Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Make Life As A Reader/Blogger Easier

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. There are so many tools available now to make reading and blogging easier. Here are ten that make this blog and my reading life possible.

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1. Goodreads. Goodreads has changed the way I read completely. I won’t buy a book if it’s not on my TBR shelf. I won’t even consider adding a book to my TBR shelf if the average rating is below a 3.6. On the blogging side, I use it every week to do TTTs. I don’t know how I kept track of what I read before I got Goodreads.

2. WordPress. WordPress makes writing blog posts so easy. I have the free version, which means less customization but that’s okay with me. It gets the job done and you can learn to use it so quickly.

3. Twitter. I get so many book recommendations from seeing what people are tweeting about. It also keeps me up to date on all  the blogging news and drama so I know what to steer clear of or what to pay attention to. But the best part of all is being able to talk/squee with other bloggers and readers.

4. PowerPoint. No joke, I make all of my graphics in PowerPoint. I know guys. I’m super technologically advanced.

5. Kindle. I’m still a physical book kind of girl, but I love my Kindle. I can request e-ARCs to review and there are always deals on Amazon to get popular YA books for super cheap.

6. EpicReads Teatime. I really look forward to TeaTime every week! The TeaTime girls are hilarious. It’s a great way to find out about upcoming Harper releases and you can get reading recommendations from the chat.

7. LibraryThing. I use LibraryThing to catalog the books I own. I have a little USB scanner that’s shaped like a cat that I can just plug in to my laptop, scan a book’s barcode, and it shows up in LibraryThing.

8. Feedly. When Google Reader went bye-bye, I switched to Feedly. So far it works well enough even though I’ve run into problems (some graphics don’t show up for certain blogs, it switches between screens when I don’t want it to).

9. HootSuite. I use HootSuite to schedule all of my blog-related tweets. That way I can make sure my blog posts get tweeted about several times on posting day and I don’t have to be on Twitter 24/7.

10. Google Calendar. I recently started using Google Calendar to lay out when I wanted to schedule posts. It makes it easier for me to keep track of when I want things to go up on the blog. I love that you can create multiple calendars so I don’t have blogging stuff mixed in with other scheduling. And I can put different features in different colors so when I’m looking at the month I can easily pick out when I need to switch things up or when I’ve been posting too much of one thing.


17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Make Life As A Reader/Blogger Easier

  1. I have the cat-shaped ISBN scanner, too! I thought it was really cute when I got it, but I now mostly use my iPhone.

    You can make graphics on Power Point? I did not know that!

  2. I definitely need to get Hootsuite! Sounds so much more convenient than having to log in to twitter several times a day. I have that cat-shaped ISBN scanner too! I use BookCollector though, but I might try library thing.
    Here’s our TTT!

  3. I don’t know why I never thought of using ppt for graphics. I am terrible at graphics, and I struggle with image editing all the time, but I could use ppt. I must check it out.

  4. I think Goodreads is going to be a popular choice today! I have no idea how I functioned before Goodreads. And I didn’t include wordpress on my list, but I love that you can create templates for review. Great list!

  5. You can make graphics in powerpoint? I didn’t know that! I love wordpress, too. It’s so easy to create posts, and it’s way easier to comment on other wordpress blogs than blogger blogs!

    And Goodreads! Oh I love that website!

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