Changes, Changes, and More Changes (& a Giveaway!)

May 5, 2014 giveaway 12

Hello my dear book obsessed friends! I have some exciting and some terrifying news to share with you all. In situations like these I find it best to just dive right on in.

First thing on the agenda: the exciting news:

You can now find The Bookish Daydreamer by going to www.thebookishdaydreamer.com



That’s right, I finally bought my domain name! Woohoo! *throws confetti* You can still get to the blog by going the old route of typing in the blogspot.com part. You’ll just get redirected to the new URL, so no worries. I technically bought thebookishdaydreamer.com and am working on getting that to work so you don’t have to type in the “www” part.

After over a year of having this blog, I think it’s safe to say that I’m going to be here for awhile so I figured it was time to take the plunge and buy the domain. More and more book bloggers are sprouting up and I didn’t want someone new to come along and take that domain before I did.

Next on the agenda: the terrifying news:

I’m starting physical therapy school in just two weeks. 

TWO weeks. I’m beyond freaked out. I haven’t been in school in a year and everyone tells me that PT school is tough. So yeah, I’m getting stressed big time. What I’m probably even more worried about is my blog. I don’t think I’m going to be able to post as much as I have in the past. I’m trying to get ahead of the blog right now so that I will have content to post a couple of times a week. That’s why you may have noticed that I’m not on here as much as I used to. I’m building up the pre-scheduled posts!

I think another thing I’m worried about is that you all are going to lose interest in my little corner of the blogosphere. If I’m not posting 5 days a week, will you guys quit coming or just slowly forget? I love my regular followers so much and I’d hate to lose touch with you all! I can already tell that this blog is going to be a great outlet for me when I’m getting stressed with school and even though I won’t be able to check up on your blogs everyday, I will do a mass catching up at least once a week. So if you get 10 email notifications saying that I’ve commented on your blog posts, my apologies! Just know that I still love you and your blog! 🙂

Last on the agenda: something for you!

I can’t just change my URL and throw the fact that I probably won’t be on here as much as I used to without something exciting for you guys, right? You can even call this a belated blogoversary giveaway. You read that header correctly! GiveawayS! There’s going to be, wait for it…..THREE. Two (2) US giveaways and one (1) for my international friends.

Let’s get this party started shall we?!

Giveaway #1: I am giving away a box FULL of YA ARCs. I’ve needed to clear out my shelves to make way for all the awesome Spring/Summer books I’m getting and buying so the old ARCs that I’ve read or bought finished copies of have got to go! Want to know what you may be getting in this box? For every 150 entries I’ll reveal a book in the box on this blog post! 🙂 This giveaway is US ONLY.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #2: I’ve gotten a bunch of unsolicited MG ARCs from publishers that I’m just not going to read. The ones that captured my attention and sound like something of the upper MG realm I’m going to keep. But the ARCs that are more early/younger MG need to go to a home where they will be read and deserve all the attention. So if you are an MG fan or have a child who loves MG, this giveaway is for you. This is once again a mystery box. If you do not read Middle Grade or do not have a child or family member who does, DO NOT ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY. I want these books to be read and cherished and given the full attention they deserve. Please be kind and save this giveaway for someone who will actually read them. Please. US ONLY.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #3: This one is for my international friends! I can’t leave you guys out in all the excitement! You can pick a YA or MG book of your choice from The Book Depository! Once again, this is INTERNATIONAL ONLY. If you live in the US, don’t enter this giveaway. I will know and I will disqualify your entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The rules below apply to all three giveaways:

  • End May 26 at midnight
  • No Cheating!
  • Only enter the giveaway if you will actually read the books. 
  • Winners will receive an email and must respond within 48 hours

Christine

12 Responses to “Changes, Changes, and More Changes (& a Giveaway!)”

    • Christine P

      Not a problem at all! 🙂 I’ll make sure to take out your entries in #1. Make sure you do reenter everything for Giveaway #3!!

  1. Cait

    I MISS YOUR REGULAR BLOGGING. But I will still be here! Forever and ever. I do like your blog…and you. YOU AND YOUR BLOG. x)

    • Christine P

      I do too 🙁 I feel so out of touch with everyone. And thank you for being the bestest person ever. You make my heart happy! I need to send you an email and catch up with you! It’s been too long 🙂

  2. Natalie Natflixandbooks

    Congratulations of PT school! That’s so cool. You can’t worry about losing followers. You are awesome and so is your blog. There is no rule that says you have to post 5 days a week. Just worry about you and concentrate on school. Congrats, again. Yay!

Leave a Reply

(Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

Changes, Changes, and More Changes

March 29, 2013 Uncategorized 5

I’m sure you’ve all heard the news, right? Amazon has bought out Goodreads. I feel like the book world has been undergoing a whirlwind of changes since Christmas. What on earth is going on?!

First, there’s the whole Google Reader thing. I never used Google Reader, simply because I’m new to this and didn’t even know about it. It won’t affect me very much. I keep track of my favorite blogs through the home screen on blogger or by email or by just typing in the good ol’ fashioned URL. But apparently this is affecting a lot of people and they certainly aren’t happy about it. The biggest concerning unknown is GFC. Nobody seems to know how it is going to be affected by the decommission of GR. Will it too be shut down? I hope not! One, it’s a great way to follow blogs and for people to follow you. You can easily see who your audience is with cute little icons. They are easy to click and follow back, given that they are linked to a blog. Also, with the publishing world wanting to know your follow/subscriber count, it’s a very easy way to tell them exactly how many people are keeping up with your blog. It makes asking for an ARC 1000x easier. Publishers want to get the word out on great books. They know the best and cheapest way is through book bloggers. If a blog has a significant subscriber count, the publisher knows that that many people are going to see the review of said book. So what happens if GFC goes away eventually? Then what? I know there are other ways to follow: linky, network blogs, etc. But GFC seems to be the most used way to follow. Time will tell, I suppose.

A lot of my favorite blogs are switching from blogger to wordpress or bloglovin’, or something like that. I still can’t really figure out why they are making the switch unless it is simply as an alternative to using Google Reader. But this means that they are changing their URL, how they access their blog, how they create new posts, etc. It seems like a lot of work, and a lot of new things to get used to, just to make it easier to keep up with other blogs. Is there another reason why they are transferring over to a new system? Anybody know? I’m so confused!

Flashback to yesterday, Amazon has bought out Goodreads. I love Goodreads. It’s a fantastic way to find books, review books, update your journey through a book, make new bookish friends, everything! The interface is very user friendly. What is in the future once Amazon has full control over it? I do post reviews on Amazon but Goodreads is so much easier. A lot of people are unhappy. Publishers and indie writers are all ditching Goodreads. Goodreads says that this is a positive buyout and good things are to come. They also claim that things won’t change. Let’s be realistic here. Something is bound to happen. Whether it’s for the good or bad, who knows at this point. Who knows what the change will be. I love the site and hope things continue as they are. I’m not a pessimist, I’m a realist. Hopefully we’ll all be happy once everything takes place. I found a discussion post on Goodreads and I suggest you go read it. The things that users are bringing up are very interesting, and very concerning. Some of the concerns mentioned I hadn’t even thought of!

What do you think is going to happen once Amazon has full control over Goodreads? Are you planning on sticking around? Thoughts on GFC/Google Reader? I’m curious to see what other people have to say about all this!

Christine

5 Responses to “Changes, Changes, and More Changes”

  1. Ros Jackson

    I think the Goodreads sale has a lot of people upset because it’s Amazon, and they already have quite an extensive monopoly. They also own Shelfari, and have a stake in LibraryThing. A few people will jump ship on principle, but the alternatives don’t yet have much appeal, so I don’t see much changing unless Amazon are daft enough to impose extensive changes to the way it works.

    • Christine P

      I hope they don’t start changing everything. They obviously wanted Goodreads for a reason–people love it, it works great, and hundreds of thousands of book lovers use it. Hopefully they see that what they now own is already a good thing and doesn’t need much changes!

  2. rivie bleu

    I was starting to use Google Reader but I never understood it much. I like GFC, they keep saying it’ll disappear but I don’t know if it’s true. Bloglovin is another way to follow blogs, like GFC, I actually like it because you can see the posts there as well.
    About switching to WordPress, I’ve heard things about it being better or more professional than Blogger so they move. I’ve also heard is not as user friendly as Blogger and you have to pay for a domain to get better stuff. I’ve heard people are finally moving because GFC is going away, which was the only reason they were still with Blogger. I still don’t know why they say they like WordPress better.
    I loved Goodreads too, I’m not happy about Amazon buying it, of course they’ll make some changes, they don’t just buy stuff without having something in mind. If it changes too much or they link both accounts I don’t think I’ll continue using it, I’ve seen the discussion as well, and there are a lot of different opinions. I guess we’ll find out eventually why Amazon bought it. I never used Shelfari but I’ve heard it changed after Amazon, I tried LibraryThing but I didn’t like it, I didn’t know Amazon owned part of it until a couple of days ago. I just hope they keep the awesome things Goodreads has

    • Christine P

      I have a feeling that even if GFC doesn’t disappear at the same time as Google Reader, it’ll probably be next on Google’s chopping block. They are trying really hard to push Google+. I was one of the people who got to beta test it a few years ago and loved it for the first month. It got to be way too quiet and nobody ever posted on it, instead sticking with facebook. I eventually just deleted my account, not seeing any point in keeping it. I also don’t see why I would need one in order to follow blogs. The two are two separate things, social media and blogging. I’d rather just stick with this and GFC! I’ve heard a lot about bloglovin’. I still really don’t understand it but I’m thinking about giving it a shot here soon (once I have time to set it up and figure it out haha). I do not feel like paying for a domain and I hate interfaces that aren’t user friendly, I’m sticking with this. Hopefully google doesn’t try to get rid of blogger! Then we’d all be doomed!
      That’s what I’m worried about with Amazon :/ You’re completely right: nobody just buys out a company without wanting to put their own stamp on it. I’m dreading to see what happens.

    • rivie bleu

      I didn’t understand Google+, I have an account now but it’s just mainly for the blog. I think Bloglovin is very simple, you just sign up and it will link your GFC blogs. I don’t know if there’s more to it though. I wouldn’t pay for a domain either, I just hope Google doesn’t get rid of blogger. It’s not the same as Google+, I don’t think you could compare them.

Leave a Reply

(Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)