Posts Categorized: Book Blogger Confessions

Jul 01

Book Blogger Confessions: Author Interactions

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Book Blogger ConfessionsBook Blogger Confessions is hosted by For What It’s Worth and Midnyte Reader. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they will pose a question for book bloggers to answer and discuss.

Author interactions. Have you ever emailed an author to tell them you loved/disliked their book? As a book reviewer, do you think we should cross that line?
Do you mind when authors re-tweet or comment on reviews? Does that intimidate you in any way in regards to review writing, knowing that they may be reading it?
Do author interactions – both pro or con – change how you view their work?

I’ve never emailed an author to tell them that I liked their book, but I have tweeted some of them, but only if I liked/loved their book. Personally I would never email/tweet an author if I didn’t like their book, I would let my review speak for itself. I think as book reviewers it’s fine to interact with authors as long as it’s kept positive and professional (if you are friends than I feel that should be disclosed, in my opinion).

Author commenting on reviews is a bit trickier. I personally don’t mind if authors comment on reviews, but I’ve also never had a bad experience with an author commenting. I think authors do need to be careful on the reviews they comment on and what they say, especially if they are commenting on a less than positive or average review.

I don’t think about the author at all when I’m writing my reviews. I’m not a big blogger so I feel like unless I seek the author out they aren’t probably going to read my review anyway so why worry about it?

How do you feel about interacting with authors?

 

Kimberly


Jun 03

Book Blogger Confessions: Blog Tours & Publicity

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Book Blogger Confessions is hosted by For What It’s Worth and Midnyte Reader. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they will pose a question for book bloggers to answer and discuss.

Does participating in book tours/cover reveals and author guests post drive traffic to your blog? What type of problems have you encountered when hosting them? (please keep it civil – no names or calling specific people out) As a blog follower, are you ever turned off by these kinds of posts? How much publicity is too much?

 

Before I get into today’s topic I just want to say that this is just my opinion, and regardless of my opinion you should blog how you want to blog!

I have only participated in one tour. I don’t want to say that I’ll never participate in another blog tour, but it’s not something I’m going to seek out. I didn’t have any issues or anything with the tour company, it’s just not a good fit for me right now.

As a blog follower I don’t mind seeing the kind of blog tour where there is a different blog each day and they do reviews or character interviews or author interviews or whatever, however, I rarely read those posts. I don’t find the posts annoying, they just don’t interest me.

I have a love/hate relationship with cover reveals. I like seeing new covers and seeing them in a blog post is a way to bring them to my attention, but sometimes it is just too much. I know that authors want to get the word out for their book but I get annoyed when I open my reader in the morning and see a ton of the same posts.

I also get irritated when the cover reveal is in pieces. Give me the whole cover or give me nothing!

How do you feel about cover reveals, blog tours and author posts?

Kimberly


Apr 29

Book Blogger Confessions: What Do We Owe Authors?

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Book Blogger Confessions is hosted by For What It’s Worth and Midnyte Reader. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they will pose a question for book bloggers to answer and discuss.

Special edition! We have an extra Monday this month and thought we’d address some hot topics in the book blogosphere. Pick one – or answer them all! It’s up to you.

What do we owe authors? I (Karen at For What It’s Worth) read this interesting post the other day. An author had tweeted that if you get all your books from the library it deprives an author of income, another suggested using this fun little graphic to help readers spread the word about a book they love.

 

This is certainly a loaded question! As a reader I owe the author nothing except for common courtesy and respect (talk about the book not the person, etc). I purchase most the books I read because I want to, not because I have to. This is my personal choice, but I know that it is not for everyone. Some people can’t afford to buy books. Some people don’t really care if they own the books they read or not. It doesn’t matter because where you get your books from is your choice.

I think its sad that some authors are against libraries when they should be supportive of them as it puts books in the hands of people who might not read it otherwise. I may not be a big library user, but I do use it on occasion, especially if I am going to read a book that I am not certain I will like. I hate wasting my money on books that I don’t like. Last year I made a deal with Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase to read Cinder, a book that didn’t interest me at all. While I did end up liking the book I can guarantee that I would have never purchased it, so if it wasn’t for the library I probably wouldn’t have read it.

As far as promoting goes… I promote the ones I like (or don’t like) as I see fit. I don’t need an info graphic for that as it’s something that just comes naturally.  I wish gush about books I like and recommend them to the appropriate people if I want to. I don’t like the idea of a checklist at all! There is no “right” way to promote a book as a reader – in fact you don’t have to promote the book at all!

Tell me, what are your thoughts on the issue?

Kimberly


Apr 15

Book Blogger Confessions: Blogging

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Book Blogger Confessions is hosted by For What It’s Worth and Midnyte Reader. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they will pose a question for book bloggers to answer and discuss.

 

 

 

How long do you see yourself blogging for? Do you think it’s ok for a blog to evolve over time? For example: You may have started out as a book review blog but now your interest is in cooking as well. Do you incorporate that or start over?

 

I want to say I’ll blog forever, but I know that’s not very realistic, so instead I’ll say I have no plans to stop. I hope that I never lose my love for blogging.

I think its natural for blogs to evolve over time and I have no problems when blogs I follow cover other things besides books. It’s your blog so you should write about whatever you want to write about. I follow quite a few blogs that I consider eclectic and I love them just as much as I love blogs that are exclusively about books.

It’s just my opinion, but I do think that if you are going to completely change your focus (e.g. you were exclusively a book blog and now you are going to be exclusively a food blog) that you should do a post to give your readers heads up rather than just suddenly switching. For me I would just like to know that I’m going to be seeing different content so I don’t wonder why I started to follow a food blog!

Kimberly


Mar 18

Book Blogger Confessions: Blog Design

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Book Blogger Confessions is hosted by For What It’s Worth and Midnyte Reader. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they will pose a question for book bloggers to answer and discuss.

March 18th – What is important in design for the blogs you follow? What features/elements do you appreciate? What are big turn offs?

In terms of blog design the most important thing for me is readability. If I can’t read your blog, then I probably won’t be back. I’m not a huge fan of dark back grounds, but if you are going to use one the font needs to be a bright color. Dark fonts on dark backgrounds don’t work. No fancy fonts in the post! I love fancy fonts in your header/title post/side bar/etc but not in your post. Your post should be one of the standard fonts like Arial or Times New Roman. It should also be of normal reading size (size 10-14), anything smaller and I can’t read it, anything bigger and it drives me nuts. I also have a thing against massive headers. Your header should not take up the entire screen. I also dislike falling snow and the moving twitter bird. They are very distracting when I’m trying to read. And of course I hate CAPTCHA.

I know that seems like a lot of stuff I don’t like, but I don’t come across that stuff very often!

There are lots of things I like too! I’m attracted to pretty blog designs, but I have nothing against blogger templates. I like when people have a search bar. I like being able to see the personality of the blogger through their blog (not just design, but also through their posts). Honestly regardless of what your design looks like if I can read it and I like your content I will read your blog.

Kimberly


Feb 18

Book Blogger Confessions: Changing Reading Habits

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Book Blogger Confessions is hosted by For What It’s Worth and Midnyte Reader. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they will pose a question for book bloggers to answer and discuss.

Question: How has blogging and reviewing changed your reading habits? Do you read a genre now that you wouldn’t have tried prior? Or have you been turned off by a genre you used to love?

Blogging has definitely changed my reading habits, and that’s a good thing. Blogging brought me back to YA. I went through my YA phase around the end of elementary school and middle school years and then I moved on to adult books and never looked back, except of course for Harry Potter. Little did I know that YA books started to actually become really well written and enjoyable and I’m so glad that blogging brought me that.

Prior to book blogging I completely stayed away from anything even remotely sci-fi. Now I realize that I kind of do like sci-fi. I don’t like all aspects of sci-fi, but it’s no longer an automatic dismissal anymore.

I don’t want to say that I’m turned off by it anymore, but I find that since starting blogging I am much more picky about the chick lit books that I read. Chick lit is my go to genre and has always been my favorite but now that I’ve read so many great books from other genres a lot of the chick lit books don’t work for me like they used to.

One other thing that blogging has impacted is how much better I am at picking out books I know I’ll like. Though there have been some mis-picks *coughs* Beautiful Disaster *coughs* overall I’ve found that very rarely do I ever pick up a book that’s less than 3 stars anymore.

Kimberly


Sep 03

Book Blogger Confessions: Following

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Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that allows book bloggers to discuss issues unique to what we encounter in the blogging world. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month we will post a question and invite you to answer, comment and discuss opinions and different views.

Please keep the dialogue courteous. No bashing!

If you would like to participate in this meme please feel free to to grab the button to include in your post with a link to For What It’s Worth Reviews or at Midnyte Reader.

Question: Following: How do you follow blogs? Do you use Google Reader? Are you on an e-mail list? Are you more apt to follow people who have less followers? Would you follow a blog to enter a contest? What makes you unfollow a blog?

I use Net News Wire in conjunction with Google Reader. New News Wire is nice because if I read it on my phone it also marks it read on my mac so I don’t have to go through it again on my computer. I have all my blogs organized into folders so that I can easily find my favorites and remember things (i.e. people I met at BEA). That has been incredibly helpful.

I will not follow any blogs through email. I get enough email as it is, I don’t want to add more.

As someone who doesn’t have a ton of followers I am definitely more likely to follow people who have less followers, but I also have to like what they have on their blog.  

I pretty much don’t enter any contests, on the few I do enter I am usually a follower already anyway.

I haven’t had anything pop up that makes me immediately want me to unfollow a blog but when I clean out my reader I will unfollow anyone who has stopped blogging, I will look at the post history on my reader (usually 20-25 posts) and see how many I have starred, if I haven’t starred any than I look through the posts to see if anything still appeals to me, if not then I will unfollow, I will also unfollow if all I see are contest after contest with no content.

Kimberly