text index in Books page. It is just too time-consuming updating two indexes, so I figured people would rather see the book covers and kept that one.

– The Polls page was pretty useless so I took it out.

– Added a new page: Chats. At the moment, it only features an index of my Random Chats feature posts. If I ever get around to doing other Chats, I will be keeping track there as well.

 

Thank you all who helped Ana’s Lair achieve these marks. It helps keep me motivated to blog.

As always, any and all suggestions are welcomed.

Day 147 – 200 Posts and 100 Likes

I just found out I published my 200th post a couple of days ago and reached 1000 likes yesterday.

First of all, I want to celebrate this! I want to thank every single one of you who bothers to come and check out what I write, like and comment on it.

I also got into a sort of brooding mood, or at least a thoughtful one. The first badge in particular made me wonder about quantity vs quality.
Since May, I have been posting daily. However, I have come to a time in my life where I simply don’t have much time to blog any more, and I don’t want to post just for the sake of posting.

I would like to make it very clear that I am not quitting at all! I just need to choose my priorities well because I no longer have free hours to search the web for interesting topics to talk about and then turn those into a post. So I hope you all understand if I don’t post as often.

Thank you again for all the time and tlc you put into visiting Ana’s Lair. You make all this worth while.

Much love,
Ana <3