Discussion: Word of Mouth

One of the main ways I learn about other blogs is through word of mouth. People on Twitter recommend blogs or a post I’m reading links to another site or I stumble across an interesting comment on a friend’s review. There are so many book blogs out there it can be hard to keep up with them all, but I still enjoy finding new ones.

I also know that when I look at my blog stats, the importance of word of mouth is clear. A significant number of visitors come directly from other blogs. (So thank you to those of you who have mentioned my site or have it in your blogroll!) When I notice how important these referrals are for me, it makes me more aware of the ways in which I should be promoting other sites. I try to retweet things, but I’m not sure I do enough outside of Twitter and I’m going to try to change that.

I’m curious, how do you usually find book blogs? Do you make an effort to tell people about blogs you enjoy visiting? Are there any little-known blogs that I’m probably not reading that you would like to recommend?


10 Responses to "Discussion: Word of Mouth"

  • I usually find blogs when they’re mentioned on another blog. I find that way the new blog is usually similar enough to the first blog that I end up enjoying it as well. I also read a lot of blogs that comment on my blog, to be polite but also because we often share the same interests and I enjoy reading their blogs. And finally, I often peruse comments on other people’s blogs and check out the blogs of comments I find especially interesting or with which I agree.

    1 Erin said this (November 28, 2010 at 9:32 AM)

  • I use twitter too, but I don’t think that’s enough. I’ve found some really great blogs that I enjoy that don’t seem to tweet.

    I like to follow the memes as much as possible. I always try to click on as many new ones that I can and follow them if I like their reviews. I have found great blogs that way, and of course if I see blogs mentioned in posts on other blogs, then I will usually visit them to.

    Thanks for the question.

    2 Annette said this (November 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM)

  • Erin, that’s a really great point. I think I trust that I’ll like a blog more if the person has similar taste to somebody I already follow.

    Annette, I was really active in memes when I started blogging and had more free time. I’ve gotten lazy about that lately. I think I was visiting new blogs much more when I participated in those, so maybe I’ll make an effort to start that up again.

    3 Melanie said this (November 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM)

  • If I am looking to new blogs to check out, I will start with the blogroll listed on blogs that I really enjoy. Also, I do use Twitter. If someone starts following me on Twitter, I will at least check out their blog!

    4 Amber said this (November 28, 2010 at 2:26 PM)

  • I tend to find them by my other favorite blogs. Sometimes I’ll see familiar names commenting on blogs I like so I check them out. I also tend to look at blogrolls, as others have mentioned, because a) I trust the blogger that made the blog roll and b) I’m really lazy so an already put together list is awesome and easy to look through rather than doing the work myself. lol

    5 Jamie said this (November 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM)

  • I don’t have any one way in which I find new Blogs. I read Blogs from Twitter and if I like it, I follow. The same goes when I look at Blog rolls of the ones I do follow. I know I follow more than I can keep up with, but I enjoy all the different topics I read. Thank you for this interesting Blog, which I do follow! 🙂

    6 Pauline Barclay said this (November 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM)

  • One of the things that I think is interesting is that most of us do tend to learn about new blogs from comments, and yet we mostly suck at commenting. It’s hard to comment when you’re reading SO much, but we give so much lip service to the importance of commenting and then so rarely do it. I’m guilty of this, too, and I know I LOVE comments.

    7 Melanie said this (November 29, 2010 at 5:42 PM)

  • I mostly know blogs from twitter, other blogs, from memes, and pretty much other places like comments. I notice that you can get more views from blogs if you comment, which I did one month and it was quite fun to do. I should probably do that again, but I need to compile a list of blogs I follow because there’s a lot of blogs in there. Some I haven’t even seen after the time I clicked follow. /guilty

    8 Gabrielle said this (November 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM)

  • I think I find blogs the same way you do. I’m pretty bad at commenting because I usually read through google reader on my iPod touch. If I could comment through that it would be awesome. The chances of me remembering to come back to a post when I get to a real computer are slim.
    I do put blogs that I come across and like on my blog roll. I’m pretty much exclusively YA and sometimes find blogs that I don’t want to follow because I don’t read books other than YA, but I want to follow because I like the person on twitter. I’m not sure what to do about that.

    9 jen said this (November 30, 2010 at 5:48 PM)

  • I’ve had that issue, too. Usually I will start to follow them and then end up deleting because I don’t read most of the posts. The few that I do want to read I can usually just follow the links from Twitter.

    10 Melanie said this (November 30, 2010 at 5:56 PM)