Hello all my wonderful visitors. I want to thank EVERYONE who has come by to read my reviews and posts, the authors that have participated in interviews and guest posts, the publishers and authors that have donated books and swag for giveaways, and everyone that has left me comments – I LOVE comments.
I have really enjoyed the past 18 months of blogging and I hope you all have enjoyed visiting. I loved watching my blog blossom and grow, and I think the best part is meeting so many new people – other bloggers, readers, authors and publicists. I cannot wait to go to AUTHORS AFTER DARK 2011 in Philly where I will meet so many of you in person!
I’ve noticed for the past several months, my blog as become a bit stagnant. I’ve been up and down one or two followers, and comments have pretty much disappeared. I know that I’ve been crazy busy, but I felt like I was still dedicating a good amount of time to the blog. I am not looking to make my blog the biggest, but I would love to continue to grow and provide my visitors with the best blog I can.
With that I’m reaching out to you… blog readers, fellow bloggers, authors, publicists… I need your input! I want to know what do you look for from blogs that you enjoy and frequent… What does it take for you to “follow” a blog?
Do you like long or short reviews? Are the number of reviews important? Do you prefer a number rating or letter grade?
How important is it to have blog posts that are NOT reviews – you know the fun weekly spots or discussions about books, genres, reading, etc that are not reviews? Do you visit sites solely because they feature contests and giveaways?
How important is the look of the blog? What features other than the posts do you enjoy on a blog?
What about the name of the blog and branding? I’ve been thinking about this long and hard… When I joined twitter and then created a blog, I just picked an online handle that fit at the time. (For background on Twimom227, read HERE.) I didn’t expect to have my wonderful book blog and now I’m thinking about what might be better. There are so many great and clever blog names and personas out there… When you hear “Twimom227” or “That’s What I’m Talking About” do you think BOOK REVIEW BLOG?!
Finally, to those that blog… what are the pros and cons of having your own domain name? Blogger vs. WordPress? What are the other alternatives?
I really would love feedback from you! If you would like to help me, but don’t want to leave a comment here, you can email me at twimom227 at gmail dot com.
THANK YOU in advance for your time and feedback!
Happy Reading! Jen