I think I gave a pretty good answer to it, but feel like my experience is kind of subjective (or objective… whichever means opinion not fact). For me, what makes a good blog is personality. I love getting to know fellow bloggers through their blogs and feel like I’ve found a pot of gold when I find a blog that has so much personality I feel like the blogger behind it has become my best friend.
But that got me thinking: what does makes a good blog?
We’ve all got common elements in our blogs: reviews, book talk, Top Ten Tuesdays. So what I’ve decided to do is talk about 3 things that are generally found on most book blogs and give you my “opinion” on them, both as a blogger and a blog reader. I’d like to know what you think too and hope you’ll weigh in on the discussion!
These are generally a book blogger’s bread and butter. Whenever I’m looking for a new book generally the first place I go is to the blogs. I love reading them and seeing how other people’s opinions may be similar or different than mine on a book. Over the past several months though I’ve felt that my reviews don’t get enough feedback or hits. Now, I’m not really concerned about this because a) whatever and b) high hits does not a successful blog make. But I think about how much work I put into my reviews and know that others put just as much if not (most likely) more into theirs, so I try to make it a point to read and comment (if I can) on book reviews. We all work hard on these and as bloggers we should support each others’ hard work on writing reviews.
What do you think about feedback on reviews? Disappointed when you don’t get much or do you take it all in stride?
Memes (Top Ten Tuesday, Feature Friday, Waiting on Wednesday, etc.)
I used to try to participate in several different memes in hope that it would bring traffic to my blog. But then I didn’t write reviews or talk about books because I was so concerned about getting the memes written. And, for me, blogs that are JUST memes can be kind of boring. I like TTT because generally our answers differ, and Waiting on Wednesday sometimes gives me some books I didn’t know about… but when your blog has no meat to it (reviews, discussions, book talk) I kind of feel like (and please don’t hate me for this) you’re half-assing it (if you’re trying to really get into serious book blogging).
Now, if you just got into book blogging to have a blog and like participating in all of these memes and that’s what makes up your blog, kudos. We all have different reasons for blogging and if that’s your reason then more power to you.
Geez I sound like an arrogant ass here. I’m sorry. Your blog is truly great no matter what you do on it, as are you.
How much do you like participating in memes? Can there be “too many?” What’s a good balance for you?
I love me a good discussion post, whether it’s my own or someone else’s. It’s awesome seeing points that maybe I’ve never thought of, others’ opinions and maybe broadening my own. But, as you can probably tell about me, I’m a semi-serious person. I like a good serious topic, but I don’t like to be so serious that it makes me seem like an arrogant ass (see above). I also don’t like super strong opinions, so in my own discussions I try to look at every side possible and have this debate within the post to make sure my own opinion is correct and not wildly crazed – I also don’t want a lot of heated discussion because my blog is a happy place, so I try to be pretty mellow. Doesn’t mean I don’t love me a good old fashioned blog throw down! I just prefer that it happens on someone else’s blog. 🙂
And to those of you who I probably completely pissed off by my whole meme bashing I promise I still love you and you’re awesome and I do love memes*!