It’s that time again! This is the fifth Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) since it started way back in 2008, and I had so much fun doing the daily blogging topics last year that I decided to do them again! Yay!
Today’s topic is: What does book blogging mean to you?
It means! Blogging…about books. So other people can see what books I’ve read and liked (or hated) and…er, agree or disagree with me? Communication! And stuff!
But seriously, my blogging has mostly been about a) keeping track of what I read (and my thoughts on the books I do read) and b) waiting for people to comment on what they think about my thoughts. And then responding to those comments. COMMENTING, here, is the real key to blogging. If no one comments on a post it’s like I’m having a weird one-sided conversation, and if that’s what I wanted I might as well be writing reviews in a paper notebook. If you don’t want to have conversations with people, then…idk what you’re doing.
I might be over-reacting a bit, but seriously. COMMENTS. Book blogging means comments aka conversation aka connecting with people.
Getting people to comment seems to be harder than it should be, for some reason. First, you have lurkers (people too shy to comment or who just can’t be bothered for whatever reason). Most blog readers tend to be lurkers, I find. Second, you have issues with anti-spam things or tech problems or comments accidentally being closed (has happened to me a few times). Third, you have topic/writing issues. If I write about a book that no one else has read AND I write like I’m the end-all expert on it, practically no one will comment. If, on the other hand, I write about even a moderately popular book and if I stick a few questions/insecurities in there, people will comment. (Discussion posts are good, too, for obvious reasons.)
Building a readership that feels comfortable commenting is, I think, the key to successful book blogging. And it’s a tricky thing to do! I’ve sort of managed to do it, but it’s tough to keep up because you also have to be willing to participate in conversations in other people’s spaces. You can’t just stick to your own space; no one’s THAT fascinating that you can never go visit other people.
So. Er. IN CONCLUSION: book blogging is about commenting often, commenting widely, and encouraging comments in your own blogging space. It’s also about BLOGGING about BOOKS (to start off the conversation) but that’s kind of really freakin’ obvious, duh.
Do you agree that book blogging is about conversations with people? Or do you think it’s something else? Leave me a link to your own views on book blogging so I can check them out, please!
Other 2012 BBAW posts: Day 1: Appreciation | Day 2: Interview Swap