Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is feature on my blog to promote discussion and the sharing of opinions because I’m curious what other readers/bloggers think about the topics relevant to the book/blogging world Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas.
I originally had another topic scheduled today but there was something on my mind recently so I decided to switch topics. Ok, so what I want to talk about today is author interviews on blogs. I did my first author interview with the wonderful Kimberly Derting the other day and I was all excited for it because I felt like I asked some engaging questions and Kimberly gave me something interesting answers… so I thought it would create some fun discussion at least with the last question. Nope, it was like pulling teeth to get anyone to comment on it. I was a little discouraged for it being my very first interview. It took a lot of time and effort and I wonder…is it worth doing them? I want to help the author out any way I am able to if they are genuinely helpful to them. And I realized I’m not alone in this..I’ve heard from multiple people that their interview don’t get much comment-wise and I’ve seen so many people asking for people comment for the author’s sake. All this makes me wonder..why are they so popular? Do people actually like them? Do people actually read them? Why are they not getting comments–does it have to do with the subject matter, the variety of questions, etc. I’m hoping that this discussion will help answer these questions so that bloggers, like myself, can better gauge why their author interviews might not be generating interest.
So here’s what I want to know: As a blogger, do you like doing author interviews and do you like reading them on other people’s sites? Do your interviews tend to get comments? As a non-blogger, do you enjoy reading author interviews? As an author, do you like participating in them on blogs? Do you find them helpful in promoting your books or are they not worth the time you put into them?
Rock that vote:
My Opinion: I gave it a thumbs up. I do like author interview BUT if I’m honest..I skip over them a lot. I only really read/comment on ones that feature authors that I’ve read or am really interested in reading at some point and I’ll comment if something in the interview struck a chord with me or made me laugh or anything. I’m already there and reading it..I might as well say something. Sometimes I don’t read them if they are too lengthy or about a topic I don’t really care about. For me, I might not read an interview about tips to being a published author because I don’t have a desire to become one personally. So, for me, I guess it depends on how engaging it is and who the author is.