What do you look for when reading a book blog?
Does the blogger have to read the same genre?
Do you like reviews? Personal posts? Memes? Giveaways?
What attracts you to a book blog?
When I first started blogging, I couldn't see the point in doing memes. Gradually, I realized it brought people to my blog, even if only the five or six people I was supposed to "tag" to do the meme with me. When memes are related to books in some way, I'm more likely to read them, but I have always disliked long memes with no connection to books or reading. I remember being especially annoyed by a long meme that started by asking about eating and drinking. My testy answer:
"Food, and now drink? When do we get to the books? That's what reading is all about. I drink when I get thirsty, not because I'm reading."Bloggers differ widely in what we call reviews. Dewey had a list of questions that helped me jump-start my thinking, and I came up with additional questions, based on whether the book was fiction, nonfiction, or memoir, for example. Eventually, my "reviews" became more like stories showing how I connected with a book — or not, as the case may be.
If a blogger sticks solely to reviews, with every post paraded out in identical shape and format, I lose interest. I think we became a book blogging community because we got to know each other. And that means telling something about our lives as well as the books we've read.
Giveaways? Sure, I'll enter your contest if the book looks good to me, but that isn't the primary reason I dropped by. I'm there because, as with friends in real life, you are someone whose interests and opinions matter to me.