20 May 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Extra Reviewers



Hosted by For What It's Worth and Midnyte Reader, Book Blogger Confessions is a bi-weekly feature where bloggers confess all about blogging or bookish topics.

Have you added or considered adding additional reviewers to your blog? Why or why not? If you have, please share how you found the right match when bringing new people to your established blog. Did you encounter any problems? 

Last year I put out a call for associate reviewers, and I was really lucky to find Ashley from the Bibliophile's Corner.  At the time I was feeling quite stressed out by book blogging and was looking for someone to help me out occasionally with reviews without having a set commitment.  I know a lot of people don't want to collaborate with someone that already has a blog, but it wasn't an issue for me.


It took a lot for me to admit that I needed help and I was really unsure about having an associate reviewer, but one thing that every reader has in common is a love of books and after a while I wondered why I was so worried - as well as relieving a bit of stress it's FUN.


Over time, what we have done together on my blog has evolved, and in the past few months we have focused more on dual reviews - we read the same book and write our individual reviews which are combined in one post.  It's a fun way to see two opinions side by side, especially as sometimes we completely agree and other times we are at completely different ends of the scale.

When Ashley first contacted me and I checked out her blog, I knew we'd be a good match.  Our tastes are somewhat similar but not exactly, so we have common ground but there's a lot of books Ashley reads that I haven't heard of before, or considered reading, and I'm sure it goes both ways.  It was a pure gut feeling, and it's worked out perfectly.


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    1. You are so much fun to work with. Now, I need to get back to you with a list of dual review books!

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  2. I love reading dual reviews about books too :) Great that you found someone :)

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    1. I love reading them on other blogs too - it's a great way to see two opinions side by side.

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  3. I have several associate reviewers that have worked out nicely and I'm ready to look for one more. Not all have been successful---a few have just faded away without really getting started and, from that, I've learned not to send them anything until they've sent me 2 or 3 reviews of their own. A few more have done well for a while, then drifted off.

    I've found reviewers through various lists and yahoo groups I'm on and two of the best came through Twitter. After someone responds to my initial request, I tell them all the gory details and ask for sample reviews. I also ask what they like to read because I get such a variety of ARCs and I let them know they're welcome to review things I haven't sent them, with a very few exceptions. Print or ebook is important, too, since I get both---one of my best reviewers is in Northern Ireland and I can't afford to mail there!

    Oddly enough, only a couple of my associates are also bloggers and they're both authors. The rest just love books and want a way to tell the world about the ones they read, whether they be good, bad or indifferent ;-)

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    1. I think it's important to acknowledge that people don't always stay - their priorities change just like everyone's :)

      I understand why some people don't want a co-reviewer that has another blog, but I'm glad that Ashley does - she understands why I'm terrible at replying to emails - well I hope so LOL.

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  4. I'm glad it worked out well for you. So does she still fully maintain her other blog? I didn't see a link inside this post so that made me assume she wasn't. April and I have some cross over but we also have very different taste which is great since we don't vy over the same books.

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    1. She does - my links are obviously too subtle, so I've hopefully just fixed that.

      I like that you guys have such variety, I never know exactly what you are going to come out with next :)

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  5. Ashley from the Bibliophile's Corner is awesome! It's great to hear that the two of you worked well with each other. I love reading duel reviews because of the different opinions of both readers so that we can get both the good and the bad from two points of views. And it's a huge step to take to admit you have a problem and needed help in reviewing/blogging. You go girl.

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  6. Ashley is an awesome blogger!

    I had a blogger friend who guest posted outside her genre on my blog for a while and I adored her. i wish I could find that again because I know that's what would work for me.

    I've found a few people who review on Goodreads or that I chat with on twitter that I think would be perfect but they don't want the pressure of reviewing either lol

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    1. Yeah the pressure on other people was always my worry - I don't want to feel like a teacher standing over someone telling them to READ and then write me a book report NOW!

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  7. Ha! I was going to say the exact same thing Karen did above! Ashley has a great voice. Dual reviews are cool for the exact reason you stated. I admire your courage to step outside your comfort zone and find a co-blogger. I'm so glad it worked out for you.

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    1. Ashley always writes way more than I do - she's super-thorough!

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  8. Well, you know how I feel about associate reviewers and co-bloggers. I love my Lynny Lyn Lyn. <3

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    1. Your Lyn is awesome! She has such eclectic taste and she's got a wicked sense of humour!

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  9. I just started my blog recently so I can't imagine sharing it... I'm still trying to find my own place. I think guest posts might be fun in the future but I don't know that I could ever do the full-on co-blogging thing. I do love the idea of dual reviews though. I especially like when they're set up like a conversation, it makes me feel like I'm sitting there chatting right along with the reviewers.

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    1. I'd never do the complete co-blogging thing, I'm far too wishy-washy in my own organisation to make it work!

      Dual reviews are so much fun - I don't read any of Ashley's until I'm putting the post together and it's interesting when we say almost exactly the same thing!

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  10. I'm glad it worked out so well for you! I've considered it but I'm very particular about stuff and I'm not sure I can get myself to relax enough to let someone else carry the load. Also when it comes to social things I kind of suck...so there is always that.
    I had to pull back some when things became too much but now I'm back and on top of things. :)

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    1. It's a huge step and I can completely understand why some people don't want to go there.

      And I'm terrible at the social thing too ;)

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