here. You should also consider becoming a regular reader; FarmLaneBooks is a terrific blog. The post generated close to 300 comments, which I think may be the record for a book blog.
I'm not going to wade into the UK vs. USA fray because enough has been said in the comments at Farm Lane Books. Some of it not very nicely. I will say that I found myself becoming more and more defensive as I read the comments because so many of the "complaints" against US blogs were about things I enjoy doing. Things like reading challenges and giveaways and author interviews. The whole thing left me feeling a little bit snarky.
It takes the form of a meme.
Do you participate in memes? Not so much. Just Booking Through Thursday now and then. I look forward to reading the Monday Movie Meme at The Bumbles and I often enjoy the Great Wednesday Compare at The Book Mine Set. If you're starting out as a book blogger, I think memes are an excellent way to find other bloggers and to get other bloggers to find you. Long live the meme! Pass it on!
Do you participate in Book Tours? What about ARCS? If participating in a book tour is good enough for Oprah Winfrey, then it's good enough for me. Who am I to question Oprah? It took me over a year to get my first Advanced Review Copy and I can honestly say I hated it. But Benediction, one of my recent favorite books, was an advanced review copy. I think book blogs are still at the bottom of the publicity food chain, so few of us get ARC's of top tier literature. If we did, it would be a different story. Maybe someday. I hear Oprah is retiring....
Do you encourage followers? Do you follow? If I like a blog and it reviews the sort of books I like, I click the little follower button. Last month I got my 100th follower. I was excited-- I admit it. I did a little happy dance at my computer terminal. Gave Dakota an extra dog treat. I like followers. So, if you are not a follower of Ready When You Are, C.B., please consider becoming one today.
What do you think of giveaways and other contests? I held my very first giveaway because Eva at A Striped Armchair said they would help me get more readers. (If you're not reading Eva's blog you really should. She reads more than just about anyone out there. And if she hadn't posted a link to my first giveaway on her blog, noboday would have heard of it and I'd still have the book.) I like giving books away. It's fun and it puts me in a good mood. And my local post office is across the street from my local library. Sometimes I give away large stacks of books. I can't always afford to open giveaways up to the entire world , but I have sent prizes to Italy and to India as well as to Canada and the United Kingdom. If I had more money, I'd give away more books. I'd also travel more. And maybe buy a pony.
Do you read and/or conduct author interviews? I've written about this before. Basically, I enjoy doing interviews, though I know most people don't read them. I think they are lots of fun to do and everyone should do one even if none of us read it. Don't we all say we blog for our own amusement? Pick an author you really like and send them an email. Ask for an interview. I promise to read it.
Do you enjoy challenges? I'm running one this year, the Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge. I enjoy challenges. Because of them, I've read lots of very good books that I would not have read otherwise. I've also won a few prizes. So--fun, good books, prizes. Aren't Americans awful!
Do you like giving/getting awards? I was very pleased to get my first award. I thought it was kind of a big deal. I was very happy to be nominated for a Book Bloggers Appreciation Week award last year and hope I get a nomination again this year. Just not for snarkiest blogger.
What is your opinion of cat videos? I don't have anything against cat videos, but apparently there is a lot of animus against them overseas. I post videos of my dog Dakota here regularly and will continue to do so no matter what the whole world says. Dakota and I are rebels. Back when were fostering Bruno, we made a cat video. I've posted it below.
Be warned, the video below is a cat video. It features a fully grown Basset hound chasing a tiny kitten around as he walks under her. It's insanely cute. And apparently very American.
Okay. I feel much better now.
Full Disclosure: The photograph of the two flags comes from the British Broadcasting Company. So did The Benny Hill Show and The Weakest Link.