Not easing into the challenges over at Bloggiesta now are we? Although truth be told I really want to take a good hard look at my blog and make some big improvements. So here are to my answers to some of the harder questions in On-a-Book-Bender’s Challenge.
1. How well does your blog name reflect what your blog is about?
Ugh…not very well. When I picked I am Sam Tule I was thinking that I wanted it to be bits and pieces of everything. What I ended up deciding to do is keep this with the book reviews and have a (often ignored) spinoff blog Sam Tule Writes.
2. Create a tagline.
“Reader turned Blogger and maybe future author” Yeah this should probably be added to my to-do list since this is really just where I do my blogging on Book Reviews.
3. Look at the name you use to leave comments. Change it to reflect your brand. For example, “Amanda @ On a Book Bender” is more recognizable than just “Amanda.”
Now this I do correctly. When given the option to put in my name (as opposed to just the usual wordpress account) I will always do Sam @ I am Sam Tule.
1. Do you have the same profile picture on all social networks (including your blog)? If no, consider updating your profile pictures so they match.
Yes I am consistent in all of my social networks and here on wordpress.
2. Is the picture of you or an avatar? If no to both, consider getting one.
Nope. It’s a picture of some grass. I wanted to play off tule. The only thing I’m more worried about than my own privacy is copyright infringement…so it’s a picture from my backyard when I really needed to cut the grass 😛
1. What do people expect from YOUR blog? (If you don’t know, write what you WANT to be known for.)
I have no idea what people expect of me. I can’t ever predict which of my posts will get the most traffic/feedback. I think what I want to be known for is for trying all kind of books. I don’t want to please one group of people all the time and instead have a more eclectic group of reviews.
#1. Look at your Twitter timeline. What’s the ratio between interacting with people and self-promoting tweets? (Eyeball it.)
I would say 50% my tweets are not so much self-promoting as little random thoughts (usually about what I’m reading). 25% are posts on my reviews that are done automatically on BookLikes. Then the other 25% is either being involved in Twitter chats for events and randomly interacting with other people.
#2. Write a social media update about your latest post (or your latest FAVORITE post) that teases and gives people a reason to click through.
This is from my post on Google + Book Reviews Community: “A fresh perspective on a familiar story. Here is my review of The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy”. It’s not my best tease, but I that is usually where I end up trying to really get those click throughs.