The current topic of discussion is blogger development.
I’m new to the book blogging community, as a contributor if not a reader. I’ve been writing here at Cheap Thrills for just over two months, so there hasn’t been a whole lot of development… yet. Here are just a few of the things on my mind as I continue to find my place in the blogosphere.
When I started, I knew I wanted to do more than just reviews. As a reader of other book blogs, I’m always much more interested in discussion- and community-oriented posts than I am reviews; these other posts are what will keep me following a blog… or not. It’s mainly because there are very few blogs out there that consistently review books that interest me, and if a blog has enough else to offer, it doesn’t matter if our reading habits don’t quite match up. So it was important to me to make sure I had plenty of other ideas for content.
In the future, I’ll continue to keep an eye on my balance. I feel like it’s pretty good right now, but I also feel like I’m falling behind on books that I’d like to review here. Part of the reason is that I’m currently doing a weekly Sigma Force review leading up to the new release next month. Once those are done, I’ll have more time slots, so to speak, for other reviews. I’m also still settling into a style of review that works for me, and that will come with time, I know.
When I started, I had my blog and I had my Goodreads account, and those were my places to talk about books. I do have Twitter, but it’s my personal account and I talk about anything and everything there. I’m also not prepared to go spending money on things like self-hosting and professional design. Blogging is a hobby that I enjoy, and unlike a lot of hobbies it’s one that I can do for free, even if it marks me as not as “serious” as other bloggers.
In the future, while I don’t imagine any monetary investment happening any time soon, I have been toying with the idea of more time and effort investment, in the form of social media — a blog-specific Twitter account, a Facebook page… that’s about as far as I’ve gotten (since those are the only social media sites I currently use for myself).
When I started, I was mainly concerned with just finding my footing. I’m still doing that. So guest posts (in either direction) or co-bloggers aren’t anything that’s on my radar at all.
In the future, I’d be more open to the idea of guest posts, either writing them for other blogs or having another blogger post here. I’d also be interested in hosting (or co-hosting) read-alongs or other community activities… things that involve collaboration with other bloggers while keeping this as my own space.
I try to write the kind of blog I’d want to read, but it’s always helpful to get outside opinions, so… do you have any suggestions for my fledgeling blog? Things you’d like to see more of? Less of?