Almost five years ago, I started this blog on a total whim when I had some extra time during vacation. I used a free Blogger site and a very basic template. I began with some reviews I’d written originally for the Green Man Review, then slowly started writing about some of my current and favorite reads.
I was foolishly disappointed to not receive tons of traffic right away, but I persisted. Armchair BEA gave me a big boost in getting connected to the book blog community. I reached out and made connections to other bloggers, commented like mad, started some of my own blog events, asked publishers for review copies, joined blog tours, participated in memes. I moved to WordPress, found a great designer to improve my look, and refined my plugins and social media strategies. Gradually my following increased, and made me feel I’d created something of real interest to many people.
There was no compensation involved except the skills and knowledge I gained from this challenge, and the pleasure of connecting to more book-loving folks. And that was a pleasure indeed.
It’s all been great, but many of the “book blog” things I used to do seem less and less important now: getting ARCs, doing Top Ten Tuesday, running giveaways. The blog has become a forum for my thoughts and experiences concerning more than just books. And it feels a little constrained by the book blog definition.
I’d be incredibly sad to lose any of my blog friends, but I’m feeling as though I need a change. Would you follow me if I started something a bit different? Books would still be involved, but I wouldn’t call it a “book review” any more, and my attention is too frazzled for regular posting. I’m thinking of something more organic, more free-form, and somewhat more personal.
If you’re only here for the reviews, I might lose you, of course. But I hope some of you would come along for the ride.
What do you think?