It’s time for DAY TWELVE 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. 🙂
TIPS FROM VETERAN BLOGGERS!
I asked on the form… What do you wish that you knew when you were a book blogger newbie?
Now, it’s time to feature some of the answers!
Sophia | @literaryrambles | http://ravens-and-writingdesks.blogspot.com | Blogging for 2+ years
I wish that I knew about the humongous community of book bloggers out there and that Twitter is the greatest thing for getting involved. I wish that I knew how eager other bloggers (no matter how famous or established) are about getting to know you and chatting. It was kind of intimidating at first.
Nicole | @nebrinkley & @yainterrobang | http://yainterrobang.com | Blogging for approx 10 years
At the end of the day, it’s your blog. You can post about what you want when you want to. Only want to post once a week? That’s fine! Only about one type of book? That’s okay! You can read what you want when you want – don’t let constraints on advanced copies stop you. If you’re reading something only because it releases soon, odds are, that pressure will stop you from liking the book as much as you would have otherwise. Read things you want to read and love. Everybody is happier for it.
In the same token, know your limits. Request books you only really, really want to read. ARCs are great things but hoarding them and never getting around to reading them doesn’t help anybody. It was a waste for the publisher and puts undue pressure on you. It’s one thing to get them in the mail unwanted, and another entirely to request 300 books in one year and only read 50 of them! (Or to go take 100 books at BookExpo America and then only read 10 of them. Why lug them around if you’re not really passionate about them?)
Stefani | @StefaniSloma | http://caughtreadhanded.wordpress.com | Blogging for 1.5 years
You don’t have to read all the current books. It’s okay if you don’t post every day. You are doing this for you and if you begin to feel overwhelmed, take a step back, take a break, and don’t stress over it. I know Netgalley/Edelweiss are magical places, but don’t go overboard requesting titles. Only request books you REALLY want to read.
Tessa | @Crazyfor_YA | http://4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com | Blogging for 3 years
I really wish that I knew that it was okay to comment on other blogs, especially if they are bigger than yours. For some reason, I was terrified to comment on other blogs. I thought that I would just be bothering the bloggers, especially those who already got dozens of comments. But now, I know that commenting is how you have the best conversations and make the best relationships.
I also wish that I had known how amazing Twitter is. Talking on Twitter is even better than commenting on other blogs. There is always some kind of chat to join and you can always find someone to chat with. It is also great to share your content and have actual discussions about it.
@behindonbooks | https://thelast2know.wordpress.com
I think I would just want to reassure myself that being honest in my reviews and just letting my own personality dictate the content was and is still the right way to go (for me). That no matter what I choose to write, someone will listen.
I wish I knew how to design my blog better!! I literally had no clue how to do any designing and by it seems too late to change it without paying someone to do it. Also, I think discussion posts are a great way to invite people in so I wish I had done that more from the start.
Don’t be shy to branch out and talk to other bloggers or authors. I’m a shy person in generally and that carries over to the Internet as well but people are nice so don’t hold back.
Pacing the number of reviews you do every month is good. I hate writing so reviews aren’t really my favorite thing to do but it’s good to do them and it’s okay to have like 5-6 reviews a month or even less. Add diversity to posts so it’s okay to not be review heavy.
If you have events like blog tours, cover reveals etc. Put them in a calendar because it’s inevitable that you’ll miss a few. Don’t fret over smaller things especially if you know you aren’t the only one participating. Bloggers make mistakes.
Hannah from The Irish Banana wrote up a post with 10 things that she wished she had known before she started blogging!
Jillian from Jillian’s Books also wrote up a post with Tips On Being A Great Blogger!
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!