So you want to be a book blogger, huh? Today’s Top 10 Tuesday from Broke and the Bookish is a great one for those who are budding book bloggers and also just a reminder for those who have been at it for a few months or a few years. Magan and I have been working on this puppy since November and it’s been such an amazing experience. We’ve gotten to read amazing books, write a lot, meet and chat with some amazing bookish people, and as friends, get a whole lot closer. Hopefully our 10 give you a little insight into our daily reminders to ourselves and also what we think makes our blog work. Good luck to all!
1. Be yourself. Um hello. You are awesome and don’t you forget it.
2. Don’t get discouraged. I know. Easier said then done, right? It’s easy to get worked up when you see other blogs getting more comments or ARCs and mentions on Twitter. But really, you will get there too. Keep your head up and just keep on trucking. Your focus needs to be on good, solid content. If you write it, they will come. (ha ha)
3. Comment on other reading blogs! This is a huge one. Think about how happy you are when your blog gets a comment. Your heart skips a little beat when you realize someone took the time to write a response to something YOU wrote. That’s pretty amazing. Return the flavor. Don’t be afraid to disagree or tell someone you like what they are saying. It might seem like a little thing because it takes a moment but really… it’s huge! (Plus this is a great way to get your blog out there!)
4. Don’t feel like you only have to read ARCs, new releases or what’s popular. It gets a little boring to keep reading reviews of the same books over and over again. Everyone is so different and their blogs (and TBR lists) should reflect that. There’s your own book collection and taking out piles of books from the library. Take a chance and read something new!
5. Social media is about being social. Whether Facebook or Twitter is your social media of choice, don’t forget the most important thing about them: being social. While it might be hard to reply to every mention and comment, it’s important to acknowledge people who take the time to contact you and also engage in conversations via social media. It’s a great way to make friends, let people know about your blog, and also get to know you a bit more!
6. Don’t assume that just because you’ve gotten an ARC or eBook from NetGalley that you’re required to love the book. Share your honest opinion.
7. Put your own spin on your blog and combine who you are with the books you love. It’s okay to put yourself out there to really distinguish who you are. Do you love music (see how NovelSounds incorporates that passion)? Are you a cat person (look at how VeganYANerds photographs each book with one of their pets)? The possibilities are endless.
8. If there are things you’re doing that a) you don’t enjoy or b) take the fun out of blogging, reprioritize or quit doing them. I, M, have learned that my least favorite part of writing a review is adding all the information (book cover, publication date, publisher, linking things, etc.) to a review. While this is info E and I want to share on the blog, I’ve found that if I do it after I’ve written my review, it doesn’t feel like it’s taken me as long to do.
9. If you need to take a break, do it. In the end, a blog is a blog, and life is life. Everyone gets burnt out sometimes, and it’s easy for blogging to feel like it’s taking over your life and all your time. Really, don’t let it. No one is going to stop reading your blog because you took a break or needed to stop reading for awhile. There is life outside the blogging world. And you must go out there and live it.
10. Support each other. We can’t forget that this is a community bonded by their love of books and reading. It’s not about competition but appreciating others for their opinions and preferences. We will never forgot how Jamie from Broke and the Bookish was so supportive of our blog from Day 1. Whether it’s a comment, a tweet, linking up reviews, whatever… it’s so important to show the love for the others who work just as hard as you do and for other bloggers to recognize potential in newer bloggers and most importantly, help each other out when we can.
We can’t wait to see what advice you guys have. Since we’re still newbies, too, there are some tips we’re sure to pick up from you!