Hello to all of my lovely and wonderful fellow bloggers and readers! I decided to start something new today, a little monthly discussion post to talk about whatever the prompt is for that month. It’s a chance for me to get to know all of you better, for you to get to know me, and connect with other bloggers as well. In addition to the prompt, you are free to ask me anything that you’d like to know. I’m a pretty open book so have fun with it but don’t get crazy! 😉
If you would like to use my post and join in on your own blogs, then please feel free to do so. You can borrow my graphic if you would like to or create your or create your own, it’s up to you! Just be sure to stop by and leave a link to your own post so everyone can stop by.
Prompt of the Month… BOOK BLOGGING
I thought I’d start us off with something easy but interesting. Book blogging is such an amazing thing and I am so glad that I decided to start!
What do you look for in a blog before you decide to follow them? Great reviews and posts? Clean look? Pretty graphics? Someone who reads the same types of books as you?
For me, I’m not too picky. I won’t choose not to follow someone just because they only read non-fiction. Everyone has different tastes and even if that may not be my first choice when I head to the bookstore, that doesn’t mean that I will hate every book that blogger has read. I’ve found quite a few good recommendations that I might never have heard of thanks to book blogs. I also won’t hate you because you choose not to use graphics. Not everyone is really creative or has great graphic design skills (and by that, I mean myself because I suck). However, I do like my blogs to be easy to orient. If I can’t find what I’m looking for, that is a bit of turn off.
Blog attraction is such a struggle. I’m constantly worrying every day if my blog looks alright to others or if they think, what an amateur, when they see it. At the moment, I’m not really liking the look of mine so I’m hoping to change it up by this summer.
How Much Is Too Much?
What does your blogging schedule look like? Do you have something scheduled every single day? Are you a casual poster, only blogging when you have the time? Multiple posts a day or only once?
I find myself only blogging if I have something to post about. I do plan for the week ahead in my planner though so I can see what I have to do, though we know things change all of the time. Some days I just don’t have it in me to write and I think that’s okay. Everyone needs a break every now and then. I’m not really anal about when I post or whatever. I also hardly ever write my posts ahead of time. I tend to just write mine when I get to work in the morning. (This makes me sound like I’m a terrible employee but I work as a secretary for my family’s business, so don’t worry!) So all of that stuff about analytics and maximizing views and such, yeahhhhhhh, I don’t really do that. We’ve all got to find our own rhythm, right?
Substance & Style
How do you like your review posts? Do you want them detailed and lengthy, bullet pointed and straightforward, or a bit of both? Are spoilers an issue? Do you want them stylized with all of the information or just need the Goodreads link to see for yourself if you’re interested?
I don’t really have a preference, but if you’ve written over 1,000 words then I’m probably just gonna scroll through. I also really try not to talk too much about the plot or give any spoilers because that ruins the book for others and it’s just not needed. I’ve seen some bloggers just bullet pointing the pros and cons for books for their review and I kinda like that idea. It’s straight to the point (literally HA!) and doesn’t really give anything away. I also like the formatted reviews with all of the book’s information at the top. I think there’s an app or something that makes that for you which is really cool.
The hardest part about book reviewing is being able to tell your audience what your feelings are, while also taking into consideration what they actually want to know about. I’m constantly struggling to determine if my reviews are enjoyable and informative. It’s hard to find a balance so it’s nice when you see people respond to your post.
So guys, what do y’all think about book blogging? Got any questions for me? Wanna complain? It doesn’t matter, I to want to hear from you!