Thursday, June 7, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #100

Welcome to the Feature & Follow #100!!!!!!

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to Wordpress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don't have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

This Week's Special Feature -Parajunkee

Parajunkee's View

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in August of 2009. It was mainly an experiment and something that I didn't think would go anywhere. I'm shaking my head as I write this, because obviously I was a bit naive back then.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

The community I think is the most obvious answer. Almost everyone in our little neck of the woods is friendly, helpful and just great to talk to. I've always had a lot of people around me that read, but hardly ever did they read the kind of books I liked. Now I have hundreds of people to chat with about certain books. It is awesome.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

That is a huge list! My all time favorites revolve around 'A Brave New World', 'Ender's Game', and 'The Vampire Lestat'. More modern loves include 'The Hunger Games', The Night Huntress Series and anything by the fabulous Ann Aguirre.

4. What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

Having a well-known author actually recognize me at a conference and one that I hadn't done promotional work for. That was off the charts cool and of course I felt like a rock star for five minutes. Blogging has introduced me these conferences and signings and awesome things like that, in which you get face-time with authors. I knew they had them, but I just never thought -- well I should go to that. Now, I have to go to ALL of them!!

5. Why did I create the #FF?

One of the main questions asked to me in my Book Blogging 101 feature was 'How to gain more followers?' I use other blogging communities as inspiration sometimes and as a mom, I follow a few Mommy Bloggers. I'm telling you, those women come up with some stuff! They had these Hops -- from Monday - Sunday you could find a hop. Literally you could participate in one every day if you wished. I figured, something like this could work in the book blogging community and help start-ups get their name out there.

6. What blog posts are you most proud of?

All of them pfft ;)

No, really, I'm most proud of my Book Blogging 101 posts, I had fun with the twitter post in particular if you want to check that one out:

7. Why did I create the #FF?

I'm a mommy to a little 4 year old, who has tested off the charts so we are constantly trying to challenge her and teach her. That could be my full time job. Then I design, design, design (I should do this more all of you on my waiting list are probably glaring at me)…then I have this HUGE family, which takes up the other time. There is always a party or a function or just hanging out at the pool. I think that is about it. I've tried to pick up cool hobbies or be crafty, but they usually don't work. I paint and draw, but half the time, it's sketching out a clients work and not hobby. My husband and I also tackled our first attempt at carpentry -- check the Vlog this weekend to see how those bookshelves came out. I'm still a little sore. Wood is very heavy.

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Now for the Follow Fun!

With GFC going the way of the dodo bird for many bloggers, there is no better time to start following blogs via RSS feed. If you use a reader, it would be great if you followed my RSS directly.

We have a new button, so update your blogs if you are used to doing this meme!

Gain New Blog Followers

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To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!


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Happy Follow Friday! Come back at midnight CST for the Facebook & Twitter hop!!  


  1. I'd have to say I really try my best to put 100% into every blog post I write. I work full time, as well as have an infant at home, so finding time to blog is quite difficult. But when I do post, I really take the time to make sure it's my best efforts. :) I'd have to say this #FF100 post may be my favorite, since it's my first "real" giveaway!! :)

  2. I'm so glad to be a part of this hop! Congrats on the big 100! :)
    (And awesome prizes!)

    Thanks so much, Alison! <3

  3. YAY! Congrats on reaching 100!! I am so happy for you guys and I can't wait to participate in more follow Fridays!!

  4. Hip Hip Hurray! Congrats on 100!! This is such an awesome accomplishment. You ladies are awesome!

  5. I had no idea that you liked to draw and paint, but that makes sense. Loved finding out a little bit more about you. Thank you for all the awesome blog posts and your help. I agree the community is the best thing about blogging.

  6. I LOVE our Book Trailer Thursday posts that I never skip! I love finding them, I love trying to figure out how people do them, I just plain love it!

  7. Awesome! I love this, it's such a great idea.Congrats on reaching 100! :)

  8. Congratulations on making it to 100!

  9. Congrats on 100! I'm not really sure which blog post I am most proud of, I'm just proud of the fact that I am actually blogging!

  10. Whoaaa....congrats on reaching 100 :D

    Which blog post I'm most proud of? Well, I'm not really sure about this. I'm a beginner in this blog thing :)

    Thank u for this awesome giveaway. I'd love to read Goddes Interupted, it's such a lovely coincidence because I just finished reading The Goddes Test and I loved it!

  11. I love the reviews where I can actually get my mind around the book and write about my true feelings in a competent way haha. I think The Snow Child Review has been one of my best. =)

    Congrats on 100! That is such a big accomplishment! Here's to 100 more!

  12. congrats on 100 .. my best post would have to be my review of Eden because it earned me a blurb in Janelle's new book :)

  13. My favorite post is probably my Princess Bride post. And truthfully, I always am a fan of my answers to the FF questions (how vain do I sound?)

    Great giveaway!

  14. Congrats on reaching a hundred! I haven't done a whole lot of posts to really have a proper selection so for now I'm going to say Poison Study review. I really enjoyed that book so it was much easier for me to write a review on that (:

  15. I don't think I have a fave post really. I think my posts have come a loooong way since I first started blogging 3 years ago. I think I've come a looooong way since then!

  16. Congrats on reaching 100!! This is my first week taking part but hopefull I will still be around when you make 200¬

  17. Congratulations on reaching 100 weeks, that's insane! Let's hope there are still hundreds more to come!
    I think I'm most proud of my Obsidian Review!
    because I'm a total fangirl and I was lucky enough to have Jennifer L Armentrout stop by and comment!
    Anyway Congratulations again and here's My Hop!
    for this week :)

  18. Congrats on #100!


  19. Some of the reviews I write, I'm really proud of. I feel like they reflect exactly what I want to say. There's not just one, but many! :)

    Congrats on week 100 and on being featured! Old follower :D

    My FF

  20. Difficult choice... I would say that since I'm celebrating my first blogoversary I'm proud of all my posts xD.
    You should stop by an enter in the giveaway :] First Blogoversary

    Lots of hugs and thanks for the amazing one you are hosting!!!

  21. Congrats on being #100! Happy Friday :) Have a great weekend :)

  22. I am probably most proud of my blog post that I recently wrote in regards to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. I absolutely fell in love with that book and am now forever changed. That man is one fantastic writer. Here's the link for it! Enjoy! And thank you so much for such a YA-Tastic giveaway!!!

  23. It's hard choosing the post I'm most proud of, but they are definitely the posts that encourage people to check out a book that I love.

  24. I am proud of my post about Miss Pergrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

  25. Congrats on 100 Feature & Follows! I have no idea which post I'm most proud of. I am just proud of my blog in general! A Dream Within A Dream

  26. Yeah!! Congrats to you and Rachel on reaching 100 weeks! I am probably most proud of my book reviews. I work very hard on them and hope they help other readers decide whether or not they want to try the book/series.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  27. Hello again and Congrats on 100 Feature and Follow.

    Come take a look at mine if you like.

  28. Wow! Congrats on your 100! Thats quite a milestone!

  29. Hey, so this hop has been EXTRA FUN 'cause one link leads to another which leads to another. I think we should do this again some time!! It's fun seeing how everyone connects with everyone else. GENIUS!! :-D

    I don't think I'm proud of any one post. Lol. Every time I look back at one to bask in my own amazingness, I see so many flaws I go hide under a pillow with a book!!

  30. I think my favorite posts are probably my author interviews :) They're always just so much fun to do.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!! :)


  31. I hope this doesn't sound like I'm bragging, but, I'm most proud of my reviews, specifically the newer ones because I started using a different style.

  32. I don't have a blog, so I don't have a post to be proud of, but I'm enjoying learning about all these blogs!

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  33. Happy 100th FF!
    I love the blogging community too and Hunger Games and Night Huntress series. I also love Parajunkee's designs. Will really have to get one some day.
    My FF

  34. I don't have a blog but I appreciate all the hard work all the bloggers do!

  35. I can't say that I have a post that I am most proud of. But overall I am happiest when I get a book review post out. Because those are by the far the hardest one's to do. Well not really the hardest I guess but they definitely do take the longest. You have to read the book, and then for me I have to give myself a few days to really think about my review and what it was that I loved and didn't like so much about a book before I can post up the review for it. But also the whole putting that post together, my reviews are the ones that by far take the longest to put together because there is a lot of HTML work that goes into making each one unique and pretty. Congratulations on reaching the big 100. That's crazy awesome and thanks so much for the giveaway.

  36. This is a great opportunity to network and gain new followers.

  37. I don't have a really favorite blog post. Since I have a book and song blog, I'd say I have one for each, so my book post would have to be this review that I sort of wrote while on a sugar rush. I don't know, I just love that post even though it's really weird and bad...

  38. That question is a hard one for me, as my blog is so new, but i guess my favorite is probably my Clockwork Prince review, i had highlighted lots of stuff in my kindle, and was able to do a better review, so i guess that would be it. :)

  39. I don't really have a blog post I'm proud of since I don't really have a blog :(

    Thank you for the giveaway!


  40. Hey Alison, I hope you have a great weekend :)

  41. I just started a blog and it's honestly there for giveaway purposes (and I only have 5 followers) but my favorite post would have to be:
    Such good times... :)

  42. Awesome post ma'am! :) Nice giveaway also! :)

    I am most proud of my reviews (:

    Tabby @Insightful Minds & IM Design Studio

  43. Love your Twilight post!

    Mine is:

  44. Thanks so much for this giveaway and all the hard work that all of the bloggers do :)

  45. Happy 100th Alison! That's so great :)

    My favorite ended up not being a book post but one about a turtle. Was pretty popular with followers too :)

  46. I am just starting to create a blog, but I have not posted yet. I hope to do so soon, if life quits being crazy and throwing hurdles at me.


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