This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: What attracts you to a book blog? What puts you off in a book blog? Do you share personal stuff on your book blog?
These days I don’t often go looking for more book blogs to read, so the main way I find new blogs is through recommendations from bloggers I like already. I realize as a blogger, you don’t have a ton of control over that, but I think it’s a point in favor of networking 🙂 I also like organized book blogs, where reviews follow some typical format, possibly with a header or a footer containing a summary of the review. I don’t like reviews which begin with the summary taken directly from the book or which ramble too much about things other than the book. Another big turn off for me is a blog with more than one or two memes. (I’m suddenly wondering if all book bloggers become this opinionated! I don’t think I’d have had a solid answer to this question when I started out.) I share a little personal info in non-book-review posts because that’s my preference for other blogs. I think it’s nice to share a little of yourself so we can get to know each other, but that’s why memes are nice. They’re a place to share information about ourselves without cluttering up a book review.
What do you look for or avoid in a blog? How do you feel about sharing personal info?