Top 10 Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can see all the topics here.
This week’s topic is things that make your life easier as a reader/blogger, this was a hard one for me, I don’t really know if there’s that much not-obvious stuff that makes my life easier, but I managed to come up with nine things:
1. LIBRARY!: If I don’t say that I got a book for review from the publisher you can be 99% sure it came from the library. I’ve been lucky to live in cities with great libraries and library systems so I can get new releases, both print and ebook forms, quickly and easily. I’m the daughter of two public librarians, but seriously, you’re paying for this place in your taxes and they give you books FOR FREE (well, minus those pesky taxes I just mentioned), use the library! (And you can always go back and buy the books you really liked!)
2. WordPress calendar plugin: Seriously, this is like the greatest thing that ever happened to my blog. I love being able to look at the big picture and make sure I have a blog post scheduled on every weekday. Plus it makes it easy to quickly add Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday posts. And it saves me from having to constantly look up dates; if I want to review a new book the week before it comes out I can just go to the calendar, scroll to the release date, scroll back a week, and just click on the day to add a post. AND it also makes it easier to move posts around, just click, drag, and drop! Love, love, love.
3. Comment reply notification: Back when I was just a blog reader I always loved when bloggers had a plugin or whatever to let me know that they responded to my comment; it made me feel really appreciated as a reader. When I started my blog I knew I wanted to be able to let all the lovely people that leave me comments know that I read and appreciate their comments. Enter comment reply notification. I would love if it started more dialogue, but I mainly like that it lets people know I’ve read their comment and left a response.
4. People who list new releases on their blogs: I swear I regularly read a bunch of blogs that do this, but I’ve kept my eyes peeled last week and this week so I could link to the people and the only ones I found were Pink Polka Dot Blog and Such a Novel Idea. Yes, I could probably do a better job of monitoring this on my own, but it’s so nice when someone else makes a list for me and I can just got through adding books to Goodreads or requesting them from the library.
5. Sorting by pub date on Goodreads: I just discovered this last week thanks to some of Jaime’s instructions in her A to Z Bookish Survey (check out mine here) and it’s already made my life better. It’s helpful when I’m trying to figure out what book I should read next (no more getting annoying that everything on the top of my to-read list is coming out in six months) and when I’m trying to pick upcoming books for Waiting on Wednesday posts (no more getting annoyed when everything on the top of my to-read list already came out). If you’re like I was and don’t know how to do this go to one of your shelves on Goodreads and scroll down to the bottom of the list (just on the first page, not all the way at the end of if there are multiple pages), under sort pick “date pub” and BAM there you are!
6. RSS Reader: The demise of Google Reader seriously gave me a panic attack. I’ve been a big blog reader for years (even though I only discovered book blogs more recently) and Google Reader was the way I fed my addiction. I tried Feedly and Bloglovin (Follow me!) and just didn’t like them (although Bloglovin has grown on me and I do have it linked with my blog and I do follow people there), but then I found The Old Reader and I knew I found my new Google Reader (FYI, if you’re wondering if my following you on Bloglovin is bogus, I usually follow people on Bloglovin and then also follow them on The Old Reader). Anyway, if I didn’t use a RSS reader I probably wouldn’t read blogs, I’m lazy and forgetful and I would never regularly use bookmarks to visit blogs or be able to remember what blogs I like to read.
7. Twitter: Maybe this is a cop out, since I’m a big believer that Twitter is useful for everything, but it’s definitely helped me as a blogger. (Follow me!) Twitter is not only great for having quick conversations with other bloggers and readers, I also sometimes use it to test out a blog before I fully commit to following someone with my RSS reader. I see my RSS reader as having a cap, there are only so many blogs I can keep up with before it gets out of control. Twitter is much easier to just mindlessly scroll through and if someone posts about a blog post that catches me eye I can just click through. And if someone repeatedly posts things that catch my eye I can add them to my RSS reader.
8. Goodreads: Duh! Do I really need to explain this? Easy to see what people are reading, easy to see what people are liking, and easy to add books to my different shelves. I would be lost without Goodreads. (Follow me!)
9. Overdrive Reading App: For a long time I thought if I downloaded an epub book from the library I needed to plug my iPad into my computer (something my very old computer is not a fan of) and manually transfer the book. Then I discovered the Overdrive app and figured out that you can check out a book through the app or get a book that you already checked out through the app. No using my computer required!
Did you do a Top 10 Tuesday post? Link me up in the comments, I obviously need at least one more thing to make my life easier/better!