When I first started blogging, I put little emphasis on conforming to a schedule. I merely wrote whenever I had content to share. After a period of time, I realized that a reliable blog schedule would force me to manage my time and simultaneously build my audience. Readers would be more likely to return if they could anticipate reading specific topics on a regular basis.
As my blog has developed, I have implemented a variety of formats. For over a year, I have posted author interviews and book reviews. Most participating authors have offered a chance to win a free copy of one of their books. If you leave a comment on one of those blogs, you have a good chance of being a lucky winner. See below for more information.
In order to maintain this schedule, I have had to rely on many authors and publicists. These individuals have usually responded in a timely manner. Occasionally, there have been small glitches. Responses have either not been returned in a timely manner or not at all. In these instances, I was forced to punt. A couple of times, an author responded early. That interview would conveniently substitute for the planned one. Other times, I wrote a random blog. Sometimes, I let a week pass without a blog posting. It is not always possible to fill in an unexpected gap, especially when I was traveling or my attention was focused on family or personal events.
In the wake of my recent trip, I will be taking a brief hiatus so that I can reestablish a new schedule. I still have a pile of amazing books to review and many authors to introduce. Stay tuned. In the coming weeks, I will return to posting interviews, book reviews, and blogs about my recent trip to the UK, Spain, Portugal, and the Canary Islands.
In the meantime, don’t forget there are 2 active book giveaways. Picture book readers should not miss my review of Back to Front and Upside Down or my interview with its talented author/illustrator, Claire Alexander. The deadline to leave a comment is November 16. Chapter book readers should check out my reviews of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet and Always, Abigail. You can learn more about the author of these creative books by reading the Q & A with Nancy Cavanaugh. The Deadline to post a comment for this book giveaway is November 23.
Sandra Bornstein is the author of MAY THIS BE THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE. It is available on Amazon. Sandra’s memoir highlights her living and teaching adventure in Bangalore, India. She is a licensed Colorado teacher who has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college level courses. Sandra is married and has four adult sons. The memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and received an Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards.