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TGR’s 2nd blog birthday!

Jul
26

14 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Discussion, News

 

It’s TGR’s 2nd blog birthday!

It really doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging and managing a site for two full years. It still feels like I started just yesterday. To think that I’ve come this far, and gotten through all the ups and downs I’ve encountered, I’m proud. TGR may be young, but it’s not that  young.

In the past year, TGR has really grown:

It made the switch from Blogger to WordPress. (Guide here.)

It introduced a new feature.

Of course, as the sole operator of TGR, I’ve grown too in the past year:

I pursued a new project.

I took the time to appreciate what TGR has done for me, and thanked all of you in this wonderful community. (We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for each other.)

I met Sarah Dessen at my first-ever author signing.

And I’ve read some really  awesome books.

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The thing about book blogging is that it isn’t solely about the books. In fact, a lot of book blogging is about the book bloggers. And this past year has been very kind to me in that department. I’ve not only met new bloggers, but also grown closer to those I met two years ago. Yes, blogging is a lot of work, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. And the friendships I’ve formed are irreplaceable. I don’t view those that I’ve met or gotten to know only as book bloggers; I view them as friends.We may live all over the world, but we’re still there for each other. They make blogging worthwhile.

So thank you, my lovely friends. I hope to read and share many more books with all of you.

One of the most important things I’ve learned this past year about blogging is that blogging is about giving back. And I don’t mean through giveaways. It’s about giving back to all the authors who consistently aid our never ending reading needs. It’s about treating each other with respect, and passing along good books. It’s about coming together and sharing knowledge.

It’s not about sacrificing your personal life, your job, or having fun. Book blogging isn’t simply what you make of it, but also who you make it with.

Happy birthday, TGR!

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Follow Friday (35).

May
24

10 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Follow Friday, Memes

Follow Friday is now acknowledging and promoting the following of blogs through their RSS feeds! Because this site is proudly powered by WordPress, there’s no GFC (Google Friend Connect) option. BUT, you can follow TGR through my feed by clicking HERE or over to the right, in my sidebar. You can also subscribe through email!

 

 

 

 

 

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Dream cast your current read!

Well, this is awkward. I’m not currently reading anything. But if I were, and a male character needed to be cast, then by all means Tom Felton could have the part.

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This week at The Grammarian’s Reviews

Waiting on Wednesday

Dear Bloggers

Whip it up Mondays – featuring Nutella!

On the road with YA

 

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Follow Friday (34) + TGIF (21)

May
18

14 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Follow Friday, Memes, TGIF

Follow Friday is now acknowledging and promoting the following of blogs through their RSS feeds! Because this site is proudly powered by WordPress, there’s no GFC (Google Friend Connect) option. BUT, you can follow TGR through my feed by clicking HERE or over to the right, in my sidebar. You can also subscribe through email!

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Break is upon us! What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?

Somewhere cold, honestly. I’d love to be in New England. So calm and cool.

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A Book Blogger is Born: What made you decide to start your very own book blog?

About two summers ago I became really bored. I’d had no job at the time, and so ended up spending a majority of all that free time reading and scouring the internet. I’d somehow come across a book blog. I don’t remember which it was, but I clicked from link to link, to other book blogs. I was instantly enamored with the idea of people having book discussions online. And the sense of community was so strong. I wanted that. At the same time I’d also heard about a classmate starting their own book blog. Needless to say, I went to their site and took it all in. I knew I could do the same. And part of me wanted the challenge of creating a more successful blog. From there, the ideas flooded. It was all I could think about. I’d sit with pads of paper and write whatever blog names came to mind. I’d ask my family and friends if any stood out, if any reflected me. I’d make them vote. And then the planning ensued.

Outside of the internet, I don’t have very many friends who read as much as I do, or at all. And my friends who do read consistently read other genres, so we never have common ground for discussion. But I craved it so badly. So, without knowing what to do or how to even run a blog, I dove in and created TGR.

I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t been so bored and found the book blog, or heard about my classmate’s blog. It was just one little moment that kick started all of this. And I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

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This week at The Grammarian’s Reviews

Review! One Moment by Kristina McBride

Waiting on Wednesday

Review! What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

Review! The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Whip it Up Mondays

Bout of Books 4.0

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Follow Friday (33)

Apr
19

23 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Follow Friday, Memes

Follow Friday is now acknowledging and promoting the following of blogs through their RSS feeds! Because this site is proudly powered by WordPress, there’s no GFC (Google Friend Connect) option. BUT, you can follow TGR through my feed by clicking HERE or over to the right, in my sidebar. You can also subscribe through email!

 

 

 

 

 

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Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

James Potter versus Severus Snape.

I don’t know why. I just think it would be epic. Fight to the death for Lily?

Team Snape, baby!

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This week at The Grammarian’s Reviews

Vote for TGR at the Independent Book Blogger Awards – help me get to BEA!

The YA tribe

{new feature!} Whip it Up Mondays (2)

In My Mailbox

REVIEW! Perfect by Natasha Friend

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Follow Friday (32)

Apr
12

19 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Follow Friday, Memes

Follow Friday is now acknowledging and promoting the following of blogs through their RSS feeds! Because this site is proudly powered by WordPress, there’s no GFC (Google Friend Connect) option. BUT, you can follow TGR through my feed by clicking HERE or over to the right, in my sidebar. You can also subscribe through email!

 

 

 

 

 

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What is one book I would be nervous to see made into a movie adaptation?

Anna and the French Kiss. Or Daughter of Smoke and Bone. In the case of Anna, I just don’t think any actors could take the place of Anna and Etienne; I don’t think it would work, and I don’t think they could capture all of their essence. In the case of Smoke and Bone, there’s just so much awesome that I think a lot of it would be left out in a movie.

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This week at The Grammarian’s Reviews

Vote for TGR at the Independent Book Blogger Awards – help me get to BEA!

“Good” versus “Bad” reading and writing

Top 10 Tuesday

{new feature!} Whip it Up Mondays

In My Mailbox

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Follow Friday (31)

Apr
05

23 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Follow Friday, Memes

Follow Friday is now acknowledging and promoting the following of blogs through their RSS feeds! Because this site is proudly powered by WordPress, there’s no GFC (Google Friend Connect) option. BUT, you can follow TGR through my feed by clicking HERE or over to the right, in my sidebar. You can also subscribe through email!

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

I’m not sure I’ve BOUGHT a book for that reason, but I’ve definitely checked out a book because of a bad review. As soon as I see something get less than three stars, I’ll search through Goodreads and Amazon reviews to see if people felt similarly or not. So I guess, in a way, bad reviews compel me to look further into a book, but I don’t recall ever buying a book because of a bad review.

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This week at The Grammarian’s Reviews

Help the site!

Top Ten Tuesday – Spending a day with books

Socialpunk + contest

[review] Casey Barnes Eponymous by E.A. Brigg

[review] Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

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Follow Friday (30)

Mar
30

7 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Follow Friday, Memes

Follow Friday is now acknowledging and promoting the following of blogs through their RSS feeds! Because this site is proudly powered by WordPress, there’s no GFC (Google Friend Connect) option. BUT, you can follow TGR through my feed by clicking HERE or over to the right, in my sidebar. You can also subscribe through email!

 

Do you read one book at a time, or switch between multiple?

I read one book at a time. If I happen to start two books around the same time, I will not switch between them. I will finish reading one, and then the other. If I try to read more than one, I feel that I get lost between the stories. I prefer to have my full attention on one story.

This week at The Grammarian’s Reviews

The Hunger Games movie – What did you think?!

I dare you all to read this book – don’t judge a book by its cover!

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Follow Friday (29)

Mar
15

9 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Follow Friday, Memes

Follow Friday is now acknowledging and promoting the following of blogs through their RSS feeds! Because this site is proudly powered by WordPress, there’s no GFC (Google Friend Connect) option. BUT, you can follow TGR through my feed by clicking HERE or over to the right, in my sidebar. You can also subscribe through email!

 

What is the best and worst book you’ve read in the last month?

Considering I’ve only recently had time to read for fun again, the best book I’ve read in the past month is Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, and the worst was Little House in the Big Woods (for my Children’s Lit class).

This week at The Grammarian’s Reviews

REVIEW – Bittersweet

A new release!

 

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Follow Friday (28)

Jan
19

18 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Follow Friday, Memes

Follow Friday is now acknowledging and promoting the following of blogs through their RSS feeds! Because this site is proudly powered by WordPress, there’s no GFC (Google Friend Connect) option. BUT, you can follow TGR through my feed by clicking HERE or over to the right, in my sidebar. You can also subscribe through email!

 

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get your hands on any particular book?

I’ve never done anything crazy to get a book. In fact, the thought of doing something crazy to obtain a book kind of sickens me – unless, of course, it’s all in good nature. But otherwise I’m happy to contribute to book sales by doing things the old-fashioned/not crazy way: buying books for myself.

This week at The Grammarian’s Reviews

REVIEW – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

REVIEW – The Fault in Our Stars

In My Mailbox

Blogger to WordPress, a How To guide

(*This post is older, but I think it might be helpful for those looking to switch to WordPress.)

 

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Making the Switch – How To: The Ultimate WordPress Guide!

Jan
11

7 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Uncategorized •

I know I’ve told you my contemplations about moving to WordPress, and the followup, but what about what happened in between? What about the actual move? That’s what this post is for – to show you how you can make the move to WordPress, too. I promise it’s easier than you think if you take your time and stick with the decision.

STEP 1: There are two versions of WordPress? Help!

Yes, there are two versions of WordPress: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

The difference between the two, in simple terms, is that the .com version is entirely free. When you sign up, it’s much the same way as when you did with Blogger. However, be aware that if you have a custom layout/theme, or want a custom layout/theme, you won’t be able to have it. WordPress comes with over a hundred theme options for you to choose from, and there are “Premium” ones you can pay for, but you must use one of their themes. You can change the header and sometimes colors, but that’s about it, unless you want to upgrade for $30 to be able to add CSS and change fonts.

Make note, though, that even though you can’t customize much, you can have your own domain.

On the flip side, the .org version is free to download. However, it requires an installation, as opposed to the .com version which is just you signing up for a blog account like Blogger. This is where everyone asks, Why do I need to install it? You need to download and install it because, while it is free, the hosting is not free. Granted, WordPress can host if you pay, or you can find cheaper hosting sites. Most hosting sites usually come with a free domain, too. So if you aren’t hasty you can get a two-for-one kind of deal for your site. By using the .org download, you can have an entirely custom layout/theme; you’re not limited to what WordPress has to offer.

The problem is that many people fear the installation, so they put off the move.

If you’re afraid or confused about the WordPress installation process, these guides may help you:

A user step-by-step guide to installing WordPress.

The official WordPress installation guide.

STEP 2: Do I have to install WordPress on my own? I’m horrible with computers! Help!

The good news is no, you do not have to install WordPress on your own if you don’t want to. How is this possible? Well, you have a few options:

  • Ask your layout/theme designer. If you’re having a custom layout/theme made, your designer may offer installation services for free or a small fee. You might think you don’t want to pay, but think of the hassle it’ll save if you’re really that uncomfortable with the thought of installing on your own. If they don’t list installation as a service, ask! Most designers I’ve been referred to have offered to set up everything I needed for WordPress. Plus, asking can’t hurt.
  • Some sites/programs will do the installing for you. For example, the web host Fantastico has the ability to automatically install applications to a website. In short: It will do the work for you!
  • Use visualization to your advantage. Don’t like to read long installation guides? No idea where that file goes or what a client is? No problem. Use a video guide to help so you can have someone not only show but talk you through the process. The video guide below starts at the very beginning, before even downloading and installing WordPress; it begins with getting a host and domain.

 

STEP 3: OK, I know there is a .com & .org WordPress. Which is right for me?

So now you know the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. But which should you use?

Whether you have a domain or not, if you’re unable to or don’t care to get a custom layout/theme, WordPress.com is your best bet. It’s free, easy to sign up and super easy to import everything from Blogger.

If you have a domain and host (or are at least wanting/planning to self-host) and have your own custom layout/theme, then downloading the latest version of WordPress from WordPress.org is what you need to do. You’ll have the freedom to make your site exactly how you want it to be without the limitations on customization of WordPress.com.

STEP 4: I’m still not sold. What, exactly, does WordPress look like?

Click through the thumbnails to see what WordPress looks like! They’ll show what the Dashboard and Post Editor look like, what’s it like looking through themes and the Import and Widget pages. For a comparison, you can also check out the WordPress.org Dashboard and Post Editor; the other menu tabs are all relatively the same.

WordPress.com:

          

WordPress.org:

  

 

STEP 5: I can do it!

Yes, you can do it! You’re so close!

You know the differences and you’ve got the guides and screencaps. You’re ready to switch to WordPress and you’re ready to do so with confidence. Just believe in yourself and take your time.

REMEMBER: As you’re making the change, nothing you have on Blogger will be destroyed. You can import your posts to WordPress without losing what you have on Blogger.

So, no pressure!

The end! You made it!

I hope this How To post is informative enough and answers the questions you may have about WordPress. I’ve tried to reply to every little question I’ve gotten. If there’s something you’re still confused about or you just have a general comment, please don’t hesitate to ask/post in the comments or on Twitter; I welcome and encourage all feedback.

I couldn’t take the thought of bloggers missing out on this move simply because there’s not enough info out there for them to better understand WordPress, and/or because they’re hesitant to leave the comfort zone of Blogger. Going by what I’ve seen on Twitter, a lot of bloggers actually want to make the move – they just don’t know how or why they should. Hence, the reason for my creating this post.

If you’ve stuck around until the end of this, I thank you and wish you the best of luck on making the switch to WordPress!

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