Armchair BEA- Day 2



Today’s post deals with Blogger Development. Unfortunately, since I just started this blog about 3 months ago, I only HAVE questions about blogger development!

I began this blog as a way to keep track of what I was reading-simple.  What I discovered is an amazing community of bloggers, and memes and, challenges- OH MY!  I was first surprised about how much time  and effort I would dedicate to getting the blog rolling.  I was also surprised how I had to make time to read, where that used to be what I did when there was nothing else going on.  As of right now, I am still struggling a bit with certain aspects of the blog itself.  I am not the most tech savy person, so I chose to use WordPress, since I heard from other bloggers that it was simple.  It is, but I also find it a bit limiting.  I don’t have a great understanding of how to use the widgets (how do I get those little buttons for goodreads, email, and Facebook?!?!)- but I am scared to death to self host.  Another little hurdle I have encountered is the reliance on e-readers.  I personally LOVE real books, but found as I joined Net Galley, that lots of ARCs are only offered for e-readers.  Thank goodness I have a busy 13 year old who has been kind enough to lend out her kindle a few times a week!

I hope in the next few months to do the following: ~figure out darn widgets and get the blog looking the way I want and join a few more memes challenges as a way to reach more bloggers and learn from them-when is Bloggiesta?


Today’s genre focus is on genre fiction.   From Armchair BEA-Genre fiction is kind of wide category. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, romance.  Though often dismissed or ridiculed by the more “literary” minded, these novels often deal with complex themes and issues and some of the world’s most beloved authors write in these categories. Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, Douglas Adams, P D James, J R Ward and George R R Martin to name a few.  Genre fiction can take us to places we never imagine, experience scenarios we’ve always dreamed of and open up new worlds to explore.

I enjoy many types of genre fiction when I actually think about it.  My favorites would be-fantasy and historical fiction.  in fantasy, my favorites are the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series.  I also loved the Hunger Games trilogy.  The following I would list under historical fiction, though sometimes I am hesitant and worry that I am categorizing incorrectly: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shadow of the Wind, Cry, the Beloved Country, and mixed with a little romance-Gone With The Wind and Pride & Prejudice (honorable mention-The Song of Achilles).

I would love to hear from you about what types of genre fiction YOU prefer!




24 thoughts on “Armchair BEA- Day 2

  1. actually widgets for are easy. when you are logged in your blog, point [don’t click] on the name of your blog top left corner, and you will see the word Widgets in a list – 5 lines below the Dashboard word. then you grab the one you want and you drag it to your column.
    My favorite genre is historical fiction

  2. Stick with it! I too am pretty techtarded, but make sure you check out WordPress tutorials and experiment a little. That’s what I did and I love WP.

  3. I like your layout! Very clean and easy to read. Definitely check out the WordPress forums and support areas for help with things like widgets and other appearance settings. But for the cute buttons, it seems like on WP some themes come with them and some don’t. Otherwise, you can find codes to add them from non-WP sources, just takes a bit of googling. Good luck!

  4. I prefer a mix. It keeps thing interesting. I’ll read almost anything (almost…) Nice to meet you!

  5. Bloggiesta?? I’m going to sound dumb here but what is that? I agree with you it does take up so much more time than I thought it would trying to build a following so you are actually writing for someone to read, but I am finding it worth it so far.

  6. I had to laugh out loud at your comment about borrowing your 13 year old’s kindle!
    I’ve found that I also view my reading differently now that I have a blog. I’m trying hard to find a good balance so that reading and reviewing doesn’t end up feeling like a job.

    I look forward to following your reviews. It looks like we have similar reading taste.

    • Thanks Jen! It does take some time to figure it out- still trying. Some days it seems like I do so much, but then I can go 2-3 without really doing anything on it. I am enjoying the Armchair BEA lots!! I am thinking of doing the next bloggiesta in July- here is the site-

  7. WordPress is easy is you are willing to take the time. But one piece of advice. BACK UP! Make sure you have backed up your site before you take off messing around with it. Hangs head in shame for knowing just how bad it is when you don’t do this.

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