Pros and Cons Of Co – Book Blogging

To be a single book blogger or to co – book blog….

It´s that one question that occupies a book blogger´s mind at least once in their book blogging career, no matter if they´re a single book blogger or not.

Should I blog alone or should I team up with a friend and co – book blog?

 

Unfortunately, I don´t have a simple answer for that question. It completely depends on the book blogger. Either a person is the type to be a co – blogger or they aren´t.

Both are acceptable and both seem to work wonderfully. There are single book bloggers doing all kinds of wonderful work with their blogs and there are book blogs who have 2-4 book bloggers working together, publishing a great mixture of content.

Despite both, the 1 – man – show and dream – teams being wonderful, they each have their downsides. Let´s do a quick breakdown to show the differences between the two by listing the pros and cons for being a single book blogger and for co – book blogging.

Pros for Co – Book Blogging

  • Spend more time with your bestie / friend and books
  • Blog content uploads more frequently ( more reviews, more promo, etc )
  • Include multiple topics to a blog
  • Divide blog activities ( give each book blogger a specific job / role, e.g. 1 concentrates on social media, 1 focuses on managing the site )
  • Networking is easier
  • Save time in many areas

 

Cons for Co – Book Blogging

  • Sharing 1 site
  • Not being in full control
  • Wasting time waiting for feedback
  • Not being aware of all blog activities ( social media, chats, author convos, etc )
  • Spending too much time with your bestie / friend
  • Uploading too much blog content

 

Pros for Single Book Blogging

  • No site sharing
  • Knowing what´s uploaded at all times
  • Freedom to make decisions
  • Not spending too much time with your bestie

 

Cons for Single Book Blogging

  • Networking is slow
  • Working all platforms alone
  • Less blog content
  • Waste time procrastinating

 

To sum this up – It all comes down to what a book blogger prefers. To what works best for a book blogger. Some enjoy having the company of like – minded people ( let´s call them besties for everyone´s sake )  while working on a single site.

There are many positive sides to co – book blogging, especially when there´s a huge goal they want to reach. May that goal be as simple as getting exposure or something as huge as becoming the world´s best book blog… When 2 or more book bloggers put their heads together they can achieve a lot more in a shorter amount of time.

It´s a simple fact that when you regularly upload content and divide blog work then you get more done. More reviews can be uploaded. You get more out of everything. There´s hardly a chance to become overwhelmed ( keyword: hardly )

But there´s one thing co – blogging doesn´t allow and never will: Being able to have full control.

This is where co – blogging might not be the right choice for someone who is a control freak or for someone who loves their independence.

Yes. You have to get back with your co – bloggers when you have an idea that might work for the blog.

No matter what kind of book blog system you work. No matter how tolerant your co – blogger might be. It doesn´t even matter if you say you´re best friends. There´s no way around the bush when it comes to making decisions regarding ANYTHING about the blog. You have to talk about your ideas / plans with your co – blogger. You have to, both, be on board with everything discussed before anything is published. And if not then you have to compromise. While that might not be seen as something negative for some book bloggers… it can become taxing when 2 ( or more ) can´t come to an agreement after a while.

It´s what I would call `restricted creativity`.

Of course, there are book bloggers who co – blog and make it all work.

“We do whatever we want, when we want, how we want… Our only goal is to have fun.”

And that´s perfect. If it works well then everyone co – blogging that way has my full support.

Like I´ve mentioned before – Co – blogging works out beautifully for some people and you can see that love on their blogs.

 

As for the sorry single book bloggers….

 

There might not be many positive sides to book blogging alone but there is one tiny thing that outweighs everything else.

The freedom of creativity.

Single book bloggers don´t have to ask for permission or run their ideas by someone else when it comes to designs, blog posts, social media posts, etc.

Yes. Networking is slow. Actually, it´s slower than slow. No single person can work as much as co – bloggers. Not unless book blogging is a full-time job for them, that is.

Single book bloggers will most likely post 2 reviews a week instead of 4.

And when a single book blogger becomes overwhelmed with blog work  then they know it´s their own fault and no one else´s. They can´t blame the co – blogger because there isn´t one available ( something co – bloggers occasionally do is shove the blame back and forth ).

Of course, all the slow networking and uploads doesn´t mean a single book blogger can´t achieve a lot or reach their goals. They can and actually do it.

Co – blogging with a friend is not always easy, either. It´s all about being able to find a common ground to work on and compromise.

I´ll say it again ( because this can never be said enough )… It all depends on the person who blogs. Co – blogging is wonderful and works for hundreds of bloggers. And being a single book blogger isn´t for everyone, either. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Co – book blogging or not – both have nothing to do with having / not having team working skills. Book blogging is a hobby for the majority of us all. You either want to share your hobby or not.

 

As for myself – I´m an ex – co – book blogger who now blogs solo.

While I definitely loved the positive sides from co – blogging I couldn´t help but feel the burden of the negative sides. I loved sharing the blog and dividing the blog work but I absolutely hated it when I had to wait for approval and not having my own voice.

Because when you share a book blog ( or blog in general ) only one voice exists. And that voice is the blog´s voice. There can be 2, 3, 4 or even 5 people sharing a blog…. the strongest voice is the brand itself and not the individuals who run it.

That´s the main reason why I left my first blog after 6 years.

Right now, I can say that being a single book blogger works for me better than co – book blogging. I just love my freedom.

 

What did we learn today?

That no matter what type of book blogger you are, you´re still awesome. You´re a great addition to the book universe whatever you decide to do.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Any feedback on co -book blogging or going solo is much appreciated.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Funny But Painfully True Book Memes

Welcome back to Book Memes, y´all!

There´s been an awful lot of book meme posts making their rounds on social media lately. Some posted by authors and some by book bloggers.

But what I´ve noticed is that nearly all humorous book memes hold a certain painful truth to them.

Reading those wise graphic quotes is so bittersweet. You want to laugh because they´re actually really funny but then a second later you realize you either have a serious problem and need lots of therapy or it dawns on you that you´re even more weird than you thought you were. The truth book memes carry is terrifying.

Still… no one said enjoying funny book memes was a crime, right?

 

  1. I´m for crying. Who´s with me?

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2.  This is how we basically make friends.b meme 2

 

3. There might be many many single bookworms in the near future. 

 

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4. HA! Librarians and their humor – Priceless. 

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5. There are life rules we need to follow: Rule #1 – Don´t ever start a book before bedtime!b meme 5

 

 

6. I´m still waiting for my local bookstore to honor me by making me their costumer of the years 2000 – 2018 

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7. Mommy and loving wife by day. Alpha witch who uses lightning bolts as toothpicks by night. 

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8. The Burrito of Sadness belongs to the 5 stages of book grief. 

 

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9.  Just follow the rules and you´ll do fine. 

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10.  If you can´t feel we can´t be BFFs. You feel? Just re-read the tips on meme #9 again if you need help. b meme 7

That´s it for today. I hope you all have a lovely day. And don´t forget to share the book love! ❤

 

Many warm hugs,

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

The Importance Of Reading Breaks

 

As much as Book Bloggers love books, we also need some time away from them.

We need reading breaks.

I know what you´re thinking.

“That´s BLASPHEMY! An avid reader does NOT simply stop reading!”

Oh, but we do. In fact – we need to.

It´s actually important for a book blogger to take a step back after reading 2 – 6 books at an unnatural pace because we can easily become overwhelmed with information. We´re not your average book reading bunch. We don´t do the 4 weeks for 1 book thing.

And what can happen when we go through an information overload within a short period of time? Our brains fry. We start forgetting stuff. Important stuff we should know ( especially 10 minutes AFTER finishing a book). Imagine reading a book and having a conversation about that book with someone.

“That book. Sure! I read it. The Heroes name? Wait a sec… The end? Hold on, didn´t they ride off towards the sunset? Oh, that´s not the book we´re talking about?”

How awkward. And how embarrassing.

Personally, I love reading breaks. They´re my personal creativity breaks from the sometimes exhausting book world. They give me time to think of new ideas and to catch up on life. Because as much as I love diving into a new book… I also enjoy what life has to offer outside the book world.

Some bloggers take a step back from reading to catch up on blog work.

Some bloggers distance themselves from social media but continue to read and write reviews.

And some even use their time off to collect reviews and schedule them ahead so they´re not overwhelmed with blog work and reading.

Me? My reading breaks are linked with blogging breaks. Meaning – I won´t touch a book or check / post on my blog during my time off. What´s the point in taking a break when I keep looking at bookish stuff, right?

So, what is it I do when I´m not blogging or reading?

Well, besides the usual meeting with friends and rediscovering my family ( yes. It´s always a pleasure to realize I belong to them and they belong to me.) I do enjoy watching movies at home and not have to worry about a thing. Or, I just spend endless hours searching the internet until 3 a.m.

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That´s me. That´s ALWAYS me. Looking for stupid stuff at the ass crack of dawn. Youtube is also a fab place to get lost for a few hours.

But if I have to pick one thing I love to do during my time off it´s taking naps.

An hour here. And hour there. It´s not like I get to snooze off everyday but once in a while I can sneak in a cat nap and dream of all the books I could read, but never will.

It might not sound interesting but my naps, my movie nights with the husbutt and my daytime girly stuff with the girls help clear my mind from all the words and thoughts I have cluttered in my brain. Doing a Game of Thrones DVD Marathon also does wonders for the mind and soul!

It´s kind of like a brain cleanse.

During my blog / reading – free time I actually come up with good ideas for blog posts and even find the time to write those ideas down. I have time to get inspired by whatever I see on TV or while having chats with friends.

I enjoy every second of not hitting the computer keys until I feel that certain itch again. That´s when I know it´s time to get back on track and work the book blog mill again.

I feel refreshed and have a newly found energy to continue do to what I love. Book blog.

I can fully recommend reading breaks.

It doesn´t matter what you do on your reading / blogging breaks… The important thing is that you take a break once in a while.

Take that time off.

Enjoy the world.

Go outside and watch the flowers grow, smell the coffee your neighbor just made. Watch people pass by or just talk to someone about random stuff. Whatever you do, take your time doing it.

Because if we´re honest- books aren´t going anywhere. The blog isn´t going to rot away overnight. The internet isn´t going to disappear. It´ll all be there when you decide to come back.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Don´t forget to share the book and book break love!

 

Many hugs,

Morgana ❤

 

 

 

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Woop woop! Guess what, people? I´ve been nominated!

Thank you Of All the Books in All the Libraries for the nomination! It´s not everyday a Versatile Blogger Award flies my way ❤

I´m floored. I´m flashed. And… well, I´m just excited to tag alone. 🙂

Let´s talk about the rules ( because nothing works without rules, right?)

Rules

  • If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award

  • Thank the person who gave you this award

  • Include a link to their blog

  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly

  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

 

Here goes nothing.

7 Non – Useful Fun Facts About Myself

1) I´m Bilingual. No wait. I´m multilingual ( is that even a thing?) Anyway – I speak quite a few languages. The fluent ones are: English ( Native ), German ( Because I kind of need to understand my hubs and kids ), Spanish ( I blame Mallorca ). I can also speak some French and enough of every other language to order food and drinks and ask for directions. Can you guess how much fun it is writing reviews? It´s no fun at all because I think in a few languages at the same time. The struggle is real.

2) I´m the world champion at sleeping ANYWHERE. Airports, clubs, birthday parties, park benches… You name it! What else does a girl do when she´s tired, right? LOL

 

3) A long time ago I was at a wine fest. I woke up the next morning I thought I had died and gone to Heaven because the first thing I saw was a huge branch just inches from my face. The truth was –  I had somehow managed to find a wine shed that sold wine, climbed up on the roof and took a nap there. Nevermind the fact that I wore a cowboy hat that wasn´t mine. ( yes. I had 1 – 9 wine glasses that night ) I never went to another wine fest after that.

 

4) I´m terrified of the ocean. Weird, because all my life I´ve lived near large waters but can´t go in. The ocean is almost exclusively inhabited by things designed to kill you… I can´t do it. I value my life far too much. That´s coming from someone who´s  from Florida.

 

5) I´m a professional car singer and dancer! Especially when `The Sun Always Shines On Tv`from a- ha is on the radio.

There´s no stopping me. I play the imaginary keyboard, drums and a complete           orchestra while driving! ( because it´s the only time I´m convinced I can. Haha) I´m told the sight is very dramatic.

 

6) Harry Potter is not my friend. I´ve tried. I really did. Mirjam, my book bestie, had some pretty convincing points as to WHY I should read HP. But I couldn´t get passed book #1. In fact, I had a hard time finishing the first book. I couldn´t even stay awake while watching the movies. I gave up after the 3rd try.

 

7) Right after the birth of my first child, I went in the baby room to get my kid and accidentally rolled out the wrong kid. I looked into the cribs and thought ” THAT ONE! That´s my baby.” pointing at the cute bundle and rolled her out. It wasn´t until I looked at the name tag and saw the kids name was Fransiska. Embarrassed, I rolled the kid back and found mine. ( I was 25 and all the babies somehow looked alike. I didn´t know any better).

That´s it, folks. That´s all I´ve got. Totally tough but I made it. 7 things about me you definitely can learn from.

Thank you, again, Suziey Bravo @ Of All the Books in All the Libraries for the tag. ❤ ❤

Now for my own nominees…. I´m not going to tag 10 because I know many do not appreciate being tagged.

I nominate…

5171 Miles Book Blog

The Fettered Matriarch

Books, Vertigo & Tea

Life Of Chaz

Fiction Fangirls

Inkish Kingdoms

The Bookish Sisters

Woodie´s Book Addiction

Book Twins Reviews

Rachel Reads Ravenously

Books That Inspired Me To Travel

Books and traveling… Two of my most favorite things in life.

If I´m not reading / book blogging or going after my highly demanding duties as a mom and wife I´m always on tour. And by on tour I don´t mean hopping in the car and visiting surrounding cities. I mean I actually do some serious country hopping.

Some say it´s because I´m an Aquarius ( I fail to see that connection ). Some say I travel a lot because I´m bored out of my wits….

I think it´goes deeper than that. You see, I´m an Army brat. I´ve been to places. I´ve seen my fair share of countries against my will as a kid ( because moving a lot and having to make new friends at a new school ALWAYS sucked ). Years ago, once I settled down and stopped moving, I felt a certain unease. I felt caged by life. It´s funny because, as a kid I wanted nothing more than for my family to settle down. When I became an adult I didn´t want to be settled. I wanted out. And not only out of the house. I wanted out of the country. To be able to see new places, taste new dishes, meet new people and just…. enjoy what the world has to offer.

What I used to hate with a passion became by second greatest passion.

Reading books helped a lot to ease the nerve wrecking itch I felt. I had the power to dive into a story and live wherever the story was set at. But books only helped to a limited extent. I actually WANTED to visit the places I read about. I wanted to be in Paris and sit at a Café and drink hot chocolate while watching tourists and Parisians pass by. I wanted to walk through the Black Forest and feel the Snow White aura.

But reading about those fabulous places and seeing them with your own eyes are two completely different things.

Sure, I could gush over the beautiful details talented authors provide. And I do. I soak up every stinking detail authors give on certain places. Some writers are brilliant at painting a picture for a reader.

But wouldn´t it be even better to visit those places that inspired authors to include in their stories?

My grande idea: Visit the places I loved so much in books.

I´d like to clarify something real quick before I´m shoved into an unloving category.

I live in central Europe. In Germany, to be exact. And, flights are super cheap within Europe. I can be in a lot of places within 1 – 2 hours ( flight!) for a more than affordable price. Of course, taking the car is also cheap. But who wants to sit in a car for 12 hours when they can book a flight to the UK for 14.00 Euros pP. ?

 

Here are the books that inspired me to travel. Cities and countries I highly recommend any book lover ( and non book lover ) to visit soon!

 

Outlander – Diana Gabaldonoutlander

Genre – Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance

Set in – Highlands, Scotland

 

Outlander made me visit Scotland and boy, was I ever grateful I decided to do a short trip through the Highlands. The people were amazingly friendly, the weather was perfect ( for me ). The food was exactly the way I like it – Hearty. It didn´t matter where I went I was surrounded by the magic so many authors swoon about in their stories.

Seven Ages Of Paris – Alistair Horneseven ages of paris

Genre – History, Non Fiction

About – Paris, France

 

What can I say? I´m a sucker for knowledge. I love to learn new things. And…I love to know things. Knowing stuff rocks. Paris is my go – to place when I can´t decide where to travel next. The city is actually not the cleanest but it definitely has that special flair that´s been described in many books. You can literally smell and taste the history when you walk the old streets and visit certain areas of the city. The people aren´t as friendly as they are in the UK but since I´m used to rudeness ( yeah. Germans aren´t known to be a friendly bunch, either ) I have no problem with Parisians.

 

Goddess Of Yesterday – Caroline B. Cooney goddess of yesterday

Genre – Fantasy, YA, Mythology

Set in – Greece

I´m some – what of a Greek Mythology geek. For as long as I can remember I´ve loved stories told about the Gods. Hence the reason why I´ll read anything involving Greek Mythology.

 

Sadly enough, I only have 1 picture from my 2009 Greece vacation because my, then 2 yr old daughter, deleted them. All 200 pictures. But I have those great memories to hang on to. Greece is one of those history packed countries where you can also feel it´s ancient aura. The people are great. The food…. GOOD GODS ABOVE! You´ll think you´re in Heaven when you eat a Gyros Pita. It´s truly no wonder many authors choose Greece for their story and / or write about Greek Mythology.

 

Fingersmith – Sarah Waters Fingersmith

Genre – Mystery, Historical Fiction

Set in – London, UK

 

To be honest- this isn´t the book that set off my need to travel to London. Many MANY books before the Fingersmith had accomplished that years before. Still, a great book, though. London belongs to the cities I´ll never grow tired of. The city flair matches no other. It´s a super busy place and I get lost every time I´m there. The people “bless” me all the time ( which can get confusing because I only use the term when someone sneezes ). Plus- I get to see my bestie when I visit.  London is just THE place to be.

 

Zoo Station – Christiane F. Zoo Station

Genre – Non Fiction, Biography

Set in – Berlin, Germany

 

This was the first book I read that was set in Berlin. Of course, the true story of a teenage drug addict didn´t necessarily inspire me to travel to Berlin. The book itself is not for the faint of heart but still worth reading ( even if it´s to cure teenagers from taking drugs. THAT´S how graphic this book is). No. It wasn´t Christiane F´s story that made me want to visit the city with depressing history. I´ve always been some – what of a fan of the Golden 20´s era in Berlin.  I thought some of that magic was still lurking around ( like it does with Paris and London ) but, nope. I´d say Berlin is my LEAST favorite city in all Europe. It´s just…. super modern and super sad. You get an awful lot of reminders of how Berlin ( or Germany, for that matter) had once suffered. I understand the importance of history. But… there´s needs to be a break somewhere. Still, the place is packed with tourists from all over the world.

 

PS, I Love You – Cecelia Ahern PS I love you

Genre – Romance, Chick Lit

Set In – Ireland

 

 

Ireland is the place I want to retire at. I want to spend the rest of my glorious old days on the small Island, preferably out in the country, living in a cozy cottage, surrounded by sheep. I LOVE Ireland. Ever since I read PS, I Love You I wanted to visit. And when I did I refused to leave. What a beautiful place. The weather is definitely something you could argue over but the rest? That´s the place I want to be. I can hear Ireland calling my name.

 

Midnight In Sicily – Peter RobbMidnight in Sicily

Genre – Non Fiction, Cultural

Set In – Sicily, Italy

 

While Sicily isn´t and has never been on my Top 10 list of place I want to travel, Italy was.

This book is a glorious piece of wonderful, but I sort of lost interest in visiting Sicily. IT`S DANGEROUS! People don´t gossip for nothing. And when someone writes a great book on the good and bad of that Island then you´ll think twice before booking a flight. But the rest of Italy is fantabulous! My favorite cities are, without a doubt, Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and Pisa ( because I tackle all the tourist favorites before getting lost in the middle of nowhere).

And then there´s Pasta. Need I say more?

 

Fairy Tales Of The Brothers Grimm – The Grimm Brothers grimm

Genre – Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Children, Classic

Set In – Germany

 

I really REALLY don´t want to toot my horn, here. Seriously, I don´t. But there is NO WAY I can leave this one out. I live just a handful of miles away from where the Grimm Brothers were born and where they grew up. Yupp. I´ve walked through the forest where they got some of their inspiration for their Fairy Tales. HOW COOL IS THAT?! Yes. My all time favorite Fairy Tale story tellers. Of course, I was unaware of that fact for years ( It took 5 years after moving to Germany for someone to point that little fun fact out. 5 YEARS!), which makes the whole situation more exciting for me. their history is just a short car drive away from my house! It´s a feeling that comes close to winning the lottery.

 

Of course, there are quite a few more places I´ve been to but those countries / cities had nothing to do with books / story settings.

 

Is there a book that inspired you to travel somewhere? Where was the destination? Or have you ever taken a literary – themed vacation? Is there a book place you´d love to travel to?

 

I hope you enjoyed my little travel / book inspiration adventure. Thank you for reading! ❤

 

Much Love,

Morgana ❤ ❤