I have a huge commute nowadays (~5 hours round trip and I am totally for serious about that) which is mostly a really boring bus ride when it isn’t punctuated by flashers or foul stenches. Thus I have been listening to a LOT of podcasts!
What are podcasts? They’re kind of like what old radio shows used to be: people talking into a microphone about all kinds of topics. There are comedy podcasts, drama podcasts, personal diary-type podcasts, news podcasts, music podcasts, and more! Being a book blogger, I tend to listen to lots of book and blog-related podcasts.
Don’t know where to start? Lucky for you I’ve created a series of posts for podcasts recommendations!
Dollars and Roses is a husband and wife team who both run their own blogging empires; he’s a financial blogger and she’s a mommy/lifestyle blogger. They do great interviews with other big name bloggers and provide tips and tricks for newbie bloggers. Recent episodes include an interview with Steve Kamb of NerdFitness.com and whether your should blog anonymously or not.
How They Blog, which I JUST started listening to this week, is a behind-the-scenes interview kind of podcast. I always love getting a peek into the lives of fellow bloggers– guess I’m just super nosy! Recent shows include: David Molnar talking about how to take great pictures for your blog using your phone, Stephanie Langford talking about finding balance in your blogging, and how to deal with blogging burnout.
The Lede from Copyblogger has LOTS of tips for bloggers, and not just marketing ones! Recent episodes include how to pick out good images for posts, how to create internal cliffhangers, and how to use subheads effectively. I like how the emphasis seems to be more on how to write better/hook people into reading your posts through good writing, and not just SEO/marketing/whatever.
Do you listen to any blogging podcasts? Which ones would you recommend?
Book pile is here. I have 27 books ready and I’d like to read 5 of them.
Places I will be updating (besides on the blog): Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter
I forgot a really good tip yesterday! Start your books on quartly chunks and update your posts/visit blogs/tweet things in the minutes between. For example: if I finish a book at 6:37, I have until 6:45 or 7:00 (or later) to start a new one. I can use the time between finishing and starting to catch up on what’s going on elsewhere in the ‘thon. Starting books on quartly chunks also makes it easier to calculate reading time totals! And then…
I’m finally able to participate in the 24 Hour Readathon again! Huzzah! The last time I was able to participate was in Fall 2011, practically the stone age in internet time. This will be my seventh time participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!
New to the readathon? Never fear! I wrote up some tips in previous years that still apply today:
First, pick lots of short books. Or pick one really long one and read that all day. People have done both and even though there’s kind of an unspoken competition to see who can read the most books during the ‘thon, whatever works for you is the best way to do things. I would suggest, however, not mixing long and short books. I did that one year and felt really off-kilter after every book, because I’d get into a groove with the short books and then the long book would slow things down again and it was just a mess.
Second, take breaks! I say this every ‘thon, and I really mean it. After you finish a book (or however many chapters if you’re reading a long book), get up and dance around the room for about a minute. Then drink half a glass of water, eat a snack, and check the official ‘thon blog (you could win prizes!). Do a mini-challenge or leave a comment somewhere! And then continue onwards in the ‘thon.
The trick to taking breaks is to NOT take too long of a break. Generally I think 15-30 minutes is a good amount for a break; it’s long enough to catch up on some ‘thon stuff and refuel, but not long enough to get sucked into staring at the computer screen for hours on end.
Third, don’t be afraid to dump books, add new books, or stop reading books altogether. You’re not a failure if you do any of those things, and no-one’s going to point and laugh at you if you fall asleep four hours before the ‘thon ends.
I’m planning on taking it easy, myself, as a) I do not want to wake up at 5am (not even to read books) and b) my mom’s back from a trip to the east coast and I’ll want to hang out with her tomorrow, too. I will also c) be cheerleading! So hopefully I can avoid my traditional readathon eye-strain headache, eh? And then…