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Today's topic for Armchair BEA: "Today we will be sharing tips that will help you move your blog forward or perhaps your own personal goals of writing and making an income from what you love to do. Today we'd love you to share your top tips for getting beyond your blog! Have you done any freelance writing? Are you monetizing your blog and how so? How do you make connections outside the book blog community on the internet? If none of these apply we'd love for you to share a fun aspect about your blog or life that may be completely separate from books!"
Hrm, I haven't gone out of my way to monetize my blog. I did become an Audible partner earlier this year, which was definitely cool as I really like the company. Right now, I'm having fun just blogging. I've had people ask me if I could turn blogging into money but unfortunately, I'm not sure that's going to happen right now. I don't have an interest in pursuing it at the moment.
Blogging has allowed me to participate in a couple events that I would not have had the chance to do otherwise. One is Armchair BEA (ahem!). I've gotten to do quite a few author chats, which is really cool. A couple months ago, I "went" to a video chat by Melanie Benjamin (author of Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb). I was so excited that I was invited!
In a lot of ways, I feel like my blog is still growing (I've been at this for about 1.5 years now). Maybe once I have a little more time in, I'll take the big leap "Beyond the Blog."
What have you done "beyond the blog?"