What is Bookidote? – Blogging Tips

Hello lovely people!

As part of a feature by Closet Readers, we were invited to share lessons that we’ve learned as bloggers to share with the community. Such an invitation could not be ignored, especially when we thought it was a perfect opportunity to share what Bookidote is all about. If you’re interested in this feature, don’t hesitate to take a peak at their blog for more information!

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As some of you—if not all of you—already know, our home page tells you exactly what Bookidote stands for. In fact, it event gives you a pretty good idea no how to pronounce this word that assembles both ‘book’ and ‘antidote’! 😀

Bookidote (\ˈboo-ki-ˌdōt\) : Lashaan and Trang’s creation. It is a commitment that holds countless ideas in one word. Three syllables. Nine letters. These two squandered souls firmly believe that books aren’t just a pastime for intellectuals or a mandatory purchase for your studies. Bookidote is so much more. It marries books with antidotes, knowledge with cure, imagination with elixir. It refers to the ability that books withhold in swallowing you into a boundless universe and encouraging you to live a unique and different adventure every time you crack open a book. Bookidote acknowledges the fact that books can help you explore ideas, stimulate your imagination and live innumerable lives.

Bookidote is your next stop.

To develop a bit more, we’ve also went through a quick and simple creative process where we transformed Bookidote into an acronym. Here’s the result!


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Book. We all need books in our lives. Come on. You just can’t spell Bookidote without ‘book’. Bookidote lives and breathes on books. From reviewing them to sharing our love (and sometimes hatred) with every other person out there. Books are one of the best mediums out there to give everyone one of us the opportunity to live countless lives and to learn countless lessons. One thing’s for sure. We wouldn’t be able to roam around the outside world without a book by our side. 🙂

oOpen-minded. Understand that your own opinion is not the only one out there. There are so many different point of views on the same subject/book. Everything we feel and think about a certain item varies according to our own experience, understand and perspective. Being open-minded around the blogosphere will do wonders for you. 😉

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Original. Book reviews give so much insight on a person’s character. A blog filled with only one type of post can however still have the disadvantage of causing boredom for certain individuals. That’s where your sense of creativity kicks in and gives your followers that entertaining post that isn’t necessarily a review. A simple life update on yourself to a fun and interesting feature are some amazing ways to give your blog that extra boost of originality! 😀

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Kindness. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the blogging community, it’s that kindness runs in 99,9% of people’s blood. We’re both naturally kind to everyone and anyone (unless you make it your mission to piss us off). 😀 Kindness goes a long way in everything you do on your blog. From the way you deliver your content to the way you answer your comments. After all, did you expect rudeness to bring you friends and success in life? 😉

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Invitational. Your blog’s design also gives your followers and every random person who comes across your blog a certain idea of what type of person you are. This isn’t only about pleasing a crowd. It’s also about pleasing yourself. Your blog should be your kingdom. It should be visually represent what you want it to convey. Simple and organized? Flashy and colourful? Interactive and hip? Find your style and go with it! 🙂

dDedicated. Some people see their blog’s as a part-time (sometimes full-time) job. Others see it as their occassional opportunity to type up some words and thoughts about this and that. Your blog’s purpose should dictate how dedicate you should be on your blog. From answering comments to visiting your fellow blogger’s posts, your blog is a world in itself. It’s easy to lose track of what’s going on if you don’t pay attention to your blog. It’s also easy to find ways to incorporate your blog to your own life and make it that virtual life you want to keep alive. 😀

o3Optimal. It’s all about being fast and efficient in the thing’s you do. Using pictures/gifs/graphics is one of the best ways to do this. Revising what you write also helps a lot in being concise and precise, without being too often repetitive. Find that sweet spot in how you create and post content and you’ll be seeing a lot great things happening to your blog! 😉

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Truthful. This is something that should be part of your maxims in life. Putting forth a fake personality does nothing more than harm yourself and the people around you. The world would rather be hurt by the truth and learn from then than be filled with sugar-coated lies. Be loyal to yourself and express the ideas that you truly believe in. Did you feel like a book deserved absolutely zero stars? Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts on why rather than giving it some undeserved stars! 🙂

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Escapism. This applies to both books and blogs. It also applies to you, the blogger, and to all the viewers. People love to escape reality and relax. Life is a professional at delivering overwhelming and stressful events. You should never forget that reading/blogging is, at its foundation, something you do for yourself before you do it for others. Enjoy what you do at the speed you like doing it. 😉


While the acronym managed to cover a great amount of concepts that we believe in when it comes to book blogs, reviewing and reading, it isn’t 100% exhaustive. There’s definitely plenty of nuances and ideas that we might have spared you guys from reading about, but surely a lot has been covered!

Thank you all for keeping Bookidote alive and making it a second home for us to go to when real life is a b*tch. 😉

WE JUST HIT 1500 FOLLOWERS ❤ We love you!

Yours truly,

Lashaan & Trang

31 thoughts on “What is Bookidote? – Blogging Tips

  1. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    First of all, super big congratulations on the 1500! So very deserved 🤗😊 This is fantastic. You hit on so many of the key elements I strive for with Books, Vertigo and Tea. I want to thank you for especially formaddressing kindess and open-mindness. I value these so greatly. Kindness for the very obvious and well really is so personal that you must keep an open mind for the rest to fall in place. You guys rock!

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    Good post and congrats on the 1500 mark!

    So I have to ask, because this is a big “thing” for me, how do you address deadwood followers? You have “1500” followers. Do you just let them accrete or do you ever prune them? What is your philosophy on those who follow then never like or comment? Or post on their own? I don’t know what you have for stat trackers, but do you get a lot of people who read your stuff but never “like” or comment? You’ve obviously got a large core of active followers [hence all the likes you guys get so quickly on most posts] but I am curious how you deal with that inactive part?

    Thank you for indulging my curiosity 🙂

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    • Lashaan and Trang (Bookidote) says:

      Thanks mate! I totally understand your concern. I used to wonder the same thing when Bookidote was first created. However, it also hit me that these “dead” followers pretty much comes with any creative platform. The best example is Youtube. The number of subscribers is never equivalent to the number of likes or the number of views. Some people simply click on the follow button because they see something they’d like to check out once in a while whenever they feel like going on WordPress. Essentially, the number of followers indicates the number of people who can see you in their WordPress Reader. It’s not the “email” subscribers who receive emails every time you post something (I’m not surprised this category of people are EXTREMELY low in number; imagine the spam).

      I like to see these deadwood followers, like you call it, as those friends that you make and then lose touch of as time goes on. Some people stay for the long run, others simply disappear. I have to admit, comparing WordPress to Real Life is odd, but it’s the best way to see it. There used to be people who visited all the time and dropped a word or two here and then (greatly appreciated by the way), but then they stopped blogging/visiting. But then came other people who pretty much filled the gap. Of course, as time goes by, the number of people who become “dedicated” followers will grow faster and you’ll have a lot more interaction.

      We honestly can’t do much about those who don’t say a word, those who only like to “like” your post, those who follow but never check out your post. If Bookidote were to “reboot” itself, I’m pretty sure 1500 would be DRAMATICALLY decreased. I also like to remind myself that every post attracts “dedicated followers” + “interested followers”. Each post does its own job and a part of the views for each post will be a completely random number of individuals.

      At the end of the day, I see my reviews as my virtual database. As long as the post is online, someone will want to read it when he/she wants to read a review of a certain book by a certain author. The best moment for me is when an old post is visited and someone actually takes the time to leave a comment. I don’t mind that 1500 followers is not equal to 1500 likes per post (how awesome would that be). Maybe some day written book reviews (unlike youtube book reviews that seems to be a pretty attractive means) will become so popular that these “dead followers” won’t even matter because of how small they’ll be compared to the active part of the population.

      I have no clue if this answers any of your questions on my thoughts on the matter. Hopefully it does so that I don’t feel like I’ve wasted your time with my words hahah. 🙂

      – Lashaan

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      • Bookstooge says:

        Not a waste of time, AT ALL! The fact that you wrote so much means you’ve thought about your answer and I appreciate that.
        I also like what you’ve written. So thanks for taking the time to write that all out.

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  3. Kat @abookiesbooks says:

    I love how you broke down each letter. I think you hit on a bunch of key points in the blogging community. Thank you so muhc for this lesson! Also congrats on 1500! I am so glad to be apart of that!

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    • Lashaan and Trang (Bookidote) says:

      Yaaayy! ❤ Thank you so much for all your kind words!!! I'm glad to hear that it managed to cover a good amount of what should be put out there. Makes me happy to know you all enjoy our content and are willing to drop a word here and then!! 😀

      – Lashaan

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  4. Marie says:

    OH I love this post so, so much, I love how you came up with something for each letter, it’s so cute and inspiring 🙂 Also, massive congratulations on 1500 followers, what an incredible accomplishment,and so well deserved ❤ ❤

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