Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Book Blogger Platform by Barb Drozdowich: Book Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the virtual blurb blitz tour for The Book Blogger Platform by Barb Drozdowich, a non-fiction reference book available now.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Click on the banner to visit other stops on this tour.


Book Blogging - One of the Best Hobbies in the World!

Join thousands of book bloggers in expressing their joy of reading!

Are you a book blogger or do you want to be one? Are you having trouble handling the technical details of blogging? The Book Blogger Platform can be a "user manual" for your blog! A book written by a book blogger for book bloggers and that answers all your questions!

The Book Blogger Platform covers topics such as:

1. What a book blogger blog needs to contain

2. A step by step guide to manipulating images and videos

3. A description of all the common features hosted by book bloggers

4. A description of the social media aspect to a book blogger platform

5. Being Social - the social aspect of book blogging

If you are tired of always asking other bloggers questions

Let The Book Blogger Platform guide you painlessly. Over 80 color graphics lead you step by step through some of the more difficult technical issues that bloggers face.

Pick up a copy today and approach blogging with confidence!

Buy link: (only available currently on Amazon)

EXCERPT from Chapter 1

Just as all book bloggers are different, their approach to book blogging is also different. Some book bloggers consider themselves primarily book reviewers. Some book bloggers consider themselves primarily promoters of books. Some book bloggers will only post about a book they have read. Some book bloggers will post about any book that belongs to a genre that fits the profile of their blog.

Book bloggers who consider themselves primarily book reviewers make their reviews the main focus of their blog. They often take their self-imposed “job” of reviewing books very seriously. They put hours of work into reading a book and then creating the right combination of words to best describe their thoughts and impressions. It’s a labor of love.

Many book bloggers, such as myself, consider themselves primarily promoters of books. I began my blog posting reviews of books I’d read, and I worked hard to grow my blog’s audience. I am very proud of my blog and the work that goes into it. However, I have a full-time job and a family. I don’t have enough reading hours to review one book a day, so I fill my blog’s days with a mixture of reviews and promotions. I don’t post more than once a day, but I use the platform I have built to promote as many books and authors as I can that fit within my reading taste.

As I mentioned above, some book bloggers will only post about books they have read. They feel that posting about a book is a recommendation of that book and they don’t want to recommend a book they haven’t read.

Have I read all the books that are promoted on my blog? No. I fit into the other camp of book bloggers. I see promoting books, whether through blog tours, reviews, or other promotions, as simply sharing information. I leave it up to my readers to decide whether to read the book or not.

Another area in which people hold strong feelings centers on whether or not to post negative reviews. One camp feels that all book bloggers who review books need to post negative reviews. They feel that having an assortment of positive and negative reviews creates balance. It allows readers to read about what the blogger likes and doesn’t like and why. It is often said that reviewers who only post positive reviews risk having their honesty questioned.

I am of the camp that doesn’t bother to finish a book if I am not enjoying it. I feel no need to talk about a book I didn’t like. I have boxes and boxes of books to be read. My Nook (e-reader) is full of little gems waiting for my attention. Maybe it’s my age, but I don’t soldier on, I move on. I do, however, make it clear in my review policy that I only talk about books that I enjoyed reading.

This topic will come up again later; you do need to give some thought to your philosophy on book blogging. Are you going to only post reviews? Are you only going to promote books you have read? This isn’t necessarily something that will be decided on at the beginning and that you can never change. Many book bloggers change their views as time progresses.

Accompanying your philosophy of blogging is your view of how much of a platform you are going to have. I started my blog to express my thoughts about the books I’d read. It never really occurred to me that other people would read what I had read, let alone comment on it or share it with friends!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with creating a book blog to share your thoughts with friends—old friends as well as new. If, however, you actively seek out blog tour posts and post promotions of author’s books, you should also be actively growing your book blogger platform. If someone is paying to post on your blog via a blog tour, you should be able to share this information with as many people as possible.

Everyone starts out as a baby blogger. Everyone has a different view of what they want their blog to be. There is no right or wrong answer. Every blog should be a reflection of its owner and its owner’s tastes.

I hope to use this book to describe the Book Blogger Platform in its entirety. I hope to give you a lot to think about. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, and my blogs every day. My contact links will be listed at the end of this book. I love answering questions and chatting about books!


This book made me sound like an old lady. I told a friend, "These new bloggers have it so much easier. When I first got into hobby blogging, I had to do it with one hand tied behind my back, in the dark, on my tippy toes - with no help."

Okay. My comment was a bit of an exaggeration, but on some days it sure felt about right. I wish that The Book Blogger Platform was around when I started blogging. I considered myself to be a reader that happened to blog so I didn't want to invest huge amounts of time and money on the site. However, I didn't want my site to be an eyesore either. TBBP would have saved me time and frustration.

It is a user manual with a mix of information (I finally found out what CAPTCHA stands for), tutorials, and advice (I am rewriting my review policy page right now and found the advice helpful). I especially liked the attention to detail on the step-by-step tutorials. TBBP primarily focuses on Blogger and WordPress, as they are the most popular blogging platforms.

I think that new and established bloggers alike will find value in reading this user manual. I will be making some changes to MAD Hoydenish in November. I'll be incorporating a few things from The Book Blogger Platform. Thanks Barb!

NOTE: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

AUTHOR Bio and Links

Social Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at Universities and Colleges, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books.

Bakerview Consulting (Business Site)

Barb Drozdowich (Author Site)

Sugarbeat’s Books (Book Blog)

Facebook(Author blog)




Barb will be awarding a $20.00 Amazon/B&N gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20.00 Amazon/B&N gift card to a randomly drawn host.

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  1. Morning!
    Well, I just snorted my coffee reading your review! I hear what you are saying! I started blogging way back when on Typepad before my book blog was started on Wordpress. I remember trying to figure out how to FTP so that I could upload plugins to my blog. I think I wrote this book because I wish something like this was around when I started also.

    It's fine, well and good to Google things or hunt through Youtube videos for help, but I thought it would be helpful to have everything needed in one book for those who don't like to hunt.

    Thanks so much for your kind review! As always I'm happy to answer questions, or just chat about books!


  2. the excerpt was great, thank you :)

  3. Fun review and this sounds like a great book.

  4. Hi Lisa, MomJane, DanieX and Shannon R!
    Thanks so much for dropping by! I love to see that people can learn from my book! Good luck on the giveaway!


  5. I've learned from your post I'm not meant to blog lol