When I first started out, I was not so picky about the book blogs that I follow. I followed just about anyone I encountered in the ‘book reviews’ or ‘young adult’ tags just on the basis that we’ve got the same interests. I followed back just about anyone who followed me first without even really looking at their blog and evaluating whether or not it’s actually something that I’m interested in. 🙈
As I got older, though (cough cough), I learned that time is of the essence. One of the main things I seek from book blogging is the interaction and the connection with other book bloggers, and the reality is this: no matter how much I want to talk to ~everyone~, I just physically can’t. Following a lot of people is good and all, but even I can’t deny that I have limited hours (sometimes minutes, sometimes not at all) in a day to go through my feed and check out what other people have posted.
Because of that, I’ve had to be more selective with my following list. The below are the things that would make a book blog more appealing to me. ✨
1) The blogger is reading books I’m interested in.
Self-explanatory, am I right? I mean, the majority of the book blogs that I follow are YA/Romance book blogs, and those make up maybe 80% of my reading list. 😂
2) The blogger is reading books I might be interested in.
I’m a huge believer in cross-genre reading. I actually really love reading non-fiction as well, though admittedly it’s harder to find non-fiction I’m interested in than YA books I’m interested in — probably because, well, the ‘community’ that I’m most involved in does talk about YA books the most. 🙏
I would, however, totally follow a book blog that covers genres outside my usual preferences, just as long as the books that they are touting are something I think I might be interested in in the future.
I probably won’t follow blogs that review cookbooks just because I don’t see myself ever wanting to buy cookbooks (unless it’s as a statement piece for the coffee table), but I would so, so love book blogs covering my non-fiction areas of interest: memoirs, Japan, North Korea, Asian culture, cults, etc. (I know, I’ve got kind of a mixed bag of interests. 😅)
3) Their posts discuss things that are important to me.
So, so many book blogs review books in my genre, but I love it that much more when bloggers take things to the next level and mention not just the technical stuff (characters, setting, world-building, etc.) in their reviews but also put forward how the book does in breaking down stereotypes and promoting diversity. I think it shows insight and I always feel like I can learn a lot from the blogger on that front. 😊
4) They’re interactive.
After my last discussion post on commenting, you betcha that this is part of what’s important to me! Like I said above, interaction is one of the major things that I’m looking for, and I tend to gravitate towards the bloggers who do interact with their readers quite a bit, whether that’s through comments or social media or something else. 🙆
5) They make it easy for me to be interactive.
I have no problem at all commenting on WordPress, but it’s when I venture outside my small bubble that interaction can get a bit tricky. Case in point, I follow so many Blogspot blogs on Bloglovin’ that make it almost impossible for me to interact with them (i.e. to leave a comment) because their blog just won’t let me.
I can’t just leave my name and URL — all too often I find that I need to be logged into something else: Google Plus, WordPress, OpenID, TypePad, LiveJournal… and the sad thing is, even when I’m logged into WordPress or Google Plus it doesn’t always work. The blog can be super amazing and all, but I’m most likely already feeling defeated before I even start. 😂
6) They just have that extra something.
This last point is going to be very vague, but it’s because this ‘extra something’, quite literally, can be anything:
- It could be in what they post — some bloggers post discussions about blogging, writing, diversity and other important things, while others create downloadable graphics.
- It could be in their design — they’ve a particularly pretty yet functional blog, or maybe a unique design that makes them more memorable.
- It could be in their blog focus — maybe they’re not a book blog that covers only books, they’re also interested in graphic novels, manga, movies, etc. and let their readers know about it.
Whatever the ‘extra something’ is, it’s what makes their blog different from all the others. It’s what makes them stand out. It’s the thing that I, as a reader, don’t want to miss — hence the follow. 😉
Now, let’s talk! 💜💙
- Are you picky about who you follow?
- What do you look for in a book blog?
- How many bloggers do you follow?
This post is part of Blogger’s Corner, a section of my blog that discusses all things blogging. 🤗