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[THE BLOGGING DIARIES] Tips For New Book Bloggers (Ft. Other Book Bloggers)

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I am horrible at giving tips.

I really am. As soon as I got the idea for this post, I realized I couldn’t even think of any. That’s probably because I blog without even thinking of my process, and once I’m forced to, it’s hard to explain (like, writing up my tutorials was SO MUCH WORK). So, I thought it’d be better to ask my fellow bloggers what advice they’d give to a newbie book blogger, and I got a lot of it, so I decided to compile it all into one post. Hopefully, if any new book blogger stumbles across this, it’ll help them on their blogging journey! And a huge thanks to all those who gave advice!

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“Adopt your own blogging voice. Don’t copy other bloggers’ writing style. If you write elegantly, write like that. You don’t always go ALL CAPS LOCK and fangirl all the time. If you have a specific type of blogging voice, it’s easier to stand out. Don’t be afraid to let YOU shine through your blog – that’s the best bit about your blog.” – My Bookish Life

“Don’t get caught up with stats, take it at your own pace, and talk about what you want to talk about.” – Allonsythornraxxbooks

“Do it for your first: Your love for books is what started you down this path.” – Jessica’s Reading Room

“You don’t have to follow every blog that follows your blog; it will get overwhelming. Also, try not to feel guilty for not following back.” – Inside My Minds

“Don’t stress about followers and stats. If you enjoy blogging, then that’s all that matters!” – Kirsty Chronicles

“Comment on lots of posts to get yourself out there! By interacting with lots of people, you’ll get noticed quickly and find yourself gaining followers at a speedy rate!” – Book Bum

“Read books! Give your honest opinion and rant because ranting is incredibly fun to read.” – Genuine Perplexities

“Just keep posting like you have an audience, and eventually you will.” – Bella Blogs Because Books

“Don’t be afraid to get creative and use your voice – even if you think no one will ever read it, your words are never wasted.” – The Story Salve

“COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT! I had 40 followers for forever until I started getting more active in the blogging community and talking to people. Plus, now I have a tone of new friends!” – Write Through the Night

“Do your blog your way not the way others say a book blog should be. Just be yourself.” – The Whimsical Words of an Agreeable Bookworm

“Come up with and write content that YOU would want to read on another blog. If it’s boring to your, it’s likely boring to your readers.” – Forever and Everly

“Be passionate and don’t be afraid to speak with your unique voice. It is easy to fall into a pattern of doing the same sort of posts as everyone else, but in truth what matters is that you’re happy with what you are posting. If something is making you lose that passion burning inside you, then it’s time to lose that thing. Don’t do posts just to please the masses, but to please yourself. When you develop that loyal readership that loves the things that you love, then you know you’re doing what’s best for you and you can be proud of what you have. This community can be daunting, but don’t be afraid to speak out and contact others. Starting conversations is the best thing you could ever do.” – The Book Raven

“Keep trying. Keep reaching out to other bloggers, keep posting, keep doing what you enjoy above all else.” – Reading Every Night

“Get out there and spread yourself out there – the best way I started to connect with others was through commenting on their blogs and checking out new ones. Also, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Don’t blog just to blog, but make sure you enjoy doing it.” – Book Princess Reviews

“Be yourself, connect, and have fun.” – Lost in a Story

“Participate in the community. Go out and comment on other blogs and share your love of books.” – Pages Unbound

“I would say make sure to post as regularly as possible and try figuring out how often you can post without exhausting yourself. And visit as many blogs as possible and get to know new fellow book lovers!” – Reading Through the Nights

“Everyone experiences the same feelings of stress and worrying about their blog, no matter how long they’ve been doing this. It’s okay to take breaks, and feel discouraged. Just don’t let it get you down! I promise you’ll find your blogging stride!” – Bookish Things and Tea

“Be patient and put in quality over quantity.” – The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

“Don’t feel stressed to post five times a week or anything. Yes, your blog does grow a bit slower if you post less, but you also don’t get burned out quickly either.” – Quartzfeather

“Try to show your personality in your posts and upload consistently.” – Bookish Sins and Wins

“I’m very new in this, but what I’m trying now is to write some posts so that the people that visit your blog could have an idea of what you do, follow fellow bloggers that you’re interested in, and try to make friends!” – Shades 0f Paper

“Just do it!” – Engrossed in a Good Book

“Be positive and open.” – Book Reader Always

“Be creative, original, and yourself. Most of all, don’t be afraid of the publish button. Mistake will happen, it’s okay. There is a lot to learn and plenty of time to do it.” – Green Onion

“Try to follow as many people as you can and comment on their posts.” – A Dance Between Pages

“Post what you want and not what others expect of you.” – Perks of Being a Book Nerd

“Don’t be afraid to start book blogging and getting your opinions out to other people. Don’t feel obligated to post either, just post when you want to or when have an idea, make a post.” – Unicorns Read Too

“Try to post regularly.” – The Underground Bookdom

“Just dive in! I spent months debating whether or not I wanted to start a blog. When I finally did, I was so mad at myself for waiting!” – Erica Robyn Reads

“Have fun! Your blog isn’t supposed to be dull and boring or something you’re forced to do.” – Autumn of 2003

“Write what you love, not what you think is popular.” – Chasm of Books

“Comment on other blogs’ posts.” – Xoodle Books

“Enjoy it!” – Book Birds

“Get involved.” – Papertrail Rambles

“Create a unique voice and look at a lot of other blogs to get an inspiration or model.” – Blots of Ink and Words

“Try to be on a posting schedule and although keeping an eye on numbers isn’t a bad thing, make sure it doesn’t affect your feelings about blogging.” – Heather’s Reading Hideaway

“Consistency is key!…and fun.” – Scribbler’s Cloud

“Be yourself and post what you’d want to read, now what everyone else is posting!” – A Biblio Love Affair

“Just do it; post things that you’re interested in and you will attract a following.” – Reading Through the Night

“Always be true to your content, and try to do the best work you can.” – Chelle’s Book Ramblings

“Ohh, there’s so much. I think my main piece of advice would be to stay genuine. It’s easy to compare yourself and fall into a path of doing what everyone else is doing, bu you shouldn’t do that. Your blog should reflect you, your personality, your interests. Even if you only get one comment on something, but you loved writing that post, it was something you LOVED and you connected with ONE person – which is amazing…Probably to not be too hard on themselves. It’s supposed to be fun. You don’t have to be strict. If you need help, ask because we’re all friendly! If you can’t figure out what to talk about, look at what other people are doing for inspiration.” – Molly’s Book Nook

“I’m still kind of a new blogger myself, but I would tell another to not get too overwhelmed! There is so much to do when building a book blog, but know it is okay to take breaks and get it all done slowly, one thing at a time!” – Books and Bling Blog

“Don’t be afraid to connect with other bloggers! And feel free to experiment with your blog (design, posts, etc.) until you find something that works for you. Do what makes you happy. <3” – Book Snacks

“It’s so easy to think you can finish a book and write a review later. The longer you wait, the harder it is to write, trust me.” – The Written Word(s)

“Make sure to have a notebook or your phone with you at all times in case you get a post idea and need to write it down. I guess to also don’t expect to understand everything in the book blogging world and to have people see your stuff straight away. It takes time and you will constantly be learning. But make sure you don’t stress too much and to ask the community for help if you don’t know how to do something! Seek other book bloggers for help!” – Stories and Spoons

“Have a list of blog ideas for scheduling. The more the better, so you can surf and pick one that suits your current writing mood.” – Liliana N Bookish Blog

“To have fun with it! It sounds cliche but that’s the most important thing to me.” – Beaucoup Books

“Don’t quit. I started numerous blogs before this one, and always gave up on them. This is the first time I’m truly enjoying my content. Just stick with it and be persistent.” – Inside My Library Mind

“I’m a booktuber, but one piece of advice I would have for anyone joining the community would be to make friends.” – GABBYABOOKS

“Don’t stress with posting everyday. Just have fun with it. Never compare your blog with others. Just do your blog for yourself and have fun.” – A Bella Fairytale

“My biggest tip is to not overload on posts and ARCs. Posting a couple of times a week is best!” – LILbooKlovers

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[LET’S CHAT] You Don’t Need to Follow All the Blogging Advice

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I know what you’re thinking.

“But, Mikaela, you’re giving all this blogging advice this month! What are you talking about???” But, here’s the thing: all blogging advice does not work for everyone. I know that. In the (almost) six months I’ve been blogging, there’s been some helpful advice I’ve taken or should’ve taken sooner, and there’s been some advice that I just ignored. And I survived.

So, I wanted to talk a little about some of the advice that helped me in my blogging career, and some of the advice that I had different experiences with or just aren’t “me” things, because I love talking about my experiences just in case someone else is panicking about these things and doesn’t feel alone, I guess? But let’s get to it!

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1. You must comment back to create relationships.

I have never commented back. Like, ever. And even though I want to work on doing it more, I know that I probably won’t do it ALL the time. I know that, if I’m being honest with myself, commenting back just isn’t my thing. And I know there are some bloggers that consider commenting back as sacred, which is great for them, and will look down on bloggers who don’t do it all the time, and oh well! But, I feel like I’ve made a lot of close blogging friends and created great conversations in my own comments section without feeling like I’m obligated to go comment on someone else’s blog just because they comment on mine. I just prefer thinking that people comment on my blog because they WANT to, and not because they want to add me as a number in their own comments section, but that’s just me!

2. To get on all the social media accounts.

Before blogging, I was anti-social media. I had zero social media accounts. Zero. So, I was really worried when I saw so many bloggers say that to get your blog out there, you need to promote on social media accounts, and listing all the ones you could use. And it was just SO MANY. So, for the first couple of months of blogging, I had no social media. And I got over 150+ followers and pretty good stats and e-ARCs from Netgalley that I was dying for. So don’t feel like your lack of social media means that your blog will never thrive.

3. To ask for ARCs at the 6-month, 500 followers deadline.

I know when I wanted to request physical ARCs, I was SO NERVOUS. I read, like, probably hundreds of “How To” posts, and so many of them said that you should wait until you’ve been blogging for six months and have at least 500 followers. I ended up requesting for physical ARCs after three months, and probably a little over 200 followers. Though I ended up only getting e-ARCs of some of the physical ARCs I requested, I DID end up getting my first ever physical ARC from St. Martin’s Press, and that was He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly! So, don’t stress about it. Who knows what will happen?

4. Do memes to reach out as a newbie.

Lots of veteran bloggers usually recommend doing memes to reach out, and I tried to do that, but, unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it! And I was bored with checking out other people’s WWW Wednesdays. And I didn’t even really meet any fellow bloggers that way. So it’s perfectly fine to not want to join in on the meme hype if you’re a newbie blogger. I gave up on it after posting just a couple of them every week in favor of more original content, and, eventually, it increased my readership to what it is today, so it works out in the end!

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1. Make a blogging schedule.

I’m going to talk about this more in a separate post next month, but when I first started out, I didn’t have a blogging schedule. I just posted sporadically, at different times every day, and it was a terrible idea. I once posted three reviews three days in a row, and the third day I posted, my review only conjured up 5 views. 5 VIEWS. It wasn’t until March where I created a blogging schedule, and it wasn’t until mid-April that I created one that I really enjoyed, and I still keep up to till this day! Personally, it’s something that’s really worked well for me, especially as a planner and one who likes to get ahead.

2. Be consistent.

Again, was definitely not consistent when I started out. Oops. But I know that I really prefer posting things that people expect on the days that people expect them. And I know I’m more likely to follow and pay attention to a blog where I know how many posts I’m expecting from them each week or month. It’s always personal preference, because I know there are some people who are sporadic and that’s just who they are.

3. Write a lot of discussion posts.

Okay, not A LOT. But some. Or maybe even one a month. But discussion posts are not only my favorite posts to read and comment from other bloggers, but pretty much everyone can relate to them, and, it’s true, they do a wonder for your stats. I personally love writing them, and I love the discussions they produce, and I probably won’t stop.

4. Get on Twitter.

I resisted getting on Twitter forever because as someone who’s not on Twitter, just letting you know, it’s viewed as a cesspool (other people’s words, not mine!). BUT, I went ahead and did it. Still not my favorite social media, but it’s a very nice platform for sharing things and getting things out there for other bloggers!

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And those are just some of my experiences with blogging advice!

But, really, you don’t need to! Even with my advice you don’t need to listen to it and do EXACTLY what it says, unless you feel like it’ll work for you. It’s YOUR blog, therefore you can do whatever you want with it, whether other people like it or don’t – which is totally awesome.

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Just another quick reminder that we are in Phase 2 of the Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project, where we dedicate an entire post on our own blog to the Little Blogger we’ve been supporting! If you don’t know what I’m talking about or aren’t very clear about it, the link to the instructions is here! Whenever you publish it, just link it back to one of my posts so I can see it and take note of it! I’m hoping to post the masterpost sometime in July, so hopefully you can get them done in time!

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