How to blog if you read various genres?

As long as I can remember I’ve read YA, NA and Adult in equal parts. It’s never bothered me, but lately I realize that in some way it influence my blogging life.

When you blog for some time, at some point you begin to analyze your audience. In my case I realized that most of my blogger friends read YA, while a big chunk of my Adult discussions happens with my GR-friends.

Here comes the Question. How to blog?

So far I’ve come across several ways to do it:

  1. Run only YA-blog, as most of my blogger friends read YA, and post my Adult reviews on GR.
  2. I’m not comfortable with this solution. One of my resolutions when I started Something Delicate was to be more personal, more open. I don’t want to feel like I’m hiding half of my reviews.

  3. Run one blog, where I post all stuff.
  4. Well that’s what I’m doing now, and I’ve noticed that my Adult reviews have less response than YA ones.

  5. Two separate blogs: one for YA, another for Adult.
  6. This way I can divide my content. I can make one blog aimed for YA-reading audience, and post my reviews on Adult books on another blog. But I don’t really have time to manage second blog. My life is hectic, and I’m behind on commenting and posting as it is. Also I don’t read a lot of books, definitely not enough for two blogs.

  7. Find a lovely co-blogger who loves to read NA and Adult.
  8. To run a blog is a lot of work, and I definitely don’t have resources to have a second one. But I guess co-blogging is easier. I don’t have such experience, so I’m not sure this would work for me.

What about you? Do you read mostly YA of Adult, or do you read a mix of both? What are your thoughts on this matter?

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24 Comments on “How to blog if you read various genres?

  1. So, I actually ran into this same situation almost two years ago, and I created a second blog. It was fun for awhile. but man, it was A LOT of work. I actually just shut it down a few weeks ago, bringing back NA and adult reviews on Lilybloombooks. So now I have middle grade – adult on there

    I find that I have a split audience/blogger friends. I guess I’ve realized having a variety is the best thing :)

    • I definitely don’t have resources to run second blog right now, at least without a co-blogger. I think I would continue to post everything here at Something Delicate. As you said “a having a variety is the best thing”. The funny thing is that after I posted this discussion I realized that a lot of my friends read a mix of YA and Adult too.

    • I think everyone read a book that is not their usual genre from time to time, so I hope my adult reviews find their audience.

  2. Great discussion! I read YA and NA but mostly adult. I do find most bloggers are way more into YA but I have started following a good mix of bloggers that also enjoy adult works and review them. I think you should just read and review what you want and not worry about trying to appeal to the masses, but that’s just me! New follower!
    Eva @ All Books Considered recently posted…Monthly Recap: March 2016

    • I’m happy I’ve found your blog, Eva! It looks like our tastes in books are similar. I hope I could provide you with some recs, I definitely added several books to my huge tbr-list because of your reviews,. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I think you should post whatever you like to read whether it be adult, NA, or YA because a lot of the bloggers out there read varied genres as well. I find myself gravitating toward adult reads and I don’t think the blog has suffered from it. This is a hobby so I say do what makes you happy! :)
    Rachel recently posted…Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts

    • I agree with you wholeheartedly, Rachel. I definitely try to do what makes me happy.

  4. I think I read an equal mix of adult and young adult novels, but as I mainly read fantasy books – my blog still keeps to theme. I personally think having a blog that covers all genre is the way to go, as it allows you to reach for a bigger audience – besides, not many readers limit themselves to one genre or age-set anyway 😀 Variety is fun!
    aentee @ read at midnight recently posted…Discussion: When Your Favourite Book Is Problematic

    • You raise a very interesting topic here, Aentee. I always consider reading variety of books as my weakness for blogging, but you are so right it actually can be a positive thing as it allows to reach for a bigger audience.

  5. My co-blogger and I have a pretty eclectic blog. We’ll read and review anything from picture books to YA to adult to classics. I worry occasionally that we don’t have a niche (and, I don’t know, maybe it’s true we won’t ever be a “big blog” if we can’t be just a YA blog), but we do have an eclectic audience, which is nice, and some people have mentioned they like the variety. I guess it’s easy to drown in YA blogs all reviewing the same big books.

    • From what I gather you do have niche, Briana. Your own eclectic niche, and as you said your audience like the variety. I think the most important thing is to do what you like and what you feel passionate about. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Honestly, I read more YA but in no way am I opposed to Adult novels. Some adult books are actually my favorite. I don’t think it hurts to mix YA and Adult reviews at all personally. I co-blog and couldn’t handle a blog on my own let alone two, haha! You do you, either way I’m sure it’ll be okay 😀

    • I think I can’t handle a second blog right now, I agree it’s a lot of work. You’re lucky to have such a wonderful co-blogger, you and Kelly definitely make a wonderful team!

  7. That’s a really interesting list! Historical romances and other books that lean towards romance are my total guilty reads, so I usually leave a brief review on Goodreads and leave it at that. I know a bunch of other friends also read such books, but they usually don’t post their reviews on their mostly-YA blogs themselves. But I’m also super surprised at how many views my NA review books have gotten! Granted, there was a lot of ranting involved in the review, but it seemed like it drew a bunch of people that wouldn’t have visited my blog otherwise. 😉 You never know!

    • I love romance stories, so I would be happy to see more of your reviews on romances on your blog or on Happy Indulgence, Aila! Also you are absolutely right that reviews of books in different genres can actually expand your audience!

  8. You know as funny as it sounds, I’ve never thought much about the fact that I read all kinds of genres and blog about them all. I guess I like the variation and I love seeing it on other blogs too. I think it’s fun to see all the different genres we all read. I do like blogs that stick to one as well because I can always go there looking for something specific but I don’t mind either way.
    kindlemom1 recently posted…Blog Tour: Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

    • When I started my first blog I just wanted a platform where I can share my thoughts about books, and it’s still truth. I haven’t analyzed my reading preferences too. Then I noticed that many bloggers have 2 blogs for YA and Adult reviews, and began to think that maybe I should change something in my blogging.

  9. Our blog definitely started on as a blog just dedicated to YA reviews. but I guess as we started blogging for longer our reading experiences started to change quite a bit, I noticed myself reading genres that I wouldn’t have considered a few years ago. But Rachel and I still post these reviews on the blog, whether they be NA or Adult. I guess whatever seems to be working for us at the moment is what we decide to go with :)

    • I wonder if changes in you tastes lead to changes in your audience. Have you noticed that?

  10. While I do not review YA as often I once did my blog features everything from children’s books to erotica. I find my YA peeps pop on when they see a YA title in their feed. Since 95% of my followers are adults who read YA it hasn’t been an issues.

    • Glad to hear that featuring variety of books is working for you, Kim. I love you blog, and I hope that putting everything on one blog would work for me too.

  11. I read YA and adult as well, and like you, my life is too hectic to be able to split my reading preferences into two separate blogs without bringing on a co-blogger to manage the second blog. For me though, my blog started as a way to share books that I love, so I’m going to do that all in once place even if that means traffic is lower on adult days because my primary reading audience loves YA. One of my goals over the past year or so has been to focus less on stats and obligations to publishers, and shift the focus back to what makes me happy. So if that means I have a romance review one day and a YA one the next, so be it! Do what makes you happy Ksenia, that’s the whole point of the blog:):):)

    • Do what makes you happy. I love this message so much, Jenny. I plan to do just this.

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