To quote Fiktshun’s #BlogYourWay campaign: “There is no rule to being a proper book blogger.” So tell us, how do you blog?
There is no one way to blog. There just isn’t. We do this as a hobby, for fun, and we should feel free to blog how we want. I’m a big fan of the blog your way campaign because this needs to remain fun for us all. When I first started blogging on this book blog I tried to join all the book tour groups. I soon learned just how much work that entailed, and it stopped becoming fun for me. So I quit those. Now I only participate in the tours I’m especially interested in, or post author appearances when authors or publishers contact me directly for a spot. It reduces the work load tremendously and keeps it enjoyable. The same can be said about writing reviews. I don’t read as much as I used to, due to all the life stuff going on, so I tend to post one review a week. I think that is just fine. Some book bloggers post a review a day, and that’s great for them because that means they read so much amazing stuff, but that does not work for me, and so is not right for this blog. I also tend to get behind and then catch up in one go, so I might schedule a months’ worth of reviews or other posts, and then take a break again. And that is OK too. It works for me, and it works for this blog. So basically, blog your way, blog however works for you, just keep it fun so the blog remains a hobby and doesn’t turn into an unpaid job. How do you blog?
I blog in the morning and at night. I blog when I want to and when I do not. I blog with passion and sarcasm, and with humor and emotion. Mostly I blog so that Julie does not hate me. (jk) I blog about things that I am interested in. I like that Julie and I do not make it a MUST to do certain things. If we want to, then we do, but we can change up our lineup if we so choose. It is that flexibility that I appreciate. However, if we say we are going to do something, then we typically try to do it. I think that is super important. I have posts in which I include monthly updates of my yearly goals/resolutions of not just a bookish nature, but personal as well. I think that our blog does not just have to be about books. We have reviewed movies and tv shows and music. We have talked about author events, and vacations, personal triumphs, etc. I really think the important part is to enjoy what you blog about. Whenever it stops being fun, then that is your clue to stop that feature, or try something different. In the blogosphere, there is no right or wrong way of doing things and whoever wants to say differently, can. But I am not buying. The only “right” way of blogging is meeting the objectives you set for yourself and your blog when you first began. I first began this blog to write about books I was passionate about and to interact with authors, readers, and other book lovers. Have I met this objective? I’d say I am satisfied with where our blog is at right now.