Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers

Question of the Week: Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers

  • Think about why you really want to start your book blog. Weigh out the pros and con's, then make the decision if it's something you really want to do. A book blog requires a lot of dedication!
  • Have fun! Although blogging seems like a second job sometimes, I can't help but enjoy doing it. The fantastic people and fellow bloggers that you meet makes the hard work totally worth it!
  • It's just a Blog. I love my blog, I adore my blog...but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. The pressure of having post's planned and e-mails sent out can get me frazzled at times. When I need a break, I take it. I urge you to do the same. Whether it's just a day or a week, you'll feel great and refreshed and ready to get blogging again when your done!
  • Make friends. The blogging universe is always growing. And we are always happy to welcome a new blogger with open arms! I remember what it was like to be the small fish in the big sea when it came to blogging. It can feel a bit intimidating, but after seeing how kind and welcoming everyone was, I couldn't wait to start making blog friends!
  • Network and Promote. While your blog hopping, commenting and making friends, it is also important to get the word out about your blog. Join Twitter and Facebook, start a page for your blog. It helps to keep your readers updated with your posts, and also helps promote the content of your blog.
  • It's not about the free books. I can't help but shake my head a little when a person wants to start a blog just to get free books. The way I look at a book blog is to share and express my love for reading and to promote the authors I read. When I started my book blog I didn't even know you could get free books. When I got my first e-mail from an Author, I thought it was an Internet scam. If you want to start a blog for the free stuff, then that's not the right attitude, and your blog won't make it in the long run.
  • Personality. It's okay to show who you are through your blog. I love reading reviews and posts that have a little hint of who the person behind the blog is. Got a spunky personality? Let it shine!
  • Followers. When you get that first follower, you can't help but jump for joy. I couldn't believe it when I got that first follower. "Someone read's my blog!" I was like a kid at Christmas. Then you start to feel like a creeper because you are checking your blog every hour to see if you have a new follower. Well, stress no more because it's not about the amount of followers. I would still be blogging if I didn't have that one follower. Of course, I love all my followers now and I blog for them as must as I blog for myself, but you can't stress yourself out over the numbers.
  • Layout. It's your blog, you can do what you please with it. My advice is to keep the layout easy on the eyes. When posts are done in black font on a brown background, and you have flashy widgets everywhere, I find it very hard on the eyes. You want your blog to be a welcoming place.
  • Posts. Don't have a post for today, no biggie! Don't let yourself panic because you haven't posted something in a day or two. That's perfectly fine! Relax, and like I said, have fun! It's better to not have a post then to fill your blog up with meme's just to fill your blog archive.

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  1. Great tips. They seem simple but they are intuitive when you first start off. And though I've been blogging for a while, I still have to work on not panicking when I haven't posted for a while.

  2. These are really great tips. I've been blogging for 6 months now, but I still feel very much like a small fish in a humongous ocean. It can get overwhelming at times and I just have to sit back and remind myself that I'm doing this because I love books and writing and meeting others who love them too! :)


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