The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
I started my Twitter account first, around the same time as I started the blog, and for about a year, I really focused on gaining a follower base. It is actually a lot of work, participating in follow trains, participating weekly in a 7am writers group (which ended changing times), learning to manage followers (I use an app to keep me on top of changes), chat, chat, and chatting some more. Once I reached 5,000 followers, I stopped actively working at it and now it is just growing naturally.
Then, I started an Instagram account last fall. I have been letting my follower base happen naturally with Instagram too. I am almost at 800 followers, and I should be at 1000 before summer ends. Taking pictures can be a lot of work, but I enjoy the creativity behind it and being able to use that part of my brain.
I do not use Facebook in conjunction with my blog. I just have a personal account that is locked up tight to prevent my students from finding it. Explaining to them that it is unethical for a counselor to friend a student on a personal account is difficult for them to understand. So I just make it hard to find. Instagram keeps making me a Tessa Talks Books Facebook account, though, and I keep deleting it – minor frustration.