Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter K! Or more specifically in The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – K is for Kindness!
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 lengthy 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
K is for Kindness
Sometimes I feel the book blogging world is dominated by drama. And I don’t mean the entertaining drama we find in books. I mean the ugly, scandal-filled, finger-pointing, he-said-she-said type drama. And this doesn’t fill my cup with joy.
Call me naïve (I don’t care, I’m happy living in my rose-tinted world), but I think the best way to fight back is with kindness. Every time a fresh scandal explodes on twitter; my reaction is to shower the bloggers I love with comments. I stay out of the drama, as there are two sides to every story, and then there is the social media side, and never the truth shall out.
When others rush in to choose sides and shoot nasty comments, I feel better taking my path. I choose kindness. It makes me feel better, it hopefully makes others feel better and it is something I can control. And don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not alone in this path. I’m surrounded by a whole community of bloggers who also choose kindness.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop
Kindness is attractive and when I see bloggers who go out of their way to build others up, then they are the people who I want to cling tight to.
5 Quick ways to shower a blogger with kindness
- Read their review and leave a thoughtful comment. The most obvious but it’s the quickest way to show a blogger that their words matter.
- Like their review on Goodreads
- Buy a book on their recommendation. This always makes me jump up and down with excitement.
- Share their post. If you connect with a post, pass it on, it’s a huge compliment.
- If you are buying on-line, why not use their affiliate links? I know I always try to. It only makes the blogger pennies but it costs me nothing and I like knowing that a friend is getting a little anonymous kickback.
“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
Talk to Trish: Do you notice when bloggers are kind? Does it matter to you?