The question from Let’s Talk Bookish for April 15-21 comes from Kristin @ Lukten Av Trykksverte and is…
Joys & Pet Peeves of the (Book) Blogging Community.
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books, and is now hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about, and this week’s topic comes from Kristin @ Lukten Av Trykksverte, so that was my inspiration (along with the fact that I DNF a book I thought I’d be reviewing today. Oops)! So… the prompts are:
What are some things you love about the blogging community? What are some things you dislike? When do you feel the most/least connected to the community? What are some things you’d like to see changed when it comes to blogging? Have there been any major changes in the community since you started to blog that you love?
What are some things you love about the blogging community?
I love it when I get comments on my posts – that’s my favorite, for sure. That’s why I like to do these discussion posts. I also love it when someone tweets one of my posts – I always feel so honored when they do that. Finally, I really love hearing about new books and authors I might not have known about if I wasn’t blogging.
What are some things you dislike?
There’s not much I dislike about the community (unless someone is being mean), but there are technical things that bother me about the different platforms. For example, I read blogs by getting emails for all the blogs I follow. It drives me crazy when I can’t hit “like” on an email because the option isn’t there, or if I have to scroll through a whole email just to get to the “like” button that’s there. I don’t get why WordPress doesn’t just automatically just give everyone a teaser or excerpt in all the emails they send out – even if the “like” link isn’t there.
When do you feel the most/least connected to the community?
Obviously, when I get comments on my posts and/or get replies to comments on other posts, that’s when I feel the most connected to the community. As for least connected – I guess when I’m not reading blog posts! Okay, I also feel less connected around certain holidays when all the books people are reviewing are related to holidays I don’t celebrate. Stupid, I know, but I always feel like those books aren’t relatable to me.
What are some things you’d like to see changed when it comes to blogging?
Honestly, I can’t think of much I’d like to change. Again, anything I’d change would be technical, and not related to bloggers themselves.
Have there been any major changes in the community since you started to blog that you love?
Other than it does seem to have gotten a whole lot bigger, no, nothing major that I can think of (but I’m sure someone will mention something that I’ve not thought of).
One positive change, however, is that this weekly meme didn’t die out when Rukky decided to step down. Brava and thanks to Aria for keeping this up and for doing Link Parties for these! Also – love the new banner!
There you have it!
So… what about you?
What are your joys/pet peeves about the book blogging community?
This post is also my 7th entry in the 2022 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!