I’ve been having a bit of think recently about blogging and as per usual, given that I am a Bear Of Very Little Brain, I haven’t got very far and am now looking for YOUR help.
I absolutely love writing this blog. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally great to think that others might also enjoy it from time to time, but even if no-one else was reading I think I’d still like it just as much.
The trouble is – and I know this goes for everyone else so under no circumstances am I heaving a sigh and getting the violins out – that I just don’t have as much time as I’d like to work on the blog. I have to do copywriting work a few evenings each week (got to earn some spondoolies to fund the book obsession somehow), I use probably one night a week on average for general ‘life admin’, plus I really feel it’s the done thing to spend time with one’s husband occasionally 😉 This leaves a couple of nights a week at most for blogging.
During the day, blogging is pretty much impossible as I look after the boys full-time. C does have one full day at pre-school and H still naps in the afternoon, so most weeks during term-time I get an hour or so on a Wednesday, but that’s it.
I’m not moaning about this AT ALL – I’ve chosen this lifestyle and I wouldn’t change being at home with the boys for anything. However, it did occur to me that maybe I could try and trim down the time each blog post takes me in order that I could update things a little more regularly.
So, here are my wonderings and the thoughts what I have thunk:
– How do you feel about photos in posts?
I know it’s nice to have one image but I usually include a few because I think it looks nicer and breaks up the writing a bit. These photos take time to do (and they’re often not exactly award-winning shots!) and the subsequent uploading, resizing, etc., is a bit of a faff as well. Obviously it’s worth it if people like them, but I read plenty of blog posts without images and I still enjoy those. What do you think?
– How do you feel about links in blog posts?
In every book review I write, I always provide links to an online source for buying the book (usually lovereading4kids.co.uk), the websites of the author and illustrator and the website of the publisher. If I mention any other link-able things in the post then I’ll provide links for those as well. If I’ve written any related posts on a topic then I’ll also link to those. Do these genuinely make any difference to you? I’d love to hear from publishers, authors, illustrators and book lovers about how important they feel these links are, as I see many brilliant posts from brilliant reviewers that don’t include them and it would certainly save me time to leave them out if people felt they weren’t beneficial.
– What sort of reviews do you like?
I don’t *only* write book reviews on here, but over time they are marking up a larger part of the content. I personally read a whole mix of reviews from other book bloggers of vastly varying lengths. Some of these book bloggers post every day, some post a couple of times a week and some (like me) have no discernible pattern to their posting. I’ve tried, on Pinterest, to start writing mini reviews under each image on the ‘What we’re reading this month’ boards, all of which can be found on this page here on the blog. Is it helpful to have lots and lots of shorter reviews or fewer, more detailed reviews?
Given that I’d like this site to eventually be a resource for parents once Story Seekers: The Business is (hopefully) up and running, I’d like to make the reviews as useful as possible. I’d love to hear from you about what makes a really great review, in your opinion.
I think that’s everything for now, though no doubt there’ll be a few updates as more occurs to me…
P.S. Before anyone states the obvious, I realise that I do waffle on and could probably save time if I wrote shorter posts – M tells me this on a regular basis. The thing is, I just can’t. It takes me infinitely more time to try and edit my posts than it ever does to write them, so while there may be many other reasons for being short and snappy, time saving on my part isn’t one of them.