New Feature! (S)he Said

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HE SAID, SHE SAID is a brand-spanking-new feature created and hosted by Rachel (at) Confessions of a Book Geek and Joey (at) Thoughts and Afterthoughts, where formality is thrown out of the window in no-holds-barred discussions on all things bookish.

So, now you’re probably wondering how this all came to be?  

He said: On my perilous journey to find another male blogger, I traversed the forums of Goodreads and waded through pages of the Forest of Blogs only to be left cold, alone, and feeling the emptiness that could only be remedied by having bro-talk discussions. That’s how the story goes, at least. It has always been a goal of mine to find another dude to rant-talk about books and create a forward-thinking environment to engage the thought that guys are not all that different from girls in what they read and how they perceive bookish table topics.

She said: While Joey was searching for his book-blogging bromance, I knew I wanted to collaborate with another blogger on a really unique feature, something fresh that hadn’t been seen before, but I struggled to find a topic that really inspired me. I’d always enjoyed Joey’s blogging style and slowly began torturing him to do a collaboration, even though I may not have fit-the-bill (anatomically speaking). But still, nothing stuck. It was during Joey’s Top Ten Tuesday post on Blogging Confessions that I spotted an opportunity, and pounced on it…

He said: While on my scroll home along Reader Road, you know… the usual antics of saying hello with a tip of the hat and a cheer, I turned onto Tag Lane and was mugged; both in the literal and metaphorical sense. It was so sudden, so immediate, and felt as though she was asking me a life or death request. I stared apprehensively as words came out of her – she wanted to collaborate on a project, I think – except all I could hear was the void left by another day of failure to find a testosterone-filled blogger. But then I heard the faintest of sounds; the low hum from a light-bulb with a spark coursing through it, and so I listened.

She said: After a little some gentle persuasion, I convinced Joey that a male/female collaboration would make for an excellent feature. We all know there can be a serious lack of male perspectives when it comes to the book blogging community, and like many females, I’ve always been curious about the elusive species of male readers – What do they like to read? What do they make of our book-boyfriend fascinations? What makes them tick? Now, finally, we may get the chance to find out.

Take two opinionated bloggers; one male, one female, add one discussion topic and things are about to get interesting…

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    1. The first discussion post was wrapped up last night (they take a while to write!) so we’ll have it live soon. Then I think we’re going to do a joint book review to break it up a little. I’m excited for this!! R x

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    1. Thanks. It’ll probably grow and develop, but for now we’re doing a mix of discussions and joint-reviews. We’re thinking of doing polls too at some point so you guys can pick what we talk about. R x

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  1. Wow, I am so excited for this feature there aren’t words. I was wondering where are all the male book bloggers were the other day, I then thought maybe they exist and they just don’t read the same books as me so we haven’t crossed paths. Anyway, this a crazy awesome feature so I cannot wait for the discussions to begin.

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    1. Yay! Thanks, Becky! There are more male booktubers than bloggers, I’ve tried searching for them, but the few I’ve found read genres and niches that I’m not into or that aren’t very comparable contemporary reads. Joey is the right age range, reads the “right” genres and is part of our community, so I can’t wait to get stuck in to some serious/funny topics and do some reviews! R x

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    1. Thanks! There is very much a male void in the book blogging community, so I’m hoping Joey and I will be able to shed light on some issues that may or may not have a male/female divide and bring both perspectives to book reviews. It should be pretty entertaining! The first post is nearly finished, just need to organise ourselves to keep it going. R x

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    1. Hi, Lucy. Thanks for commenting – and thanks for your feedback! I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes too, could be very interesting! R x

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