Some really good questions today... all of which I have been thinking about recently.
1) Would you like to be involved elsewhere on the interwebs or possibly start writing for your local paper?
Funny that you mention writing for your local paper. I had been recently speaking with a counselor via my work and she was trying to help me realize some personal goals. While chatting with her she mentioned that perhaps my love for book reviewing, reading books, etc could be turned into a career that I would enjoy far more than the current one I am in. Funny enough that she even mentioned approaching my local paper to see if they needed a writer for book reviews in the paper. I haven't been brave enough to approach them or research the idea yet, but perhaps this little BEA exercise can give me that little nudge I needed to at least look into it and see if it's a possibility.
2) Perhaps you'd simply like to start drawing an income from your blog? Are you monetizing your blog and how so?
This is another item that I've been looking at on my blog. I currently us Amazon Associates, The Book Depository Affiliates, and Commission Junction to try to earn an income on my blog to help fund giveaways because that's all I really would want to use the funds for (especially hosting international giveaways). So far, not so good. Apparently, I hadn't been maximizing the ways I can use these affiliations and links, so I am in the process of learning how to maximize them more effectively and increasing my SEO (ya I am still learning all about SEO too). I cannot believe how much there is to learn about promoting a blog and getting noticed, especially when your blog isn't genre specific like mine. It would probably be a lot smarted if I just chose a genre and concentrated on that, but I am not a genre specific reader so that wouldn't be being true to myself and my own reading preferences, so I'm toughing it out with my current choice. I've also decided to offer up adspace on my blog, but have only had one inquiry to date. So I think I still have a lot to learn and would love to find some great tips during Armchair BEA today.
So really I'm just looking to earn enough to host some more giveaways on my blog to thank my followers to believing in me. And I'd like to learn how to promote my blog more effectively. Oh and I suppose I'd like to write more thoughtful and meaningful posts besides my reviews. I have started writing discussion posts, but I think I need to find a better way to write them so that they receive more notice.