Musing Mondays–Book Blogs


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This week’s musing asks…

What attracts you to a book blog? What puts you off in a book blog? Do you share personal stuff on your book blog?

I like to see book blogs with tons of relevant content. I enjoy when someone participates in memes, does reviews, has some book covers and new release info. I like a personal element to be there in posts, like a review. I’m not talking about personal unrelated stuff, but thoughts about books, so it doesn’t feel like the blogger is churning out generic posts to stay active. While not all book blogs have to have this, some of the “bigger ones” have really cool how-to posts that I really enjoy.

What puts me off of a book blog is too much noise (as it in takes 20 min for the page to load) and lack of actual content. I think hosting giveaways and alerting readers about freebies is great, but when it seems like that’s ALL you are doing, then I probably won’t stop by often. I feel like too many giveaways and not enough of anything else is a sign that someone is really trying to get a lot of followers or they are trying to appeal to the audience that only wants free books. I think backing up tons of giveaways with interviews and reviews and cover reveals and what not shows that you have a genuine interest in the particular book.

I share personal stuff to some degree on this blog because it’s about books and books are a part of me. I tend to avoid talking about stuff that is absolutely non-book related, but I’m sure it happens. Personal stuff on book blogs doesn’t bother me as long as it’s done sparingly. I’d rather read a book blog with other stuff than a regular blog with book stuff, if that makes sense.