Retrieving My Readers
Many moons ago (ok, 4+ years…) I started this little book review site called Book Journey. It was a lot of fun to get going and every reader comment was so exciting to see in my email. In those beginning years I was able to not only comment back to very comment given me, but if they were fellow bloggers I went and visited their blog as well. This really was the start to my readership and my daily visitor stats grew.
It really was a lot of fun to book chat every day with those I came to “know” through this blog. I would learn their name, and remember things they posted so I could comment about their dog, something going on in their life, or a particular book we both enjoyed. It was like a whole group of friends out there in the world that I may or may not ever meet face to face and this was pretty cool.
The “It’s Monday What Are You Reading” meme opened blogesphere doors for me with new visitors and I made sure that when they stopped in, this blog was something they would want to come back to. I kept my sidebars current and my reviews frequent. I posted about bookish topics, I proposed questions about e readers, publishing trends, and one of my person favorites… what to do when authors attack. I engaged my readers in conversations with me and with each other.
As time went on, I even wrote for a few Book Reviewer events on the topic of bringing in readers and keeping them. I answered questions and wrote posts about blog traffic. Each day I came home from work and would quickly check my email to see who had commented on my review or my meandering, and I would respond. I set a goal to visit 20 blogs a day and maintained it…
and then one day…
Life became…. busy. Between work, writing, working out, reading, and everything else I crammed into a day… for the past 9 months… this blog has been fairly quiet with about one or two posts a week. I stopped responding to comments. I found no time to go and visit other book blogs. I rarely requested a book for review or accepted a review offer. The Monday What Are You Reading post became a”had to” instead of something I wanted to do; and yes, for a while I was wondering if I had lost my love for blogging.
I am not sure what, but something made me hold on. I enjoyed and still enjoy my online friends. I knew I was not ready to give that up. I wanted to hang on to see if after the busy time of summer and fall if I would be able to retrieve some of this bloggers life I love…
and I am glad I did.
Over the past few weeks I have started updating some of my page links here. I started writing the reviews that have backed up in my mind like a massive car pile up on a highway. I started making time to visit the blogs I enjoy reading and hope they did not die of shock when they seen a comment from me. For the first time in probably over a year, I visited all the blogs that linked to this weeks Monday What Are You Reading, something I used to love to do – and loved doing it again.
What I guess I am trying to say is, I am back. :D I know I do not have to go to the extreme in which I once blogged… but I truly am getting that desire to write posts again. For the first time in a while when something funny or odd happens to me I think, that would be a great Morning Meandering post. (It has been a while since I have thought in “posts”).
I am glad it is not over for me as I love this life of reviewing and chatting up books – one of my FAVORITE all time topics. This post was mainly to let you know that readers, I hope you are still around and I hope you pop in once in awhile and say hi and chat books with me. My promise to you is:
1. I will always write honest book reviews (you get my real thoughts here )
2. I will occasionally be snarky, but never mean.
3. I will share with you the craziness of the life of a want to be writer, half marathon training, book loving, adventure seeking, constantly on the go, audio book addicted, frequently fails but gets back up again, rescue dog adopting, gets up too early and stays up too late girl.
Welcome to Book Journey. Hope to see you around the blogs.