At this time, I am arriving at the Expo! I hope to be able to tweet updates throughout my two days at BEA, pending my cell phone battery. Make sure to follow me @deckfullojokers. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself … Continue reading
From the Stash is just my way to denote when something is from before I had the blog. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work. The Forest by Edward … Continue reading
It is official: I am still going to the Book Expo America this week. I started questioning whether it was prudent for me to go last week, but I decided before the weekend that I would go. So I will … Continue reading
The Tell-Tale Start: The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe, Book One by Gordon McAlpine Published: January 22nd 2013 by Listening Library Format/Source: Audiobook from Cover2Cover Genre: Middle Grade mystery adventure with paranormal aspects Synopsis: Meet Edgar and Allan Poe — twelve-year-old identical … Continue reading
In the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop, I asked a voluntary question of everyone entering.
“Which features do you enjoy the most on blogs?”
Most people were kind enough to respond. The results aren’t too earth-shattering but I do find them interesting.
70% of those that responded mentioned that they liked reviews in some way. Some people added additional qualifiers to their response. They like reviews to:
- Cover a lot of different genres
- Be about up & coming books to assist with ‘want to read’ lists
- Be humorous and personal
- Definitely be honest
- Be small in size
Despite being a poll conducted during a giveaway, which can and probably definitely skewed the results a bit, 37% of those that responded said that they like giveaways on blogs. Deal postings were also mentioned as a feature that someone enjoys.
16% of people like author interviews.
Other features were mentioned but by such small numbers that I’m not going to get the percentage for them. Those features are:
- Cover Reveals
- Family fun
- Unique features
- Waiting on Wednesday type posts
- Discussion posts
- Short article type things (like here’s my opinion on such and such feature that have been common in books lately)
And finally, one person commented that they like ease of reading and content for their blogs.
These results are obviously not indicative of the entire blog reading audience. But I find that it is helpful to know what people are looking for in blogs. That’s obviously not to say that as a blogger, you shouldn’t do what makes you happy. But I think sometimes it’s easy to get swallowed up into what’s easy or what you assume people like because everyone is posting those kind of posts. I’d certainly be interested in continuing this conversation.
What features do you most enjoy? Did any of these results surprise you?
- Do Book Blogs Matter? (part 1) With Thoughts and a Signed Giveaway from Sylvain Reynard (bookishtemptations.com)
- Love in Bloom Blog Giveaway Hop! (rainydayramblings.com)
- What’s New On My Bookshelf #19 (fuonlyknew.com)
I have two tidbits of book news information for you today, both relating to Amazon. AMAZON CREATING PLATFORM FOR FAN FICTION It’s called Kindle Worlds. Amazon is in the process of pursuing different licenses for certain series. Right now, they … Continue reading
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans Published: January 22nd 2013 by Listening Library Format/Source: Audio CD from Cover2Cover Blog Genre: Young Adult Dystopia Synopsis: In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning. … Continue reading
DiSemblance by Shanae Branham Genre: Techno-thriller Subgenres: Sci-fi, suspense, mystery, paranormal ISBN: ISBN-10: 1477527761 ISBN-13: 978-1477527764 Number of pages: 272 pages Word Count: 55, 894 Buy it! Description: Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real. … Continue reading
A Confession of Confusion I have a confession to make. I’m going through a bit of an existential-twenty-something-what-is-my-life-and-passions crisis. I had a pretty bad week last week and I’m still trying to figure out what I can do to make … Continue reading
Despite being a twenty-something year old female, I typically enjoy what is most stereotypically enjoyed by middle aged, boring men and kooky women: Public Radio. On occasion, I can manage to listen to those programs that air during the week … Continue reading