I started LazyGirl Reads (former blog name) back in August 2010. I was at a temp job and had like 8 hours of free time. I saw this Christian book blogger and thought it was remarkable that she talked about books and did things called "Challenges" and had read alongs! I was like, I should join her! Little did I know, there were hundreds of book bloggers out there!
I definitely feel like a newbie right now. I took a long hiatus, ranted about how much I "hated" most YA novels and stopped commenting as much as I used to and lost a lot of my devoted commenters. I also swtiched my URL and changed my blog name to La Toya, Literally. And all my LazyGirl Reads followers might not realize it's still me!
Major challenge that I"m still having is finding a large amount of bloggers who read Mystery/Suspense etc. or who generally read a wide range of things. I know about 5 or so bloggers that read as eclectically as I do.
I think a mistake I've made is to be a little too opinionated in the past. Initially, I was looking for more followers and daily comments. I would go to every blog I could and say a little something about what they wrote. Then I realized that I was just saying things like "I like that color!" or "Nice font you used!" or "Glad you had fun!"...which are exactly the comments that I DON'T want to give. I'm long winded and opinionated and want my comments to be truthful and always reflect who I am.
My suggestion to you is to always say what you think, and if you don't have any interest in what the blogger read or is saying, just don't say anything at all because you're at risk of sounding uninterested in what they worked hard on presenting to you.
I was just kinda hanging out when I first started. I had no desire to have anyone read what I was writing because I was too afraid they would be offended. So when I was new, I was kind like m'eh whatevs.
Comments and awards were encouraging. It made me realize that people ARE reading and they DO care about what I have to say. And they like the way my blog looks.
a. Time Manage
b. You don't have to post a million times a week
c. Stop speed reading, this isn't a race
d. Start a book club
e. Have fun!
I always enjoyed seeing Crazy for Books' buttons and Book Chick City's graphics. It sounds funny but I like to see a really nice blog and then I check out the content. I've tried to make my blog as colorful and aesthetically pleasing as possible but am always working toward making it better.
I don't like blogs that aren't easy to navigate and I try not to have anything that slows my page down and what-not.
Honestly, I did a bunch of giveaways. Do all those people read my page on a regular basis? Definitely not. At the end of the day, those numbers look cool, but if I'm not having active conversations about my content, then it's like....what do all those followers *REALLY* mean? There's got to be another way to get some more traffic on an eclectic blog!
First ARC arrived late 2010 and I didn't like it very much. I didn't know how to break it to the author so I just wrote a sort of wishy washy review about it. I'm not too proud of that! HAHA. But other ARCs came from NetGalley and I don't think I liked those either.
Thanks so much for checking me out. Drop me a line and I will certainly respond and visit your blog.