Four Ways to Spread Love to Book Bloggers This Year

 

Spread Love to Book Bloggers

In November, Josephine at Word Revel made a couple of Twitter polls asking book bloggers about their stats and the general status of their blogs. Many bloggers commented that they did feel blogging was dying (though I’ve been blogging for 6 years, and I think people have been sounding the death knell the entire time) and that they felt more disconnected from readers than they had before.

Personally, I’m ready to roll into a seventh year of book blogging, and I’m not counting out blogging as a viable medium to discuss and share books yet.  So if you also love book blogs, here are a couple ways to help keep your favorite bloggers motivated in 2018:

1. Comment on their posts.

Bloggers love comments.  When bloggers are asked “What is your favorite thing about blogging?” the answers tend to be variations of “I love the community” and “I love discussing books with other readers.”  Many bloggers see comments (more than page views or other stats) as concrete evidence that people read and enjoyed (or at least thought about) their posts.  On Josephine’s poll, several bloggers mentioned they felt their comments and level of direct interaction with readers had decreased, so consider taking some time in 2018 to send some commenting love to your favorite bloggers.

2. Create a round-up of interesting posts.

If you stumble across some posts you find interesting, consider creating a post “round up” on your own blog where you provide links to them for your readers.  You can do this weekly or monthly, and you can include as many or as few links as you like.  Linking to other bloggers’ posts tells them you thought what they had to say was really interesting, and the nice part of creating a whole link round-up post is that it makes the links easier to find (as opposed to the transience of sharing links on many social media sites).

3. Feature the Blogger

If you favorite bloggers, consider sharing what you think is cool about them in a full-length post on your blog.  At Pages Unbound, we’ve had some success with our sporadic feature “Five Great Things about _____.” The format helps us go into detail about what we admire about the bloggers and their blogs, and hopefully it helps them get some new readers. Alternatively, as a less time consuming option, you can do one post where you link to several bloggers you enjoy at once.

4. Share their posts on social media.

Sharing posts on social media is great; it shows the blogger you thought their writing was thoughtful or funny or otherwise worthwhile enough to share with others, and it can help them gain more traffic.  However, clicking the “tweet this post” button also takes the least time investment of the other items on this list, which is why I put it last.

How do you show your favorite bloggers love?

Briana

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53 thoughts on “Four Ways to Spread Love to Book Bloggers This Year

  1. Glimpsing Gembles Blog says:

    I really like your ideas here. I definitely love how blogging lets you get to know lots of different people that you wouldn’t otherwise, and you can share ideas and recommendations with each other. I really want to increase my interaction with other bloggers so I am working on that. Great post!

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  2. zanefame says:

    I agree with the thing about comments. It’s so easy to just hit that star and like a post, but if you take the time to actually comment, it means a lot more. I’ve actually bookmarked this post so I can link back to it in my blog later this month. It was really great advice, thanks for sharing!!

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    • Krysta says:

      I do just like things when I can’t think of anything particularly interesting or insightful to say. But I am also aware that the blogger probably isn’t keeping track of all the likes and who sent them. It’s definitely easier to build a relationship through comments!

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  3. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Lovely post! It’s awesome to interact with fellow bloggers and these tips are spot on ways to show them some well-deserved love 🙂 It’s unfortunate that some people just don’t take the time to check out others’ blogs or comment and instead prefer to clam themselves up, usually because of shyness! Hopefully, this’ll be the year to change it all 🙂

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    • Krysta says:

      Commenting at first can certainly feel intimidating! I think it does take a bit of practice to get used to it. But, good point. It can be easy to forget how weird and scary blogging can seem when you first start out, especially! And to forget that some people may be a bit shy even online! I guess that’s why we have the “like” button to help us interact in a more low-key manner.

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      • Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

        Yup, it definitely was for me! It took some time until I was completely comfortable but it was such a pay off as I met wonderful people and got to read some great content 🙂
        I understand how tough it may be because it was for me and I’m not painfully shy or anything. So I can only imagine how it is for really timid bloggers. But I just want them to know that it’s alright to feel that way and we’re all here to help each other out, not to bring anyone down. So they should take their time, but never feel like they shouldn’t take that leap of faith 🙂 It’s so worth it!

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        • Krysta says:

          I remember that I didn’t comment around much at first and was kind of shocked when someone left a comment on our blog for the first time. It was kind of like, “Suspicious. We don’t know you. What do you want here?” Haha! 😉 Now I’m much more comfortable talking to people!

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  4. Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink says:

    Aw wow this is a wonderful idea! I make sure to comment on as many posts as possible but some weeks I simply don’t get the time and I wish I could ALWAYS blog hope but ah, its not the case. I always try and bookmarks awesome posts and include them in my monthly recaps. I haven’t done many features and have interveiwed one blogger (and collabed with another) on my blog so far..so that needs to change. i hardly share things on social media but I’ll definitely start. Doing these things take time though which is why I can’t do them a lot.

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    • Krysta says:

      I tend to do my commenting in waves because I unfortunately have time to comment more consistently. 😦 I think the trick is to find what you enjoy most/works for you and focus on that. If the round-ups work for you, then maybe you don’t need to worry so much about social media!

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  5. Step Into A Book World says:

    I love this post! I agree interacting with others is so much fun when it comes to blogging. I enjoying having people to talk to about why we love a certain book. Everyone may read the same book but we all have different thoughts on it. It so easy to push a like button but so much more fun to talk and make friends.

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    • Krysta says:

      True! I love seeing people’s different perspectives! It’s always interesting when someone loves something I didn’t. I wonder what they’re seeing that I might have missed!

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  6. Daniela Ark says:

    this is a great list! Thanks for sharing it. I used to do Blogger Interviews and I’m hoping to resume them now that I rebranded. I hope you agree to one Krysta 🙂

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  7. storiesandspoons says:

    I love all of these ideas. I definitely think we need to start spreading more love in the blogging community

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  8. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    I love this post! I always try to make my round and comment when I can, but I do realized it has decreased as my symptoms grow. But receiving comments from others is my favorite form of interaction! While I love and appreciate the shares, nothing feels more rewarding than a comment that tells me someone read my post and took time to share a thought. It is so personal and rewarding ❤

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  9. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    Good points – though #4 is easy, I often forget it’s an option. I am trying to move away from liking posts to instead tweeting about them, when it’s a post I appreciate but don’t have any comments to add.

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    • Briana says:

      I don’t always share tons of post on social media either because sometimes I’m worried about coming across as too spammy, or not having enough original tweets to balance out the link tweets, but that’s why I like doing round-up posts once in a while.

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  10. Zoie says:

    Commenting on other bloggers’ posts is definitely the #1 way I use to show that I care about other bloggers’ writing 😊 In the end, blogging is a way for writers to express themselves and put their thoughts out there, so to have someone acknowledge and appreciate their thoughts is one of the best feelings in the world for a blogger — I know I love it when people leave sweet and thoughtful comments on my blog. 😋 I’ve seen people do round-ups with links to other bloggers’ posts, and after reading this post, I think that would be a good (and fun!) thing for me to do on my blog as well when I get to reading more blogs 😊 Great post!

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  11. lissa says:

    I could do #1 easily if people don’t use disqus which I hate, with disqus, you are forced to sign in to leave a comment, only occasionally people have a choice being a guest & google+ which I hate even more as I have a separate account for this & have to sign in, sign out.

    maybe #2 &3, but never #4. some of us, well, mostly me, I still don’t have social media. blogs aren’t as popular these days, which is a pity as that’s pretty much the only format I like.

    have a lovely day.

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    • Krysta says:

      I don’t use Disqus so can’t comment on any blogs that use it. Oh well! And when I have to get through two or three security questions to comment, I usually comment once and leave, even if I meant to comment on more than one post to start. So I try to comment, but I comment much more when it’s easy for me to do so! Something for us all to consider when we design our blogs, I suppose. I, for instance, don’t really know how easy it is for people to comment here if they aren’t on WordPress.

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    • Briana says:

      Agreed. I just remembered at one point that I already had a Disqus account from years ago I could use. I also hate all the commenting options though, especially the ones that want me to use my real Facebook account!

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  12. Rosie @ Rosie Writes Things says:

    All great things to do to help the fellow blogger! Sometimes you kind of forget what you can do to help someone else out because mostly we think, “How do I get *MY* content out there?” It’s good to be reminded that it’s a two-way road! I’m going to try harder to incorporate all of these into my year as well! ❤

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    • Briana says:

      Agreed! I think building community can also help grow your own blog, though, and it helps you feel supported and connected enough to keep going when blogging for yourself seems tough!

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  13. Dalindcy Koolhoven says:

    I love this! One of my resolutions this year is to comment on more blogs, so I try to take some time every day to read and comment on other people’s blogs – big and small. I love doing it as well, so that is a win-win. 🙂

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  14. Andrea says:

    Lovely ideas! I spread love by commenting and following, because as a book blogger myself, I tend to notice and appreciate those two more than I would liking or just accessing the page. If it’s a post I really like, I’ll give it a share on some social media! Loved the post, by the way 💛!

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  15. Bridget says:

    I’m currently trying to *get out there* more in the book community by commenting and blog-hopping! I had gotten realllly bad at it, but i’m back now!!

    I love the second idea – i’ve seen other bloggers add a section like that in their monthly wrap up and i just may steal that haha!

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  16. Michelle 🌈 says:

    Love this post! I used to include my favourite posts of the week in my weekly wrap ups, but I haven’t done any weekly wrap ups in a while since I haven’t really been blogging. I hope to get back to it soon though 🙂

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