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Today is our last day together celebrating the world of book blogging for another year. I hope you all achieved a level of appreciation for our fabulous community and was able to reenergize yourself with all the blogging love.

The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 things you find are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adopted recently or would like to in the future.

Ah, trends in book blogging – a theme near and dear to my heart this year! My first and essentially only tried and true practice for blogging is the idea that there are no rules to blogging. Depending on what you hope to get out of blogging, there are some tricks of the trade that can make your life easier, but they should in no way, shape or form be adopted by every single book blogger out there. Blogging will always be a hobby for a large majority of us, and hobbies should never be stressful or tiring and should remain fun. Do what feels right for you, from your blog design to your posts to the books you read and the reviews you write. If you do this, then you will never get tired or experience burnout. It took me over two years to come to this realization, and I am a much happier blogger now as a result.

As for trends or tools I want to start adopting, I am a huge proponent of Google documents. It has kept my TBR pile manageable, which is saying something when it contains over 450 books. I have different tabs to track those unread books I’ve purchased versus those that are review copies versus those I requested and still have yet to receive. I also distinguish between e-books and audiobooks. My file also allows me to sort through the lists so that I can quickly find which review book is next on my list to read and review, when a book was/is being published, and so forth. I can also keep track of those books for which I still need to write reviews. The fact that I can access this document wherever I have a wi-fi connection thanks to smartphones and my NookColor is a huge bonus. It may take a bit of work to set up initially, but it is SO worth it in the end. It isn’t a new tool, but it is one upon which I rely the most!

Thank you to everyone for making this week such a blast! I am proud to be a member of the Book Blogging community!!

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