The Future of Book Blogging
It's the final day of Armchair BEA and we want you to keep your passion for books and blogging about them going long after we've closed the event. Today we'll be sharing tips on keeping book blogging exciting and unique to your vision for your blog. Our suggested post for today is "Ask the Experts". If you have any burning questions for your fellow participants about book blogging now is the time to ask and if you don't we'd love for you to share your own personal tips about book blogging!
It feels strange for me to be giving advice. Really, 18 months does not seem that long. I have learned some things along the way though and I think they may not be the tips you are used to seeing. My first piece of advice though is to take everyones advice with a grain of salt (EVEN MINE). Keep what works for you and throw out the rest!
- I hate white text on a black background. I can't read it, it makes my eyes hurt!
- I hate sounds of any kind when I open up a blog page. I usually am listening to Pandora already and I don't want your music tastes to compete.
- Capthca makes me feel stabby. I hate doing it. If you are a new blog, you don't even need it. I have been blogging for 18 months and have gotten less than 20, maybe even less than 10 spam comments in that entire time!
- If I love your blog, I will want to connect on twitter so get an account and use it!!
Now WAIT, I know what you are thinking... this is the same advice every one else has. Actually though, none of that was advice. That was just my personal preference.
My real advice is this: Decide WHY you are blogging, WHAT your blog goals are and go from there. What I mean is, if you are blogging to grow an audience, please the most people possible and be the most professional seeming blog around, you probably need to heed those preferences I talked about because believe me when I say, I am not the only one that feels that way. However, if you are blogging just because you love it, IGNORE all of my opinions. Make your blog black with white text and play music from the Wiggles if you want. Your blog is your baby! It should be the way that YOU want it to be.
Also, if you are blogging to be serious and professional about it, that is great. If you are blogging for fun and more for yourself, that is great too! If you are doing a combination of both, also great! I want us all to take back our right to do what we want without worrying what others will think!
To be honest, I am a little tired of seeing all those blogging tips and blah blah blah. The fact is, it should be your personality on a web page and no one should make you feel badly about it. Am I guilty of complaining about the above things? Yes. *Hangs head in SHAME* I shouldn't. I should just not come back if I hate it so much. And you shouldn't care if I come back or not. There is no way that everyone on the web will agree on everything, if we did there would be no reason for so many of us to be there right? Again, I KNOW I am guilty of pushing the "blog standard." I think just in the last month I have tweeted few times about how much I hate captcha, white text and music!
I am going to pledge to try and stop making others feel badly about their choices and I hope you will too.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I am tired of everyone telling everyone else the "right" way to do things. Even the things that make me crazy are up to you! We are supposed to be sharing our opinions and I think that extends to the basics of our blog as much as it does our reviews. This goes for pretty much everything, not just the stuff I mentioned. Things like Blog ads, negative reviews, memes all should be a personal choice that we make because it is what we think is the best for our personal space not because we think it is what other bloggers want or expect us to do.
Will these choices have consequences? Maybe. If I see a blog I like with white text, I can follow them in Google reader. If I go to a site with music, I can temporarily mute my speakers. Perhaps others won't want to do those things and that is the risk you take. I this the risk is worth it! Why have a blog that doesn't represent who you really are?
Actually, it feels good to get this off my chest. I have been wanting to say all this for a while. I know that there may be some who will disagree with me and that is OK. I hope that others will feel a burden lifted. It is OK to do what you want and not what others expect. I think new bloggers especially feel bullied into changing to fit the norm and that is a shame! The great blogs and ideas are the ones that challenge the status quo and set themselves apart. How can we ever do that if we are constantly changing to be like everyone else?
What do you think? Anyone feel empowered to change something about their blog that they were unsure of before? Anyone think I am crazy and should sit in the corner and be quiet??