Book blogger hop: encouraging others

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I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Do you encourage other reading friends to start a blog or at least put their thoughts/reviews on public reading sites such as Goodreads, Amazon, etc?

My answer is yes I do but not many of them take me up on it.  I have one friend who blogs, but not on books, and friends who follow my blog but say they don’t have the time, interest, and/or inclination to do the same themselves.  I understand – it isn’t for everyone and blogging does take commitment, even for those of us who blog somewhat sporadically.  Still, I do tell everyone how much I enjoy it so one day you never know.

I can’t say I’m as enthusiastic about recommending reviewing on sites such as goodreads but that’s because I don’t use them much myself.  I do post reviews, but it’s not regularly.  Instead, I do it in bursts then forget about it until the next time I get an email telling me I’ve been reading the same book on goodreads for a month!  I don’t feel I can promote something I don’t use as I can’t say if it’s good or not or what the benefits are.  Maybe if other friends used it the way they use facebook etc I might but for now they don’t so I don’t either.

What about you, do you encourage people? And what do you encourage them to use?

Emma

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16 thoughts on “Book blogger hop: encouraging others

  1. I’m actually giving a how-to talk about this to the West Sussex Writers club in November… About the pros and cons of writing reviews on a blog and how to set one up. So yes – I do encourage people to have a go, while being very honest about the commitment. Because, as you know, it does take a fair chunk out of your free time:)

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  2. I encourage people as well, but get negative results.

    It does take time to express your thoughts, and that is the reason they give for not wanting to write reviews or to start a blog. It is such fun to interact with others on blogs and Goodreads, etc., but my encouragement falls on deaf ears most of the time.

    I can’t say that I haven’t tried!! 🙂

    ENJOY your weekend, and Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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  3. I don’t have anyone to encourage, as most, if not all, of my online reading buddies already either have book blogs, or post their reviews on Goodreads and/or Amazon. Some of them have blogs and also post their reviews on these public sites.

    It’s nice that you do try to encourage people to start engaging in a very pleasant, very spiritually and emotionally rewarding hobby, which book blogging certainly is! Yet, blogging does require a certain level of commitment that not everyone feels, or wants to feel.

    I take my blogging VERY seriously. In fact, my husband sometimes teases me about that! When I start stressing that I haven’t put up a scheduled post, he’ll laugh and ask me if I’m getting paid to do this. Lol. I tell him that my blogging is just as important as a job to me!! In fact, I consider it even MORE important, because it’s what I REALLY enjoy doing!!

    So don’t fret if those people you try to encourage don’t take up your advice. As you yourself have pointed out, blogging is not for everyone. Meanwhile, those of us who DO blog can enjoy the wonderful friendships that often come from sharing our thoughts about books!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my own BBH post!! 🙂

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    • It’s funny how seriously we take our blogs isn’t it but there is a sense of pride in it. It does take time though and commitment. Sounds like your husband and mine would get on as mines always asking similar questions. 😄

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  4. I’m not very good at keeping up with Goodreads either. And I have a few friends that are avid readers but aren’t interested enough to blog about it, but other than that it’s kinda like Stormi said- not everyone is that avid of a reader.

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    • It’s true they aren’t or are but would rather spend remaining free time not staring at a computer screen…I’ve heard there are hobbies that take you outdoors and such things!

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  5. I’m afraid I don’t. My blogging and reviewing isn’t something I talk much about in my offline circles. Many wouldn’t understand, I don’t think, or would think it’s a waste of time.

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