10 Book Blogging Hacks That Will Change Your Life For The Better (Hopefully)

Apparently, people enjoy my blogging tips? This will forever elude me, to be honest.

Last year, I entertained the idea of writing about WordPress hacks, but failed to, and that was definitely, one hundred percent NOT because I was too lazy. What are you talking about?

(It was probably best that I didn’t, because it probably would have turned out terribly.)

BUT now that I’ve had a year and a month of blogging (!!!) under my belt, I think it’s time that I spill my greatest secrets at your feet.

You’re welcome in advance (I kid, I kid).

Also, P.S. you’re probably wondering where the heck I’ve been the last four days. Well, all of last week, I was sick with the flu! After years of not getting it, it finally caught up to me. Go figure. It was awful and terrible, but it got really bad after Wednesday, so I ditched posting on Friday and was super late replying to comments and didn’t blog hop whatsoever all weekend. And I also missed a whole week of school. So if I’m slow or anything, just know that I’m probably dying from being buried under school work.

But I am much better now, which is great, because being sick was the worst. I watched a lot of movies and TV shows, though!

That is all.

hack #1: take all photos for your featured images in one go.

Obviously, this only applies if you actually take your own photography when it comes to featured images, but as someone who does, I’ve always found it really helpful to just take all my pictures in one go when you’re in the mood to do so instead of taking a picture every single time you write a post! It cuts down on so much time, not to mention you won’t be caught unaware if the weather is bad, so it messes with the lighting or you’re just REALLY busy, etc.

It also goes by way quicker when you can continue to use the same backgrounds or books over and over again. I think people get this idea in their heads that their pictures have to be super original and bring something new to the table EVERY SINGLE TIME. They really don’t. People will rarely notice if you swap out books and continue using the same background, so don’t feel like every single picture you take has to be super original, because it doesn’t have to be.

hack #2: write a sample blog post before applying new-fangled things.

When I figured out how coding worked, I definitely knew I wanted to apply it, but it made me anxious to mess up a blog post that I was already set on writing because I’m a natural worrier and over-thinker.

(Also, I have a terrible memory, and I didn’t want to have 20482084 tabs open to remind me what size I liked my pictures to look.)

So, I basically just wrote a sample blog post in my Drafts!Β It’s never going to be published, and it’s basically just a bunch of word vomit and random, unrelated pictures and graphics that mix and match, but I keep it open so I can refer to it whenever I need to know how to size a graphic (I have particular settings for each of my graphics because I am the most extra blogger alive) or what font size I want this specific heading to be! And it’s also a good way to preview how a blog post might turn out before actually applying it.

hack #3: name files in your media if you’re constantly using them.

Personally, I have constant headers and borders that I use when it comes to my own posts; let’s take for instance my “Chat With Me” graphic! I have WAY TOO MANY a lot of photos clogging up my Media space, and it’s a pain in the butt to try to scroll for ten minutes trying to find the date when I originally uploaded the graphic (trust me, I did this so much in my blogging newbie days. Why?).

So, if you click on a photo and look to the right side at the “Attachment Details” section, just look at the Title, change it to whatever you please – for mine, I usually just write the word of the header – save it, and now when I type the words into the search bar, I can easily apply the graphic to my post. A MIRACLE.

hack #4: use a design template for your graphics.

I know there are people out there who use new graphic packages for every post – and if you’re one of those people, hats off to you – but I personally like to use the same graphics over and over because I ALREADY SPEND ENOUGH TIME BLOGGING AS IT IS.

I basically make all the graphics within my posts on this easy-to-use app called Pic Collage, and I basically use design templates for all the graphics you see on these posts. Here’s a little peek at what my basic templates look like! The first one is reserved for displaying books with headers, the second is for subheadings, the third is for when I sometimes do headings under the main border, and the fourth is reserved for main headings!

Depending on what I’ll be including in my post, I basically just replace the text, save to my Photos, crop it, and upload it to Google Drive to include it in my post! Quite the simple process!

hack #5: save the introduction and conclusion of your post for last.

I don’t know about you guys, but I suck at writing beginnings and endings. The meat of the post is easy for me because I usually have an outline or certain direction that I want to swing to, but when I’m first writing a post, I just don’t know what to say.

Nowadays, I don’t bother to write introductions or conclusions until I’m finished writing the entire thing. I find it much easier to sort out my thoughts and what I want to say when I’ve already written the entire thing. Plus, I just like the sense of accomplishment it brings me to know I’ve finally finished a post. Sue me.

hack #6: if you don’t know what to write about, look to books.

I think books are definitely one of the best ways to gain blog post ideas. I mean, isn’t it just basic common sense?

  • Maybe you’ve just finished a diverse novel, and you didn’t like the representation in it. Talk about whether it’s okay to support or not support a diverse novel that has representation that doesn’t sit well with you. Or what can be considered good representation regarding marginalized identities. Or whether you prefer bad representation or no representation.
  • Say you just read a book that had a trope you tend to hate, but you still liked the book. Ask if tropes are all good, all bad, or in between. Talk about some tropes you love and hate. Recommend some books that deal with tropes you hate, but were done well.
  • You’ve just read three hyped books in a row, and all of them disappointed you. Discuss whether book hype is a good or a bad thing. List some hyped books that delivered or fell flat. Talk about the pros and cons regarding talking and hyping up the same books in the blogosphere and book community.

(All of these are free to use, by the way!)

hack #7: on busy days, set a specific amount of time to write.

Not all of us can drop out of school and quit our jobs and focus only on blogging (though I really wish I could, damn it!). So how do we tackle managing our blog when we’re busy, busy, busy?

Simple: just set a timer and write your little heart out! Or maybe you can take some pictures for your featured images. Or outline a couple of blog posts you’re planning on writing.Β  Or come up some ideas for blog posts. Or finally get to changing up your blog like you said you would.

You don’t have to hunch over your laptop screen for hours at a time on the weekends struggling to find the words to say (I definitely do not do this whatsoever. Ahem.) if you don’t want to or can’t find the time. You know what they say: slow and steady wins the race.

(And finishes writing their blog posts for the upcoming week.)

hack #8: outline your blog posts before writing them.

When I was a smol newbie blogger, writing blog posts can basically be summed up as me just opening up an empty Draft in WordPress with an inkling of an idea of what I wanted to write and hoping for the best.

Obviously, this was a terrible idea.

I find it so much easier to do my brainstorming way before I even bother to open up an empty Draft anymore. It helps me organize my thoughts and arrange the post the way I want it to look. Not to mention I’m much faster at writing posts when I have an idea of what I’m actually going to say. Do you know how long it takes to brainstorm for my lists and recommendations beforehand?

(Spoiler alert: an extremely long time.)

hack #9: utilize the notes app for planning.

I am a very messily organized person. I have my blog posts for each month in one place, and my outlines for those blog posts in another. I take all my bookish photos for featured images beforehand.

Yet I have about five separate Notes dedicated to blog post ideas, and I switch around post ideas all the damn time. IT’S A SICKNESS, I TELL YOU.

Because of this, I prefer to use the Notes app, where I can easily switch things around and copy and paste to my heart’s content when necessary. It’s not necessarily the cleanest or most organized way to do things, but I absolutely love it.

(Also, before you ask, yes, the reason why all the times are the same is because I edited the posts so they could line up all nice and pretty. I HAVE 44 NOTES, AND I’M GOING TO MAKE IT LOOK THE BEST I CAN.)

hack #10: hook up your blog to your Twitter account.

It actually took me a full month after having Twitter to realize this was something I could do…and I found it by accident because I was clicking around. MAY I SUGGEST WORDPRESS CREATE A GUIDE UPON SIGNING UP OR IS THAT TOO MUCH?

Ahem.

But I actually found out that after searching via Google, there is, indeed, a guide telling you how to connect your blog to your Twitter account. I highly recommend doing this if you have Twitter, especially since it cuts down on manually having to do it yourself.

(Also, I can’t think of witty captions on the spot, so there’s that.)

are there any book blogging hacks that you’d like to share? do you find these hacks helpful? tell me all about it!

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57 thoughts on “10 Book Blogging Hacks That Will Change Your Life For The Better (Hopefully)

  1. I really need to name the images I tend to use in every single post. Like, really.. I’m always scrolling, scrolling. It’s come so far that I literally know how many scrolls I need to get to a certain header?

    A small hack to never get out of post-ideas, at least for me, is just.. writing every idea I have down IMMEDIATELY. Two months ago I felt like I had this BRILLIANT idea for a post and by the time I was home I had totally forgotten what the idea actually was. I’ve never remembered and I’m still hating my brain for it. Ever since, I immediately put it in my phone or write it down. Whatever is easiest. I also make a list of all my unused ideas at the end of every month so I can easily see what topics I can still write about or get rid of the ones I don’t find that interesting anymore.

    And I’m addicted to detailed to do-lists. Not necessarily a hack but it gives me such a.. sense of accomplishment? Whenever I get to cross things off. Even the simple “Add quotes to review x” instead of “add quotes to reviews”. Too detailed but it does help to make you feel like you did A LOT when you really did a lot instead of being at it for an hour and then ticking off one stupid thing.

    How did I turn this in a kind of rant..

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    • Oh, yeah, I’ve been there! πŸ˜‚ I was so mad at myself when I discovered what the Search bar was for lol.

      Yes, I tend to have brainstorming sessions where I just sit for an hour or so and write down ideas, just because my mind is way too overactive at all times of the day. Then I don’t worry about it for a while until I need it!

      Oh, yeah, I did those for a while, then stopped because I was just getting too busy to write them. And I was doing terrible at accomplishing anything. πŸ˜‚

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      • But it’s so tiny! Like, you have to click the button for the search bar to be obvious! No wonder I never thought to check it out and try it that way.. Jesus..

        I should actually try doing it that way as well but I’m so used to simply writing it down when an idea pops up. Not to mention that I have tons of reviews every month so I don’t really “need” a lot of other posts? Ugh. I need to figure my posts out and see how I can make them a bit more diverse or something.

        Hahaha! It’s one of the first things I do whenever I get home from work; make a list of things I have to do. I mostly use it as a motivation to go “And when I’ve done at least x of these things, I get to do NOTHING for the rest of the day except read.” It works! For me at least. :’)

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  2. SO MANY NOTE XD
    i have like 2?? (how bad!!!) one on when the arc’s i have to read are coming out so i can do it before then (i’m already behind) and one on blog discussions i wanna do! that’s about as organized as i get!!
    but i do totally agree with the beginning and the end, i usually just write the middle bit first and then go and write the rest to finish it off xD much easier then :’)

    but yeah, naming the images i used is a must for me now because i swear it takes forever for me to find them xD

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    • Haha, I actually cleaned up my Notes a week or so after I wrote this post, and I only have around twelve or so main Notes! The rest are in folders, which my friend told me existed, and are a life saver!

      So much easier for sure. And, yeah, I wasted so much time in the early days scrolling for book covers. πŸ˜‚

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  3. I’ve found hack #5 to be incredibly helpful! Sometimes I find myself also skipping paragraphs sporadically in my post and coming back to them later. Creating an outline like you mentioned in hack #8 helps with this too. Another great post Mikaela 😊.

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  4. I looove these hacks and saw myself in most of them! I have been using the same graphics for over a year now, i can’t be bothered to change them because they work well AND i barely have any time as it is, i can’t waste more time on graphics. I also have them all named and in folders in my laptop (I’m a neat freak as well, it’s ridiculous)

    As for posts, i can’t bring myself to write something on busy days, i have suuuuupee long days (8am to 6pm and then i need to study, do chores, etc when i get home) so i just find myself drained and wanting to wind down when i have a little time. I just aim to write three to four posts every week end and take my bookstagram pictures to last me a couple weeks then as well. That being said, i find it really hard to outline, i just go with the flow and write faster that way.

    As for bloghopping and comments, i do them whenever i have small breaks throughout my days.

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  5. I did not know about the renaming of pictures and that would help me. A lot. Wow.

    I do some of the rest of these though! Like taking a lot of photos at one go – I’ve been using my bookstagram photos in my posts so I don’t have to take extra photos for the blog.

    I don’t fully outline my blog posts, I usually just write out the idea in my drafts and let it marinate until I can break down on what I want to write. Then I keep going back to it and editing it, adding pictures etc. It works for me, but I like your idea too!

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    • Yeah, WordPress doesn’t really point out anything??? I learned 99.99% of WordPress stuff either by other bloggers or by accident. πŸ˜‚

      Oh, yeah, I don’t have a bookstagram, but I took an abundance of pictures over Christmas break that I’ve been using in my posts. I’m running low, though! πŸ™ˆ

      Ooh, yeah, I write and edit posts all in one go, two at a time! πŸ˜‚ I’m one of those people that gets bothered when I have something unfinished lol

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  6. I wish you have had wrote this post 9 months before, it would have saved my lot of time. I have learned all these so painfully investing so much time for it. These are good for beginners and definitely helpful. Connecting social medias with WordPress is one of the greatest time saving thing. Great post! πŸ™‚

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  7. Brilliant. Much needed. My friend and I manage our blog around a combined three jobs, a PhD and driving lessons. Anything to save time is a godsend!
    I also suck at witty captions. My brain is not hardwired to ‘quick’ or probably ‘witty.’ XD

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  8. I used to use Notes too until I started using Evernote which I actually like more. You can organize better and attach more things like photos , audio clips, and links really easily.
    That’s such a good idea with the pictures! I’ll have to start doing that.

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  9. Nice! As far as the Twitter thing goes, when posting you can also customize what will actually post to your Twitter. So you can tag the author or use hashtags to when it tweets about your post.

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  10. Eek! I’m glad you’re feeling better form the flu! It’s really been people hard this season so I’m glad you’re okay πŸ™‚ Also, yay for for more blogging tips!

    I’m totally with you on writing the intro/conclusion at the very end. More and more often I start randomly in the middle with a sentence or paragraph that was strong in my mind and then build the whole post around it. Maybe not the most efficient way to write, but it seems to work for me well enough.

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    • Yeah, it has, so I guess it seems like it was expected for me to get it this year. πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, same! I also tend to write the blog posts where I find it easier for words to come first than the ones where I’m still trying to figure things out. Or some days I skip out on writing at all because I’m just not feeling it. 😝

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  11. Ooof. That sucks about being sick all week. While it is nice catching up on all of your favorite TV shows and movies, I CANNOT STAND being sick. I really like these tips a lot. Over the course of this month, I’ve tried to be better about planning posts in advance and it is making it easier for me to have more time. I have so much time now, I don’t know what to do with myself. Good post. I must say, your layout is AMAZING!

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    • Yes, it really sucked! I don’t really get sick often, and at most, I get a cold and I’m out for three days before I feel fine, so this was probably the worst I’ve been in years. 😝

      Oh, yes, definitely! Time opens up for me, not to mention that it’s really nice to take a break sometimes (which I do not HAHAHA). Thank you so much! ❀️

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