Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic:  Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers

I still consider myself to be very new at blogging. My blog is almost a year old but I feel like I still have a ton to learn.  I can't wait to see what everyone's tips and here a few that I have learned along the way.

1.) Participate in Memes- This was something I did from the very beginning and it really helped me find cool blogs that I could watch and learn from.

2.) Blogging takes a lot of time- Yes, reading takes time but writing reviews, following other blogs, participating in memes, and updating your blog takes a TON of time.  I wish I had as much time to devote to my blog as I would like. 

3.) Schedule posts- It took me a long time to use this functionality.  When you have some free time, write up some posts that you can schedule for a week or a month.  I feel a lot less stressed about my blog when I know I have things scheduled for a few days.

4.) Netgalley is your friend-Take advantage of netgalley.  It is a great place to start getting review copies of books.

5.) Participate in Challenges, Readalongs, etc-These are really fun ways to get to know other bloggers and usually these help to take a chunk out of your TBR pile.

6.) Followers aren't everything- I appreciate my followers so much but it took me a while to figure out that the number of followers you have isn't the most important part of your blog.  Don't whore your blog out just so that number is super high.  I definitely think that when it comes to followers, quality is more important than quantity.  I may not have a lot of followers but the ones I have are AWESOME!

7.) It's supposed to be fun!- I really enjoy blogging but right now I have kind of been on a break (life has gotten in the way) and haven't been blogging as much.  When it stops being fun, take a break and come back to it.

That's all I have this week.  What tips do you have?  Leave me a link in the comments so I can stop by!


  1. Great tips! I agree it is a lot more time than I originally thought, but I thoroughly enjoy it. I need to get into more readalongs though. Thanks for the tips :)

  2. Love this- all very true! I am coming up on my fist year- and am still learning! I love the scheduling though- it frees me up!

  3. I haven't been blogging for long so I'm not taking part in this Top Ten Tuesday, however I've been checking out what tips other bloggers are giving and I think you're #3 is very true. I only recently realized that I could actually schedule my posts and what a difference it makes! Have a great week :)

  4. Yes, scheduling posts ahead of time is so helpful! I don't always do it though, and when I forget it kills me! Good list :)

  5. I agree with you. I wish I had more time to dedicate to my blog, but I like to think I'm doing alright at the moment.

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  6. Thanks for the fantastic tips! Blogging DOES take a lot of time. But it's worth it.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  7. Over at "Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!" we incorporate a lot of these. We have only been running since last June but have grown exponentially beyond our beliefs. And I have to say, your tips are right on.

    We follow Memes all the time. Originally it was to help build traffic. but it turned into something more fun. It's neat seeing what others are saying and having that dialogue starter to be able to converse with other bloggers.

    Traffic is not everything. We do have a lot of followers over at our little site. But to be honest, my wife and I hardly ever notice. What we do notice is the return readers and the familiar names in the comments section. Those comments have been very gratifying to us.

    And most importantly, scheduling is HUGE! We never have enough time to get done what we want to get done. That blog has turned into a full time job with my wife spending more then 30+ hours a week and me more then 20+ hours a week on it. The reviews we can almost never stay on top of. We have so many books coming in it's difficult. When I have down time at work I get a few general articles written and get them scheduled. Let me tell you, stumbling and news sites have become great inspiration for opinion pieces.


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