Basics of Book Blogging: Day Two- How to Start!

Posted September 7, 2015 by Nori in Basics of Book Blogging / 10 Comments

It’s time for DAY TWO of the Basics of Book Blogging feature!!! Who’s excited? I AM! 😀

As I mentioned in the introduction post, this feature is going to be filled with mostly Q&A style questions, in addition to some links that you might find helpful. 🙂

HOW TO START

How do you start a book blog? As in, how do you do your first post? Do you just introduce yourself, and say what your blog is going to be about, or do you start with a book review?
This totally depends on you! I think that it’s a good idea to introduce yourself before posting anything else, but that’s not mandatory.

I’m still a newbie, so I guess my question is how did you start? Like, what books did you choose?, did you receive ARCs right away?
I started by reviewing books that I got from the library. After all, when I made my blog, I didn’t even know that ARCs existed, nevermind what the acronym stood for. How was I so clueless you ask? Well, I’m not quite sure myself. I didn’t really use any social media, so I did not know that the book community existed.

I actually do not remember when I started receiving ARCs, but it DEFINITELY was not right away. It took a couple of months and lots of persistence before I started getting approved for eARCs. As far as physical ARCs? Ha. Ha. Ha. Let’s just say even I don’t have great luck with those. I’m not quite sure when I received my first one, but it was a LONG time.

I’m struggling to find a name for my blog what can I do?
Hmm that’s a question that I haven’t been asked before! Umm…close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and out, in, and out, and think. Think about what you want your blog to be about, and what inspires you. Then wait for an idea to pop into your head! 😀

After I typed out that…I found a post by Ashley from Nose Graze that gives actual advice 😉 Click HERE!

Am I doing this right?
Are you happy with your content? Are you having fun? If you answered yes to both questions, then YES! If you answered no, then think about how to fix the problems. I am a firm believer that as long as you are happy with your blog, it is successful.

Some other great posts that I think are great resources for new bloggers:
10 Email Templates for Book Bloggers
Little Blogger Things (a series of posts)
Fun Stuff for Your Blog (feat lots of awesome graphics)
MY BOOK BLOGGING TO DO LIST PRINTABLE
{Event} #BloggingOnATimeCrunch: The one with all the Resources
Great Websites to Utilize

Have any questions for me about this post (or about blogging in general)? Send me your questions  HERE and I’ll do my best to answer them soon! 🙂

Stay tuned for the next post in the Basics of Book Blogging guide tomorrow! 

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10 responses to “Basics of Book Blogging: Day Two- How to Start!

  1. So excited for this! I’ve been blogging for ‘months’ but it hasn’t been anything really awesome. So I can’t wait to see all the posts and get back into the groove of blogging!

  2. This is amazing! I’ve been around for three years but I’m still trying to find myself and where I belong in the community. Finding a name is difficult and I’m not yet sure I like mine (I’ve got one better in my head after three years of thinking!) but then’s the question…Do I change it and move to something more official than “enteryourblogname”.worpress.com account? This is also something that I’ve been wondering about: there are so many bloggers who have a domain name. Isn’t it pricy to start with a domain immediately, especially when you don’t know whether you might find blogging fun or not? And, if you do start from a free account, how easy/difficult is it to get a paid domain on the same website without losing your readership? I’m a bit clueless about that :p

    • Wow, thank you so much for the long comment! It is certainly difficult to try and decide whether it’s best to change your name or keep it the same. It isn’t too hard/pricey to get your own .com domain name- surprisingly. It only gets expensive if/when you decide to self host. If you keep your name and just change it from .wordpress.com to .com, it shouldn’t be an issue as far as losing your readership. Does that make sense?

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