Good morning and welcome to another discussion and advice post here on ATIB. I have been thinking a lot lately about how much help I got on my journey to becoming a book blogger whether it be advice, sharing my reviews on social media or recommending me to a publisher for a review copy. I have had plenty of help along the way and in kind I have done my best to help others in return. I have put this post together to share my thoughts on how we can all support each other in the quest to share books and also open up a discussion about all the ways different bloggers do their bit to help their peers.
I will do my usual trick of sharing discussion points about supporting bloggers and then share my own perspective on each topic. Please join in on the discussion in the comments and tell us how you like to aid your fellow bloggers and any advice or ways to assists bloggers that you have been shown in the past and would like to pass on. I love doing these posts because there is always a huge response and it gives everyone a chance to contribute. I can’t wait to see your answers and I hope this post is helpful to bloggers of all calibres.
- Do you like to share other people’s reviews/posts on social media or on your own blog?
- Would you recommend a fellow blogger to a press contact or author if you think the book would suit them?
- Is commenting important to you as a blogger to show support or offer thoughts and opinions?
- Do you try to put together posts that explore vital areas of blogging to offer advice, tips or tricks?
- Would you collaborate with another blogger/s to discuss or review books and share your reading experience as a group effort?
- Do you think it is important to support the bloggers in your community or do you prefer to go it alone?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below as any insights you can provide may help other bloggers in the future. Enjoy the post and I look forward to reading everyone’s contributions.
Do you like to share other people’s reviews/posts on social media or on your own blog?
I really do try and share as many blog posts as I can on social media. Twitter and Facebook mainly but I try and include Google+ where I can. Sharing posts is one of the best ways to show your appreciation for other bloggers and get involved with the community. Luckily WordPress is connected up to most social media sites which makes it easy to share. I do wish all bloggers who have WordPress and Twitter accounts would sync them up though… *moan complete* 😀
Would you recommend a fellow blogger to a press contact or author if you think the book would suit them?
Of course! This one of my favourite ways to pay another blogger back for their support. I will recommend bloggers to publishers, authors and other bloggers wherever possible. If you want to boost a bloggers confidence or help get their name on lists, then this is your best option.
Is commenting important to you as a blogger to show support or offer thoughts and opinions?
I would love to comment so much more than I do. I try and put genuine thought into my comments but they always come off as general or common. I think commenting is an area of blogging I could seriously work on. Sharing your thoughts on a post can make a blogger’s day and also provide feedback to them for the future. It is the same rule as when you review a book, constructive but honest. It is also a great excuse to catch up with bloggers you haven’t spoken to in a while. I don’t think a blogger should rely on comments to feed their efforts but I do believe that if you have something good to say then you should share it.
Do you try to put together posts that explore vital areas of blogging to offer advice, tips or tricks?
I am currently doing one right now and will hopefully continue to do so! If you have advice then please don’t keep it to yourself. Put in on the page and let others reap the benefits. We all have to learn certain things when it comes to blogging but there is a wealth of personal experience within us all that is worth everyone’s time. If you have the time to open up a discussion about an area of blogging you love/hate/avoid/appreciate then do it. If you’re just interested in telling others what to do and how to do it then maybe you need to rethink your approach to advice…
Would you collaborate with another blogger/s to discuss or review books and share your reading experience as a group effort?
Yes I would. I have done a collaboration in the past and it was a fantastic experience and I am eager to do more. I would love to organise more group reads/book clubs but time is definitely sparse in my household so maybe that is something I would explore in the coming years. If you haven’t done a co-read yet then I suggest you try at least one, it is beneficial to chat/talk/debate about books you read as it adds another dimension to your reading experiences.
Do you think it is important to support the bloggers in your community or do you prefer to go it alone?
I think support is one of the most important aspects of blogging and to ignore it will shorten your blogs lifespan. That is my own personal opinion based on my experiences running a blog (I’m not aiming to offend). Book blogging is one of the most erratic hobbies I have ever experienced. One day I’m flying high on books and the next I can barely be bothered to open my laptop. Without the support around me and my own opportunity to support others and watch them succeed, I would have given up blogging some time ago. I realise that people can be hard to work with but it is all about the books in the end, so supporting others is ultimately supporting books which we all love to do!
Thank you for stopping by for another discussion post on matters of the book/blogging variety. I thoroughly enjoy doing these posts as the responses they get are fantastic. Everyone pitches in to talk about these topics and I sincerely hope that they help up-and-coming bloggers who may not have known any better. Thank you all for your time and I forward more discussions in the future. I hope you enjoyed the post and please feel free to share it wherever you can so more people can get involved!