The ladies from PagesUnbound have created a new challenge, which can be completed in your own time-frame or made into an easy year-long challenge, to bring back some much needed support for book blogging. The last two years have been difficult and many people have struggled to read, review, write blog posts, comment and share posts. We all understand. But, now let’s get back to what we enjoy.
Here’s what to do:
Introduction post: Write an introduction post and link it to the Pages Unbound post.
Challenge 1 (January):
Write a blog post about 10 book bloggers that you have enjoyed reading posts from.
Challenge 2 (February):
Write a blog post about 10 new-to-you book bloggers.
Challenge 3 (March):
Leave comments on 10 book blogger’s posts.
Challenge 4 (April):
Write a blog post in support of book bloggers. Some ideas (if needed) are:
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.
Challenge 5 (May):
Share 10 book blog posts on your social media pages.
Challenge 6 (June):
Respond to 5 comments that other people have left on another book blog – the idea is to start a conversation or a discussion rather than just leaving a new comment about the blog post.
Write a blog post about books that you have read because of other book 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 were popular with book bloggers in general).
Challenge 8 (August):
Follow 5 book bloggers who have been blogging for less than a year.
Optional – write a blog post supporting them (N.B. It isn’t always easy to find out how long bloggers have been blogging, so just do your best.)
Challenge 9 (September):
Write a guest post for another book blog or feature a guest book blogger on your own blog. (If you don’t know who to ask, I’m sure that others taking part in this challenge would be delighted to help.)
Challenge 10 (October):
Take the time to fully read 10 posts and leave a “like”. Bonus: comment on them, as well.
Challenge 11 (November):
In 5 of your own blog posts add links back to other book bloggers.
Creating a round-up of interesting links from other blogs.
Writing a discussion post inspired by someone else’s book blog and link back to it.
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.
Challenge 12 (December):
Share 10 more book blogger posts to your social media.
Extra ideas for mini-posts:
Comment on a book tour post. (Why? So that 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 fewer 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.)
Read the full post at Pages Unbound for more details.