Blogger confidential is a series of 10 questions asked to 13 bloggers about the nitty gritty details of blogging. Everything from what prompts a blogger to pick up a book, to what happens when a book doesn't live up to its hype. This series was inspired by Wastepaper Prose's Author Insight series. Learn more about the Blogger Confidential series on its main page.
What does blogging add to the book community that you feel would otherwise be lacking?
Girls in the Stacks
First and foremost: book recommendations! I’ve been blogging for so long that I honestly cannot remember how I used to find out about new books. I guess I occasionally went to the bookstore and browsed (but was too poor to ever buy anything), and I got a lot from the library (but they were old). Book blogs are the ONLY way I find out about books, and now it’s the only way my family and friends find out about books.
Page Turners Blog
The Story Siren
Once Upon a Twilight
I would have to say a community where your average reader can find out about bookish things and read reviews. Before I was a blogger myself, I loved being able to find out what people my age or had my same interests thought about books. Blogs helped me decide what to read next and even presented books on their blogs I hadn’t heard of before. Even as a reader, I didn’t completely trust reviews I saw on Goodreads, etc. just like I don’t trust them now, so I turned to book bloggers to steer me in the right directions. Blogs were more of my speed as opposed to professional reviews." Jacinda and Jasmine from The Reading Housewives of Indiana
Katie's Book Blog
What’s more, blogging has really added a whole new level to reviewing and promoting books. On the reviewing side, I much prefer hearing thoughts from others who share my taste in books – rather than a “critical” approach from a traditional book reviewer. (I feel the same way about movie critics, too; I rarely agree with them.)
Likewise, blogging gives authors and publishers an entirely new way to reach potential readers. Promotional work is something I really enjoy doing on Novel Novice, and because I support books and authors, I LOVE getting to help promote their books. It’s a great feeling to hear that a Novel Novice visitor bought a book on my recommendation. I know not all bloggers are trying to sell books, but I am very open about the fact that I want people to go out and buy and read the books we recommend. (Or, hey, borrow them from the library – that’s totally cool, too!)
I think what blogging also embodies is the wave of the future. Technology is changing the way the world works, and this is just one example of an industry adapting to new technology. " Sara from Novel Novice