BBAW 2011- Blogging

Today’s Topic: Blogging
The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.

This year’s theme is Cultivating a Community of Bloggers and Readers.

I think that if a blogger is going to be successful, they need to do these three things:

Use Your Own Voice:

This is the most important one for me.  When I am reading reviews, I like to see the blogger’s personality shine through.  If there is a reason that you don’t like a particular plot trope, tell me.  If you can relate with a character’s troubles because you have gone through something similar, share that.  There are so many book blogs out there, and in order to make yours stand out to me, you need to personalize it for me.  I enjoy learning about bloggers through their reviews, and it is those are the blogs I visit again and again.

Tell Me Why:

I like to read why bloggers like books, but I know that not every book is a fit for every blogger.  So, if you don’t like a book, let me know.  But give me a reason why you didn’t like it.  If a story didn’t work for you, explain why it failed to reel you in, hook, line, and sinker.  I don’t like negative reviews that don’t really give a reason why the blogger didn’t like the book.  I know reading is subjective, but there has be a reason why you didn’t enjoy the reading experience.  It can be as simple as poor sentence structure, an over-used, stale trope, or you didn’t like the protagonist’s name.  If you did like a book, I want to know why you liked it, too!  Don’t just gush about how amazing the read was; give me specific reasons why it was the best book evar!

Blog for Yourself:

If you don’t blog for yourself, it will quickly start to feel like work, and you won’t keep doing it for very long.  So, to ensure that you continue to enjoy updating your blog far into the future, keep a realistic schedule for yourself and don’t feel pressured to do what everyone else is doing.  If you want to only read and review books that you check out of the library, do that!  If you only have time for one review every week, only write one review a week.  This isn’t a job; it’s a hobby, and hobbies are supposed to be fun.  So make blogging fun for yourself!

A trend that I would like to see more of?  I would love to see more bloggers review older books!  This applies to myself as well.  Everyone is reviewing the latest and greatest, but hardly anyone goes back and reviews books from the past.  There are so many overlooked books from just the last six months that need some blogger love, but in the rush to get those reviews out for the newest titles, they get lost in the shuffle. For some of the bigger book releases, I will see so many reviews that I quickly get bored with them all, but when a blogger writes about an older book, I will stop and read what they have to say about it.  Don’t be afraid to review older books!

What are your essential blogging practices? What are some trends you would like to see more of?

11 thoughts on “BBAW 2011- Blogging

  • September 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I like your tip about using your voice. When a blog feels personable it grabs me and makes me want to come back.

  • September 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

    “Tell me why” is great advice. I try to do that in my reviews, especially if I feel like I don’t have much to say. Even with mediocre books, I try to touch on what worked, didn’t work, or felt blah to me.

  • September 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Man…some good advice to follow as I continue to carve our my wee spot in cyperspace. Thanks!

  • September 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I think they aren’t much reviews of older books because as you say they get lost in the shuffle. People aren’t reading them as much because more current releases are taken as priority. I think also, at least the case with me when I read a good book that was released a year ago I figure well lots of people have already reviewed it so my review isn’t really going to make much of a difference so I don’t bother reviewing it.

    I agree with your points on being a successful blogger.

    My big failing in blogging is inconsistency I can’t stick to a plan to save my life. I’ve changed how I do things so much and right now I don’t know what the plan is. I think maybe I should join forces with somebody because maintaining a consistent blog on my own seems to not be my forte.

  • September 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Fantastic advice! I like to know why someone likes or dislikes a book too. I really struggle with that, though, lol. I try to explain why, but I think I’m not always very coherent. Ha!

  • September 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Awesome advice! I always try to balance the positive and the negative when I blog, and I experimented a lot to find a review style I like. You know, Angieville does Retro Fridays.

  • September 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I try to keep my posts personable. They might not be the most professional ever, but they are fun to write!

  • September 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I agree 100%. I want to know what’s good about the book. I often read (and probably write) reviews where it’s all about how the book is good, but never why.

  • September 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    @Laura, Jenni, Erin, and Mary – I think that it’s important to know why a blogger feels the way they do about a book. That way, if they didn’t like it, I can at least understand what didn’t work for them, and can then decide whether or not I want to invest the time into reading it.

    @Kailana – I don’t like professional reviews, because they are boring. If you interject yourself into your review, I am much more interested in reading it, so keep doing what you are doing!

  • September 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    @Mary – Thanks for the tip about Retro Fridays!

    @Sandy – If you are serious about reviewing for another blogger, I would love to talk to you about that! It is hard to keep a blog up, and there are times that I would like to take a little break 🙂

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