This week’s musing asks:
What attracts you to a book blog? What puts you off in a book blog? Do you share personal stuff on your book blog?
I’m attracted to blogs that focus on book reviews because a book blog should be about books. I keep this in mind when I blog. I spend most of the time writing detailed and thoughtful book reviews that hopefully would inspire the readers to pick up the books. Book lists always impart a welcoming touch because I cannot tell you how often I have derived ideas from book blogger’s suggestions.
While I appreciate knowing something about the person who blogs, I am put off by a deluge of personal details, especially they are not relevant to books. I generally shy away from blogs that have these attributes:
1. Advertisements: many of them, occupying the sidebars and between posts
2. Extremely loud graphics in header or background
3. Emphasis on genres that don’t interest me: sci-fi, romances, and politics
5. Too many giveaways and book tours
In light of this, I only talk about myself when it’s relevant. Consider book blogs number like stars in the sky, it’s impossible to seek them all out, let alone to read and comment on them. I just hope that some readers out there would find what I blog interesting. I reiterate: a book blog should be about books—the thoughts and responses books provoke.