Blogging 101: ARC Basics

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One of the most common areas of confusion for newer bloggers is ARCs – what they are, how to acquire them, and how to interact with authors and publishers.  While I am by no means an expert on ARCs and the requesting process, I’ve received a decent number of them over the years (and am currently sorting through a rather hefty pile of them).  Therefore, I’ve compiled a few tips and tricks regarding how to request ARCs and interact professionally with publishers.

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Blogging 101: Basic HTML

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Before I started teaching myself how to code, the word “HTML” sent me into a bit of a panic, primarily because I never completely understood it.  I couldn’t wrap my head around how garbled nonsense translated into beautifully designed web pages, let alone how I would go about replicating lines and lines of code.  When I began researching HTML to learn more, the sheer volume of information I was uncovering was overwhelming to say the least.  There were thousands of Google search results, and seemingly more variations and methods to go about writing HTML codes.  If you take away one point from this post, let it be this: do not Google HTML, for your own sanity.

Now that I’ve had some time to learn the ropes and experiment with HTML both here on Brewing Up Books as well as on several other platforms, I decided to compile a list and explanations of my most frequently used HTML codes.

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Blogging 101: Cobloggers

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Are you thinking of inviting another blogger to join your site?  Are you not sure where to start or what you should be looking for?  Are you concerned about some of the issues that can arise from having multiple authors contributing to the same blog?

Here at Brewing Up Books, we’ve always had at least two full-time bloggers, as well as several highly overlooked part-time bloggers, such as our humor writer, Julia.  We’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way regarding finding cobloggers, establishing reasonable expectations for both yourself and your fellow cobloggers, and interacting with individuals who are 1,000+ miles away.

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Blogging 101: Scheduling

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When it comes to blogging, organization is essential, and it just so happens to go hand in hand with scheduling (I can hear the collective groans).  In the long run, however, scheduling can actually relieve stress, ensure that your blog remains active, and serve as an excellent motivator. We’ve compiled a few tips that we’ve accumulated through our personal experiences to help you set up your blogging schedule.

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Blogging 101: Utilizing Social Media

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Social media is an integral component of modern society – it’s practically a miracle to have a face-to-face conversation with someone without either of you glancing at a smartphone, snapping a selfie, checking Facebook, responding to text messages, etc.  In our technologically savvy world, your online presence can make or break your blog, regardless of whether you’ve just started out or you’re a weathered veteran who’s been posting for years.

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