I think this is something that has been done on many blogs before, but it’s always nice to get individual perspectives. I wanted to share my tips for new book bloggers, or maybe even useful tips for those who have been blogging for a bit longer!
- Social media is your friend. Twitter might be terrifying at first, but do not underestimate it! You can get the latest news and updates from authors and publishers, or even interact with them. Not to mention it’s the perfect way to get to know fellow bloggers – don’t be afraid to join in with conversations.
- Take part in memes like Feature and Follow Friday – but not all the time. Memes like this are a great way to meet fellow bloggers and gain followers, but they’re not a long term solution in my eyes. Be aware that many of the people who follow you through this will probably leave some pretty frustrating/vague comments, BUT you will also get to know some really great bloggers.
- Think up some exciting, original features, or make your own event. Original features really make a blog stand out. Combine your other interests with books to create something – or even have a feature that doesn’t involve books so you can blog about something else every so often. Even if you just share what you’ve been up to in the past month, films you’ve watched, etc.
- Don’t be afraid to be negative in reviews. After all, bloggers are there to share their honest opinion. Sure, of course the author and publisher want positive reviews, but they’re going to expect some negative ones too. Don’t lie just to please them!
- Beware of Netgalley! As a new blogger, Netgalley was HEAVEN. All these books! I requested SO MANY, and I still haven’t read every one. Although my Netgalley ratio is now between 70-80%, I have some books that I requested in 2012 and still haven’t gotten round to. Instead of requesting everything because FREE BOOKS, just request the ones you think you’ll definitely be interested in. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress later on (and three years posting about/worrying about your Netgalley ratio…).
- If blogging gets too much, or is taking up too much of your time, take a break or post less regularly. No-one is going to think any less of you for it. Blogging is supposed to be a fun hobby, so if it’s becoming the opposite then you need to re-think things. I’ve taken a few breaks myself, and always come back feeling much more positive and rejuvenated.
- And finally… blog for yourself. If you’re passionate about something, share it. Don’t avoid posting something because you think it won’t be popular. If you want it on your blog, put it there! 🙂