Book Blogger Confessions-Positive Results of Book Blogging

Book Blogger Confessions is a newish meme hosted by Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth.   On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they be discuss a topic that effects book bloggers and then give other bloggers a chance to vent, share their opinion or offer a solution.

If you want to participate just grab their button and include it in your post with a link to either Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth.   They will be providing a linky at the end of their posts so people can "hop" to see all the participants answers.

 Question for Monday March 5th is:

Let’s talk about the positive side of blogging! How has blogging influenced your real life in a positive way? (not related to books or reading) Have you learned to be organized or are you more social now for example?

We’ve mostly been venting about the downsides of blogging (& don’t worry we’ll be getting back to those topics) but I know blogging has influenced my "real life" in many ways.

My Answer:

Blogging has helped me learn more about HTML and the mechanics behind websites.  It has also taught me about promotion.  I work at a computer company, and most of our sales are through a website, so blogging has made me realize how important a site’s appearance is.  It has also made me aware of how important Twitter and Facebook are for getting the word out there.   If I am having a problem with a company, I will send a Tweet to their Twitter account, and it still amazes me how quickly I get a response from that, after getting no response from more traditional methods of contact (and, yes, US Bank, I am talking to you).

Blogging has also helped break down my reluctance to reach out and connect with other bloggers and authors.  I am typically an introvert, and the thought of contacting people I don’t know used to fill me with dread.  Now, I realize that the worst response I can get is a “no” to an interview request, or no reply at all.  Most of the time, I am pleasantly surprised with the results of my outreach, and have only been shot down twice.  This helps me at work, too.  It’s so much easier to send an email or call when I have questions about products or services that we are interested in purchasing.

I have learned how to better manage my time, too.  I have discovered the importance of lists and making schedules, which helps quite a bit with my RL job.  You can never plan too much, or project an activity too far in advance.  Having a plan, one that is both flexible and attainable, keeps all of my job tasks flowing smoothly.

How about you? How has blogging positively influenced your real life?

 

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5 thoughts on “Book Blogger Confessions-Positive Results of Book Blogging

  • March 5, 2012 at 11:28 am
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    I’m still tackling the HTML but the fact that I care to learn it at all is a big deal.
    I used to be afraid to tweet and send emails too. i didn’t want to sound stupid or be rejected but I don’t worry about any of that now.

  • March 5, 2012 at 11:32 am
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    @Karen – I have gotten much more comfortable tweeting. I didn’t want to sound stupid, either!

  • March 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm
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    I love your answer, Julie! I think that blogging did the same thing for me, regarding feeling free to contact people. After blogging for awhile and having to email so many people with requests, etc, it soon became 2nd nature to send off a polite request to someone and not worry about it. If they’re not interested, they don’t have to reply. :-)

  • March 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm
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    I would have never guessed you were the slightest bit insecure about blogging or connecting with people, Julie. I love your blog. It’s always got great reviews and I love reading the comments from your followers. You’re doing a great job! And it’s nice to hear you’re finding so many benefits to it along the way.

  • March 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    @Paige – I am terribly socially awkward. This is the major reason I don’t go to many author signings, and there are some GREAT ones not far from me. I just need to get over this, because I know I would have a great time once I got there.

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