The first two months of 2015 brought a lot of negative energy to some parts of the book blogosphere. Talk of plagiarism, burnout, and bloggers shutting their doors has made the community feel a little shaky—never mind that the growth of book blogging means that the community is also becoming increasingly fragmented. A recent twitter conversation about the issues led a group of us to respond to this challenging climate by re-launching the Book Blogger Buddy System.
The Book Blogger Buddy System, as originally launched in October 2012, was designed to foster direct connections and mutually supportive relationships between bloggers by playing matchmaker. When the program was originally launched, I was paired with Jeanne of Necromancy Never Pays, and we had some great conversations about our blogs and how we might improve them. Buddy System 2.0 will bring back opportunities for similar conversations, with a focus on creating mentor/protege matches between more- and less-experienced bloggers.
The Book Blogger Buddy System’s new home on Tumblr reflects a new emphasis on sharing experience and expertise. It’s a Q&A forum where you can submit questions about any and all aspects of book blogging–critical, technical, social, ethical–and get thoughtful, knowledgeable answers and advice and share your own ideas in the comments. We hope it will be a place where newer bloggers can find guidance from blogging vets, and where vets can trade information with each other.
Come visit the Book Blogger Buddy System…and bring your blogging questions!