Friday, July 27, 2012
A few changes for Book Blogger Confessions!
Tiger from Tiger’s All Consuming Media and I started Book Blogger Confessions back in January because we felt there was a need to discuss issues that were unique to blogger’s in a way that didn’t bash each other but hopefully offered solutions. (past Book Blogger Confessions posts here)
It’s been 7 months and Book Blogger Confessions is going to go through a few changes with your input.
The first change is a sad one for me personally. Tiger will be moving to a faraway land (Korea) soon. I’m going to miss her like crazy even though she assures me we will still be able to email and chat frequently. (& she will still be blogging – but probably about her traveling adventures more than book reviews)
I didn’t want to go it alone with this feature so I’m thrilled that Pam from Midnyte Reader agreed to come on board as my new co-host. Pam is a blogger that I have the utmost respect for and will have a lot to add to this meme going forward.
We’ll all be co-hosting for the month of August, then it will be Pam and I starting in September.
Now that we’ve been around for a while we would love to have your input as to what you like/dislike about Book Blogger Confessions, if there are any topics that you would like to discuss in the future, or any changes you would like see. I’ll be providing a google doc at the end of this post for you to fill out. You can leave your name or fill it out anonymously. It’s your choice but we would love to have your input either way.
Before we get to the survey, here are the topics for August.
Monday August 6th: Making money off your blog: There was a recent controversy about bloggers charging authors for reviews (You can read about it here) which leads to this week's question:
Almost all of us blog as a hobby in our spare time, usually for free but is there anything wrong with making money off your blog?
Should bloggers charge for reviews?
What about advertising on a blog?
When a blogger does allow book related advertising does it turn you off? Make you wonder about the honesty of their reviews?
Do you have a problem with purchase links (Amazon for example) that earn a blogger a small commission if a person purchases a book through that link?
Monday August 20: Have you ever loved a book that you know is not a great literary gem? Maybe it's filled with spelling errors, tired cliches, and is utterly cheestastic but you loved it anyway.
How do you handle that as a blogger who is used to critical thinking and analysis? Do you pretend you never read the book - never to be reviewed or added to your Goodreads shelf :-)?
Do you write a review but maybe apologize and make excuses as to why you enjoyed it or are you bold and proud of any book you enjoyed?
Conversely - have you read a classic, that is considered a literary gem but you just didn't get it? Are you embarrassed to admit that or do you review it anyway?
If you’re new to the meme, we post the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. You answer our topic prompts and post on your own blog on that day then link up on one the host blog linkys. If you have any questions just let me know! Just grab our button and join in!