Romancing the Blog: Simply Ali

Our Romancing the Blog event continues with a visit with Ali from Simply Ali!

Jen:  How did you get into blogging?
Ali: It was by accident… as most things in my life, lol.
In July of 2006 (wow, time flies) I created a blogger account to comment on author blogs and one day I decided what the heck, why not just create my own blog. I didn’t really know what I was doing or what I was in for, lol. I have fun doing it, though, and still love sharing my love of romance books with other readers.

Jen:  Do you have any news about your blog that you’d like to share with us?
Ali: July is a busy month at Simply Ali. We will be sharing many popular authors and their work with Simply Ali readers and giving away lots of goodies. We will be hosting the wonderfully talented Best Selling Author Laurie London for our four day Get Sweet event starting July 18th to celebrate the release of her next Sweetblood novel Seduced by Blood.

Stay tuned because at Simply Ali we strive to bring the reader more romance than they can handle.

Jen: Will you tell us a little more about the people behind the blog?
Ali: Right now, there’s me and my fantabulous assistant Miranda… seriously, she rocks! I’d be lost without her 🙂

Ali… I’ve been a romance reader for as long as I can remember. When you’re a child who’s reading a book, and all you wonder about is whether two characters will become a couple, you realize as you get older that the romance section is where you should be. Next to reading a good romance, I love sharing my love of romance novels. When I’m not reading, you’ll find me watching too much tv, goofing off with the Brat (my 10yo sis), or discussing either the Zombie Apocalypse or when computers rule the world with my friends, lol.

Miranda… Simply Ali’s Assistant is a sassy Tennessean with a fierce passion for books. She loves getting creative with the Simply Ali posts and getting to know the Simply Ali readers. Miranda spreads her passion for the written word around. You can also find her reviewing for Joyfully Reviewed and editing at Melange Books.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Ali: What sort of content do you like to see on book blogs?

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Ali has a special contest for our readers… and it’s international!  Your basic entry is to answer her question via comments.  And remember, that comment can also be used for our event long contest (the second rafflecopter form).

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44 thoughts on “Romancing the Blog: Simply Ali

  1. miki says:

    On a book blog i like the reviews, the interviews, the contest/giveaway, guest post but i don’t like the cover reveals for example because everybody is posting teh same at the same moment and that’s quite boring when you follow several blogs

    ^^ i’m happy to follow yours and i find it very well done

    • Well, it wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t a procrastinator, absent minded, and disorganized, lol… It doesn’t help that my day job takes a lot of my time at the moment. Which is why I’m so thankful Miranda is able to help me 🙂

  2. Maria D. says:

    Good interview! I like to see book reviews, cover reveals, author interviews, spotlights on books or news that’s important to the book world (like when Border’s was closing, when a new eReader comes out). I also like when bloggers participate in hops so I get to know other blogs and get some prizes too.

    I really enjoyed this post about Simply Ali – I’ve visited her blog quite a bit lately but had no idea she’s been blogging since 2006. I think it’s great she’s still enthusiastic about blogging and sharing her love of books. I also think it’s cool that she’s got an assistant!

    Thanks for the great giveaways!

    • Hi, Maria 🙂
      Yup, I still love sharing my love of books… it’s one reason I decided to start a book club, too 🙂

  3. Hi Ali,

    I love guest posts with interesting and creative topics! It gives us the opportunity to get to know authors in a different way =)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Ali ~~ you are such a sweetie!
    And Miranda is doing a marvelous job ~~ I LOVE what you guys have done w/ the blog this year! I’ve found so many new to me authors, AWESOME job!!

    Congrats on 6 yrs, girl!! WTG!!

  5. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Author/Character interviews. Gives the reader a chance to delve into the writer’s process, insight about her character. I really do not read reviews since my opinion usually greatly differs from theirs… And yes, posts and giveaways are also a plus too. Basically it’s the only way I can read some authors when money’s tight.

  6. Cheryl McInnis says:

    I love reading reviews, of course! Also author interviews, guest posts, rants about anything and everything 😉 as well as news about the romance world. Nothing too deep and disturbing though, as I go through my blogs with my morning coffee!
    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on your 6 year anniversary

  7. Diane says:

    Lots and lots of snippets, new authors,blurbs and of course contests!

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  8. bn100 says:

    Fun interview. I like to see pictures of new books coming out and information about new authors.

  9. Tina B says:

    I like to see a variety of things from reviews/book recommendations to character/author interviews to posts about the bloggers life or experiences. I enjoy reading your posts, Ali. One of my favorites is the questions you ask authors at the end like favorite ice cream flavor (just an example). Great interview. 🙂
    Thanks for telling us a little more about yourself, Miranda and thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Maureen says:

    On book blogs I like to see reviews and author interviews with information about their latest releases. Short excerpts are great too since I like to have an idea of what a story is about before I buy it.

  11. Evie says:

    Reviews, giveaways, and I really like to see compilations of book covers 🙂
    Thanks for the great interview and for the giveaway!

  12. Jeanne Miro says:

    Hi Ali!

    When I visit a book blog I’m looking for what I can’t get from simply visiting an author’s site of a review written on Amazon (and especially not one written in the local newspaper!).

    What I AM looking for is to find out more about authors, books and different genres, both my own favorite genres but ones I haven’t yet tried. Besides book reviews I love author interviews where I learn more about the author and motivation/ideas on writing their stories.

    When a review is written I’m looking for an honest review where the “warts” of the story are revealed as well as the “stars” BUT I want the reviewer to state how they came to their conclusion as well. It’s important to me to understand the reviewers “point of view” because my point of focus may be different and I try to take that into consideration, check the point of view from a different angle and visit the author’s website before forming my opinion.

    When I was younger I usually didn’t put as much consideration to choosing a book to read and was more influenced by the cover and the front of book or back cover “blurb”. Now I’m more focused on wanted to be taken on a “ride” where I can connect with the characters and the storyline and hopefully have that one perfect “Calgon moment” of connection and understanding!

  13. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a fun post!!! I love both these blogs and It’s so fun to get a behind the scenes peak 🙂

    I like to see good, thoughtful book reviews. The author interviews are nice too! I’m not a big fan of the memes though… most of the blogs I follow do some type or another… they start to sound the same and the “here’s what I got” posts just sound like bragging to me.

  14. This is a great interview. When I’m looking at book blogs, I like to see a variety of different information, not just reviews or giveaways. It’s nice to mix it up a little and have author interviews, memes, etc. I also like when bloggers put a bit of a personal touch on their blog, and let us get to know who they are outside of their blog.

  15. June says:

    I love to see a variety of posts: reviews, interviews, blog tours, etch and giveaways. One or two Memes a week max is perfect for me. Over all, I like unique and humor.

  16. Jen B. says:

    First, the blog site must load fast. I don’t need a ton of graphics or crazy flashy colors to distract me.
    Second, simple reviews. Not too long but I want reasons for the opinions.
    Third, consistency. I like to know what I am getting when I log in. There are some reviewers that I have found I tend to agree with so I search out their reviews.
    Finally, I love giveaways. LOVE! I am always looking for good giveaways.

  17. JenM says:

    I love honest reviews, snippets, and author news. Giveaways are often fun, but really it’s the information about the books that I love.

  18. Crystal Newman says:

    Well on blogs I like interviews, contests, I like having conversations about different things, I also like going and seeing how people’s blogs look like. I think that is interesting.

  19. Danielle C says:

    I really enjoy reading the authors describe how the characters evolved and change as he/she wrote. Hearing how it started one way but went another is really interesting. It shows that the characters are real to the author.

  20. Jeanne Miro says:

    Hi Jen and Ali!

    I visit blogs for many different reasons. I love to meet debut authors and catch up with my favorite authors. I’ve found that somehow bloggers manage to get (drag out of authors) some great information that isn’t included in the “author information” listed on their books – usually a lot of more interesting information as well).

    I’ve enjoyed learning about the process the authors have gone thru in chasing their “star” – that perfect book that they want to give us the pleasure of reading. I’ve found that now when I read a story I can often hear the author whisper in my ear “See I knew you’d like this scene!”. It often makes me feel they were thinking about how that sentence, that paragraph would affect their readers!

    I must admit I love and hate “excerpts”. I love them because they make me want to read that particular book BUT I hate them because that I know how much I want to read it the wait for release seems like it takes even longer!

    So keep up the reviews and interviews PLEASE! After all with no local bookstore anymore how else am I going to find out what great books are just waiting out there for me to read!

  21. Patti P says:

    When I visit a blog I like to see a blog that has a clear menu at the top so that I can navigate without going crazy. I love to see book reviews and interviews with authors and characters, excerpts if they are not too long are good too. Blogs that reflect personality are the ones that I keep coming back to. Pictures, colors, personal touches. I also love to see friendly comments and replies to those comments. I’ve seen some sites that seem to have very limited participation from visitors and that is sad. When the person blogging is passionate about what they are talking about it usually encourages people to respond in kind. I would also like to see some recommendations I like when someone tells me if I like a certain author or series that I should try (blank). Finding a new author to read is always fun.

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