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Feature & Follow/Blog Hop: Starting over

Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

This week’s questions is:

What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?

There are a few things that I might have done differently. I might of chosen blogger, if only that it is connected to Google and it’s easier to follow people and be followed when things like GFC are available (though that may not be such an issue anymore). I would (and still should) network more. I would try not to be so nervous (how ridiculous does that sound), but I’m nervous even via the internet about putting my opinions out there (sometimes it seems like everyone already knows everyone else, but you’ve got to start somewhere). Any other new bloggers ever feel that way? Ridiculous, I know, but there you have it. I also wish my url matched my blog more, but the one(s) I wanted were already taken.

If you are interested in varied and eclectic book reviews (and the occasional literary and recipe post), please follow! My preferences are RSS, Facebook, Twitter in that order – or hey, all three ๐Ÿ™‚

Book Blogger Hop Question:

Who is your go-to author when you are in a reading rut?

This one’s easy for me, it’s Stephen King. I love (most of) his work. His was one of the first novels I fell in love with and there are several that, when I read, I feel like I’m visiting old friend (Frannie and Stu, anyone?).

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  • Sara (@uponalovestory)

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and welcome to book blogging. You will have it all figured out in no time.

    Sara @ upon a love story

  • Amy

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! And I’ll be sure to follow you on twitter as well as here! (My twitter: @AmyConroy6)

    I’m with you on the whole being nervous part. Putting your opinions out for everyone to see *Shudders*. But, I hope to overcome that while this blog grows <3


  • Sydney

    Same here! All the good names at the time I wanted were taken by those ’06 those abandoned blogs. I’m still very nervous about posting my opinions too, but I love writing reviews! New follower!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks for stopping by and following! Yep, the person who has my desired URL posted only once in 2009!

  • Vonnie

    I need to read more of Stephen King. I also never tried wordpress. I really enjoy my blogger.

    Here’s my answers

    Btw, I’m following you by e-mail.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks for following! I’ve tried blogger, but in the end I like the wordpress platform better…even if it’s more difficult to follow!

  • Lucybird


    Stepping into the book blogging world is a bit daunting, I still feel like I don’t know people as well as others do (although it took me a while to really discover the community). Twitter is a great way to get to know people though, I’ve found a lot of great blogs and bloggers that way.

    I’ve never read any Stephen King- mainly because I don’t really like scary books- but I have It on my to be read pile.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks for stopping by! I think IT is actually one of Stephen King’s scarier books. For more suspenseful/less horror The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is good.

      • Lucybird

        Thanks. I only have IT on my TBR pile because my boyfriend tried to read it then gave it to me

  • Amanda’s Writings

    I’ve never read any of Stephen King’s, but good choice ๐Ÿ™‚

    My Post.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thank for stopping by, he turned out to be a popular response!

  • Susan (Bloggin’ ’bout Books)

    Stephen King is a good (and popular) answer. I’ve read a number of his, but not all of them by any means. Lots of his oldies, but goodies are still waiting for me …

    Happy Hopping!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks for stopping by! Stephen King is one of the writers that I think keeps getting better (I love most of his books, but am still not too fond of Cujo or The Tommyknockers).

  • Kate

    I really need to network more to. I am a new follower via RSS : )
    Here is my FF

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks for following! I’m terrible about networking, I try to remind myself to at least check twitter twice a week – I usually follow blogs via email simply because I’m better at checking it!

  • Emily

    Hi! Your answer was great!(: I’m a new blogger! Mind checking out my blog?(: And maybe possibly follow?(x I’ve never read Stephen King, I’ve always thought his books would be for more mature readers(x I just read YA!

    New follower!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks for stopping by. Stephen King might be something to ease into if you ever interested. It is definitely more graphic and violent then most YA, but enjoyable if you like that type of novel.

  • Charlee

    I always think carefully before putting out opinions on my blog. Even more than I would in an in person conversation. Once it’s on the internet it’s forever.

    When I got my start blogging, I was really blessed with other bloggers linking and promoting my blog. Without that support, I’d likely have given up blogging in the first year.

    Love your blog!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks for your comment and compliment! I won’t do negative reviews but I don’t want the negativity out there (there is plenty, just check out Goodreads). If I truly didn’t like a book, I won’t put it on my blog. I like a snarky review as much as the next person, it just not something that comes naturally to me (sarcasm is a different story :)!

  • Shanae Branhams

    I love Stephen King, too. He’s an oldie, but goody! Iโ€™m glad I dropped by from BBH.
    My Blog

  • Cherie Colyer

    I don’t think your answer to FF is ridiculous. I felt the same way when I started blogging.

    On a go to author, it depends on what mood I’m in. JK Rowling, Jeaniene Frost, and Maggie Stiefvater are a few of mine. I love Stephen King, but I do most my reading at night and I’m such a woose. If I read his novels before bed I tend to have weird dreams.

    New follower.
    My #FF

  • Shanae Branhams

    Iโ€™m glad I dropped by from FF. I am your newest follower.
    My Blog

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