Never underestimate the power of the linkage, folks – or of Twitter, for that matter. Oh, and having blog business cards.
When I met authors to ask them to sign their books at the Festival of Books last weekend, I’d stick one of my blog business cards in at the title page – my little way of letting them know I’m a book blogger, and of making it easy for them to spell my name correctly. Pamela Ribon noticed: “That’s a great name! With a name like that, you should be infamous!”
I left my card on the table; I don’t know if she kept it, but I do know she found my FoB recap post, which mentions her rather prominently. And when she tweeted a link to it, she contributed to building my infamy – thanks, Pamie!
Thanks largely to that Twitter link, in less than a week that post has become my most-viewed post of 2010, with more than twice the views of the previous first-place holder. I was floored. I had almost 300 visitors the day that posted, and for me, that’s enormous, and highly unusual. I’m sure that this was a one-time stop for most of them, but that doesn’t mean I appreciate them any less.
That’s why I do these link round-ups – this one, and the more book-focused “Bookmarks” links in the Sunday Salon. If I’m linking to your post, you’ll usually find out one way or another, and even if I didn’t comment on it, that tells you I liked it. But even more, it tells other people that I liked it and think they should check it out. I hope that at least some of them do. I can’t promise a traffic bump from my links anywhere near the size of the one Pamie gave me, but I hope some new readers are finding you via the Weekend Review…and that it’s pointing you to some good, new-to-you reading as well!
Dispatches: Links from Across the Blogiverse this Week
You’re the type of person who makes a plan but doesn’t necessarily stick to it.
You like to have things roughly organized. However, you always are open to new experiences and change.
You don’t like too much chaos, but you also don’t like to be stuck in a rut. You like to strike a happy medium.
Whenever things get too routine you like to shake it up a little, even if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone.
(I’ve just asked a customer if they would like a new carafe of water.) Customer: “What’s a ‘carafe’?” Me: “In layman’s terms, its basically a water pitcher.” Customer: “What’s ‘layman’s terms’?” Me: “It’s like…dumbing down.” Customer: “What’s ‘dumbing down’?”
Honestly, I kind of hope this conversation didn’t actually happen. If you have to ask, you’ll never get it.
1. I was walking in here to do something – now what was it again?
2. I was running late to get to my appointment and I left my book on the counter – where I also left my cell phone!
3. Why do I bother getting up so early when I can’t beat the traffic anyway?
4. Work stuff, and more work stuff was in my thoughts today.
5. One of my father’s favorite sayings was “I don’t get no respect.” (No, my dad isn’t Rodney Dangerfield…but he DID meet him on the Staten Island Ferry once.)
6. Too many books, too little time–I know that feeling!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include coffee in the morning and a party at night and Sunday, I want to spend some time reading and enjoying not being so busy this weekend!
Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in order to participate in an online book club today, hosted at Everyday I Write the Book. *Purchasing links in this review will generate referral fees through my Amazon Associates account. This One Is Mine: A Novel Maria Semple Back Bay Books (2010), Paperback (ISBN 031603133X / 9780316031332) Fiction, 320 pages Opening Lines: “David stood at the sink, a pine forest to his left, the Pacific Ocean […]
I’m getting nervous! Next Tuesday evening, I’ll be making my debut on Internet radio as the guest of Nicole from Linus’s Blanket on her Blog Talk Radio show, “That’s How I Blog!” – where book bloggers meet to talk books, blogging, and whatever else comes up! Please plan to listen in… The show will air live at 9 PM EST on Tuesday, May 4, and will be archived for streaming and/or downloading as a […]
Disclosure: I attended this event on my own behalf and received no compensation for going or writing about it. I spent my own money on parking, refreshments, and merchandise – the event itself did not charge admission. I brought several books from home to obtain author signatures; two of those were furnished to me for review, which I disclosed in those review posts (linked below), and the rest were purchased. The major event on California […]
Disclosure: I was provided with an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book by the publisher, via TLC Book Tours, for review purposes. The book is now available in bookstores. *Use of the purchasing links in this review will generate referral fees through my Amazon Associates account. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott Kelly O’Connor McNees Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (2010), Hardcover (0399156526 / 9780399156526) Fiction (historical), 352 pages Opening Lines: “It didn’t take long […]
Yes, I went yesterday. No, I haven’t had time to write up my experiences yet – I’m planning to have that post (with pictures) up on Tuesday. It’s still going on today, so if you’re a Southern California bibliophile and you haven’t gotten over to UCLA for the Festival of Books yet, what are you waiting for? The weather is great, and admission is free (but parking is $10), so head over there! BOOKKEEPING: The […]
I couldn’t come up with a Question of the Week this week, so I thought I’d tell you about something else we did this past weekend. Mini Movie Review: Date Night We saw Date Night last Sunday (in the afternoon, actually – ). The basic plot was kind of ridiculous, in my opinion. Unless a movie is clearly meant to be make-believe, I’m starting to lose patience with movies that have realistic trappings but premises […]
Reading In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church by Gina Welch, which I reviewed yesterday, gave me a lot to think about. Please keep in mind that this is my own subjective reaction based on my understanding of a set of beliefs that I don’t personally embrace, and I may not have all the facts right. If you’d like to correct me on any of those, […]
Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. The book is now available for purchase. *Purchasing links in this review generate referrals through my Amazon Affiliates account. In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church Gina Welch Metropolitan Books (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 0805083375 / 9780805083378) Nonfiction/memoir, 352 pages Opening Lines: “When I began at Thomas Road (Baptist Church) in […]
Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher, via TLC Book Tours, for the purposes of this review. The book is now available for purchase. *Purchasing links in this review are through my Amazon Affiliate account and will generate a small referral fee for me, if used. Get Lucky Katherine Center Ballantine Books (2010), Paperback original (ISBN 0345507916 / 9780345507914) Fiction, 288 pages Opening Lines: “First: I got fired. […]
Tall Paul and I observed our fifth anniversary – of our first date – this past weekend. We’ve usually commemorated it by returning to the place we met for lunch that day, but we just learned that it’s closed. It was just as well, though, since we’d made other plans for that day. I may have mentioned previously that we’re planning to attend Comic Con International in San Diego this summer. Tall Paul went to […]
If you’re planning to be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (at UCLA) next weekend, don’t forget that tickets for the panels will be available at NOON TODAY! Tickets are $1.00 each (Ticketmaster processing fee), are limited to four per session/eight per person, and are required for the panel sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. Of course, there will also be plenty of exhibitors and vendors to visit too – what’s a book […]
Question of the Week: Is Facebook becoming the new AOL? I have a pretty limited Facebook presence, but I know plenty of people spend nearly all of their online time there, and it seems to be getting easier to do that. Your friends and family are there, so you can keep in touch with each other via status updates, and comments on those updates can lead to actual conversation (of a sort). You can keep […]
It’s been almost four years since Tall Paul and I visited the monthly Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, but since we didn’t have the kids this past weekend, we decided we’d go if I wasn’t too beat after the Readathon on Saturday. I wasn’t, so we hopped into the car on Sunday morning. We’re definitely not hard-core about these things – by conventional wisdom, our arrival at nearly 10 AM could have very well […]
Author Christopher Moore doesn’t read at his readings, unless it’s from the voluminous notes he brings to the podium and ends up deciding not to use. He claims not to sign books at his signings, either, although he did at this one – actually, he said he’d sign whatever anyone brought up, so I hope no one brought anything except books. What he does do is a form of standup comedy with some audience participation. […]