Thursday, October 4, 2012

Follow and Feature Friday #117

Welcome to the Feature & Follow

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.

How To Become a Featured Blog?
We pick our featured blogs randomly each week from the blogs who participated the week before.

Please be sure to feature your e-mail address clearly on your blog. Either on the main blog, on a Contact page, or on an About Me page. If I can't find your email easily, I will choose a different blog to feature.

Our Feature -Angela's Anxious Life

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in April 2011… funny thing is the blog was actually started in Oct 2010. It was meant to be a personal blog about things going on in my life. Then I would see all these book blogs and knew that I was more interested in blogging about books. That is also why my blog is called Angela's Anxious Life since it was supposed to be about my life not books. But I like the name so I stuck with it.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

My favorite part is that I get to express my feelings about a book after I am finished. It's that moment when the book still lives within you and you just want to talk about it. I don't have any friends or family who read like I do (well my mom reads a lot but not the same kind of books) so blogging helps me connect with people who have similar interests.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

Oh wow… you would be surprised. I love all kinds of books (except non-fiction). My favorites would have to be The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, Harry Potter by JK Rowling, the Drizzt series by RA Salvatore, and Catcher in the Rye. As you can see my interests are all over the place.

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

Several things actually. I am able to communicate with people who have similar interests and find great suggestions from them. I found a great book blogging community here in Colorado. I am able to find out about great books that I may not have known about before. I love to meet new people so stop on by my blog and tell me a little about yourself and your blog!!

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Is it to one day become an author yourself, just for fun, maybe get some online attention, or maybe something very different?

A little bit of all of those. I'd love to become an author, although I don't think the blog will have anything to do with that aside from inspiration. It's definitely for fun. I also like getting attention - if I didn't, I'd just keep a private journal. I'd love to make a little money - not expecting a living wage obviously - I'm working on that. I guess overall, I increasingly want my blog to appear professional, high quality, and garner attention (there's that word again).

For example: "Ida was a real tomato who was not hitting on all sixes."

Another character translates for the adult in the room: "She was pretty gullible."

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!
If you have CAPTCHA word verification enabled on your blog, please take it off. It makes it much more difficult for readers to comment. Please look at my CAPTCHA Eradication Post to learn how to get rid of it.
Happy Follow Friday! Come back at midnight CST for the Facebook & Twitter hop!!


  1. I would like to thank you guys for choosing me this week for the feature! I am quite excited.. and hoping that everyone who follows me has a lot of fun at my blog!!

    Angela's Anxious Life

  2. I think you've already achieved that! It always looks professional and high quality! :D

  3. I have to agree with Liesel. You definitely have accomplished some of the things on that list...writing can be the next frontier.

    My FF

  4. I'm glad you started your blog because you inspired alot of bloggers.

  5. I definitely agree with them. This is definitely one of my favorite blogs and has grabbed my attention a few different times. So no worries there. =D

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, returning some of the love <3

  6. Hi Alison. Thanks for stopping by my blog this week. Hope you have a fun weekend.

  7. Great answer Alison! I would love to have the talent to write, but sometimes I have trouble trying to put thoughts down correctly for my reviews! It makes sense in my head, but doesn't always transfer down right. Haha!

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  8. AWESOME answer Alison! Loved your attention getter :) Have a great weekend :)

    old follower

  9. You blog is very professional. You have done a great job so far.


    Thanks for sopping by.

  10. I can agree with all that! I want to be published myself some day and struggle with the process since my book is paranormal and that's still hot now.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  11. Great answer Alison! Haha that's sort of exactly how I feel. :P

  12. Great answer :)
    Congrats on the feature!

  13. I LOVE your blog!! And high quality? Pshh! Are you kidding me? It's phenomenal!!!
    Great answer!!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF's for this week Book Me! and
    Carmen Jenner Author
    Happy Friday!!!! =D

  14. It already looks very professional :) so congrats!
    Here's my FF :)

  15. Thanks for stopping by my FF Post! Whatever the reason I hope you keep up blogging for a long time. Love your blog =)

  16. Oh man! How early do you post this? I'm always like... the last one to enter! and it is only 8:29 a.m.!

  17. Haha, you thought you are the last one but I am always

  18. I honestly think you've already achieved professional quality for your blog but of course, everybody goes by the 'there's always room for improvement' phrase in order to keep thriving in pushing for more awesome standards. I hope you keep doing what you do because your blog is amazing and inspires a lot of other bloggers out there to keep on blogging :D

    Old follower :)

    P.S. I didn't even know you couldd earn money through blogging until not long ago :S

  19. Hopping through, old follower. thanks for stopping by! I think you are achieving your accomplishments quite well :) Happy Friday!


  20. I LOVE your blog background and your header. They are GORGEOUS!

    My FF

  21. Happy Friday Alison! I definitely want my blog to look professional and to continue putting out quality (hopefully) content that readers enjoy. I don't have any writing aspirations, but I love that so many bloggers do and I hope one day it's their books I'm grabbing off the shelves!

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  23. Great answer! I think your blog looks great! I'm trying to figure out how to make money too, lol!
    -Novel Reveries

  24. Old Follower! Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Thanks for stopping by!

    *Old follower*

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  26. Thnks for stopping by!
    FUn is the best answer
    Ruty@ Reading...Dreaming

  27. Great answer! Your blog is very professional, is the highest quality, and from what I can see garners plenty-o-attention =D. In my book you are already there!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    -Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

  28. I think you do a great job of making your blog look professional and fun at the same time! Thanks for stopping by my!

  29. You would be an awesome author! :D Your blog is stunning and you've gotten tons of followers so I'd say that you've achieved getting attention too. xD

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  30. Hey Alison! Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend :)

  31. Thanks for stopping by! Great answer. I love chatting with other people online and garnering some attention :-)

    Old follower.

  32. You definitely achieved what you were going for. Though I don't stop by as often as I would like. Your blog is one of my faves.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  33. Your blog is absolutely amazing! (: Pretty sure you've achieved all those things! If you decide to become an author, Good luck ! I'm sure you'd be awesome :D

  34. I think that you've definitely achieved a lot of your blogging goals! Have a great weekend!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  35. Yes, I love getting attention too. That's why we share our views online :)

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Vonnie's Reading Corner

  36. Your blog is fabulous. Love the banner and the background - very pretty. If you want to be an author one day, then don't give up on that dream and one day it will happen for you!!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  37. Good answer. Very honest. I hope it continues being fun cause I like it.

  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I loved your comment about being pregnant...made me smile! Old follower.

  39. Great answer, your blog is awesome. :) Thanks for stopping by. Happy Friday!

  40. A little money in the pocket would be a good thing.

    Old follower. :)

  41. Great answer! To choose a favourite book is hard to do. I couldn't do it either. ;)

  42. Hopping through here. Old follower.
    Also, you highlight that you mentioned "attention" twice like it's a bad thing. What's wrong with wanting a little attention ;-)

  43. I never stopped to consider the attention part of's true though! If I never had any traffic or comments, I probably wouldn't do this. Great answer!

    Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Weekend!

  44. Well, you're doing good on the attention side. You've got plenty of lovely followers who love your blog, including me! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  45. I think your blog is very professional! Thanks for stopping by mine!

  46. Love your answers and thank you for stopping by! :)

  47. I think that making a little money on our blogs is every blogger's dream!

    Old follower, thanks for stopping by my blog!


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