During Armchair BEA, I had a chance to post my own and read other people's thoughts on blogging and the business of blogging. I've had interesting conversations with them here and on Twitter about branding. Michelle is even changing her blog in an effort to brand herself. She's changing her blog name, design and everything. It's a big job but I'm excited to see what she's going to come up with.
If you've got any big plans for your blog, you can carve out some time for Bloggiesta to do it. I did quite a lot during Bloggiesta last time. I don't have a lot on my agenda this time around so I'm debating whether or not to join. There is one thing I've been thinking of doing: changing my blog title.
I've had book-a-rama as my title since 2007. Since then I've discovered several online stores using bookarama somewhere in their name. I even found a blog post from a guy saying not so flattering things about a 'bookarama' (not me). I'm fairly established as Chrisbookarama online so I was thinking of making book-a-rama into Chrisbookarama. Just to differentiate myself from the rest.
The issue is I don't know how this effects technical thingamajigs like Feeds, Rakings, etc. I did a search and found very little info on that.
Just for kicks, what's your take in me changing my blog title?
In other news, in an effort to makes some moneys I signed up for a couple of affiliate programs (in the sidebar). I'll tell you why I chose the ones I did.
- Book Depository: I haven't tried it yet but I will soon. I love the idea of free shipping worldwide. When I order online, it often costs more to ship than I paid for the item. Canada has ridiculous rates. Don't get me started!
- eHarlequin: I have fond memories of Harlequin. When I was a kid, my mom belonged to the Harlequin books of the month club. We always had tons of them around the house and my mom always had one in her hand. I wanted to be a reader just like her. Plus, they are a Canadian company and have started the writing careers of women all around the world. Yay Harlequin!
- BookCloseouts.com: I've been a customer of BookCloseouts for years now. It's like the Overstock.com of books. You can get great bargains on books. They have a great classic books section and I've gotten many of my book club reads from them.
I have no idea if these will work any better than Amazon which has made me $0 in actual cash in my pocket thus far.
Anyone else try these programs? Do they work for you?