“If you build it, [they] will come.”
Remember that line from Field of Dreams? It can be applied to book blogging, as well. If you build a blog, readers will come.
I’ve only been blogging for about a year and a half, so I’m not claiming to be an expert, but I have a good group of people who are regulars here and whom I appreciate very much. My main goal in starting Between the Covers was not to gain a million followers or to make a million dollars. I started blogging about books because I love to read, and I wanted to share that love with others as well as have some kind of creative outlet for myself. I wanted to be a part of the book blogging community–it’s full of so many wonderful people and we share many of the same interests (even beyond books). So what does building a blog entail?
- Be a regular participant on your own blog (this is the obvious one).
- Visit other blogs and join the conversation there–comment and support.
- Do some social networking and join the conversations there, too–the three most common social networking sites that most book bloggers and readers seem to use are Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I know there are others, but I only want to speak from personal experience here, and those three sites seem to be where everyone gravitates.
- Be yourself.
I can’t stress that last one enough–be yourself. Be honest, use your own voice, and write what you know. Don’t be afraid to say you didn’t like a book, even if it seems like everyone else loved it. Don’t be afraid to say you didn’t understand a book, even if it seems like you’re the only one. It doesn’t matter what genre(s) you enjoy reading. It doesn’t matter if you write formal reviews, or if you just write your personal thoughts and feelings about the books you read. If you participate in blogging memes, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s great, too. There are readers for every kind of blog out there. Just be yourself.
If you do that and network with other bloggers through the places I mentioned above, readers will come naturally. We are very welcoming and supportive of one another in the blogging community. There are so many different voices and styles out there, and there are millions of people on the internet every day–if you build it, they will come. All you need to do is be yourself and be an active participant in the community. There can never be too many people talking about books.
There are lots of great bloggers out there writing about their experiences and the lessons they’ve learned, as well as what they hope the future of book blogging will be, so be sure to check out what everyone is saying today. Do you have questions for the experts? Don’t be afraid to blog about them and link up to today’s Armchair BEA topic post.
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