16 May '17

Starting all over again …. Without a clue as usual!

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So, most of you know I have been out of action for around 18 months. I decided to start again when I got my annual reminder to pay my fees. It was decision time; pay up and actually blog or let Scorching Book Reviews fade away. I decided on the former.

 

 

I’m not 100% back (I’m actually sticking my head in the sand regarding my NetGalley feedback% because it truly is SHIT) but I’m trying to get myself together. I say trying because I’m actually struggling to learn to blog in this new climate. It feel’s like I’m starting from scratch but I can do it; I just have to learn it all over again.

When I started in 2011 (seriously, 2011) it was a lot simpler. There were popular memes, a shit tonne of blog tour hosts and everyone wanted to do a Guest-Post. I’m walking around the landscape of 2017 and it is most definitely not the same…

 

 

So far, my hits are most definitely not the same but it’s not just that that bugs me; I actually loved the social aspect of all the meme’s (Waiting on Wednesday was my all time favorite).

I learned to be picky when it came to Blog Tour Hosts (seriously, some of the books were not the type of book I would spend money on and I’m actually a little bit ashamed of promoting them) and I’m not getting involved in the pressure of being part of a review tour because the pressure to stick to someone else’s deadline was actually the thing that killed my love of the blog. I need something other that reviewing and Top Picks though … I will get bored.

So, my question to you bloggers and readers is why do you visit other blogs? If you run a blog, do you get involved in any memes that I haven’t yet found? And what kind of content will keep you going back to a blog? 

Nix

6 Responses to “Starting all over again …. Without a clue as usual!”

  1. As a reader I love varied types of romance books and I visit blogs or follow blogs for the varied content and opinions on books. The blogs and reviewers I continue to follow are ones I feel closely share my thoughts on books and I look to them to help add to my never ending TBR pile.

  2. I follow blogs that are more independent and less structured lately, with fewer reviewers too. Bloggers who post whatever they want; book reviews of course, author posts, recipes, photos of their own lives, pets, and hobbies (no kids). Do you, and you’ll stand out in the crowd.

    • I know what you mean!

      I think one of the things I struggled with was promoting books that I’d never read or never had any intention of reading. It can be such a temptation to take part in every book tour because it inevitably means a lot more traffic and not that much work! Ultimately, I think it makes a blogger less trust-worthy and that’s why I stopped and I’m wary of certain blogs and have started to go to trusted or littler blogs.

      Also, I get what someone said earlier about GR being a place for just reviews and so I’m trying to get more of myself across than just book reviews.

      Thanks for commenting!!

  3. Pansy Petal

    I like the random blogger. The Blogger that blogs about whatever comes to mind. The review blog is becoming passe. I don’t get much from them. If I want to check out reviews, I look on the book seller site or Goodreads. Otherwise, I pretty much ignore the review sites anymore.

    I personally have become very choosy about what , or who I will review. If they are “begging” or “bribing” I pass. If it is something I find interesting, I will generally buy it to review with the exception of favorite authors. I still maintain a handful of them the that I will still review for directly.

    I definitely enjoy your Top Picks, so please keep those coming. I love memes, so wouldn’t mind seeing them. Otherwise, do what moves you. You want to vent – go for it. Read a good book – talk about it. Tripped over the dog – I think you get the idea. Your space – do what feels right to you. If you are happy with it, others will find you. You know that saying, “Build it. They will come.” You just have to have the passion and we will feel it. Personally, I am glad you are back and doing what you do. Thank you.

    • Top Picks will never go away… even if it does mean I end up with more books than I can read 🙂

      I think book blogging has evolved so much since I started; I’m glad you still visit and I’m attempting to get back to what I love one step at a time 🙂

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