I was nominated by Ava from Reads, Rhythms and Ruminations for the Blogger Recognition award! Thank you so much Ava! I was planning to write some tips for beginning bloggers or just bloggers in general, so I thought why not combine them?
Also you should all check out Ava’s blog, she writes about anime and books, and she is a super lovely person!
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
- Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
Once Upon A Time…
There was a girl, and that girl was bored. She didn’t want to go outside, because it was way too hot, and therefore sat behind her laptop scrolling through tumblr and watching booktube videos. The girl wanted to share her love for books, but knew no other way than by talking to a camera and putting it online. However the girl was too shy to share herself in that way, so she sought for another way to share her love. After thinking about it for a while she discovered wordpress, wrote her first post and bam! there it was: a little piece of magic called a blog.
In the beginning she just wrote reviews, later letters to her beloved characters, but then she discovered the amazing community of wonderful bookish and writerish princes and princesses, and she fell in love with every single one of them. The bookish community had become her home, and her blog her secret double life.
And she lived happily ever after.
I recently got a message on goodreads from a person who just started blogging. They asked me for tips, so I thought I’d share them with you all too. November, if you’re reading this, would you mind sharing your blog url? I would love to check it out 🙂
I am not very experienced when it comes to blogging, because I only started 4 months ago. However I have learned a lot from the past few months. So here are some tips (these mostly apply on book blogging):
- Write about the things you love. If you don’t enjoy writing the post, other people will most likely not enjoy reading it a lot. Also you will probably lose interest quickly.
- There are basically five types of post you can do on your blog:
1) tags and awards, these are fun and easy to do because you usually only have to answer questions. For these it is important to tag people. The best way to do that is link one of their post to yours. You do this by going to their blog, copying a link from a recent post and adding it in your post. This way they will get notified and they will know that they are tagged.
2) Memes, these are weekly/monthly returning posts, which can vary from top 10’s with specific themes, to discussing covers of books. These are fun to do because you can do them every week/month and others do those too so you can share and discuss with them.
3) Discussions, in these posts you can basically discuss whatever you think is interesting.
4) Reviews, these are quite important for most book bloggers. Some bloggers get ARCs in exchange for reviews, but you really shouldn’t start blogging because of the ARCs. I recently discovered NetGalley which provides you with eARCs.
5) Every other random thing you want to do. You can talk about anything on your blog so if you want to talk about your life/school/music taste/favourite movie/etc, go ahead.
- The most important thing and most fun thing about blogging is interacting with others. Don’t hesitate to comment on other people’s blog, because I know almost all bloggers really enjoy talking with others. Commenting should be a way to express your opinion on a topic and shows that you are interested in what they have to say. Just saying “great post!” would probably not result in an in-depth discussion about the post. Better would be something like: “I agree on you with the main character, she was just really annoying and uninteresting to read about. I really enjoyed reading your opinions on this book!”
- Gaining followers is not easy. Don’t expect to have a lot of followers in the first few weeks/months. But if you persevere and keep having fun and interesting content, the followers will come eventually. What is most important is engaging with them!
- Forget about the numbers. Blogging should be something you do for fun and for yourself, so don’t worry too much about page-views and stats.
- Twitter is really great for bloggers, you can connect really easily to people and engaging in chats really helps you to expand your contacts.
- Another thing that can help is to have a nice layout on your blog, if it looks sloppy and impossible to read, people will visit your blog less.
What is your best tip on blogging?
Sorry not nominating anyone because I really should get back to writing my story for Short Story Society! Has anyone seen my inspiration? I think I lost it.