Obviously, when it comes to blogging, there are no rules. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do! You also don't have to model your blog after others' success. I've been thinking of a post like this but I wasn't sure if it would offend some people. I decided to roll with it but to also make mention that my idea of a perfect blog is towards my own blog - not yours. I'm not in any place to say what the perfect blog is and lower others' self esteems - that's what the media's for. Instead, I talk about the qualities I strive to have in my own blog because the only blog that should be perfect is my own [duhh???]
1. Discussions, discussions, discussions!Little Baby Blogger Nova was scared shitless of her own opinion at one time. It's kind of funny. I tried to be impartial towards everything in fear that I would start something with bloggers that were higher up. Now that I've been in this biz for a while, I realize that as long as I'm not being a dick [forcing my opinion, acting like my opinion is fact], I can say whatever I want! Because of that, I decided that discussion posts are the thing. When my blog didn't have discussion posts, I felt like I didn't have a voice. Plus, it was boring to read reviews and reviews and the odd meme every once in a while.
I have a discussion once a week and if I could, I would do it twice a week. Still working on that, though. I've been recognized for my discussions by some bloggers and seriously, you have no idea how much that means to me. Discussions are the thinggggggg!
2. Designs with a blend of color and professionalismObviously, I'm still working on this. Out of Time isn't the most professional site. It actually looks a little childish but I'm childish so why not? I've always thought a design represents the blogger and I'd like to think that I'm a blend of abstract color [and craziness] but still trying [failing?] to remain professional.
3. Reviews with voice.This was meant to be for all posts but it's hard to not have a voice in discussions. No, I mean that I've read reviews that are so dull and boring. I get that you want to write up something nice for the publisher but it's also why I don't like reading Kirkus. I want a review that has personality, humor and gifs! [I'm pretty impartial on the whole "to gif or to not gif" debacle.] I used to write like a detached robot but then decided that I have to do essays in class and I know how much I want to shoot myself when I do that, why do it in blogging?
This is a personal choice. I hate memes. Fine, they're cool to share your top ten or a book from your tbr list. But do you know how annoying it is to skip over a crapload of TTT posts because all the books are the same on each? Obviously, I'm not saying, "don't do memes!" Only that if a blog is ALL memes, there's no way I can comment on anything because I won't have anything to say.
If you do memes and you love them, great! I remember loving them when I did them but since I don't do them it's natural for me to not want to read others'.
The only "meme type thing" that I do is my monthly recap/stacking the shelves but that's because I like sharing my books all at once and it's a good way to end the month.
5. Tell me about your dayNot everyone wants to read personal posts. Not everyone gives a crap. Also, not everyone feels comfortable writing them because it's in the title: personal posts. However, I'm a big fan of talking about myself and talking about the things I've learned. This is still a book blog - obviously, but I talk about my other interests all the time.
You might've read posts where I share songs I've written, songs I haven't written, poems or even just how my day is going. I like being honest on my blog and sometimes it's hard in real life because we might be judged but let me just say that I give no _ _ _ _s about being judged on my blog [because so many of you have helped my confidence issue.]
6. Authors invading the
This is one of the ones I'm still working on. I love the idea of author interviews and guest posting on blogs. I don't even care if I haven't heard of the author. Sometimes, I'll click a post and be like... THIS PERSON IS SO COOL! *adds book to TBR*
I'm actually afraid of reaching out to authors for some reason. It just feels weird without a reason. Like for an event, I'm like, "oh this is for an event" but when it's just a random thing, I'm afraid they'll be like, "wut?"