Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Brokeandbookish. This week’s theme is FREEBIE! . I’m certainly no expert on the subject, but I thought I could gather up some tips and things I’ve learned since I started book blogging, and some of these I could have definitely liked to hear when I started…
1 • COMMENT AND TALK WITH OTHERS
The book blogging community is huge, and it might seem a little scary, at first. But once you get over how nervous you are, just comment on other blogs. Share your thoughts. Reach out to new bloggers with CARE. Don’t tell you want them to check out your blog and/or follow, nothing worse to prevent people from doing so. Just be NICE, thoughtful, and be yourself. CREATE FRIENDSHIPS.
2 • TRY OUT TWITTER.
That might not be for everyone, but Twitter surely helps me communicate within the community, find new people to follow, to talk with, and there are ALWAYS new bookish chats to participate in, to get to know new people, share the world about your blog and just your thoughts about books in general.
3 • PLANNER OR SPONTANEOUS BLOGGER ?
It’s not that easy, really, to find what kind of blogger you are. Whether you like to plan, schedule, or just go with your mood and inspiration at the moment. Try it out. See what you prefer.
I’m not really one to talk, since I look at my stats page a lot. It’s such a mood-lifter, or downer, at times, and nothing worse to make you feel stressed out about blogging. It takes time to grow your blog, and it doesn’t matter if it takes you years to reach 100 followers, 100 page views or anything. What matters is that you LOVE what you do.
5 • TAKE BREAKS
Not one to talk there either, I’m a bit crazy, yet I do and I WILL step away from my blog when necessary time comes. If you ever feel pressured to produce content, stressed out because you can’t catch up with other blog posts, or just like you’re close to a burn-out, take a step back.
6 • READ WHAT YOU WANT TO READ
There’s nothing like the hype, and whether you’re new or old, you’ll always be amazed at what the hype can do, how it can make you WANT A BOOK so badly. But I don’t think you should feel pressured if you’re not reading what everyone else is, and have no interest in doing so.
7 • RESPECT THE PERKS OF BOOK BLOGGING
I want to talk about ARCs (Advance Readers Copy) here, obviously. It’s so easy to get lost in an ARC requesting frenzy. But it’s a commitment. Be sure you can handle it..
8 • BE RESPECTFUL
This should be a given, really, but be respectful of others in the community. Respect their opinion, don’t bash on one of their reviews, if you don’t agree, there are respectful ways to say so. Respect the authors, the editors, the others. DO NOT include an author’s twitter handle or something when you’re sharing a bad review.
If you could see my old posts, I would cringe at them, and I don’t want to see them at all, anymore, ahah. But it takes time to find your own place, the way you want to blog, your design, your way of writing reviews, discussions, just, your own place. Try out new things, find your voice..
10 • BE YOURSELF
Don’t try to be everyone else. Don’t try to “pineapple” everyone when that’s clearly someone else’s way to talk (The FANTASTIC Cait @PaperFury). Don’t try to copy someone else’s way of doing things. Make that blog your own, and find your own voice. Be unique, be yourself. After all, everyone else’s already taken 😉