Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is a fun one:
Top Ten Things That Make My Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier
1. Evernote – Calendars, lists, notes, ideas voice recordings… This is a do-it-all app that can literally do it all. And that it’s accessible on any computer, phone or tablet has saved me from panic a few times. When I need to know which book is next on my review list, I check my master list on Evernote. When I’m sitting at work and I remember something I want to add to a review, I jot it down in the web app and it’s there next time I’m editing that review. When I’m listening to an audiobook in the car and there’s something I want to remember, I use the audio feature to record the section of the book, then my thought on it. I can listen to that recording from anywhere.
2. Goodreads – I know it’s a hotbed of deceit and intrigue, haters and stalkers, but it’s perfectly capable of tracking my books, which is all I use it for. If I see a book I like, I add it to my “To Read” shelf. If I don’t own it, I add the “Wishlist” tag to it, so later I will know immediately if it’s stuffed in the back of a bookshelf somewhere or I still need to buy it. After that, I use descriptive tags like “Book Tour,” “Audiobook,” “NetGalley,” and “Gifts” to keep details. I also use the notes section to add things like “From the review at www.greatestbookever.com” or “Won from www.youluckydog.com.” I like having all the details in one place.
3. Twitter – Where would a blogger be without Twitter? It’s the next best thing to having an real conversation with someone face to face. There’s always somebody on Twitter willing to discuss just about anything. I’m not on there as much as I want to be, but when I am, I love it.
4. Easy Content Templates plug-in – I read about this plug-in from another book review blogger, but I can’t remember which one (sorry!). This has truly saved me a ton of time as I prepare posts. I set everything up in its own template, then when I create a new post, I choose they type of post from a drop-down menu, then bam! I have a post all ready for content. I have a template for Reviews, Cover Reveals, Clock Rewinders and all of the memes I take part in.
5. The Library – Not having to pay a ton to read all the best new books? Priceless.
6. Rafflecopter – Before Rafflecopter, I was using GoogleDocs for giveaways, and while it worked, it wasn’t very user friendly. Rafflecopter is a miracle the way it makes giveaways so much easier. Everything you need is right there at my fingertips and it’s so user friendly. No need to use another website to pick a winner, it randomizes and picks the entries for you.
7. Kindle – Kind of self explanatory.
That’s all I can think of right now, but I know I’ll say “Me too!” when I read some of the other lists. I’d love to read your Top Ten, so leave a comment with your link so I can check it out. Have a great Tuesday!