Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Audience participation

Hello all,

I have been trying to figure out ways to increase commenting on my blog.  I figured one of the best ways to do that would be to ask you what you would like to see.  I really don't expect a ton of people to comment on my reviews, but I would like to see some more participation with the giveaways that get run.  I have also been thinking of starting a poll on the sidebar to let blog readers get a pick for a book that gets read every month or something.  Does anyone have any suggestions on ways I can make this blog more interactive and fun for the reader?


  1. You might find my recent post The whys, whyfors and why nots of commenting of some interest. It’s long but the comments thread is even longer. It is, however, informative if not exactly helpful. One of the simplest ways to encourage comments is to end with a question. Jessica Bell does and she’s never short of comments on her site.

  2. Hmmm. Asking a question is always a good start. :)

    I think doing polls is a good idea. You could make a poll on who has the best cover, or what is the best dark fantasy from a list you choose. The poll can be about anything, really, when it comes to books. I can't speak for other authors, but I'd go so far as to say that any poll which includes my books would garner a free copy to the person you choose. So you could even say that active participants are automatically entered to win a copy of whatever book you'd like.

    Just an idea.


  3. And be sure to stop by my blog over Labor Day weekend and join the Blog BBQ! You will find more followers and get in on the commenting back and forth action that can help more people find out about your blog here.

  4. Hmm...a book of the month club might be a great idea. If you give your readers a heads up about what you are about to review, you may get more responses. As it is now, I add the books you review favorably to my queue, but I have little to say at that moment. If I've already read the book you're reviewing, I'd be more likely to comment.

    That said, you've already built up 140 followers. Your readers might be a bit on the passive side, but you've got yourself a considerable following.


  5. Thanks for the suggestions and tips guys.

    Karen I will stop by and say hi for the BBQ.

    Jeff I'm not sure how the polling works, but I'll check out some widgets for it and see if I can figure something out.

    B. Justin I had thought of doing a book club kind of thing. My biggest concern is not having enough time to really get it as organized as it may need to be. Maybe Zero Sight book 2 next month? Lol

  6. You might try a book per quarter to start off with.

    Another question would be where, besides on here are the give-aways advertised consistently?

  7. Terry I generally post about giveaways on my Amazon forum thread, several Goodreads threads, sometimes on a thread on the Indie Spot forums, and wherever the author is advertising. I also try to tweet about it at least once a day.

  8. I have created a goodreads group to compliment the blog and encourage discussion about the books. It is named Indie Book Club. Please join and feel free to give discussions for improvement.

  9. ^The questions are really helpful, especially after a review-they can really get your reader thinking.

    Advertising is great-have you tried

    I started a poll a month back about what readers like to see in a blog you might want to check it out. It has about 60 votes so I think it's a pretty good measure. It's on the left side near the top: