2022 “Support Book Bloggers” Challenge

Introduction and “Rules”

To help support and promote book bloggers further in 2022, I am hosting a (very casual) “Support Book Bloggers” Challenge. The idea is simple: we will work together to read blog posts, share them, comment on them, and boost book bloggers in other ways.

There are no real “rules” here. It would be lovely if you wrote an introduction post on your blog saying you intend to participate in the challenge. You can also use the intro post on your own blog to check off tasks as you complete them. And each month I will publish a post here on Pages Unbound, so everyone can check in with how they’re doing on the challenge and, if applicable, share links to any posts they have made.

I have included 12 ideas, so you have one task to focus per month in 2022, but there is no obligation to do the tasks in order. Choose whichever option works best for you in any given month.

Of course, you can also participate in this challenge if you are not a blogger but have another platform. Just replace “write a blog post” with “make a video” or “create an Instagram post” or whatever works for you.

Happy blogging, everyone!

Social Media Hashtag: #BookBloggerSupport22

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1. Find 10 Book Bloggers You’ve Enjoyed Reading in the Past and Give Them a Shout Out

The shout out can be as a blog post on your blog, a list on Twitter, or any other ways you want to show them support.

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2. Find 10 New-to-you Book Bloggers to Follow

Follow 10 new book blogs. They don’t need to be new blogs, just new-to-you. Optional: write a post, create a Twitter thread, etc. sharing their URLs with others.

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3. Leave Comments on 10 Book Blogs

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4. Write a Post Supporting Book Bloggers

Ideas include:

  • A round-up of blog links you enjoyed reading in the past week or month
  • A post about why you enjoy reading book blogs in general
  • A post about how other people can support book blogs
  • A list of bloggers with affiliate links or ko-fi accounts that people can support

5. Share 10 Blog Posts to Social Media

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6. Respond to 5 Comments Other People Have Left on a Blog

Instead of leaving a comment replying to the blog posts, try starting a discussion by replying to a comment someone else has left on another blog.

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7. Write a Post about Books You’ve Read Because of Other Bloggers

Your list can be specific (I read X book because Y blogger recommended it), or it can be more general (I read these books because they seem popular with bloggers in general).

8. Follow 5 New Book Bloggers (Less Than 1 Year Old)

Optional: write a post, Twitter thread, etc. sharing their URLs with others.

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9. Write a Guest Post for a Blog or Feature a Guest Post on Your Blog

Guests posts seem to have declined in popularity on book blogs in the past couple years, but they can be a fun way to increase your reach and introduce readers to new bloggers.

10. Read 10 Blog Posts and “Like” Them

This is the simplest way to support book blogs — read them! — but sometimes we get busy, and this falls by the wayside. So take the time to read 10 posts and leave a “like” is possible. Bonus: comment on them, as well.

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  1. Creating a round-up of interesting links from other blogs
  2. Writing a discussion post inspired by someone else’s and linking back
  3. Linking to other bloggers’ reviews at the end of your reviews
  4. Linking to another blogger’s post in a discussion post to support a point
  5. Including quotes from other bloggers and linking back to them in one of your posts

12. Share 10 More Blog Posts to Social Media

Repetitive? Maybe. But bloggers love when other people share their posts, and they get more traffic!

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Mini Challenges

Other small things you can do to boost bloggers this year:

  • Comment on a book tour post. (Why: So publishers can see bloggers have an audience and these marketing posts are reaching people.)
  • Comment on an author interview. (Why: These posts tend to get few comments, so commenting shows authors and publishers that people are reading them — and blogs in general.)
  • Tag a publisher on social media when you retweet a 5 star review from a blogger. (Why: These posts often get little recognition from publishers.)
  • Vote for book bloggers in any end-of-the year awards where “book influencers” are nominated. (Why: Usually these categories are dominated by bookstagrammers and booktubers.)
  • Share your secrets to blogging “success.” (Why: We’re all in this together! If you have a great way to get traffic or comments, let others know so we can succeed as a community.)
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Monthly Check-ins

Briana

152 thoughts on “2022 “Support Book Bloggers” Challenge

  1. Angie F. says:

    This is a great idea! I am a horrible commenter/liker/whateverer, but I am good with challenges! This may be the kick I need to actually do better in supporting my fellow bloggers. 🙂

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  2. JdV says:

    This is a great idea. I do try and comment on the blogs I read as I love it when people comment on my posts. I’m certainly going to try and take part in the challenge.

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  3. Z says:

    I am definitely going to do this! My blog doesn’t get much traffic at all-only my family and friends so maybe this will help me get more followers and help out some fellow bloggers at the same time!!!

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  4. Lory says:

    Super idea, thanks for putting all these suggestions together. I miss some of the blogger support events / challenges that seemed to be around in my early days of blogging. This should give us all a nice boost!

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  5. jan @ thedoodlecrafter says:

    Ahh this is such a great idea! I’ve taken a step back from blogging these days, but I might be able to participate when I come back! Great post❤

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  6. Veronica @ Little Corner Reads says:

    Love these ideas, thanks for sharing!! I never thought of linking other blogs’ links until I was tagged in some and it’s seriously the best feeling 🥺

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  7. I Otter Be Reading says:

    This is the first comment I have ever left anywhere on WordPress! But, I subscribe to your newsletter and saw your great post. I am a brand new book review blogger. Actually, I have been setting up my blog and writing reviews for about a month now and have not told anyone about it yet. It is so much harder than I thought it was going to be to get it all set-up!! Anyway, I hope to be ready and tell people about it on January 1st! It is: http://www.IOtterBeReading.com
    I love your post here! It has given me lots of good ideas of what to write about when I am not posting book reviews. I will try to do a lot of your challenge ideas! Do you have any advice for me as a new blogger?? Angela

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  8. susanlynknits says:

    Great idea! I had an idea of a goal of this kind of stuff for my own personal goals and you’ve saved me the trouble of figuring out the details myself and gotten others involved. So thanks, this is awesome!

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  9. alialiali says:

    This is a great idea! I just started my blog and am looking to get involved with the book blogging community, so I’m very excited to see something like this going on that will maybe open my eyes to some new bloggers!

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  10. Emily Jane says:

    This is a great idea! Every week (although I have been slacking recently) I try to read other blogs and put their links into my weekly post, but because I have the basic version of WordPress I’m not sure how many people it reaches so I would love to get involved in this!

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  11. KimB says:

    As a fiction editor for indie authors, I’m continually singing the praises of the book blogging community to my clients. This is a great idea!

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  12. TheBookGuardians says:

    I am brand new book blogger and I just stumbled across your blog today and saw this post – I think this is such a great idea! I think this challenge will also push me into following and even searching out other book bloggers I had not come across before starting my own blog.

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  13. Rosie Amber says:

    I shall join in with this too and help to bring some joy back to book blogging. Have you heard of the Tuesday Book Blog hashtag? (#TuesdayBookBlog) A group of us try to retweet all posts on Tuesday that use the tag to promote any blog post that is book related. Anyone can use it as long as they link it back to a blog post.
    Now I’m off to make a folder with all your lovely ideas in it so that I don’t forget. Many thanks.

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    • lindabrowne says:

      New blogger and middle grade children’s author here.

      I’m going to use your challenge as a list of best practices I can develop over the coming year.

      I put out a long children’s book review blog/newsletter once a month, and like the idea of adding shoutouts, links and roundups to my reviews.

      I look forward to finding more blogs to follow and to reading more of your posts!

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  14. Molly's Book Nook says:

    I’ve been on a long blogging hiatus, so I just discovered this. This is such a wonderful idea! I’m going to have to do it this year 🙂

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