Tumblr Tuesday – Word Bookstores

Word Bookstore

Word Bookstore (Photo credit: *Bitch Cakes*)

One of the blogs that we’ve been following in Tumblr for a few years is the blog from Word Bookstores.  Word is a small chain of independent bookshops in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City.  One of the best ways to “get local” in any city is to find the local book shop. I am usually a fan of any local bookseller that writes a blog as it is often a double dose of some of the best local information.

As much as I love blogging, I still love books.  I don’t have a kindle and one of my new years resolutions is to read more.  I’d like to read more of the books on my shelf, so I can go out an visit more local book shops and buy more books.  But, I also think it is important, and the sleep expert folks agree, to spend some time away from screens every day.

Word Bookstores - local bookseller with a blog

The Word Tumblr blog has featured books, upcoming events and other happenings from the Word shops. They’ll even help you with your book and relationship questions.  Check out their Ask-A-Bookseller posts. Even if you aren’t in Brooklyn or Jersey City – you can still shop local by ordering from the Word website.

Do you still read paper books?  Know of a bookshop that has a blog?  Share your favorite books and blogs in the comments below.

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For the Map Lovers…

Map of Treasure Island, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island. via The New Yorker

Map of Treasure Island, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island. via The New Yorker

If you’ve browsed this blog or follow BlogLocal on Tumblr and Pinterest - you will know we have a thing for maps.  BlogLocal is a website about blogs about local places and maps are often used to find local places.

If you like maps, then be sure to check out this post on the New Yorker by Casey N Cep –  The Allure of the Map.

The entire article is worth a read especially if you are interested in literature and maps.  But this paragraph is what struck me as most appropriate for local bloggers:

Writers love maps: collecting them, creating them, and describing them. Literary cartography includes not only the literal maps that authors commission or make themselves but also the geographies they describe. The visual display of quantitative information in the digital age has made charts and maps more popular than ever, though every graphic, like every story, has a point of view.

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Local Photo: Christmas Market in Birmingham, England

This is only our fourth week of Local Photo post and we have our first submission from outside the US.  This weeks photo comes from Joseph Harrison in Birmingham , West Midlands, England.  You can follow Joseph on Twitter @JTAH_1990

Blog name: Desperately Seeking Adventure

About this photo: This picture is of Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square where the Frankfurt Christmas Birmingham is currently taking place.

birmingham-christmas-marketDo you have a photo that tells a local story?  Click here to submit your local photo to be considered for a upcoming post.

 

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Local Photos Wanted – Share A Photo That Tells A Story About A Place

English: A photo of a Voigtlander Vito II came...

English: A photo of a Voigtlander Vito II camera with a 8-speed Prontor-S shutter model made in 1954. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Each Sunday for the past we have been posting a photo and a story from some local bloggers from around the country…

We would like to make this a weekly feature where local bloggers share a photo of a place, a person, or any setting that captures local.  Pick a photo that tells a story about that place, give us a quick sentence or two about what this photo and why this photo tells a story about a local place.

Click here to submit your local photo 

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Quora Users Suggest the Best San Francisco Blogs

QuoraOne of the websites that I use often when I am looking for an answer to “what is the best tool to do x?” is Quora.  Quora is a question and answer website that has a lot of great content and lots of tech folks have spent time answering questions on the site.

I was browsing Quora this morning looking for some information on BlogLovin and how other bloggers have used the BlogLovin platform.  If you are a blogger who uses BlogLovin – I would love to learn more about your experiences. Continue reading

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Facebook Group for Local Bloggers to Collaborate and Share

One of the most helpful resources I have as a Pittsburgh blogger is the Pittsburgh Bloggers Facebook group.  This group was started in 2012 and now has 253 members.  The Pittsburgh Bloggers Facebook Group is a great place to ask questions about Pittsburgh and questions about blogging.

join_our_facebook_groupAs I have been working to write more posts for the BlogLocal Blog, I have been wanting to connect with more local bloggers outside of Pittsburgh.  So I’ve been thinking and I did some searching – why not have a Facebook Group for local bloggers across all cities.  Meet the new Local Bloggers Facebook group.   Continue reading

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Local Photo(s): Pinning Providence

For this week’s local photo I reached out to Andy Cutler (aka @AndyPVD) for a shot of Providence, RI and force behind @ourPVD and @SmallerCitiesU.  Andy quickly replied with a link to a Pinterest board filled with images (over 600 images) of Providence.  Rather than pick one photo,  I thought it made the most sense to share the entire Pinterest board.

Providence, RI Pinterest Board

Providence, RI Pinterest Board

Do you have a Pinterest board or account for your blog?  Have you found Pinterest to be a helpful tool for finding readers and generating a community about your blog?  Please share your experience in the comments below.

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Add a Widget to the Footer of Any WordPress Theme

This tip applies to self-hosted WordPress blogs.  If you are looking for a way to add some extra content to the very bottom of your website – try the BNS Add Widget Plugin.

This plugin is easy to set up.  Just install and activate the plugin.

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Screenshot of the new widget area

The BNS Add Widget Plugin adds one widget area to the very bottom of your site.  You can then add content to this area using the widgets admin area in the WordPress dashboard. I have used this plugin to add a contact link in the footer on one site and to add an add to the footer of another blog.

The BNS Add Widget was created by Edward Caissie, you can check out more his plugins here.

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If you happen to be in Asbury Park, NJ on Friday…

Cover of "Greetings From Asbury Park Nj"

Cover of Greetings From Asbury Park Nj

…check out the release party for Local Magazine Issue 3.  We’ve been a huge fan of (and subscriber to) Local Magazine ever since we discovered their first issue on Kickstarter last year.  Each issue of Local Magazine is about a different place.  Issue 3 is about Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Asbury Park has been ranked the sixth best beach in New Jersey.  If you have never been to the Jersey Shore – you may be familiar with the name as Bruce Springsteen’s debut album from 1973 is titled Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.  Local Magazine digs beyond the beaches and the album covers to share the stories of the people who live in Asbury Park today.

Asbury Park, NJ map, Local Magazine

Asbury Park, NJ map, Local Magazine

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A Few Bloggers That Are Propelling Pittsburgh Women Forward

We Propelle Pittsburgh networking for womenThis week I am planning to attend a networking happy hour that is hosted by Propelle.  Propelle is an organization that was founded by three women in Pittsburgh, who happen to be bloggers, with the mission of helping other women propel their ideas/dreams/businesses/projects forward.  The Propelle blog is filled with great information and interviews with other bloggers.  Thanks to my blog about Pittsburgh, I’ve had the good fortune to get to know the founders of Propelle.  In addition to producing great content for the Propelle blog, each of the founders also has their own blogs with tons of great information for Pittsburghers, crafters, and more. Continue reading

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