Welcome to Book Blogging 101, a weekly feature on Parajunkee’s View that answers your questions and strives to share great book blogging tips and some helpful hints to assist you on your book blogging endeavors.

More Drama? Less Drama? What is your say? Take a look at this graphic, I actually whited-out the amount of page views, because I’m embarrassed about how much higher of a viewership I got on Tuesday as compared to my usual crowd. My usually heavy days are Thursday, because of #BB101 and the Hop tonight. As you can see April 24th doubled my usual biggest day draw.

Drama brings pageviews

Does Drama Fuel More Page Views? And where do we draw the line?

It became startlingly obvious to me, in recent years, that the bigger the drama the more page views are generated. My most controversial topics on Book Blogging 101 always generate the highest hits. We are talking, double the average amount.

This isn’t news to anyone else either, just think of all the Media outlets, and trash mags that make tons of profits on scandal, intrigue and drama drama drama. Outlets like Gawker Media who get over a million page views from their despicable and very raunchy posts, like the one detailing Christine O’Donnell’s alleged one-night-stand. Over one million on that post alone! And it was utter raunch. That type of stuff gets my stomach all knotted up. But, you can’t deny it draws a crowd.

The fact of the matter is that people want drama, they want to slow down to see that accident. They want to know what all the “talk” is about…and we, as bloggers, are used to passing on the scoop, especially if it involves other bloggers or authors. This also translates to negative reviews. Because, I’ve noticed this also — my negative reviews bring in more page views and definitely more comments. Do I do it on purpose? No. Because, I don’t let page views direct me on how I tailor my blog. But, another blogger might not see it that way.

When is it too much, and how do we know if we are going too far?

Can a blogger just wantonly post about something and consider themselves “provocative” or “aggressive” or even better “snarky”, without repercussions? Do we go so far as to look at those page views climbing and climbing and throw care to the wind and just let it all hang out? There is a reason why Perez Hilton is a common household name these days, and it involves a few adjectives like salacious, immature and even nasty. But, even that infamous blogger has toned down his behavior. Maybe because sometimes, being the name-caller might have some negative feedback that trumps those heavy page view numbers. And sometimes, maybe, just maybe, that little voice of reason, might pipe up and say that we’ve gone a little too far.

So how do we know the difference between stating a provocative opinion or just profiteering off of a scandal?

I personally, see nothing wrong with a little controversial topic here and there. It brings in readers, it keeps the blood flowing and best of all it keeps things from getting stagnant. I’m not a heavy gossiper, but if, in all honesty, something TRUE has been told or revealed, I’m going to talk about it.

I think, and this is just me of course, that the way to know the difference between profiteering and provocative is the passion behind it. If you are seriously passionate about a topic, if you have convictions your words will ring honest and not lecherous. Ask yourself before you post a controversial topic:

What are your motives behind this blog post?

Motives can be as varied as can be, anything from jealousy, to competitive edge, grudges from prior misdeeds and even justice. Just make sure your motives are in check and if you do have ill intentions that they could bite you in the ass later on if they do come to light.

And I’ve been asked this over and over via twitter —

How do you boycott a blog?

  1. You don’t visit the blog
  2. You deny their advertisers – even if those advertisers are people that are sponsoring giveaways
  3. You let their advertisers/sponsors know that you are boycotting the blog because of such and such reason and you will not be purchasing their product because of the support they are giving to the offender
  4. You state adamantly that you will be boycotting the blog — because a silent boycott has no real impact
  5. You do not participate in any memes, group activities or functions that are sponsored by the blog, this includes commenting on others blogs that are posting about such sponsored events
  6. Spread the message
UPDATE: Now these are SUGGESTIONS of things you can do. And they are not for the current situation. They can be for any reason. A lot of people boycotted GoDaddy because of SOPA/PIPA. WHICH WORKED! GoDaddy withdrew their support. So, while yes, recent events put book blogs in the forefront, this can be applied to ANY BLOG or web site.

The level of your motivation dictates how far you should go with any boycott situation. If you are ADAMANTLY against SOPA/PIPA then you should go the full nine yards to boycott any blog/website that supports the bill. If you are just mildly annoyed with the bill — well then it would just do you right by not going to the site or not buying the products.

Like I tweeted out earlier, if I were to go so far and say I am going the full extent of boycotting I would probably be restricted to only vanity presses that sell only adult titles as far as books. LOL. Nothing is black and white people and you make your choices and you decide how far you can push yourself.

XO – Happy Thursday, Talk Less, Read More.

I can’t get to all the questions, but please ask your BB101 Questions here…bring it on.