Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.
I’ve actually only been blogging for a short while – about 6 months – so I think I’m still fairly new to the book blogging game. One of the things I’ve noticed about the book blogging community is that everyone is pretty over the moon when asked for advice and eager to give tips and suggestions to help others be successful. What this stems from, I have no clue, but it’s been one of the best communities I’ve been a part of.
Although I am still new, I do have a few tips that I’d suggest for new book bloggers.
Here are my Top Ten tips for new book bloggers:
Have fun! – That’s why you started your blog, isn’t it? Blogging is fun. Enjoy it!
Don’t be afraid to copy – I looked to several other favorite book blogs when I was starting mine, seeing what they did, how they were set up. At the time I emulated some of the things I liked about their blogs and eventually I changed them to suit my own tastes and preferences.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint – Successful blogging doesn’t come in a day or a week or a month… you might not find a large audience for a year. You might not find your niche right away. Don’t let these things be discouraging.
Pace yourself – It’s easily to become ambitious and want to do all the things. Slooooowwww down! Don’t try to do everything out there; you’ll only burn yourself out. Start out with what you know: writing about books. Become good at this, develop your book reviewing/blogging skills. Once you feel comfortable and find a good balance, add something. Whether it’s one of the many memes out there or discussion posts or something of your own creation, keep it minimal until you feel comfortable to add another.
There’s no “vs.” in blogging – When you start blogging you’re probably going to “meet” some other new bloggers. It’s easy to say “well so and so’s blog is going better than mine. I must make mine as good as theirs!” No… no you don’t. You’re writing your blog, not theirs. Don’t compare yours to theirs; each are individual.
Read others’ blogs – This is probably one of the most important aspect of blogging. It’s a social community. BE SOCIAL! Read others’ blogs, comment on them, create conversation… this will draw people to your blog and in turn will create conversation on yours’. That’s the point of blogging – creating a society.
Don’t take things personally – This is one I’m still working on. Not everyone is going to agree with your opinions, not everyone will write things you like. That’s life. Unless someone says something like “You’re ugly, dumb and a terrible person” you shouldn’t get offended. Everyone has an opinion, everyone sees things differently. That’s the beauty of literature… we all interpret things in different ways.
Don’t be afraid to state your opinion – Like the above tip, this is one I’m struggling with too. It’s difficult to put your honest opinion out there sometimes; you may be afraid of reactions, offending someone, whatever. In this community, there’s a lot of respect among bloggers. I may not agree with some of my bloggy friends, but I respect them as bloggers. If you present your opinion professionally and tactfully, there’s nothing to fear but open and honest discussion.
Always remember why you’re blogging – It’s easy to forget this reason, believe it or not. You can become inundated with trying to keep up with others, pushing yourself, whatever; you can lose sight of your initial reasons for blogging. You love books and you want to discuss them. Keep this in mind and you’ll be successful.
Take advantage of media outlets - Going back to blogging being a social activity… most blogging websites have features that enable you to link your blog to Twitter, Facebook, etc. Do this! Whether you’re big on tweeting or facebooking or whatever it is you do, take advantage of them. Promote your blog on these sites, keep in touch with your fellow bloggers, however you wanna do it. DO IT!
I’m really excited to see what other tips I read today. Maybe some I can use, maybe some I can suggest to others… Either way, if you’re new, welcome to the neighborhood!