Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Armchair Book Expo - Introductions & Best Practices

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I'm so excited! Today is the first day of Armchair Book Expo, an online conference that runs in conjunction with the Book Expo in New York City!


The Armchair Book Expo Mission Statement:
Armchair Book Expo is the experience for book bloggers to participate in Book Expo from the comfort of their homes. This experience is created lovingly by book bloggers specifically for our peers who for whatever reason are not able to participate in the main conference in New York each year. We bring publishers, authors, and bloggers together in celebrating our love for all things literary by hosting celebrations such as sneak peeks, daily discussion topics, and sponsored giveaways. 


Introductions:
We have listed a number of options for you, but we recommend that you choose 3-5 items to answer.  By keeping it short, it allows participants to visit more links and spread more of the comment love.

I am . . . so thrilled that I learned about this event!

I love . . . that I have been slowly getting move involved with the book blogging community.

My current read . . . is Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton.

My summer plans . . . are already very busy, but I am looking forward to my second stay-cation ever this year!


Best Practices in the Online Book Community: 
Let's talk about our best practices within the book community. This can range from time management to the use of social media to even ethical obligations. 

Oh boy! I could write SO much here! But in order to keep this short and sweet, I will touch on a subject that has been bothering me quite a bit recently. Calling it an ethical issue may be a bit over the top... but it is certainly an issue:

Bloggers that don't tag the original creator.

Any time you are doing a book tag, a weekly meme, or sharing something that you found elsewhere, it is really important to tag the original creator. Far too often I have seen people doing book tags or weekly meme posts and completely leaving off the original creator(s).

As a best practice, I always try to track down the original creator. If I cannot, I make note of that in my post. But when I do find the creator, I make sure to not only link to them in the blog itself, but also on appropriate social platforms that I use to share my link.


Thanks for reading!
I hope to see you during tonight's Twitter Party at 8 PM EST! The topic is simply "Introductions."

52 comments:

  1. Welcome to ABE week! It's so much fun. Visit as many blogs as you can. :-)

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  2. I was thrilled to find it last year and was looking forward to this year. It is a lot of fun, and you get to meet so many new bloggers and make new friends.

    Wonderful to hear you are getting more involved in the book blogging community. Book Bloggers are very helpful folks.

    Totally agree about giving credit to the original creator. I always credit my images.

    Have fun this week.


    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    Armchair BookExpo Introduction

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    1. This is so lovely! I've already followed so many new bloggers! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Hope you have a great time with Armchair! Thank you for your intro:)
    http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/armchair-book-expo-day-1-introductions.html

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  4. That's a very good best practice! Tags and memes are ways we bloggers use to network with other bloggers so we want to know when others are participating, not just for credit, but for reaching out to each other.

    Julie @ Chapter Break

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  5. Welcome to ABEA. It's my second or third time participating. Two posts: Introductions and Best Practices

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  6. That is a great point about including the original creator of a meme etc. I think I always try to do that, but I should be extra vigilant. Thanks for the reminder!

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  7. Happy Armchair Book Expo! I plan to participate in the Twitter party tonight, so I'll see you there!

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  8. Wishing you a Happy Armchair Book Expo week!

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  9. Thanks for the very important tip!

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    1. Of course! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I fail sometime to link to the blog host for a meme. This is in part because I blog in advance and I might not link up it my day looks too busy once the day comes. But if I do wind up linking then I should update the post. See my intro and best practices

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  11. Oooh good point about tagging original creators. Happy ABEA!

    Gabriella
    Gabriella M Reads
    My Armchair BEA post.

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    1. Thank you!! :) Happy to "meet" you as well!

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  13. I'm so glad I found out about this! But...I didn't have time to create a post, so I'm just going around giving comment love.

    I totally agree that it is so important to give credit to original creators. Everyone deserves credit for their ideas and hard work. I would want someone to acknowledge me, so I make an effort to acknowledge others.

    I'm currently reading Emma by Jane Austen. This summer I'm going to a friend's wedding and a Lady GaGa concert!!

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    1. <3 Ooh! Sounds like you're going to have a lovely summer! Enjoy!!

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  14. Staycations are the best. . . I only wish I could take one wherein my 5- and 1-year-olds stay somewhere else. . . lol! -Melissa =)

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  15. I always forget to tag the original creator of book challenges and book memes, oops! Must remember lol! And thanks for the shoutout, Hufflepuff!

    http://poemsbyayoungartist.blogspot.com/2017/05/armchairbookexpo-welcome.html#comment-3334479744

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  16. Stay-cations can be so much more relaxing than going somewhere. I agree that it's important to give credit to the original creator, but I confess that I don't usually do this for tags unless whoever tagged me also mentioned it in their post! I am going to have to put some effort in and change this because I think it's a really nice gesture even when the blogger doesn't require it. Looking forward to seeing all your Armchair Book Expo posts this week!

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    1. I agree!! I totally don't mind staycations. I can't believe that it is only the second one I have ever taken since joining the "real world." My boss now requires me to take two weeks off during the summer to spend time relaxing. :) Have a great day!

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  17. Welcome to Armchair Book Expo! It is a really fun event!

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    1. Thank you! :) I'm LOVING it so far!

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  18. This sounds like it would be so much fun to take part in!

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    1. It has been incredible! I don't think it's too late to sign up if you want to join!

      http://www.armchairbea.com/2017/04/registration-register-for-2017-armchair.html

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  19. You're so right about giving credit to the original source, be it a meme or book tag or image or something else! Have to admit that I didn't know that when I first started blogging, but now the info is out there for everyone. Enjoy your staycation!

    Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such

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  20. It was so nice to meet you Erica! Giving credit to the original source is so important. Not only is it just common courtesy, it keeps you for possibly engaging in copyright infringement (especially if you use their graphics). I hope you have an awesome time with Armchair BEA! Enjoy your staycation!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was lovely to meet you as well! Have a great day!

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  21. I have to get Dragon Teeth and give it a try. Sounds good, plus I love the cover! Thanks so much for stopping by my Intro post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier.

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    1. I'm almost halfway through and I absolutely LOVE it! :)

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  22. Nice to me you as well! :) Looks like your ABE is off to a good start. Great point about crediting meme creators. I've always thought that was just a given - it's unfortunate that seem people think it's not important to acknowledge the source of their post.

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    1. I am having SO much fun with this event!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Great tip, Erica! Do you have any plans for your staycation? Other than reading, obviously :)

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    1. I'm hoping to get back into an exercise routine, but we'll see whether that happens or not ;) I may also try to line up my staycation with an engagement photoshoot I am doing for my book buddy who lives 3 hours away.

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  24. Hullo, Erica! Thanks for stopping by.

    It's been ages since I've read a Michael Crichton. I loved Jurassic Park and Prey best.

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    1. Those are two of my all time favorites, from ANY author!! :) Have you read The Great Train Robbery? Another wonderful one!

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  25. I agree with the attribution. If someone else takes the time to create something be it a meme, graphic or just an idea it behooves us to give them the same credit we would expect if we did the same. BTW Thank you for stopping by my Blog - Bibliophile's Retreat earlier this week and commenting. I barely had time in the evenings to get my posts up after work so now I'm trying to go back and do some blog hopping today.

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  26. I agree with always crediting the originator. I still haven't tried Crichton!

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    1. :) Oooh! If you do, I'd love to hear what you think about his work!

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