Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: How to use Riffle As a Blogger

September 17, 2014 Blogger Events, Giveaway 38


I’m always looking for the next big social book reviewing site, but so far, I’ve found very few sites I like as well as Goodreads. It’s primarily what I use to track my reading and share reviews, despite the uproar over reviews being selectively deleted by the site. However, I have started using Riffle in parallel for several reasons. First, it’s a really good looking site. I love the Pinterest-inspired layout, with everything from activity feeds to book recommendations displayed using book covers. Second, the list feature is a lot of fun, both because of the book cover-focused layout and because the site moderators do a great job moving interesting lists (best sellers, for example) onto the site. The resulting lists are also easily embedded into blog posts. And last but not least, the site emphasizes genre, allowing you to sign-up as an expert in a particular genre and to categorize the lists you create as belonging to up to three genres. As a book blogger, this is invaluable, because it gives other users of the site a way to find you. The moderators of particular genres are also great people to be friends with, since they sometimes will choose to share your themed lists with their followers.

The only downside to using the site as a blogger is being unable to use html to format your post in order to share a link back to your blog. However, URL’s are allowed and I’ve copied Rebecca from Love At First Book and started including a URL in my reviews. I also think this downside is outweighed by the fact that even if people don’t always hop over to my blog, they are following me and reading my reviews. I find that satisfying for its own sake and am also happy to list another source of followers when I request review copies. For today’s challenge, I’d like you to try out Riffle yourself and see what you think. Try making an account and a list if you like. One winner will receive either a $10 Amazon gift card or a book from The Book Depository costing up to $10.

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38 Responses to “Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: How to use Riffle As a Blogger”

    • DoingDewey

      I actually gave up on mine for a while initially because the site didn’t have a lot of features I wanted, especially the ability to share reviews. I like it a lot better now though, so I’d definitely recommend checking it out again 🙂

  1. Leila @ LeilaReads

    I have also never heard of Riffle, so I’m going to check it out. I also hadn’t heard about the GR review deletion controversy. Good thing all my reviews are also on my blog…

    • DoingDewey

      I was really glad I have all my reviews duplicated too! I can’t believe they’d delete reviews which people might not be able to recover.

  2. Sandy Didner

    I recently reviewed The Women Debrowska by Leigh Podroski and Following Atticus by Tom Ryan. Glad to know another site exists. Thanks for informing us about it. We do need readers to find worthwhile books.

  3. Becky LeJeune

    I had no idea you could embed the Riffle lists in a blog post! I have a feeling I’ll be using this from now on for my TTT posts and end of the year favorites lists 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I’ll definitely be using it for those too! I love seeing people’s end of the year lists, but I don’t love posts where you have to scroll forever to see a list of books. This slideshow format seems like a good solution 🙂

  4. Briana

    I’m not officially participating in Bloggiesta, but this is a great mini-challenge!

    I’ve been a member of Riffle since nearly the beginning (and actually applied to be a Riffle editor at one point, though I withdrew my application due to other opportunities). I think it is a somewhat overlooked book/blogging resource. As you said, there are a lot of great lists on the site, particularly ones posted by, or featured by, the editors. Also, it is a fantastic source of followers. I don’t even update my profile and progress as often as I like, and I have a couple hundred followers!

    • DoingDewey

      I’ve also been a member of Riffle since close to the beginning, although I think I missed the opportunity to apply to be an editor. That seems like it could be a fun job 🙂 I also ended up with a lot of followers even when I wasn’t updating my site, in large part because the site recommends you based on the genre you’re listed as an expert in when people sign up. That’s what made me decide it was worth my time to cross post reviews to the site manually. No reason to miss out on those followers!

  5. C.J. @ ebookclassics

    I’m not participating in Bloggiesta either (too busy to get organized), but I am absolutely going to check this out. I think Riffle had some kind of transition or change and I lost touch with the site afterwards. Thanks for the post!

    • DoingDewey

      I had dropped the site for a long time myself, largely because they didn’t have a way you could post a review. I was on their e-mail update list though so when they added that feature, I decided to revisit the site and found that it had improved a lot 🙂

  6. Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    WOW! Thanks for sharing this with us, Katie. I swear, I haven’t heard about this Riffle website. My world only revolves around Goodreads, Booklikes, Amazon…you get the idea. The features offered by Riffle seem wonderful. And thank you for mentioning that the mods are actually active and that they are helping bloggers in getting updated about the current bestselling books and stuff like that.

    And this too is awesome: he site emphasizes genre, allowing you to sign-up as an expert in a particular genre and to categorize the lists you create as belonging to up to three genres. As a book blogger, this is invaluable, because it gives other users of the site a way to find you.

    What you said about not being able to edit the HTML posts, does it mean that we wouldn’t be able to embed pictures and GIFs? Providing a URL of your blog post is okay though.

    And thanks for the giveaway BTW!

    • DoingDewey

      I suspect that it means embedding pictures and gifs is impossible, but since that’s not something I’ve done before, I haven’t tried it. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to just import all your goodreads books, so I periodically move my reviews over manually. And I think I’ll leave your entries, since there doesn’t appear to be an official policy about people who enter doing bloggiesta 🙂

  7. Kim@Time2Read

    I opened a Riffle account and created a couple of shelves. Now I have a question. I really like how easily the shelf can be embedded in a blog post. I can see that it will be MUCH easier than resizing and importing images into photoshop, and then saving the jpg. BUT what happens if I delete a shelf? Since I create a new reading map each month I would accumulate a LOT of shelves. Do I have to keep them all to keep my blog posts pretty?

    • DoingDewey

      I actually don’t know that. I’ve never tried deleting a list I’ve used in a blog post and I don’t want to because of the work it would be to recreate one. If you do a test post and find out, I’d be interested to hear how it goes 🙂

  8. MaryR

    Thanks! I hadn’t come across Riffle before and it looks like it could be a really useful tool for creating blog-able book lists.

  9. Jorie

    Hallo Katie! 🙂

    Riffle has become my *favourite!* addition to blogging as I was originally going to use BookLikes, but BookLikes became a LOT more work for me to maintain than I first thought it could be and to be honest, I never had that much extra time to be online! Whilst I was on BookLikes I was already joining Riffle as I found it through a #LitChat discussion about social sites for bookish readers!? Changed my life! I *love!* Riffle for the EXACT reasons you mentioned it yourself — you can easily insert the embeds to your website (I have several posts up in queue right now!) and I love the chance to create Lists for Indie Publishers I regularly read as much as help other Rifflers add authors to their Lists! I’ve mostly interacted with Team Rifflers but I’m slowly getting to where I check my feeds, read my followers Lists, and keep trying to remember to hit the ‘heart’ to help promote! 🙂

    All in good time! 🙂

    I’m on a WP self-hosted blog and the freedom that gave me in late August to embed a heap of lovely media portals is incredible! For instance I never could use before and now I can! Simply rocks my world, I’ll tell you! I was so happy at finding Riffle when I first joined within my first week or such, I created my own Riffle badge in Canva! Might not be the snazziest but it jumps out & says “this girl digs this site!” lol

    Great expose on the benefits of being a Riffler! If anyone decides to join in on the fun, be sure to drop by my Profile and friend me! OR drop me a tweet!

    On Riffle: Jorie is a bonefide Riffler addict


    Cheers!! 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I’m always impressed you find the time to leave such wonderful comments! Honestly, I sometimes struggle to make myself slow down and leave really good comments. I always try to say something meaningful, but sometimes I write better comments than others!

      I’m also on slowly getting to where I interact with other people on the site, in part because the site was pretty small when I first joined. I love the embeddable lists and will definitely be using them more in the future. I currently automatically post my reviews to Booklikes, but that’s about all I do with the site.

      I love being self-hosted too! I only switched over in January and I’m still enjoying the added options 🙂 I’m sure your Riffle badge is fantastic and I’m excited to hop over and read your thoughts.

  10. Candy @ So little time...

    I’ve been using Riffle , I think, since the beginning too. I forget to post books on there though! :/ I got an email a while back about embedding, but I didn’t read it. I checked out your Top Ten Historical Fiction post, and loved your Riffle slideshow widget. How did you get that? I looked around on Riffle and can’t seem to find anything. (Sorry, if you’ve already answered this question.)

    • DoingDewey

      I’m sorry I never got back to your comment! I just noticed on my dashboard that I had one unanswered comment and decided to come back and fix that 🙂 I’m really bad at remembering to post books to Riffle too, but fortunately, they’ve added a way to import books from goodreads, so I can just do that now. When you go to a list on Riffle, there should be a button toward the top of the page which says “embed” which will give you the html code to use.

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