Monday, June 18, 2012
Book Blogger Confessions: Hop into the blogger time machine!
Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers "confess" and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions. Just keep it respectful - no bashing authors or other bloggers!
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Question: We have created a blogging time machine! Pretend you can start over. Knowing what you know now about blogging – what do you wish you did differently when it comes to creating/running your blog?
I can really only think of one major thing but it’s something I wish almost every day. I wish I started my blog with a partner.
Of course at the time I didn’t know anyone who read as much as I did or wanted to talk about the same books I did. That was the reason I started the blog but I still wish I brought someone else aboard early on.
Blogging is so much harder than I ever thought it would be and having someone to share some of the stresses and posting burden with me would have helped while I was growing this blog.
Now all the people I respect & trust to partner with have their own blogs. No one wants to give up ownership of their blog – their baby - which I completely understand.
Aside from that I think I wouldn’t have taken on so many book review requests early on – mostly from indie authors. I was so flattered, but it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and then feel guilty when you can’t keep up. My advice is to go at your own pace – whatever that is and only take on reading books you love (or at least think you will love) You don’t do anyone any favors reading books you don’t enjoy or worse – never getting to them at all.
What about you? What would do you wish you could go back and change about your blog?
July 2nd: Blogging controversies? How do you address them? Do you join the Twitter frenzy? Write a ranty post? Stay on the sidelines and hope they go away?
How do you think we should address plagiarism scandals? Bad author behavior? Negative comments on our blogs?
July16th: What do we owe publishers and authors? If we accept ARC’s do we “owe” anything to them or just an honest review to our followers? As book bloggers are we obligated to do more than just review books? Post covers – participate in book tours – host guest posts - promote authors?