In 2013, I got the chance as a new book blogger to learn more about the scene when I attended Book Expo America's Book Blogger Conference as part of the larger BEA experience. It also was my first trip to New York City, which only added additional excitement to the adventure. From attending, I learned tips and tricks from many top bloggers and got insights about what it was like to blog about books.
What can last year's favorite books tell you about what you should read this year? Let's gather some suggestions for books you'll love this year based on the titles that kept you turning pages in 2013.
Necromancy Never Pays has an interesting twist on the question of "why do we blog?" that points out how the medium has been influenced by inventions around it (Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc). With the drop in comments and posts that riff off another person's blog post, we are getting a weaker sense of our audience. We may know a readership number, but we don't intimately know that readership or how they're reacting to our thoughts. And that means some bloggers are going back to blogging simply for themselves while others are trying to figure out the worth of their work.
I've blogged about books since 2008. Largely, I'll admit, by the seat of my pants, figuring it out as I go along, and exploring the community of book bloggers.
A dear friend came to me for advice about starting her own book blog.
I could use some help and recommendations: What book bloggers do you think get it right? Any great posts that capture the best a book blog can be? Any other thoughts on what makes a book blog good? Favorites you like to read?
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I stay out of drama. I'm not about drama in the blogosphere because, generally speaking, my blog is my happy place. To put things in perspective, I've been blogging for seven years as of February 21st (I've already written the happy, gushy post). I was here before review books and NetGalley. I was here before authors and bloggers started quibbling. I was here before there was a debate over what constitutes a "review" or a "reaction." I was here before it was cool. I was here before it made money....more
Back in June of 2011, there was an onslaught of posts on jealousy within the writing world and book blogging world. (I will put links to a few of these at the end of this post.) I enjoyed reading them because I related to most of what everyone said. I’ve dealt with my own feelings of jealousy since I started blogging in June of 2010, and the posts inspired me to share a little bit about how I felt when I first started blogging.
While many of us seem to be getting book information and recommendations from book blogs and other new sources, traditional review outlets like The New York Times still carry influence and weight -- they still matter. To some people, including best-selling authors like Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult, they seem to matter a lot.
My first blog post here is to introduce you to my blog on The Burton Review. I am Marie, I run the blog as a book blog where I review the books that I read. It is a loving community of bloggers that I belong to but tomorrow I am branching out into something different and I wanted to share this with anyone who is interested in the nitty gritty of publishing, or just the basics.
Starting Monday at 2:00 PM CST August 10, 2009