I saw this on Pages Unbound Blog and thought that it was an excellent idea. All you have to do is once a month check in with Pages Unbound and see what the prompt is for that month. It is a challenge that will allow us to support one another by reading each others blog posts, sharing the posts and commenting on the posts.
I’m looking forward to giving this a go!
Social Media Hashtag: #BookBloggerSupport22
Here is an idea of what the posts for the challenge will be:
1. FIND 10 BOOK BLOGGERS YOU’VE ENJOYED READING IN THE PAST AND GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT
The shout out can be as a blog post on your blog, a list on Twitter, or any other ways you want to show them support.
2. FIND 10 NEW-TO-YOU BOOK BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW
Follow 10 new book blogs. They don’t need to be new blogs, just new-to-you. Optional: write a post, create a Twitter thread, etc. sharing their URLs with others.
3. LEAVE COMMENTS ON 10 BOOK BLOGS
4. WRITE A POST SUPPORTING BOOK BLOGGERS
- A round-up of blog links you enjoyed reading in the past week or month
- A post about why you enjoy reading book blogs in general
- A post about how other people can support book blogs
- A list of bloggers with affiliate links or ko-fi accounts that people can support
5. SHARE 10 BLOG POSTS TO SOCIAL MEDIA
6. RESPOND TO 5 COMMENTS OTHER PEOPLE HAVE LEFT ON A BLOG
Instead of leaving a comment replying to the blog posts, try starting a discussion by replying to a comment someone else has left on another blog.
7. WRITE A POST ABOUT BOOKS YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF OTHER BLOGGERS
Your list can be specific (I read X book because Y blogger recommended it), or it can be more general (I read these books because they seem popular with bloggers in general).
8. FOLLOW 5 NEW BOOK BLOGGERS (LESS THAN 1 YEAR OLD)
Optional: write a post, Twitter thread, etc. sharing their URLs with others.
9. WRITE A GUEST POST FOR A BLOG OR FEATURE A GUEST POST ON YOUR BLOG
Guests posts seem to have declined in popularity on book blogs in the past couple years, but they can be a fun way to increase your reach and introduce readers to new bloggers.
10. READ 10 BLOG POSTS AND “LIKE” THEM
This is the simplest way to support book blogs — read them! — but sometimes we get busy, and this falls by the wayside. So take the time to read 10 posts and leave a “like” is possible. Bonus: comment on them, as well.
11. LINK TO OTHER BOOK BLOGS IN FIVE OF YOUR OWN POSTS
- Creating a round-up of interesting links from other blogs
- Writing a discussion post inspired by someone else’s and linking back
- Linking to other bloggers’ reviews at the end of your reviews
- Linking to another blogger’s post in a discussion post to support a point
- Including quotes from other bloggers and linking back to them in one of your posts
12. SHARE 10 MORE BLOG POSTS TO SOCIAL MEDIA
Repetitive? Maybe. But bloggers love when other people share their posts, and they get more traffic!
Other small things you can do to boost bloggers this year:
- Comment on a book tour post. (Why: So publishers can see bloggers have an audience and these marketing posts are reaching people.)
- Comment on an author interview. (Why: These posts tend to get few comments, so commenting shows authors and publishers that people are reading them — and blogs in general.)
- Tag a publisher on social media when you retweet a 5 star review from a blogger. (Why: These posts often get little recognition from publishers.)
- Vote for book bloggers in any end-of-the year awards where “book influencers” are nominated. (Why: Usually these categories are dominated by bookstagrammers and booktubers.)
- Share your secrets to blogging “success.” (Why: We’re all in this together! If you have a great way to get traffic or comments, let others know so we can succeed as a community.)
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