I can not even believe that here we are on Day 5, the final day of BBAW. It came… and then it went so quickly. Todays topic is:
The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 things you are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.
This is exciting for me to discuss as I remember all the crazy things I did in my early days of book blogging just to get connected. I created meme’s and features and let me just say this to those of you who are fairly new… do not do this unless you have thought it out well and know you are in it for the long-term. Within the first couple of months these meme/features fizzled out by either lack of participation, my loss of interest or both. 😀 You can still find them in the archives of my blog…. Word Verification Balderdash… Wednesday Feature Book Club…
As far as tried and true practices here are the top three for me:
1. I know time is of the essence, but comment. Comment not only on other blogs (if you do not know where to begin, find a meme to participate in that links many blogs to the same topic…. great way to meet other bloggers and find blogs you enjoy reading.), but also comment back to those who comment on your blog.
One of my favorite blogs when I started was J Kaye’s Book Blog. I would visit her blog daily, but sadly she moved on with her writing and let her blogging days drop to the wayside. J Kaye responded to every comment on her blog. Now – before you panic, just do what works for you – but I loved going back to her blog several times a day just to follow the conversation. It was not unusual for people to comment on the same post two or three times as the conversation continued. I knew then, I wanted to do community like she did and model some of my blog practices today after how she did hers.
2. Post at least 3 -4 times per week. Your blog, (my blog) should not go silent. Maybe you can not read 3-4 books a week and review them…. I hear you there! 😛 There are other posts you could put up that make great discussions…. bookish topics, trends, questions on e readers, an author event or author interview, book store stories…. or like myself, I put in a morning discussion – not always bookish, but mainly just life that goes live 6 mornings a week. I may not get a review or topic in on a certain day, but I almost always have my morning post and consistency build loyal readers.
3. Keep a neat and organized looking blog. I know I may catch some slack for this one, but if you read some of the comments going on my earlier post today, you will see that many of us (dare I say most of us?) visit blogs to read the main post. Too many bells and whistles, pictures, and flashes on the side bars just distract from your posts. I am guilty of this too in the past and hopefully have now what I believe is a tasteful looking blog where the main feature is the post and it draws your eye to it. I love sidebars – they are awesome for other connections and I think as long as they match what you and your blog are about, they work. Even as I type this, I know (and I have been meaning to) make some upgrades to my own.
As for the future… yes, I am always planning things I want to do with the blog…. always thinking of ways to connect others to great reads and genres near and dear to my heart. I have a big project I want to take on in 2012 but have some homework to do first on it. One hint… it would require me setting up a second blog to man it. (**Note on stuff like this…. when you are thinking of ideas and reading challenges, try googling them first.. sometimes you may discover it is already being done by someone else).
Another thing I am putting back on is the Word Shakers on-line book club. I had great responses to this in the past, but the way I was running it was too time consuming and I was putting too much of the discussion on me, and not enough on the participants. If you look at my right sidebar you will see I have a book in place for the group read, I just need to post the details and time frame. (*when starting things like an online book discussion, check out other blogs who are doing it and see what you like about their style and what you do not… it’s a great way to build on how you will do your own.)
I think that is it for now. BBAW was awesome this year and I hope everyone had a great time discovering new blogs and/or maybe discovering for the first time how big, and how tight knit this community can be.
**Note: Comments on this post will be entered into my BBAW giveaway for today a hard copy of The Night Circus. (for an additional entry, comment on my morning post as well). Winner will be announced tomorrow morning.