Discussion | On Negative Reviews, Authors, Bloggers, and the Book Community

I’ve actually written part of this post a while ago and then abandoned it because I wasn’t happy with how it turned out so I’m going to try again. I don’t know if it’s just me being more aware of what’s going on in the bookish community or whether things are actually changing. Only weeks ago I talked about how things were going with the international reviewers and now it seems we’ve got more to talk about.

As an introduction, there are some incidents that triggered this discussion. And I initially wanted to discuss them in more detail, but I don’t want to make this a negative post, so I won’t. I’ve heard quite a few stories of authors attacking reviewers over negative reviews they’ve written. Over the years, I haven’t heard much about these kinds of incidents, but I’m well-aware that I haven’t been as attentive to them before.

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Blogging as an International | Access to books and ARCs

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while now, and with the recent developments with Netgalley and Goodreads, I think it is the perfect time to talk about this. I won’t be going into depth about the developments on Netgalley and Goodreads because it has been talked about a lot already, and I don’t want to repeat the same things.

As you probably know, I’m not from the US. In fact, I’m from the Netherlands (you know that small country in Europe with clogs and cheese? except that there are barely any clogs to be found in the entire country). Since our native language is Dutch, there are already a couple of disadvantages to reading English books. But more about that later. This post is in no way supposed to come across as if I’m ungrateful for anything, or that I would be entitled to things other bloggers do get, or anything like that. I just wanted to talk about how for internationals, it can be a bit harder to get access to the same things others get easy access to.

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Blogger Newbie: Maggie (@ BlissfullyCreating) | Creating Little Bookworms

I would like to start this post by apologizing for being the worst host possible because I had completely forgotten about this. Sorry, Maggie! Anyway, I’ve been hosting a project called Newbie Bloggers and in this post, I’ll introduce you to Maggie from BlissfullyCreating. So I’ll give the word to her!


Tell us something about yourself: Who Are You?: Hello! I am a mom of three awesome little bookworms, I love to read, to do projects, to create crazy adventures for my family (and for the neighbor’s kids too), to photograph everything, to be outdoors, and so many more things that I won’t bore you with.

What is your blog about and what are your plans with it?: My blog has three main topics: Books, Kith & Kin, and Projects. I am currently working my way through the Rory Gilmore list (avid Gilmore Girls fan here) and I like for other bookworms to tag along. I also enjoy sharing about my friends and family and the crazy traditions and things we do together. And lastly, I enjoy taking my readers along with me down the crafty, project, do it yourself road. As far as the future of BlissfullyCreating, I’d love to continue to grow my followers and to keep writing things that people find useful, or at the very least entertaining.

Why did you start blogging?: I have always really enjoyed writing. And – most of the time – I enjoy sharing what I write with others. I am honest and keep it real when I have crazy times with my kids or when projects go wrong or when I just completely fail at reading for a year (I’m looking at you 2015). I also enjoy meeting new people and finding new blogs and seeing so many other bookworms out there is always amazing!

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How To Grow Your Blog: A 12-Step Guide

I’ve noticed that some blogs magically grow followers, and others do not. Today I wanted to give some tips and tricks on how to gain followers.

I have gained quite a lot of followers over the past year (I’m still a bit baffled by how many of you are following me) and I think I might be able to help out those who are struggling.

Take notice, this is not a guide on how to make blogger friends or how to be famous or anything like that. This is just on how to gain followers and increase engagement. For me, engagement (commenting, liking, reading, sharing, etc) is still much of a mystery, so I’ll be mainly talking about followers.

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Newbie Blogger: Kelly (@ Aura’s Child) | What Should I Write?

I’m back with a new blogger, namely Kelly from Aura’s Child! She’s such a sweet person so you should definitely check out her blog. But first, her post!


Tell us something about yourself: Who are you?

Hello! I’m Kelly Kawaguchi.

I am a very flawed and fairly uninteresting and untalented enigma on the internet. I like talking to myself and pretending I know what I am doing. I take pride in my personality, although, I can be a careless person much of the time. I pity very little and don’t apologize for my strong opinions. I am fickle and confused about just about every aspect of myself and the world.

Fun fact: My keyboard’s letters “g” and “p” don’t work. I add in those letters later after I’m done typing, so I apologize if I missed filling in any.

What is your blog about and what are you planning to do with it?

I write about my opinions and feelings about all sorts of topics, events in my life, etcetera. I will probably hit just about every topic, from recipes to literature to world current events.

I would like for my blog to, potentially, become an outlet for people who would like to express their thoughts, experiences, and such.

Why did you start blogging?

I started off by posting a journal entry. Essentially, it was going to be my online diary. Things were getting rough and I knew I needed an outlet for my thoughts and feelings. Blogging let my mind express what it needed.


What Should I Write?

My mind has been a mess lately. I want direction. But I guess everyone wants direction. Or do we already have a direction, we just do not see it yet?

I love to write but I have little skill in it. I am interested in movies and nature and health and animals and botany and so many other things. I read somewhere that you spend approximately 80,000 hours of your life working. I don’t know if it’s just me, but that is quite a few hours to spend doing something you may not enjoy.

I want so much to enjoy life. But is that just a new way of thinking? A western culture way of thinking?

That doesn’t mean it’s a wrong way of thinking, just maybe a more self-centered way.

Hundreds of years ago, people really had a place in society. Each had a job to do. Sure there were those that were privileged and those who were trampled on by society, but for the most part, people were all part of a big working machine. We all had more purpose in my opinion.

Side note: I’m not saying back then was “better”.

Now it seems to me everyone is looking for a new way to please themselves. Even if people do things for others, many are just seeking for their own fulfillment.

What are we going to waste our lives on next? Is there a right or wrong answer?

This post was very much so a stream of consciousness. I wanted to whip up an interesting post, but whenever I began typing, it felt fake. I want my blog to be real, raw, and beyond all else, I want it to look like me.


What did you think of Kelly’s post? Do you agree with her opinions? Let her know! Follow her on her blog and twitter!

Blog Anniversary + 800 Followers + Giveaway + Semi-Hiatus Announcement

This is probably going to be a long post but oh well, stick to it because I’ll end with a giveaway. I have literally been saying I wanted to do a giveaway when I reached 500 followers?? But then I never did??? But today is the day!

First the least exciting thing of all (don’t go scrolling down yet, this is important!), I will be on vacation starting from today until probably Monday, August 14th. This means that I will be absent for almost an entire month. I have a lot of posts scheduled (mainly tags but also newbie bloggers and reviews) so you won’t miss me too much I hope, but I will probably have problems answering all messages, comments, emails etc. So don’t despair when I don’t answer within a few days. It could take me a while. Sadly, this also means I won’t be able to keep up with all of your wonderful posts.

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Introducing… Blogger Newbies: a New Project


Even for someone who has been here in the blogger community for less than a year, a lot as changed since I started. Not only in my way of blogging, but above all in my communication with other bloggers. I’ve found a ton of people that I love and there are probably a ton of people out there that I’d love to meet. However, when I just started it was hard to find the people I liked, I knew nobody here and my blog was pretty much off the grid. Over the months I’ve gathered followers and met wonderful people and to give new bloggers that same experience, I am now introducing a new project/feature to introduce newbies to the community.

How does it work?

This will be bi-weekly feature on my blog. In each of the posts, I give the word to a new blogger. The idea is that it will be a short Q&A with a guest post written by the blogger. The Q&A will be three questions:

  • Tell us something about yourself: Who are you?
  • What is your blog about and what are you planning to do with it?
  • Why did you start blogging?

The guest post should be something related to your blog but it should not be a review, a tag/award, or regular feature (such as Top 10 Tuesday). What you could do is write a discussion about something you think is important, write about something in your life (if you have a personal/life style blog), write about something you love, something you hate, whatever you want! Be creative! This can be bookish or non-bookish depending on what your blog is about.

Who can participate?

This project is made for newbies, so for bloggers who have less than 100 followers and/or have been blogging for less than 4 months. I think these are quite okay rules, but they’re not fixed so if you vary slightly from these rules, I’ll consider it as well.

You do not have to be a bookish/writerish blogger, but since I am and I assume most of my followers are as well, I will be able to help you most if you are. If you are a lifestyle/ beauty/idk something blogger, I am not sure to what extent I will be able to help you out, but you can always participate if you want.

How can you participate?

Simple, send me an email at liaislost@outlook.com with the answers to the three questions mentioned above and your guest post. If you do not know what you want to write your guest post about, you can also email me with the answers to the questions alone and I might be able to help you out. The guidelines for the guest post are 300-600 words and if I think it is either offensive or simply not okay (rude or otherwise), I will not accept your submission. If you want to participate but don’t have a guest post yet, you can also message me, then I’ll give you a date (on which your post will go up) so you can take your time working on it.

You also need to provide your blog url, and if you want all your social media accounts that are connected to your blog (twitter/facebook/tumblr/etc), because then I will post those as well so people can follow you. Optional is a logo or picture, that I can use in the post.

Important! make “newbie blogger” the subject of your email, that way I can easily make sense of my inbox.

When I’ve received your email I will make a schedule and let you know once your post will be going online.

You can also fill in the form below!


I hope this project will go wonderfully and therefore I do need also need the help of more experienced bloggers, please share on social media or on your blog or simply tell people, so blogger newbies will be able to find this. Thanks in advance!

If there are any questions, feel free to email me or comment below!