My book blogging essentials

We all know that being a book blogger (or any kind of blogger, for that matter) is hard. Even if we love it, it’s complicated to keep our head out of the water sometimes. We constantly have to find new ideas, inspiration, write blog posts, engage with the community and so on.

Besides the obvious, complicated thing that is our mind in constant churning for new ideas, blogging struggles and dilemmas we also need some tools. No matter what anyone says, we book bloggers and bloggers in general are trying to build something here. Blog posts don’t happen in the blink of an eye – even if, somedays when inspiration seems to have lost its way, it would be nice if it could. We are building small houses all around the blogosphere filled with books and love and for that, we need tools. We also need lists because… well, just because lists are pretty cool.

Here are my book blogging essentials.

A blog

I know. I’m really funny, but…let’s be real. We couldn’t be blogging without a blog now, could we?

A computer

The computer is my nΒ°1 essential, obviously and I would not be blogging without it. I know (or heard of) some bloggers doing almost everything on their phones and I deeply admire them for it. I only use the WordPress App to take a quick look at my blog when I am away, but… that’s all. EVERYTHING I DO happens on the computer. Writing my blog posts. Blog-hopping. Screaming. EVERYTHING.

A phone

That being said, I still have my phone because I am living in the 21st century and can’t live without it. If I only use it to check the WordPress App once in a while (trying not to be too obsessed here) but mostly to write down random ideas of blog posts I get. I have a list of blog posts ideas sitting in my phones’ notes, waiting to be used. Or forgotten. Or, sometimes, just to make me confused because I have NO idea whatever the hell I meant when I wrote that idea.

A book. Who am I kidding. TONS OF BOOKS.

Do we need books to be book blogging? Now, that’s a real question. Maybe we don’t need physical copies, we could only have e-books and that would be perfectly okay. But can we really talk and rant about books all day without… having books and having read some of them?

A twitter account

I could be blogging without social media, I think. I really could. But the experience would be different. I have mixed thoughts on twitter and everything it brings to me personally, in my blogging adventure, in the blogging community and so on. Spoiler alert: it’s both great and incredible and the worst thing that ever happened to the book blogging community. Sorry for saying this. I’m not going to get into a twitter debate right now, I promise. I’m going to tell you why I’m using it and it’s useful instead.

  • I found many, many MANY bloggers thanks to twitter, where the book blogging community is a black hole you’ll fall into.
  • I use it to talk about my blog posts and share them, too, and it brings on a small amount of traffic, new people and new friends too.
  • Being on twitter, even if I’m not interacting too much on it, makes me feel like I am part of the book blogging community thingy even more.

A goodreads account

Because how else do you keep track of your books, the books you find thanks to other bloggers? How do you find the books you want to talk about in your next book tag, book covers and summaries, books you kind of forgot to review three months ago? I know some people have tons of spreadsheets for that. I’m lazy and I spend approximately three times a weekend looking at my goodreads account and at all the books.

An Excel Spreadsheet

Hello, my name is Marie and I try not to be an organization-freak too much. But I can’t deny who I am when it comes to blogging so I have a spreadsheet. I think I’m doing okay, because I only have one spreadsheet so far: The Post Schedule Spreadsheet. Basically, it’s a calendar of the entire year and I use it to write the blog posts coming next and their status (in progress, published, etc). I wouldn’t know what I’m doing without this.

A camera

When I am not too lazy, inspired and/or when my family is inspired and wants to take some pictures of my books, I take my small camera to do so. Just to take pictures for the book reviews, sometimes the discussion posts and so on. I could do without it, but I like the personal touch it brings to this blog. I just wish I was more talented to take more bookish pictures.

Canvas

When I’m lazy, the lovely and free canvas website comes to save me. I use it a lot to do my featured images on this blog and spend way too much time finding the perfect background image anyway.

A notebook

If I have my phone to write down some ideas, I also have a small notebook I carry around with me. I mostly use my phone for blog ideas (and the occasional WIP inspiration), but the notebook comes into action when it comes to reviewing books. I always try and write down my thoughts as I am reading a book and once I’m done with it, to help with the whole reviewing thing. I am not the most regular notebook writer and I have been known to forget to write down my thoughts after finishing a book more often than not. When that happens, I mostly hate myself and my fish memory.

A cup of tea

Confession time: I hate coffee and never ever drink it. I am a tea drinker though and, when I am drafting all of my blog posts for the week, I always have a cup of tea at hand, you know, to help with my inspiration.

What are some of your blogging essentials? Do you use a computer to write all of your blog posts, or do you use the WordPress App, too?

Do you take pictures for your blog? Do you have Excel Spreadsheets or are you just doing it without planning ahead? Let me know your thoughts in comments!

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169 thoughts on “My book blogging essentials

  1. Honestly, your organization impresses me. I agree with the computer though- I have NO idea how people blog on their phones! It would take me literally DAYS longer to do stuff, and even then, would be crappy quality. Nope, need my laptop. And then…. that’s it. Like seriously, I have no idea how people are so organized. My spreadsheet would be… well, empty. I am lucky if I can think of what I am posting even a day or two ahead- that’s best case! I would like to take more pictures, honestly- it’s fun! But I also have no time, so when things have to be sacrificed, it seems like photos are the first things I cut out, sadly.

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    1. Aw, well YOU are the one that impresses me, Shannon! It’s so great that you are able to blog without even having a proper schedule. I couldn’t work without a schedule or knowing what’s next, but that’s my inner-organization freak coming out πŸ˜‚
      Same here, whenever I don’t have enough time, pictures are the first things to go. I don’t know how people manage to spend so much time taking bookish pictures, I just… get mad at myself and give up πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  2. Yep. yep. yep to all of these. I just lived without my computer for a week (needed to be repaired, BOO), and I just…did nothing. I was completely cut off from blogging. It was rough! So yeah, definitely something I can’t live without! I also get Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop from my school, so I really like using that to make graphics! But I think I can live without it haha.

    A BLOG? YOU NEED A BLOG? I’VE BEEN DOING THIS ALL WRONG???? hahahahah lovely post Marie!

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    1. Oh that’s so great! I’d love to use photoshop for my graphics as well. Oh, someday I will ahha, but in the meantime there are many cool websites to use, too πŸ™‚
      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ thank you so much!! ❀

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  3. I’ve had so many people tell me that I should get a Twitter account to join the book blogging community there and to also gain more readers for my blog, but I’ve also heard that there is quite a lot of negativity on there (like most places on the internet, I guess πŸ˜…) which makes me hesitant to dive into Twitter. Should I try out Twitter? Would you mind listing a few more pros and cons about Twitter? Also, I love how you use a spreadsheet for your posts! I personally go old-school style and just use a notebook to plan out my posts 😊 I loved reading this post!

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    1. Well, twitter IS a great place if you want to be up-to-date with everything happening in the bookish community and bookish deals, book news, releases and everything. I have been hearing about SO many new books thanks to twitter and I met great people as welL. That being said… I think it’s really overwhelming, at times (for me, it is, on a personal level. It’s hard to feel included or always relevant and many dramas and tweets get misinterpreted at times and… it’s hard. I think twitter is a great place, but at small doses ? Honestly, you should try and see whether it’s for you, or not πŸ™‚ I know I like it, but I know I need breaks from it, too, fo my mental health haha.
      YAY, notebooks!! that’s so great πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment, Zoie! ❀ ❀

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  4. “We are building small houses all around the blogosphere filled with books and love”- gosh I love this line- yes a million times over! Yeah my computer is essential too, but the phone app does help. And YES to tons of books! And yes, goodreads is so useful for keeping track of books. And yes always to notebooks and tea. Fantastic post!!

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  5. Love this post Marie! Your blogging posts are always so inspirational and I can’t even understand where you get these ideas πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ I need a computer to write posts! And preferably a tablet for comments. A computer works but a tablet is so self contained and actually feels like it was made to comment, lol. And I hand write my schedule in a bullet journal… really a spreadsheet would be better but I was always a MAC girl and never caught the word suite bug like the rest of the known world.

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    1. Aww thank you, you’re WAY too sweet, I’m so happy you enjoyed this ❀ ❀
      I never tried to blog hop and comment from a tablet?? I'll have to try someday, if it's made for it haha πŸ˜›
      I think it's so great that you have a bullet journal and use it to write your schedule for your blog. I'd love to do that as well, but I know I'd want it to be really pretty and I'd be mad at myself when I just can't make it pretty enough hahaha.
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  6. I admire people who can actually work on the WordPress App haha. Once I tried to fix something in a post through the app, and then it completely ruined the post?? So yeah never again πŸ˜‚
    Anyway love this post Marie! I use pretty much all of these, except the Excel sheet. I’m not good with Excel haha. I used to have a Word document in which I kept track of things though. I might pick that up again, depending on whether or not I’ll be able to fully get into blogging again. Definitely missed reading your posts though! ❀️

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    1. SAME HERE, never again πŸ˜‚ it’s way too complicated and just… noooooo I do everythin on the computer, where I don’t mess things up πŸ˜‚
      Oh thank you!! I hope you will be able to blog a little bit, at least about your Manchester adventures, I want to hear everything!xx

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  7. I just recently got a Twitter (begrudgingly) because I saw so many book bloggers recommending to get one because there’s a lot of action – and drama! – that goes on there. I’m still trying to find a niche on there and I don’t post very often because I’m never sure what to say, but so far I have found it useful to stay “in the know” of all the major goings-on in the bookblogging community.

    I am in love with Excel but I’m not sure how I’d use it as far as blogging is concerned.

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    1. I get your feeling – I struggle to find what to say as well and it can get a bit overwhelming, but it’s great to just… feel in the loop about everything πŸ™‚
      I’m using Excel to have a schedule of my blog planning, what’s coming next, etc πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment!! xx

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  8. These are good essentials to have! I think a blog would be kinda necessary, yes πŸ˜‰ But I also need my phone like you, because I note down my ideas there too. I don’t usually drink tea, but tea is always welcome in my life hehe :3 And all the books! I try to stay away from social media like Twitter though because it distracts me <.<

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    1. OH I get it, twitter is SO distracting at times. Whenever I am doing anything blogging-related (blog hopping, writing, ANYTHING, really), I NEVER go on twitter and just hide my phone not to be tempted. Otherwise… well, twitter is way too distracting πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

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  9. People blog on their phones??? Wow, I’m impressed, I tried to edit a post once on my phone and I hated it because it was so annoying. Besides everything looking very weird and me not being capable to get the right idea of how the post is formatted, it was just bad. Not for me, definitely. This post was so cool, I’ve gotten some great tips and once again, I admire you so much for how organized you are! I aspire to be like you.

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    1. Same here, I wanted to correct a little something quickly… let’s just say, going on my computer to do it would have been WAY quicker haha.
      Oh thank you, your comment means THE WORLD to me, you are so, so sweet ❀ ❀ ❀

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  10. Yes indeed, becoming a successful blogger is not that simple. I am just starting on this journey and have only some of the things you mentioned. I now know what other things I have to work on to get my blog running smoothly. Thanks for the guidance!

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  11. I was looking for inspirations in order to start actually organising my blogging life and your post proved itself to be so handy! I have pretty much the same essentials as you for blogging (computer, phone, books duh, and social media) plus I use an app called iWritter that synchronizes automatically my texts between my phone and my computer. It allows me to write down a draft when I’m in the subway (somehow the place I’m inspired to write the most) then to finish it and publish it when I get on the computer. I hate writing with the wordpress app though, it’s always messing with me. Anyway, I find you and your blog to be so inspiring for the reading and the blogging community, so thank you for that Marie πŸ’›

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    1. Yeah, I’m totally not crying right now.
      That’s a lie hahahaha.
      Thank you so, SO much for your sweet words, seriously this means so much to me, knowing that my endless ramblings can be useful ❀ ❀
      I don't know the iWriter app, but that sounds so useful, I really need to start using it! I'm not fond of the WordPress app either, I only use it to check on comments quickly, but…. I'm never writing posts on it, I find it messy and I just, can't πŸ˜…
      Thank you so, so much again for your words ❀ I really hope you will manage to organise your blogging life well and that you'll keep on having fun πŸ˜€

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      1. haha Yay! πŸ’›
        Whenever I come to your blog I always get out with something useful, whether it’s inspiration, a new way of thinking about a particular subject or …. a new book to add to my TBR πŸ˜‚ Yeah the app is not great, but it’s useful with the notifications for comments, especially like other bloggers reply to your comment on their blog.

        Right after reading your post, I brainstormed about how I could implement a concrete timetable into my system and I’ve found a great platform called Zenkit that had made me organise and get back on track! So yeah, thank you again πŸ’›

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