Experts Say…. ABEA

So what do the experts say? I am not sure. I know that I am not an expert but I can tell you what I would like to see on blogs.

1. Site Design – I hate to be a snob and I know that everyone is not an expert but site design is hugely important to me.  I am constantly tinkering with my design so that it includes the things/widgets I think will interest people but also remains “clean” looking.  Maybe it is just me but I tend to have a hard time with cluttered blogs.

2. While I appreciate the need to generate numbers so that bloggers can request and get ARCs, I hate when there are 200 steps in Rafflecopter before you can enter.  I don’t want to follow you 400 different ways merely to artificially boost your numbers and get your giveaway, I want to follow you because you produce great reviews and interesting posts.

3. This leads to my last suggestion, great reviews and interesting posts. I know that I am lacking in both lately and I am the pot calling the kettles, etc.etc.  However, post about books; ones you love, ones you hate, ones you love to hate.  Post about trends and opinions and things you have gotten to do. Post about how you have not posted because you had a baby or went back to school or life just got you down.  But post interesting things and I will follow you.


14 thoughts on “Experts Say…. ABEA

  1. I completely agree about the Rafflecopter thing! Actually, I only came across Rafflecopter during ABEA for the first time. I have never seen it before. One person hosting a giveaway made it clear that she wanted more followers to get more review copies, which I thought was really odd. Doesn’t that basically show publishers that people only follow you because you have giveaways? But then, I don’t do any giveaways and my follower count hasn’t increased much at all in the past few years, so maybe they’re onto something I’m not 😉 I tend to get rebellious, though, and then NEVER follow someone via Google…

    1. Me too. My number are not high but I would rather have people here who are actually reading my posts then people who just joined because I “forced” them to.

  2. Thanks. I felt bad about about it but really I wanted to point out the things that are make and break for me.

  3. YES to #3! Be interesting and unique and you’re guaranteed really great followers who will actually read and comment on your posts and build a rapport with you!

    Of course, if a blogger ONLY cares about having thousands of followers, then yeah, giveaways are the way to go. Best way to buy fake adoration is to give away stuff for free.

    Happy ABEA!

    1. I think that because so many publisher use numbers to award ARCs have 1000s of followers is important to some. For I would rather wait until the library has it and not up my numbers artificially.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I agree that site layout is important. Simple yet catchy works for me. Less widgets so page loads properly. Though there are sites with widgets that are nicely put together. I agree with the giveaways, though I understand that some of them does that when they hold their own giveaways and not sponsored. I really don’t know. I only do require following my blog for contests once or twice a year. I don’t like requiring it too, I want readers to follow my blog because they want to. Then after the giveaway they’ll just unsubscribe. So I guess it depends on reasons.

    Dropping by from Armchair BEA,

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

    1. I am not against widgets just their overuse. If I can’t focus on the writing because of the blinking it is a bad thing.

      The problem with giveaways is not the bloggers it is the publishers who require huge numbers to award ARCs.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Amen to all!!! Word to the motha! You nailed it! I agree with everything you said!

    I suck right now at it all!! Actually, it’s kind of on purpose b/c I have someone working on a WordPress site for me and I’m moving soon so I don’t want to have to move too much. And frankly, why add stuff to my page. I’ve only been doing reviews. And then BEA came up… then a giveaway I signed up for that I wanted to do to support a fellow blogger… then a read-a-thon… I better get to WordPress soon!!

    Anyways, don’t follow me yet b/c I’m not where I want to be yet. I really can’t wait to see what you do with your blog, though!!

    1. Thanks! I love WordPress. And you don’t need bells and whistles to write good content.

      Initially I spent so much time managing my social media and my widgets and my motif I never had time to write or review.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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