We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.
A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita
BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K
BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett
Author Interaction: Your Take
Having been blogging for over a year now (yes, I missed my blogiversary) I’ve come to the conclusion that there must be some sort of unwritten rule that stops authors and bloggers actually interacting on book blogs.*
Twitter seems to be the place where all forms of interaction happen, and I’ve actually been tweeted by an author telling me how much they liked my review and especially xyz aspect of it. After I stopped flailing around (because OBVIOUSLY that’s what you do when an author of a book you LOVE tweets you directly), I had to stop to wonder… I mean, clearly that author has been to my blog and read my review, right? Maybe I was tweeted because it’s more public and that’s the platform that the author prefers to use? Or maybe it’s considered rude for an author to comment on a review of their own book? I don’t even know? But personally I LOVE author interaction and I kind of wish it could happen more, both on social media AND on my blog…
Of course there could be some negative interaction… And that’s no good - but hey, we’re out here in the public voicing our opinions so of course there’s going to be some come back on that and as bloggers we have to expect that sometimes.
*Or is there a set of written rules that I missed when I signed up for my book blog and I have been in the dark for all this time???
I love it when authors interact with readers and bloggers! I regularly converse with quite a few wonderful authors and I love it. But I must say, most of this interaction happens on email or Twitter and rarely on the blog itself. I’ve had maybe 2 or 3 author comments on my blog. On Twitter I’ve had authors thank me for a review, retweet my tweets, reply to comments and such. Every small interaction makes me flail like a drunk bird. It feels wonderful to have authors acknowledge you, listen to your comments about their book and stuff. I believe author-blogger interaction helps both! It makes authors feel good about the effort they put into reading and reviewing books. It makes authors know more about their audience and what they like.
But like Amy and Di say, I wish the interaction happened on the blog as much as it happens on social media. I would be absolutely thrilled if an author were to comment on my blog itself!
Have you ever had a troll on your blog/social media?
Thankfully I haven’t - yet. I know it happens a lot and while I might have had a couple of biting remarks on various things (maybe I didn’t love a book that EVERYONE else did) generally comments on my blog have all been positive. Maybe I just don’t do the ‘social’ part of social media enough to warrant trolls.
Ummm… I had a sort of troll on my blog once. This person (Let's say X) commented on one my posts saying one of my other commenters was a fake person or something. I promptly replied saying I knew the commenter and it was X who seemed to be fake. So X removed the previous comments and apologized. I’ve never had this person comment on my blog again. I haven’t had any trolls on social media except those random followers everyone gets now and then who I promptly remove!
What do you do about negative feedback?
I do try not to take things too personally and I do think there’s always a way that you can take negative feedback and turn it into some sort of constructive criticism, even if it wasn’t meant in that way in the first place. Although you may want everyone to respect your opinion you have to remember that we’re on a public platform here and that’s just not going to happen. We can’t be everything for everyone.
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time” ― John Lydgate
I think the key is to remember that you can take all your feedback and try to use it constructively, you can try to learn from whatever feedback you get and let it help you grow, but there are always critical people out there and sometimes critical people just can’t be satisfied.
Any kind of feedback is wonderful but I’m not just gonna lie and say that negative feedback makes me happy, because it doesn’t. Negative feedback often makes me doubt myself, my blog and it’s content. Now that’s no fun right? That being said, I’m completely okay with people pointing out if any of my widgets aren’t working or if I made a mistake in my content or if my blog takes too long to load etc. That kind of feedback is absolutely welcome and I’d be grateful for those!
And while I’ve had very less negative feedback, certain of those have made me feel very bad. Someone once left a HUGE comment saying that CSS and HTML editing had to be done to my blog as it had many “problems”. I honestly don’t know what this person was trying to say but the fact that someone left an entire comment (about 10 lines long) criticizing my blog made me feel bad. Another time I had someone tell me my instagram pictures weren’t good or aesthetic enough and that made me feel so bad as I spend hours working on my instagram photoshoots and I really do think they’re pretty. But yeah I’ve learnt that giving too much thought to these comments are only going to make me feel worse so I try not to let it get to me.
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