Hello there and happy Friday! Today’s discussion topic is one that I’m very excited for, so I’ll get right into it! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Bloghopping (suggested by Marie @ Tirilu)
What is bloghopping?
Bloghopping sounds complicated, but really, all it is is reading other blogs. When I started my blog, I didn’t know what blog hopping was, and I didn’t do it. At all. I didn’t read any other blogs, and I didn’t even know how many existed. Then, as people began to stumble upon my blog (I still have no idea how) I read their blogs. And then I’d click on the links that I found in their blogs, and would go to them, and now I read lots and lots of blogs.
One thing that I didn’t realize for a while about blog hopping though is that if someone likes or comments on one of your posts, you are not obligated to go like and comment on one of their posts. The same thing goes for follows; if someone follows your blog, you do not have to follow their blog. I thought that for a while, but now I know that I don’t have that much time! Also, you don’t have to have a blog to follow a blog, so past Aria, you didn’t need to spend 20 minutes trying to find that persons blog. It didn’t exist.
But really; bloghopping is reading (and liking and commenting on) other blogs! It can be really fun, you can find ideas for posts, and make friends in the blogging community!
How do I bloghop?
When I bloghop (is that really a verb), I usually use the WordPress reader. If I’m sitting around and I don’t have a lot to do, I’ll open WordPress on my phone and go to the followed sites section and read all of those posts. I am following a lot of blogs, and I do my best to read as many of their posts as I can, but that’s not always possible.
I don’t only read blogs that I follow though. If I did, I’d never discover new blogs! One way that I find new blogs is by looking at the blog posts linked in posts of blogs I follow. Or, I’ll see in tags and awards the blogs that are tagged, and I’ll go look at all of those blogs!
One fun way to find and read great blog posts is that some blogs add sections in their monthly wrap ups where they list great posts that they’ve come across throughout the month. Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books has an around the blogosphere section in her monthly wrap up posts. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea began a new feature recently which had tons of amazing posts that are all worth reading!
Is commenting a part of bloghopping, and should I comment on blog posts?
Commenting is definitely a huge part of bloghopping! Commenting and replying to comments on blog posts is probably my favorite way that I’m able to interact with the book blogging community!
You should not, however, feel any pressure to comment on every single blog post your read. Leaving a sincere comment on a blog takes time, and you might not want to take the time to comment on every single blog post you read. That’s not to say that leaving a comment like ‘great review’ or ‘congrats on the award’ isn’t good. It’s really nice, and although I can’t speak for all bloggers, receiving a comment on one of my blog posts, short or long, is one of the best things about book blogging!!!
So last, I guess, in this section, how I comment on blogs and blog posts: Sometimes, I’ll go on a commenting spree, and I’ll write long comments on like 20 of the posts that I see in my WordPress reader. And sometimes, I’ll feel not in the mood for commenting, so I’ll click the like button and move on. Most of the time though, it’s a mixture of that. I find that it’s easier to write meaningful comments on tags and memes, and less on reviews. That’s just my opinion though. It does seem like tags and memes and discussion posts receive more comments than reviews though.
Bloghopping isn’t something that you should feel obligated to do, and bloghopping should never be stressful. If you don’t feel like reading other blogs, then don’t read other blogs! It’s all up to you. I do think though, that bloghopping can be amazing and fun, and I think that it’s a great way to make friends. It can be a great way to connect with people who love similar books as you, or who also just finished reading a certain new release. Bloghopping should be fun.
What do you think about bloghopping? Do you like commenting on blogs? Chat with me in the comments below!