It’s with a heavy heart that I say the last day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week is here. I don’t know about you, but I think this has been one of the best BBAWs ever. Maybe I just got to participate more this year because I’m not currently in school, but it really felt like the community was full of passion and introspection this year. There were some seriously thoughtful posts, some absolutely joyful posts, informative posts. It really was just amazing. Thank you to everyone who participated here and in BBAW across the web. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on BBAW, especially Amy.
So now, for the last day’s question:
The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 things you are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.
Your voice. The most powerful tool you have is the ability to sound uniquely like yourself. With that you can get an audience, get a community of people who are interested in your reviews because of you. Anyone can write a book review, but the ones that do it well are the ones who manage to infuse their self into the review and still manage to make it universal. It’s a hard thing to do, I know. I work at it all the time. It’s a lot easier when you feel strongly about a book, one way or another, but our voice should always be there.
Respond to your comments. This is something else that I try really hard to do. I believe in responding to most comments, if not all. Some comments just say things like, “I totally agree!” but even then I try to respond with a simple, “Hey, thanks for stopping by.” I don’t always do it, but it’s something I really want to do every day. I think it shows people visiting your blog for the first time that you are really involved with the people commenting. The conversation doesn’t just begin and end with your post, it keeps going long after. Sometimes I respond through a tweet, sometimes I respond to an email, but most often I respond directly to the comment.
Participate in the community. Whether it’s through the Readathon, BBAW, RIP or any other challenge, participating in the community is essential for me. I don’t always get to participate 100%. I don’t think I’ve even done a full readathon on the actual readathon date (THOUGH I WILL THIS YEAR!), but doing just a little bit helps.
Participating behind the scenes. I’ve been working behind the scenes for BBAW since 2009, but especially this year, I’ve realized that I love working behind the scenes on community stuff like this. I love making these huge community events happen. Especially now that I don’t have homework commitments, it’s a great way to spend my evenings winding down after work. This is something that I really want to keep doing in the future.
Tumblr. I like Tumblr because it’s a place for me to be a little less polished. Each blog post I write takes hours to complete, but a Tumblr post generally only takes ten minutes if it’s long and a few seconds if it’s short. It’s a place for me to let off steam, have a little fun, and still participate in the community.
Using Google Docs. Okay, I stole this one from Kim. I admit that! But it’s so true! We used Google Docs to help organize the interview swap this year and it couldn’t have been simpler.
Thanks everyone for making this BBAW amazing. I had such a great week!