Hi dear friends,
I am back again with a topic I’d like to discuss with you today: book bloggers and what you expect from them. Or rather from us.
On a side note when I wrote “how do you love your book bloggers” I wanted to add “Rare? Medium? Well done? ” 😀
Back to the topic I am really curious to know what you expect from other book bloggers and what you feel you have/want to do as a book blogger.
Do you want book bloggers being neutral or “going all out”?
Do you want book blogs to be only about bookish topics or do you like reading about other posts like movie, travel or let’s be bold politics?
Do you only want to learn about the latest book releases and sales? Or you can’t stand (too many) promo and want only reviews or posts about the publishing world?
Do you think that we have to use our little “nook” to open others eyes to some grave or sad topics?
Do you …?
Let me start this post by saying that of course I don’t think there is a “good” or “bad” way to blog about books! I’d say the only good way is the one that makes you happy and is aligned with your beliefs.
Now when I decided to launch a blog (bold idea for me) I thought I would post twice a week about a book I reviewed and that would be all.
Yet I changed my mind pretty soon beginning with promoting books without reviewing them.
As far as promotion is concerned I try to keep it “reasonable” between one to maximum two posts a day because I presonally don’t like blogs filled with lots of promo posts. It makes me feel like visiting Amazon or The Book Depository.
I want to read and write fresh “own voice” content on the blogs. Yet I will still promote (see duty below).
2.Meme and tags
I soon discovered that the best part of blogging was its community and interacting with other people passionate by books like me!
What better way than to add some meme and tags right? These are a great way to connect with other bloggers and their topics make it for interesting contents (even when Shanah “forces” me to find Hogwarts House’s reads!).
3.Show your true colors
The third step to my journey was finding my own voice.
I noticed that the blogs I found most appealings were the ones with bloggers showing their personality, their opinion. They talked about their likes and dislikes but not only about books! The more I could “connect” with them, walk in their shoes the more I came back.
That’s quite logical as it is a similar process while reading a book. I am above all else a character driven reader. It wasn’t unexpected that I was drawn to people opening up to their followers and sharing their feelings with them. Strongly opinionated bloggers like Alexandra really drew me in!
Nobody wants to talk to a salesman with a bland and rehearsed speech right?
No one wants to read reviews that could be a copy/paste from other reviews because “the characters were loveable, the author was a genius and the story was perfect”, right? I kid you not I’ve read these generic reviews and honestly they leave me wanting! But writing reviews will be another discussion post.
I found my own voice through The Sunday Post as it has that first part where we speak about our “private life”. Of course I won’t give specifics about my work as I have an obligation of secrecy! But I wanted to give you a peek of the woman behind the pen. I hope I make you feel like you know me by now!
My own voice also came with some …discussion posts and rants (about “Invite Only” or how I despise people trashing books they haven’t even read). I also show my personality (hopefully) through “non-bland and generic” reviews. I am passionate about all bookish matters and want to share it with you. I am quite miss bossy pants when I love a book LOL
Now being opinionated is good and well IF you are respectful and back your rant with facts! I hate bashing and trashing. I hate people gratuitously bad-mouthing books, authors, bloggers. Just for the sake of it.
If you have a strong negative opinion, I’d be very happy to read it (I just adore a good and heated discussion) but you’d better come up with good arguments be respectful or I’ll see you rather as a hater. Don’t forget that words can be weapons of mass destruction and you’d better handle them with care!
4. Non bookish topics
Can we speak about touchy topics? Politics? Abuse? Outside of books?
Of course we can if we feel like it! There is a blogger, Wendy “By Hook or by Book” who does it splendidly! She opened my eyes on so many injustices I was very happy and grateful to visit her blog! The same as I love reading “eye opener” books I love visiting “eye opener” blogs.
Yet I don’t speak about it on my blog because I love to keep it rather “light”, occasional rant aside. I also don’t feel enough “informed” to build believable and “iron clad” posts about serious topics like politics or science.
5.Do we have a duty as bloggers?
Do we have to be the voice of others? Create awareness? Elevate other’s minds?
I think this is a deeply personal question. I consider that my duty (and this is my own free choice) is to help other readers find their next best read. I also want to help authors get known if I believe in them.
I know that writing a book, publishing it and having people get to know it is a tricky business. Many talented people write amazing books and yet live in the shadows, never getting the love and attention they deserve.
When you don’t find a publishing house you have to find other ways to promote your book. That’s why when I see a promising blurb, a lovely cover and feel convinced that the book deserves to be read I will accept to promote, even without reading it (I can’t read them all!) as I want to give a hand to the author.
I also think that we have an opportunity to be heard and we can speak about “touchy” topics in the bookish world in the hope of changing them for the better. I know I know this is my “dreamer” side, my Don Quixote resurfacing but what can I say?
I want to be actor of my life. I don’t want to complain and do nothing. I want to be a drop in the ocean and I believe that a drop can ripple and change the tide.
To sum it up, I love my book bloggers: honest, engaged (even if it’s to write reviews), opinionated if they back it up, true to their beliefs, passionate and having the time of their life! Diversity of posts and topics is a plus.
Now that you know all about my expectations, this is your turn! What do you want from book blog(ger)s? What do you like/dislike? What are you trying to do? What are your goals and desires?
I can’t wait to read your thoughts!
Thanks for reading.