There are six basic book blogs:
- The Book Review Blog
- The Author FanClub Blog
- The Publishing Industry News Blog
- The Blog as Book
- The Genre Blog
- Book Alliance Blog
- The BookClub Blog
- The Author as Human Blog
- Bookstore Blog
Why do you need to have one clear content focus for your blog?
- So that you can brand the blog with your unique imprint.
- So that publishers can identify and validate your blog when they are seeking bloggers to become readers for their house
- To help your audience find you easier in search engines
- To stay true to the special contribution you will bring to the blogosphere.
1. The Book Review Blog
Example - http://oneminutebookreviews.wordpress.com/ and http://neglectedbooks.com/
Book Review Blogs purpose is to review books. Most of the content is blog reviews written by the owner and contributing bloggers.
2. The Author FanClub Blog
The Author Blog's purpose is to serve as a virtual fan club president. Readers can chat with the author, stay up to date with their schedule, and the author shares his/her writing world with her fancs.
3.The Publishing Industry News Blog
The purpose for this type blog is to provide information about the publishing industry, the good, the bad, and the i wish I didn't know so much now.
4. The Blog as Book
The Purpose for a BaB is to use the blog platform as a writer's notebook, a membership site where bits of the book is fed to their subscribers, or a blog that's content can be repackaged into a book.
5. The Genre Blog
This blog focuses on a specific genre, trends, tips for writers and book reviews.
6. The Book Alliance Blog
Example: The First WildCard Tour. http://firstwildcardtours.blogspot.com/
The purpose of this blog is to be the online hub and information center for a blog alliance of book reviewers.
7. The BookClub Blog
The purpose for this blog is to serve as an online hub for the members to plan and get together.
8. The Author as Human Blog
Example - http://journal.neilgaiman.com/
I love Neil Gaman's blog. This is a great example of the author as human blog. It's purpose is for the writer to share his/her writing life with not just his readers, but to the world. Author as Human Blogs are some of the best written blogs online. Author as Human Blog aren't always published, but aspiring authors as well.
9. Bookstore Blog
Example - http://inkwellbookstore.blogspot.com/
It's purpose to share what is going on at the store and how it reflects the current state of the industry.
10. a Bonus type. the hybrid.
Example: Christian Fiction www.christianfiction.blogspot.com
The purpose for CFB began with an intent to be a book review blog, but then uncovered stories that needed to be told. This type blog couples the news format and the author as human , but a heavy influence on reviews. See what I mean?
Now that you see all these types you will have a more focued view of your online space. It is important to remember in the beginning of your new blogging platform you are still a novice.
SO the weekend chatterbox question is What type of book blogger are you?
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