Day 5: Keeping it real,
fresh, and fun
Day 1 was a total blast for me with Introductions.
Day 2 was about Blog Development
Day 3 was also giveaway day – don’t miss my post, I have 4 books for grab!
Day 4 was about Ethics in Blogging
day 5 is also about Picture Books to YA
Day 5 question is:
“Today, we’re interested in knowing how you address that question, especially if you’ve been doing this for a while. If you have been around for years, how do you keep your material fresh? How do you continue to keep blogging fun? How do you not only grow an audience, but how do you keep them coming back for more? Think about it, post about it, link to it, and read about how other bloggers are keeping it real, fresh, and fun. Maybe we can inspire each other today!
New projects, redesigns, collaboratives–what do you do to keep blogging fresh for you? Post about your ideas and experiences, link up, and find inspiration in what other bloggers are doing!”
The mere fact of adding new reviews, especially of recent or brand new books keeps my material fresh, hopefully. I also try to improve my reviews and make them more personal and detailed.
Fun? Yes, it is always fun to share about my books, and interact with awesome other book bloggers through comments.
I try to keep my readers coming by:
- organizing giveaways, [one is coming on June 4th!
- and encouraging them to subscribe through emails when entering those giveaways
- adding new features, such as I Love France meme and the Books on France Reading Challenge, including incentives for those who participate
- encouraging my readers to review books featured on France Book Tours, with great incentives [book of the month giveaway or a $15 gift card of their choice, and their book blog featured all month long]. [links give here send you to the current giveaway and winner]
- building the book blogging community by actively participating in numerous reading challenges, a few weekly memes
- tweeting, retweeting, facebooking, and pinteresting. I wish I could automatically connect my posts to Google +. If you know how to do this, please share your secret!
- with the very recent launching of France Book Tours, I do not have any big new project in mind
- I am currently happy with my blog design, though I would love to use larger fonts without too much html work. I recently added a flag widget, just for fun