Monday, July 31, 2017

Blog Plug-Ins #OpenBook Blog Hop

Let  me start this by saying I'm not a professional blogger. I don't make any money from this site. That's not why I do this each week. I do it to try to attract people to buy my books. Frankly, I don't do that very well, but I try.

So don't consider me an expert when it comes to the mechanics of having a blog page.  I'm putting myself out here, struggling with the basic stuff—getting the words on 'paper' and really don't mess with much more than that.

Still, there's a few things I've personalized. See that big ugly rectangle to the right? That big white box? The one asking you to sign up for my newsletter? That's a plug-in. It's provided by Mail Chimp. Oh, you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet?  Go ahead. If you haven't done it already, sign up. I promise not to spam you. I'll wait.

Oh, you're back? Cool. And thanks.

Now let your eyes travel down and to the right. All the way past the other pages of this blog and the list of archives. You'll see two separate plug-ins.(Although they overlap) The first is so that you can follow me on Google+. If you do that, you'll get notified when I add a new post to this blog. If you follow me on Facebook, you might get notified there too, but I know how FB loves to not share my posts.

One more I'm going to point out. That cute little blue hippo? The one that says Featured Author? I got that by having a book accepted for the UK book site BookHippo. They are a tad bit fussy about which authors and books they feature, so it's a honor. (They recently listed The Marquesa's Necklace on their site.)

And that's it. My favorite plug-ins. Now I'm off to find out what the other authors are doing and steal their ideas!

July 31, 2017 - What Are Your Favorite Blog Plugins?
Write out all the awesome plugins that you are using on your blog. Make a big list of how you use them and why others should also be using them.
1. Link your blog to this hop.
2. Notify your following that you are participating in this blog hop.
3. Promise to visit/leave a comment on all participants' blogs.
4. Tweet/or share each person's blog post. Use #OpenBook when tweeting.
5. Put a banner on your blog that you are participating.

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  1. I don't think you need a lot of plugins to make a blog work. I am all about making it easy for my readers to find my books and that's pretty much it. I did not know about the Blue Hippo though.

  2. Keeping it simple is probably best.