Time To Branch Out


I have been doing this blogging thing for a month or so. I think it might be time for me to branch out a bit. I want to do so many things with it. I want to review and beta read and throw my opinion out there. I feel like I have made a couple of solid contacts in the blogging world (Can you hear me yelling Bells, Judi and Colette, I bow down to thee). I have read about a zillion blogs and seen what they have to offer. I want that. You would think this would be simple huh? It’s not. I have no clue how to go about it. You see, I don’t work in that world. I’m at the other far end of the spectrum. I don’t stay at home all day and I don’t work with access to a computer the majority of the time. I cannot read a book within a day unless it’s a weekend, and even then its sketchy. I have two kids, two dogs, two cats, four frogs and a husband *sigh* someone always needs me for something. I am a fast reader though and can certainly read on a deadline if need be. I worry though that because I simply don’t have the kind of time these awesome other bloggers do, that I won’t stand a chance. Add to that the fact that these ladies are TIGHT. I mean they all know each other and have for what sounds like a long time. That’s right bloggers I am stalking your twitter accounts 🙂 . It’s like they have been blogging together since internet was first invented, HA.


I was watching an episode of The New Adventures of Old Christine last night (LOVE that show) and it totally hit my feelings on the head. Christine was talking to the rich mommies at her son’s school. She wanted into their club really badly, they ignored her. They were mean and snooty (though that has NOT happened to me, most bloggers are really very nice to me when I bug them). She was on the outside looking in and talking to the rich ladies maid. Oh yeah, in this scenario I would be the maid. Because well, I am one. Point being, she wanted in but was on the outside. I am not a writer, so I don’t fit in there. I can’t really contribute to the conversations they have. Most of the time I just listen and try to absorb. My opinions are strong but my writing skills vary on how passionate I feel on the subject. Bloggers are my best bet here. Over the course of the past month I have read some reviews that I thought I could NEVER top. However there were a few that I thought the opposite.



  1. Nikki! There’s a site out there call the AbsoluteWrite.com. You should join. Then, you can register to be a beta reader. You say what you are interested in and then people will contact you if they write your preferred genre. You can say “I do or don’t do line editing” or “I’ll read for content and pace” etc. You set the terms, even the number of pages you are willing to read.

    Also, do not be afraid to just Tweet it out loud. “I LOVE READING PARAROM! I WILL EBTA FOR FREE!” Brace yourself though. AND, you may want to use the hashtag #amwriting because tons of writers follow that.

    Also, Maybe I can interview you and we can talk about how you want to get into beta-ing, and I can tweet it? There are so many writers out there needing betas so they don’t have to do it to like in a crit group. Seriously, follow #amwriting though, or #amediting, ooo or #litchat. Whoa, TMI slap me!

  2. Dude I totally know how you feel! But don’t fret my dear for most of the bloggers on Twitter are pretty awesome and are open to talking to everyone. I still feel like I’m on the outside looking in because I don’t have the time to spend on my blog like I would love to. My daughter keeps me busy during the day and I’m lucky if I can get a review on their once in a while. My blog is just another place to escape to and I try to keep that in mind when I am working on it. I know that I’ll never have a 1,000 followers or that it won’t be popular, but I’m happy doing it, and that’s all that matters. 😀

  3. I’ve been blogging for about a year and four months now, and I’m just now feeling comfortable asking authors to do guest posts/interviews for my blog. I can read a book in a day, but it’s got to be really good! I wish I had more time to spend on my blog as well. Every blogger has a different comfort zone, and I think my first arc request came about 5 months after I started blogging. I still don’t get that many, and I’m actually glad because it gives me time to read books I want to read. 🙂

  4. You are doing great on your blog! Thanks for mentioning me in the same breath as Colette and Bells, but I’m still far far away from their blogging greatness. I don’t spend near the time on my blog as I should, but like you life gets in the way. I can barely read a book a week (although I may many more than that lol). Some day I will have time to work at my blog, but until then I’ll just plod along. Keep up the great work!

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