Conversations is a bimonthly discussion meme hosted by Corralling Books and Fiddler Blue. Find more information and future discussion topics here.
I have been silent on this blog for way too long. After quite the eye-opening half-week at BEA and BookCon, I’ve regained some semblance of motivation where blogging is concerned. Of course, it’s still taking a bit for me to jump into this thing full throttle again, so I was way too pleased when I remembered that Corralling Books hosts a bimonthly discussion meme. This week’s topic question is: “What are the essential things the blogs you follow have to have?” This question actually came up quite a lot during the Blogger Conference last week, so I was more than prepared for this one.
So, if you’ve been curious as to why this mini snark-filled blogger is following you, here are the top three reasons:
ONE. Personality, Personality, Personality!
You can blog until you’re blue in the face (please don’t do that. it doesn’t sound healthy), but you’re not going to move me to press that follow button (or actually type your URL into my WordPress following system) if I can’t feel some aspect of your personality seeping through your posts. I don’t want to read emotionless, dispassionate pieces of writing. I do that enough at my job. What I really want is to know that the blogger behind the screen is just as much of a nutcase about books as I am. Bonus points are awarded to those who are absolutely hilarious (and it’s difficult for me,
a natural comedian, to find a similar kind of humor). If our personalities mesh, you better believe I will be on your blog every day chanting “notice me, soulmate” in my mind every single time we talk.
TWO. Similar taste in books or, conversely, a book taste I want to have
I’m way behind the times in the book world. I say this all the time, but I was in the longest ever reading slump beginning when I first went off to university like six years ago (did I just out myself as being old af?). I only just started getting back into the swing of things last year, so I’ve missed out A LOT on all of the hyped up things (thank, God). If I notice we have a similar genre tastes, I’m following… because I know you’re going to talk about the books I missed, as well as the books coming out, that I need to add to my TBR pile. On the other side of this, I have been wanting to REALLY get back to horror and fantasy, so I follow a lot of those blogs even though that’s not what I blog about (yet) just to see what I’ve been missing on that front. Ya dig?
This is why I’m here. This blog stemmed from my need to talk/gush/scream about books with other people who talk/gush/scream about books, and this is usually my way in. I love commenting on the book reviews for things I, too, fell in love with. It’s part of what makes this book blogging thing great.
* I know people are all “MOAR DISCUSSIONS! [/insert deranged bunny face here],” but I really couldn’t care less about it (and, no, it’s not just because I’m too boring to actually be able to write one). I just believe everyone here should do what they love. And if the so-called “discussion posts” don’t move you, don’t do them. Be uniquely you, and I’m here for life!
So, lovelies, what things are essential for you to follow? Feel free to comment your answer. We can totally…. start a conversation