Discussions & Confessions is a feature at Read by the Undead where we share a discussion topic as well as a bookish confession.
The Discussion: Starting a Feature/Meme & Participating in Memes
I’ve always been a big fan of people who’ve started their own features around the blogosphere. Their creative sides are shown, as well as how well they connect with bloggers and how they know what sort of feature’s we’d probably be interested in. I’ve had a couple of ideas myself, but I’m not so sure about starting a feature: (If there are already memes similar to these, I’m very sorry and most likely have not heard of them yet!)
1. Cover Critiques — Since I am a very picky person when it comes to graphics, covers and those things, I’ve been thinking about starting a feature where we can all critique a book cover/promotion graphic of your choice. State what you love and hate about it. You could also, say, share your own fanmade cover.
2. That’s My Girl! — We’re all fans of kickass heroines, right? In this one, I thought we could share things about our favorite heroines of the month/week/whenever. I mean, there’re already Book Boyfriends/Swoon Thursdays (I think) memes going around–why not show appreciation to the females?
3. Stepping Outside the Box — In this one, we can talk about/review books that are of genres we don’t normally read/review from. For example, Read by the Undead is a young adult only blog, so when I post from this feature, I can talk about/rant about/review a new adult novel.
Discuss with me! Do you think I should start a feature? Would you participate in the ones I mentioned above? Do you regularly participate in memes?
The Confession: Why I Think the Blogosphere’s Changing
When I started blogging back in April 2013, most of the blogs I followed posted in a 5:1 ratio, I would say (5 being reviews and 1 being memes, tour posts, etc). And now? Have you seen some of the blogs that are dominated by book blitzes, book tours and all of those things? I’m assuming you started your blog to review books like I did. So where are your reviews?
It might just be me, but I prefer following blogs that post more reviews and discussion posts then tours, giveaways, memes, etc. Seeing this “extra posts,” as I’d call them, are okay every once in a while, like maybe have two reviews/discussions in between said posts–that would be okay and I’d most likely go ahead and follow your blog, because I know that you also like to share your thoughts.
On the other hand, if you’re blog’s full of promotion posts and things that I’m not interested in, I most likely will skip on to find another blog with better content. I’m not saying these “extra posts” are bad content–just that maybe you could add a paragraph or two with the post instead of the formula ones–give your posts some personality and share your thoughts!
Even if this is the confession part of the post, I’d still like to know your thoughts on this.