Guest Feature #19|Meet the Blogger: Precious of DAALULOG!

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Hey you, thank you for taking time out to read this post because today on the blog you get to meet a blogger! First and foremost welcome to my Guest Feature Series! It’s super exciting doing this, I may not be *a huge blogger* but I do have a presence in the online community, well because of the love many of you give to me daily. and I intend to make use of it by also giving back the love to the community, by shining the light on as many bloggers as I can, because most of us deserve it and also you know make a stand on marginalization—fighting for what’s right. Read More »

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Literary Blogging 101: Social Media Integration

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What is blogging without social media? BORING periodt. Social media is where it is, where you get to know the in and out of the literary community, the who is who and what is what social media is where we protect one and another and fight for what is right for the betterment of the online literary community.

I love social media platforms because it offers up so much more visibility and accessibility than just running a blog will provide. The major platforms with active online literary communities are Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Goodreads.

I’m going to be highlighting the importance of social media when it comes to community building in today’s posts.

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Twitter

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Twitter is a great platform because it allows the use and combination of various forms of media which are texts, pictures, videos and web links. It also allows automation with many websites, which means when you post on a different site, a link to that post will be automatically shared on your Twitter account. (This feature can also apply to Facebook)

Anytime I hit the publish button on a post on my blog, the posts automatically get shared on my connected Twitter account, Facebook Page & LinkedIn profile, thanks to the Jetpack plugin for WordPress sites, there are more social media platforms that can be connected (social media platforms that allow texts, pictures and links in a post) but these are the three I use.

The literary community on twitter is a lot as there are various communities, could be the author, readers, bloggers, publicist, genres etc. There are different sectors, which every kind of literary person can find their home in. It’s one of the best places to stay in the know and get all the news and drama as it happens.

Many authors also use twitter to talk to their readers as well as give updates about themselves and projects, same goes to fellow bloggers, who also share bits and pieces of their lives and talk about all things literary, what they’re reading, how they found a book, their experiences with other community members etc.Divider 3.5

Instagram

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The Instagram literary space like Twitter is segregated but we all fall under the Bookstagram community, which is all things literary. We have the bloggers whose blogs are on their Instagram pages, they’re influencers in their own right, where you see amazing book photography and people’s creativeness shines brightly with how they take photos of literary things.

Instagram doesn’t allow the sharing of links in their posts and is majorly centred around photography and cinematography, with the aid of texts in the body of the posts. There’s a hierarchy to how things are there, the more followers you have the more perks you get for top-notch visibility on the platform.

I for one enjoy using my Bookstagram account, because I have found various people within my physical location on there and it has allowed me to connect with so much more people, it also allows me to share my books in a creative way, it’s a lot more work than the other social media platforms because it requires further physical activities such as book shoots, and styling the literary gadgets.

Just like Twitter, bloggers stay updated with the community and make new friends, plus interactions on Instagram is much more engaging than on Twitter because people really appreciate comments on their posts because the Instagram algorithm can be a pain.

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Facebook

Facebook

There are lots of groups on Facebook, there are author groups, where you get to interact with the author and fellow fans, groups that help one and another, where members promote themselves and support each other, or fun groups where people can chill and be relatable. There are also Facebook pages, which help with creating more visibility for your blog and allows you to be discovered or easily reached.

The social media platforms are big places for social interactions for literary bloggers, as long as you’re active and you engage with others, you’ll make friends and get more eager to stay in the loop.

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Goodreads

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Is a social media site strictly for readers. In this time an age it looks outdated, but it’s actually a gem when you get the hang of it, there are various communities on there no one is left out. Many book recommendations lists, helpfully curated by everyone who uses Goodreads. Get notified when a book you want to read is released, get to find out about books you never knew existed but you want to read, read author interviews, having a reading challenge and many more pros. Goodreads is also a great platform to track what you read and you can also share your reviews on there and link your blog to your profile. On Goodreads, you get to make friends with fellow readers, have publicists or authors reach out to you to review a book…Goodreads is a fully functioning Social platform for book lovers.

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If you’re hesitant why don’t you find me on these social media sites, my username is @naijabookbae on all of them, having the same username across all platforms is also a very good strategy, as it makes it easy to find and remember your profiles. 

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Book Review: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

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Title – Once & Future #1

Author – Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

Publication – March 26th, 2019.

Publisher – Rock the Boat

Genre – Science Fiction, Fantasy & Young Adult Fiction

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.


When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

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Set in space and way into the future where the earth isn’t inhabited and the current way our world functions is a thing of the past and people just live their life and love without discrimination.

Gender fluid and disabled? Check. Lesbians? Check. Gays? Check. Asexual? Check. Pansexual? Check.

This book is diverse through and through, where there’s a common and oppressive evil organisation called Mercer who wouldn’t rest until it completely controls and robs the world, Ari…King Arthur lives in of all resistance to its power.

Merlin is sure if that happens the world will be completely doomed and it’s up to him to shape King Arthur and her mismatched band of knights to save humankind from doom, but is it?

Amy Rose and Cori have pulled off quite a feat writing about a female King Arthur and interweaving the old tale including Lancelot, Percival, Sir Kay, Guinevere, Merlin, Morgana and Lamarack in a futuristic setting that is interesting to read.

Oppression is a huge theme in this book, so are power, greed, capitalism and hope. I know a lot of people want to read books which tackle on the problems of society and whatnot, but I’m also fine with it being in the background of a story, I personally get a headache when politics and etc. are highly focused on in books not to talk about fictional young adult books.

After all, I have shared can you imagine the antics and how everything plays out in this very unique book? Because there’s a lot going on in this book, with the limelight shining on Ari and Merlin.

I was intrigued by the blurb of this book because a female King Arthur, in my mind I was wondering how does this work? I didn’t know I was going to get a whole lot more representation, so I am highly pleased because of that.

It took me a bit to really get into the story but once I got through the first few parts of the story to where the action really started I settled in and finally finished the book in one sitting.

The pacing of the story is a bit wonky and instances that were pretty surreal, I had to ask myself did that happen and finally many times I found the story to be dragging and all I wanted was to get on with it and get to the part where everything finally goes down, which is really all the cons I can think about this book.

I really fell in love with Morgana and wish Ari and her could get together but like I understand it’s not possible and could be icky because after all Morgana is Arthur’s sister and that’s all I have to say regarding  Ari’s love life.

I found Merlin gay relationship to be sweet and just found Merlin to be eye-rolling cute. Both he and Ari arc growth from the start to finish of the novel which was perfectly executed and I am really glad I was given a copy of this book to read.

Once & Future is a light read and I can’t wait for book 2! This is a book that’s worthy of support! Buy, borrow and read it, while dropping a review or sharing your opinions as well, because it does a lot of good for the literary world and it would encourage the authors to write more inclusive stories and publishers to publish more like this one!

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