Article published on December 9, 2016.
Nicola Smith is one of nb/nudge’s most prolific reviewers so when we heard she was setting up her own blog it was a no brainer to ask her how it went.
Despite having reviewed books for years, I have never really felt the pull of starting up a blog of my own until very recently when I thought the time might just be right. After much deliberation over what name to choose, I came up with Short Book and Scribes, a play on words of course, but also a nod to the fact that my reviews are generally on the shorter side. I launched my blog on 25th October this year.
Given that there are so many blogs out there I thought it would be simple to set one up, but there have been quite a few teething troubles along the way. I’ve gone for a self-hosted WordPress blog which means I don’t have ‘wordpress’ in the name of my site but it also means that I have to work a little harder to get some of the features that WordPress-hosted blogs get as a matter of course. Oh, and image sizing has caused me all kinds of problems – what works on the blog doesn’t always work for Facebook and Twitter preview images and vice versa. Aside from that I am loving having a place for all my reviews and book-related articles.
I’ve come across lots of lovely people – authors, readers and other bloggers – since starting my blog. The blogging community in particular is so supportive. In fact, due to my problems with images, sometimes they’ve shared my posts before I have! Social media is key when you have a blog so I have to get better at that, but for someone who is essentially quite a private person self-promotion doesn’t come naturally.
My most viewed review is of The Mountain in my Shoe by Louise Beech [Ed: which we are delighted to have on the nudge site as well!], a beautifully written story and one which I found hard to do justice to in my review. A popular post is my Seven Day Spotlight which I post every Sunday. I recap what I have reviewed during the week and give a rundown of all the books that I have acquired in that time, which is usually of a ratio of five or six times as many in as out! I’ll certainly never be short of reading matter.
I’ve got my first blog tour booked in for March 2017 and am really excited about it. Interacting with publishers and authors was a big draw for me in setting up a blog. I just love every bit of the book process and I’m looking forward to building up the site over the coming months.
Short Book and Scribes
PS I would love it if people signed up to receive notifications of new posts. I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter as Short Book and Scribes and @shortbookscribe respectively.
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