The A to Z of Handy Tips for #BookBloggers – E is for Engage with Readers!

January 25, 2016 A to Z of Handy Tips for Book Bloggers 18

When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them.  And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog.  So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one far too long blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format.  As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.

The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers

A to Z of handy tips for book bloggers

 

E is for Engage with Readers

If you are a book blogger, then your target audience is readers. It’s as simple as that. And I’m going with the philosophy that if the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain!

Or in other words, you need to go find readers.  Go out there and engage with people who might enjoy what you write about. OK, not all will but some might.

And the best thing about this is that you get to talk books. I mean we LOVE books right? This is why we have a book blog so any chance to TALK books is a win for us. And the chance that you might draw in some new readers for your blog is secondary to that but it’s still another win.

So where do you find those readers?

  • The obvious place is on other blogs. When you find a blogger whose style you like and who you think you have something in common with, talk to them. Comment on their posts, follow them on social media and just engage with them.
  • Join GoodReads groups that specialise in genres that you blog about. And again, just discuss topics, start your own discussion threads and connect within that group.
  • Twitter Chats: There are lots of frequently scheduled chats on Twitter just about books and book bloggers. With a little research, you will be sure to find one that suits your schedule. Stormy at Book Blog Bake has even done the hard work for you with her post on some of the regular occurring bookish twitter chats.
  • I find updating my status on Goodreads as I read a book is really helpful. One – people often will comment on the status on GR and two – it tweets automatically to Twitter so sometimes people will join in there. Either way it starts an entertaining chat about my current read.
  • You can join Facebook Groups – an example is the The Social Book Blogger or the Facebook Book Club – The Caffeinated Book Club. Both of these will give you opportunities to meet other readers who love to blog about books or who just want to chat up a storm about books.
  • Join in discussion forums such as those on Book Blogger

 

Talk to Trish : Where do you go to talk to people about books (apart from your blog)? Do you find that sometimes results in people visiting your blog afterwards?

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18 Responses to “The A to Z of Handy Tips for #BookBloggers – E is for Engage with Readers!”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Another great post, Trish! I do actively look for other blogs to follow – I typically find them via blogs I currently follow. Or through challenges. 🙂 I can’t remember how I found you – I think it was through COYER though. I’m pretty good at updating on Goodreads but I’m not so good with participating in groups on Goodreads or Facebook. I try but I don’t always have the time to devote to them – and I am in several. I’d also like to make better use of Twitter for engaging in book discussions. I do find people and blogs to chat up via Twitter though. 😉
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…Early Review ~ Getting Rough ~ C.L. Parker

  2. Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

    What an awesome idea, Trish. I love advice posts, even if its about something I’ve already discovered 🙂 I typically find other blogs to follow by visiting my favorite blogs and checking out their blogrolls, comments, etc. Most of the time I see a comment and they sound like a fascinating person and I click their links! Is that creepy? lol I also use goodreads and twitter as well. Great advice, Trish!
    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger recently posted…Threefold by Sotia Lazu

  3. Lola

    This is another great post! When I started blogging I had so much trouble with this. I thought that because I had a blog and wrote posts people would come eventually, but it’s not as easy as that. Nowadays I do most of those things you list there, comment on other blogs, participate in twitters chats (although not many), join facebook groups and update on goodreads (although I really should get better at updating while reading a book). The only thing I don’t do is forums, not sure why. I just never found a forum where I wanted to participate. I did a lot of goodreads groups when I just started reviewing and blogging, but nowadays I prefer to spend my time commenting on other blog and that doesn’t leave much time for goodreads. Which does make me a bit sad, but there’s a limited amount of time you have each day.
    Lola recently posted…Review: The Halfling by H.D. Gordon

  4. Charlotte

    Great post!I enjoy commenting on other blog posts, probably because I find it the easiest thing to do, especially if the post is engaging and I feel I have something to say.

    I wish I participated more on Twitter, but I get ridiculously shy and awkward about the situation. But twitter is the way that I find most of the blogs I follow.

    But thank you for the facebook links as I would never have thought to look there, and thanks for the post it is a reminder to keep trying and eventually things will work out.
    Charlotte recently posted…Introducing: Movie Musical Challenge!

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