When I first started my life blog back in 2007, I was posting for almost an entire month before someone left a comment. My daily stats were in the low single digits and I was discouraged.
I learned, trial by fire, how integral connecting with readers through my writing, tagging posts, and commenting meaningfully on other blogs was to helping grow my blog. I eventually developed friendships and my stats and comments grew. Blogging became more fun because of my friends, their feedback, and a sense of community.
When I decided to launch Book, Line, and Sinker in early 2009, I contacted a wonderful book blogger who I’d gotten to know through my life blog. I asked her for some advice and she went above and beyond, writing an entire post promoting my new venture.
With her introduction, my neophyte book blog’s stats spiked and I found myself warmly welcomed into the book blogging community. That introduction made all the difference between my book blog languishing for months without an audience and my book blog finding a niche in such a great community. While I do think that it’s marginally easier to break into book blogging than life blogging*, starting a new blog can be daunting no matter what your niche.
Recently, this same blogger tweeted about a new book blog and asked that we pay a visit to welcome the new blogger. All of these things, and BBAW, got me thinking about building community and engaging new (or under exposed) book bloggers who might not have the encouragement (through comments, chats, tweets, and emails) that others in the community enjoy.
I’m not sure how (or if) promoting new book bloggers is a viable idea. While developing Book, Line, and Sinker’s new layout and design, I’m toying with a widget for New Book Blog Promotion. Here are other things I’m considering:
- Have other book bloggers submit new book blog links to me via email and then host the links in my sidebar for a week
- A monthly or bi-monthly post on my site with links promoting new book blogs
- A blogroll on my site devoted to new blogs
- Other bloggers hosting links or adding new blogs to their blogrolls
As the book blogging community continues to grow, I’d love to give back by offering new bloggers encouragement and exposure. If you’d like to be a part of this, please let me know. Have any ideas or suggestions? Drop me a comment or email!
*In my experience, book bloggers are, by nature, avid readers and are more willing to read posts and comment on them.