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.
- 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
*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?!?