Day two of Armchair BEA is about blogger development. The question seems simple enough. As a blogger, how have you expanded your horizons and what would you like to do but have not?
Expanding my horizons has meant getting more involved with the community of great bloggers. I host the Kid Lit Blog Hop twice a month. This is a hop for middle grade books started by Renee at MotherDaughterReviews. It is a great way to meet fellow reviewers and children’s authors. Adding new followers has not really panned out as I thought it would, but maybe time will change this.
I take part in two challenges. The first is Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Idea of the Month in November. PiBoIdMo. Coming up with one picture book idea a day may seem simple enough, but try it. It is not that easy. The great thing about this challenge is the great picture book authors and illustrators Tara gets to guest blog during the month.
Last year I took part in the A-Z Challenge but did not have the time to devote to it this year. This is a full month of writing a post beginning with the letter A and progressing through the alphabet. April goes by fast when you are that busy. The goal is to get 100 new followers, but not everyone made that goal.
My biggest goal is to get new followers who will participate and comment. My little–though he is not that little anymore–friend Erik, who does a great job reviewing middle grade books at ThisKidReviewsBooks.com, consistently gets between 20 and 40 comments on each and every post. Am I jealous? You bet I am. Who wouldn’t want that many comments–sincere comments–on every post? If you are a blogger and say you don’t, my friend you are lying to yourself. Everyone wants comments and that is the hardest thing to get.
One problem may be that my reviews are always longer than 400 words. Usually twice that word count. I like to be thorough. A poll last year asked about review length and the long, detailed review easily won out. The illustrations break up the text and give your eye something new to focus on, plus the illustrations are part of the story and therefore should be reviewed. I just hope they help retain readers and give everyone a good idea of the book and its story.
The last thing I have been struggling with is paid reviews. Many sites are now charging from $15 to $30 for a 400 word count review. Would I like to get paid for my efforts here? Sure. I don’t know that charging for a review is the answer, but it is an option. On the wordpress.com platform, one cannot sell ad space or do affiliate marketing. I do have the book titles monetized to Amazon and so far this year I have made a whopping $11.82. Woo-hoo!! I really do not expect anyone to click through and buy the book, though it would be great for the author.
The biggest goal I have for Kid Lit Reviews is to keep on reviewing and trying to get some of the best books released each season. I have no intention of abandoning this site, at least not for the next three years–which is when the domain name will expire if not renewed (which it will be). So there is time to figure all of this out. Right now I want to continue making new friends, finding great sites, and do more commenting on other sites.
Please also see today’s review: Animal Fairy Tales: The Kitten Who Cried Dog and Goldiclucks and the Three Bears. Click HERE!
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