How to be a Marvaculous Book Blogger: 10 Book Blogging Lessons

SO. Since I am the Blogging Queen, obvioiusly, I am being so kind as to lend you all of my wonderful wisdom this fine Tuesday! I am also linking up with Top Ten Tuesday, as per usual! The prompt is Throwback Freebie, hence why I am giving this priceless blogging advice my past me would have benefited greatly from.*

Let us commence!

*OMG CAN WE ALL APPRECIATE MY SPECTACULAR HUMBLENESS OKAY

Lesson 1: INTERACT

Oh, how I wish wish wish I had learned this before I started blogging!

My thought process was literally thus:

  • Oh I’ll just start a blog because I’m a cool kid
  • And everyone will recognize how witty and charming I am
  • And then I’ll be famous!

……

Cue all the crickets guys, because my first idea was literally to just blog about myself*. #somuchfail

Granted, I was fourteen and didn’t know the difference between milk chocolate and dark chocolate, but it was one hot mess, I can tell you that much!!

BUT: If there is one thing you learn from this, your first lesson from the Queen of Everything**, learn that it is imperative to interact! This means replying to comments, and returning comments by commenting on other blogs!

*I mean, I am pretty awesome but the world didn’t know how to find me!
**spoiler: IT’S ME

Lesson 2: Be a Dragon, Probably

I kid you not. Dragons are better at everything.

They:

  • Read faster
  • Never get cold
  • Can make their own fires*
  • Type SUPER fast**
  • Can eat so much food. This means you can stuff yourself with even more chocolate
  • Ususally are Very Sassy. Becoming a dragon will make you even more sassy, thus improving your blogging skills

Above is actual footage of me being a dragon.
*sometimes a house might accidentally be burned down but it is a necessary sacrifice
**They also make excellent secretaries but if you are a dragon yourself you don’t need one!

Lesson 3: Get Inspiration

Let’s just be honest for a moment. You have decided to become a Book Blogger. That’s GREAT.

But. You either don’t read fast enough to post 2-3 reviews a week, and/or you have the common sense to know that no one wants to read only book reviews from a book blogger*

The best way to add quality content to your blog is to write about things that other bloggers can relate to! Books, of course. But there are so many memes and tags out there that have prompts set up for you! Isn’t that great?!?

Here are but a few:

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Fierce Fangirl Friday
  • Rainbow Book Tag
  • Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

There are many many more!

I usually just pick and choose. And remember, you don’t have to be tagged to do the meme or tag! We book bloggers are experts at stealing such things. Just be sure to credit whoever you stole it from!**

*I know it sounds contradictory but trust me Bartholomew.
**I know, I KNOW it isn’t strictly stealing then. But let’s just pretend it is!

Lesson 4: Food

Now, this may seem like it has nothing to do with book blogging.

How wrong you are, my little hatchling.

See, bookworms thrive off of many different kinds of foods and beverages, preferably of the unheathy genre.

You will always get plus points for making your blog into a cake or chocolate blog for a day.*

*I might be talking nonsense. You Should probably run the other way, and fast before I ruin your blog MUAHAHA

Lesson 5: Aesthetics

Ever heard the saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover”?

WELL FORGET EVERYTHING YOU’VE LEARNED.

Also admit it: we all judge all the books by their covers.

And bloggers judge other blogs by their aesthetics. If it’s pleasing to look at, people are much more inclined to stay.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Keep it simple. Don’t have blinking pictures in your sidebars or too many (if any) annoying ads
  • Pick a color scheme. This isn’t a must but it definitely helps other bloggers to identify you and get to know your blog!
  • PRETTY PICTURES. If you aren’t skilled with photography, gifs will also do the trick. giphy.com is a great source of many hilarious gifs that will convey your feelings of flailing better than any amount of words.

  • Prompt a discussion! I like to ask a few related questions at the end of my post to get the comments rolling!*
  • Be Witty**
  • Follow other book blogs that have similar interests! Most of the time, if you leave a comment, they will return it. This is how lasting friendships are formed!

*Look at me, making actual sense!
** STILL TRYING TO FIGURE THIS ONE OUT but it was worth a mention

Lesson 6: Be YOU

OMG someone give me chocolate for being so inspirational.

But as CHEESY as that lesson title sounds*, IT’S TRUE. You may admire certain bloggers for their voice, but if you try to be anything other than what you are (for example, reading books you think will get more likes/views/comments instead of what you want/are actually interested in), you will never feel content.

Not to mention how can you even connect with other people when you are trying to be a different person?

Trust me, you’ll be better off just doing what makes you happy!

*Let’s face it sometimes we just need cheesy

Lesson 7: Branch Out

Blogging is great! All this writing takes so much time though, and honestly who (besides superheroes and people who accidentally write 6 books in a year (I’M LOOKING AT YOU CAIT)) can keep up with full time blogging!

In my experience these are some things that have worked for me:

  • Post on The Blog once or twice a week, more if you have time. Just remember that not everyone will have time to read all those posts!
  • Join other social media platforms! Bookstagram (instagram for bookish people) and Twitter are great places to start!

  • BE ACTIVE. I cannot stress this enough. Being active is the only way you will grow!
  • Keep track of things with a journal or even just a simple text file. Like what posts you have scheduled, brainstorms for posts and posts you still need to write!
  • Be Consistent. You are much more likely to have an active following if you are consistent! I post every Tuesday (usually with a Top Ten Tuesday post) and Friday!

Lesson 8: Don’t Lose Focus

It’s time for some more cheese.

Don’t ever forget why you started your book blog: BECAUSE YOU LOVE READING AND FLAILING WITH OTHERS.

If you get too caught up in the numbers and stats, your joy in blogging will plummet, and fast.

Lesson 9: Blog Name

This one might seem obvious.

It wasn’t to me, so I’m just throwing it out there.

Make sure your blog name expresses you while still saying what you’re about – books! Or whatever pleaseth you. Try not to make it too long (my memory is the size of a peanut and I won’t remember long or non-catchy names haha). This is especially something to think about if your site is wordpress hosted because you have got that extra bit in there at the end!

Lesson 10: Food

Did I already mention chocolate? Or cake? Or ice cream?

Really these are probably  the most important aspects of a book blog.

Most likely definitely.

All the food.

Did you find this post helpful?? What are some things you wish you had known before starting your blog? Or did you just find yourself snowballing and being amazing all at once?!?

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29 thoughts on “How to be a Marvaculous Book Blogger: 10 Book Blogging Lessons

  1. *blinks* Meeee???? I can’t help but be ACCIDENTALLY FABULOUS.

    Also I knew nothing when I started blogging. 😂 I was a fantastic calamity on two legs honestly, although at LEAST I knew the difference between dark vs milk chocolate so like I’m winning there. But I agree with a lot of things! And especially appreciate when bloggers be themselves. I’ve had a lot of people copying me lately which is frustrating. It’s much more fun to be yourself! It’s more authentic and easier to maintain!
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    1. Who else?? 😂😂 being accidentally fabulous is forsure the way to go!

      Haha our poor young unsuspecting blogging selves had no idea what we were getting ourselves into😂

      Ugh people who copy or steal need to just not exist!?!? WHY DO THEY EXIST????

  2. omg THANK YOU SO MUCH. I’ve been working on getting off the ground and right now you are pretty much one of the queens of all things for me, so this makes me really happy.
    Also, your aesthetic is one of my favorites!

  3. Great post Esther, I loved all your tips as well. If only we could be dragons, I imagine that would make reading and blogging much easier! 😀
    Interacting is definitely key. When I first started out I had no clue either, and before this one I had three failed blogs so that should tell you something. I guess I’m one of those people who learns from their mistakes. 🙂
    Also good, if only we could transport food through the internet, some of those gifs made me really hungry. 😀
    Again great post. 🙂 ❤️

  4. This is a FANTASTIC POST, Esther, I love it so much. You are giving out great tips here. Interaction is key for sure, when I first started I didn’t really interact because I was so afraid and…look at me now, who am I, haha. It just makes blogging SO MUCH MORE FUN, it’s so great to talk with other bloggers, fangirl about books and everything, for me it’s like, everything. <3 <3
    I also agree that it's so important to be ourselves. I feel like, lately, there have been so many differnet kind of blog posts, but also different trends, people doing the same kind of things, and worse of it all, people actually copying each other. It's good to draw inspiration and do your own thing, so many people do that, but actual copying is just, not cool, ahah.
    GREAT post! <3
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    1. AWWW thank you 🤗
      I just hope maybe I can help a few lost souls out there like me 😂
      Same I interacted exactly zero and it got me nowhere, until I started finding more awesome blogs! And yasss you go you are amazing!
      People who copy need to not exist! I can’t even imagining having fun with my blog if I were to take credit for something that wasn’t truly mine!

  5. This is a wonderful post! I am relatively new to the blogging world so I took on all your advice (although my brain automatically changed the word ‘food’ to the word ‘coffee’ throughout the post).

    I don’t try to stress too much about viewer numbers and comments, as I started the blog for myself, and I really enjoy it. But it would be nice to have more people interested. Haha! I figure if I just try and make friends within the blogging community then one day I’ll have my own blogging squad and we will rule the world… naturally.

  6. Yes! Yes! Yes to all of this. 😉 This is a really helpful post, one that I wish I could’ve read when I first starting blogging. Thanks for the tips! And also I just discovered your blog, and I like it a lot so far. <3

      1. XD Yes, on one hand, being a clueless bean was also A LOT OF FUN. And I agree so much witht the interaction part. It isn’t easy, but it’s SO important.

  7. This is very entertaining! I’m just starting my blog and I feel like I’m a John Snow that knows nothing. I wish I could be a dragon, but I read pretty slow -)

    I liked a section about writing not only book reviews. This is so true. I mean, thank you for this post and I’m happy I found it -)

    1. Haha thanks, I try!! The good thing is that Jon Snow is awesome so knowing nothing is totally in style! WE CAN ALL BE DRAGONS. You just have to be crazy enough to believe that you are one :,)

      Yes! I personally skip over a lot of book reviews either because I am not interested in reading the book, or I didn’t like it in the first place. I do read book reviews for books I’m thinking about getting or that I read and I want to know what other people think! But if someone is always posting reviews I’m most likely 0% interactive hehe.
      Awe I hope that I have helped you a little on your journey! <3

  8. Oh my goodness, this post is so accurate!

    I found your blog through Bloglovin’ and am so happy I did! Your bookstagram is also GORGEOUS.. *heart eyes*

    OMG and can we talk about that FANTASTIC mug in the picture! *neeed*

    Keep up the good work, Esther!

  9. I WANT TO BE A DRAGON! I eat chocolate? BUT I AM ALWAYS COLD. Save me

    YOUR THE BLOGGING QUEEN? I thought you were
    the only the fantasy queen. CLEARLY NOT?
    YES YES YESSS INTERACTION IS O IMPORTANT. I remer when I started blogging i was a smol innocent penguin who didnt even know other book bloggers existed. OOPS
    FOOD IS OBVIOUSLY THE MOST IMPORTANT. I am here for ice cream. AND AESTHETIC! People want pretty blogs.!! LIKE MINE :))) I am so modest
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    1. Honestly who doesn’t want to be a dragon?!?!?!? THAT’S THE GREAT THING ABOUT BEING A DRAGON YOU ARE NEVER COLD.

      I am the Queen of Everything, obviously. Fantasy Queen is only one of my many titles.
      I also had no idea other book bloggers existed?!?! Or where to find them?!?!!? Book idea: Fantastic Book Bloggers and Where to Find Them and Book Bloggers in Their Natural Habitat. #winning
      I’M ONLY HERE FOR THE CHOCOLATE, TBH. I love pretty blogs! AND YAS YOUR BLOG IS GORGEOUS YOU SLAY. I ALSO BOW TO YOUR HUMILITY:

  10. Thank you for this post! I’m just starting to get my act together on mine and this was so helpful! I’ve been looking around at different book memes and I’ll definitely have to check those out. 🙂

    Also, I’ve OBVIOUSLY not incorporated enough food into my blog. Thank god you posted this, YOU SAVED ME. NOW I SHALL GO FORTH AND EAT CHOCOLATE.
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