Cooking Up a Good Book Blog: What's the recipe?
I subscribe to about 65 book blogs and over the last 8 weeks have been reading and researching to help me find balance over here on my own new book blog. Is the ‘recipe’ 2 parts reviews, 2 parts bookish-themed posts, 1 part giveaway; shake and serve over ice?
I’m working on creating a ‘recipe’ that produces a blog that’s:
- not too dense (too many long reviews each week)
- not too fluffy (not enough posts each week)
- not too sweet (reviews that are afraid to critique for fear of backlash)
- not too bitter (too many negative reviews that aren’t substantiated)
I have yet to do a ‘Sunday Salon’, ‘Teaser Tuesday’, ‘Wordless Wednesday’, or any of the other variations even though I like to read them on other blogs.
Posting 3 to 5 times each week seems to be average and since I write two blogs, it’s all I can do to keep up with that schedule. Generally, I’m going to host one review or book tour each week and will post a monthly calendar on my sidebar–‘The Crystal Ball’ (tag line: Look into the Future) detailing upcoming events.
Little by little I’m hoping to tweak and develop my book blog into one that people enjoying reading and visiting. Quality reviews, interesting posts, pictures, questions, and giveaways are the things I hope will generate interest, help my blog stay fresh, and keep readers coming back for more.
What do you think are the key ‘ingredients’ to a good book blog?
*Thank you to my dear friend EP for pointing out my mixed metaphors. I reference baking, mixing drinks, and cooking all in one post. Just call me Martha.