Hard to believe the semester has finally come to an end! Although I am hoping that my Reads by Amy learning project has not come to an end, I am planning to continue what I have started and continue posting book reviews.
It’s hard to summarize all that I have done with this project and recap everything into one final artifact. My reflections and experiences throughout the semester can be found in my Major Project category, but here is a quick video I created to show a snapshot of what I have done with Reads by Amy this semester. Enjoy! And be sure to check out readsbyamy.wordpress.com if you haven’t had a chance. I would also like to thank all my classmates that offered support during this project and helped to direct traffic to my blog. It was very much appreciated
It’s been awhile since I have updated my stats for Reads by Amy:
Twitter: 30 followers
Instagram: 64 followers
Blog: 17 followers
I was beginning to get frustrated earlier in this project because I was not seeming to get many followers on my blog or other accounts. So I took a bit of a break from watching them really closely and focused some more time on just posting often and interacting with other bloggers. I know that this project isn’t just about getting followers, but for me it’s evidence that people are caring about what I am doing and taking the time to read my reviews and connect with me.
This week I struggled with my latest book review because I didn’t really like the book I had just read, so I was unsure if I should still post about it. All of the books I have reviewed on my blog are ones that I have really enjoyed and would recommend to others, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start posting about ones that I didn’t really love. But in the end I figured even if I didn’t love this book, other people might. (And if I didn’t post it as a review I would have to wait another week until I finished my next book to post a review! And I think the key to keeping followers is to post regularly).
I have stated before that one of my biggest challenges with this project is getting traffic to my book blog Reads by Amy. Katia gave me some good ideas in my midterm feedback so in the next few weeks I am going to focus on trying to make Reads By Amy more interactive to encourage people to participate on the blog. I am also going to commit some more time to connecting with other book blogs and hopefully gaining some followers.
I found some good tips that relate specifically to book blogs:
I also had a lot of fun exploring other book blogs. I left some comments and sent my blog link to hopefully draw some other book bloggers to my site. I am learning that the book blogging community is huge and they are very supportive- they interact with one another’s blogs a lot and offer suggestions and advice. I am hoping to make some book blogging friends that can help me out with my blog! Stay tuned for an update…