Book Blogger Confessions: Tours, Reveals, and Traffic

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.

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Today’s Topic: Do participating in book tours/cover reveals and author guests post drive traffic to your blog? What type of problems have you encountered when hosting them? (please keep it civil – no names or calling specific people out) As a blog follower, are you ever turned off by these kinds of posts? How much publicity is too much?

Thought: To be honest, I don’t think there’s that much difference on a tour day Vs. a usual day. Granted it also depends on what the tour is for, who the guest post is from, but in the end it all evens out to the same average even if I didn’t do them. Or maybe it doesn’t and I haven’t been paying that much attention!

I guess that says a lot about me. While I do appreciate and am grateful to visitors of BA, get excitedly shocked when the stats reach a certain number, I’m not fussed on how many stats I have. That’s not to say I don’t notice when a day has 100+ hits more than an average day, but those are the days I question what people are looking at rather than commending my blog, or feeling boastful. If people visit they visit, if they don’t they don’t. I believe the last reason you should blog is for attention. When the day comes, and it always does, where the numbers drop, what are you going to be left with?

With hosting – I don’t believe I’ve ever really had any problems when it comes to hosting. A mad scramble here and there to get everything out, say if I’ve joined the game late or if the organiser is very busy, the net drops out, there’s a problem with links and images, and so forth and so on… that stuff is going to happen on occasion. You have to accept and roll with it. You can’t control everything. I honestly can’t recall anything negative happening. So far everyone has been great in what they’ve done, their hard work to organise and promote shows, and it’s all been a wonderful experience. Anything that crops up, as I’ve mentioned, is just something that goes with it.

As for being turned off… Well, I do like a mix of things. I see cover reveals as pointless most of the time. Maybe that’s harsh, but have you noticed how often cover designs change anyway? You see the first cover and think you’ve got an inkling as to what’s going to happen, but then it gets messed around with another change. I say why bother? Wait to see the cover when the book comes out or if they put it on Goodreads before it’s publication (I don’t like empty cover images).

However, if there is a mix of tours, guest posts, personal posts, book reviews, and memes, then title covers don’t bother me. They won’t turn me off, but if I’m not interested in the story I won’t bother checking it out. I wont stop visiting your blog for that reason. I would rather to have catalogue sharing though, when you can find out when a title will be released, as well as seeing the cover along with the synopsis. Those posts will definitely not turn me off.

Hmmm…. I feel like I just rambled.

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What about you? Feel free to share in the comments or let me know if you’re taking part on your blog.

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