The Books: How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type? How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the inside?
The Blog: As a book blogger, in whatever form that takes, branding is important. Your colors, your fonts, your style of review, all of these things come together to make the “brand” of your blog – something that makes your reviews and posts and websites, all your various content, immediately recognizable to the people looking for you. What do you do to create a brand on your site? Do you think about these things?
When I see a beautiful book cover I am not going to lie I will pick it up right away and read the back of it. A beautiful cover will draw my attention, but it will not be enough to make me buy it unless it sounds good from what I read on the back cover. What is annoying to me though is when you read a book and the way the characters are described don’t even match the people that are on the cover. That is why I prefer it when there just aren’t people on the cover so that I can imagine the way that they look versus having this image of the cover people in my head.
Honestly I don’t care about “the brand” of my blog I just do what I feel like doing. I don’t care if the colors coordinate as long as I think they are appealing to me. I think the fact that not everything has to match in itself makes it a brand as its own I suppose. I do like a lot of color though, so when I figure out how to mess with everything there will be a lot of color!
What do you guys think? Are you judgemental about book covers or the way a blog looks?