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.I know I'm probably middle-aged in the span of the average blogger, but I still feel like I'm learning too much all the time to have very much to share. I'll give this a go though.
My biggest tip is: Stay true to yourself. Write about what interests you and read what interests you. This is your space to do whatever makes you happy. It's a labor of love with a big time commitment. If you try to make others happy, you just won't enjoy doing this. And be choosy about your books. When those first pitches start rolling in, it's easy to get excited about a "free book!" and just say yes rather than objectively sitting back and evaluating whether it's something you really want to read. You'll enjoy yourself more if you're doing what you want to do. If you don't like a book, don't feel pressured into saying you do. Some bloggers choose not to review books they don't enjoy, and that's fine. I go ahead and give my thoughts, but I try my best to really think about what turned me off and suggest a group of people that the book might appeal to instead. This is hard to do if it's a book that you've received for review, because most of us do want to be nice, but in the long run your readers and even authors and publishers will respect you more for your honest opinion, whether positive or negative.
If you like the feeling of community we have here in book-bloggerland, you should think about joining the conversation on Twitter. There is so much going on there. Sure, it can turn into a big time-suck, but I've learned to turn my Twitter feed off when I have things I really need to get done. When you have the time to pop in, you can get a much better feel for who the people behind the blogs really are, and you can get an idea about what is exciting us right now. For example, if you just check in on my blog, you'll see that I'm reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck and that's all you know. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I think Cathy is a psycho (understatment) and that I'm enjoying the book right now. It's a small thing, but it's a more immediate and informal reaction.
I'm not a very trendy person, so I can't speak to what might be the next "coolest" thing for us as book bloggers. I'll leave that to the awesome trend-setting bloggers!
I've enjoyed Book Blogger Appreciation Week this week, and I just want to thank everyone who took the time to stop by. I especially want to thank my regular readers who let me know that someone is interested in what I have to say!
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