At the start of the year, I mentioned becoming more active on the blog this year. Well, I got off to a pretty bad start. I’ve picked up a bit lately. I really enjoyed having the guest bloggers last week and will do more of that in the coming weeks and months. I’ve also joined the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance (CFBA) as a reviewer and Blogging in Black (BIB) as a columnist. I hope that my association with CFBA and BIB to enrich what I do on the blog here.
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance (CFBA)
I really like the idea behind CFBA. Their goal is to raise the profile of Christian books on Technorati Popular Books site, making them visible to more bloggers. Every month I will get a mailing from CFBA listing 5-10 books that I have the option of reviewing. I choose the books I want, they pass my name along to the book’s publisher, and I get a free copy of the book in the mail. In return, I agree to blog about the book on the dates of the CFBA blog tour for that book. You all know how I feel about authors and reviews so I won’t really be offering my reviews of books. Instead I’ll be posting general information about the book provided by the CFBA. If you’re interested, check out their Requirements for Reviewers.
Blogging in Black (BIB)
Blogging in Black is an interesting blog that I read regularly. Its purpose, from the website, is as follows:
Blogging in Black is a collective of mostly black writers and readers sharing their views on the writing life, publishing, and anything else related to books, writing, and the publishing biz.
Our goal is to present a strong and consistent product for our readership. No, we aren’t different from blogging in any other color; we all have different views, opinions and stories to share.
We have a group of regular columnists, who present their views, interviews, reviews, profiles, and other information relevant to the literary landscape. We will also present guest commentary from a host of literary professionals.
The views of each columnist are his or her own and do not reflect the views of other columnists, guest columnists, our moderators, or our administrators.
My first BIB column, My so-called career, will appear today, Thursday, July 31. After that, I’ll have a column on the 12th of each month, starting in August.
Let me know what you think about the changes I’m making, and especially your thoughts/experiences on CFBA and BIB. I want to hear from you.
4 thoughts on “Expanding the Blog with CFBA and BIB”
I read BIB everyday. I’m glad that I will get to read more of your thoughts on the publishing world and your writing process.
I take a little of everything I read and spin into my world of writing.
Thanks for introducing me to CFBA and BIB. I plan to add them to my daily blog review 🙂
I think you’re doing the right things to get your name and your books out there. I’ve “met” a lot of authors simply by featuring their books on my blog, and a lot of readers who I hope will one day support me.
And these are low-pressure since you only have to blog on BIB once a month and you get to choose which books you wish to feature. Win-win!
I read BIB a few times a week. It’s a great blog. I don’t visit CFBA, but I am familiar with it.