#LEVELUP: Blogger Tips I Wish I Knew When I First Started
Hello everyone!! If you haven’t heard, I have a new weekly blog series called “Level Up” where, every Sunday, I’d touch on a way to take your blog and/or business to the next level. You can check out all the other posts in the series here!
So, when I first started blogging 6+ years ago, I had 0 idea what I was doing. I didn’t really have social media beforehand and there weren’t many websites/how-to’s about blogging for fun, especially not about book blogging. So, over time, I figured things out by myself and, with the help of social media, had friends to lean on and get advice from. Today, I wanted to share you with some tips I’ve come up with over the years and some tips I got from friends, all of which I wish I knew when I first started. Hope you enjoy….
- Blog consistently
- It’s okay to look for inspiration from other bloggers (I do that all the time); putting your own spin on things & adding your own ideas doesn’t mean you’re copying someone (plus, it’s really easy to credit & link to who you got the inspo from)
- When reading a book, it takes more time to skim than it takes to actually try to read it
- There is not enough time in this life to try to stick with a book you’re not feeling. Just DNF it and move on, or put it to the side and pick it up later.
- Everyone takes breaks/hiatuses and your true audience and friends are not gonna leave you because you took some time off. If you can, let em know you’re taking a break but you don’t have to. We get it.
- Actually going to bookstores and libraries can revitalize those fuzzy reader feelings in you and can motivate you back to reading & blogging.
- Don’t reblog everything onto your blog; it gets in the way of your own self-produced content
- Try new stuff or else you won’t get anywhere
- Also, stop being afraid of yourself and your own power. (I have to remind myself of this often hence the bold and italics) You won’t know what will happen unless you take charge.
- Failing is actually really fun.
- Pick a niche or two and do what you love & think is fun.
- Scheduling posts out will be the best thing to ever happen to you
- Social media is awesome and definitely a way to find friends and opportunities but do not let it become your life.
- Don’t be afraid to make friends with other bloggers both in and outside your community.
- Participate in events and challenges
Tips From Friends
- From Mo
- don’t over request for books on Netgalley, Edelweiss or in general
- join twitter chats as they are really good ways to meet new people, get people to follow you, and interact with authors
- don’t ask authors for ARCs unless they specifically state you can do so. Instead, check their website for publicity contacts and ask them.
- From Kitty
- readable blog designs are more important than fancy blog designs
- if you’re trying to build a following and or get views, posting frequently is key
Aaaand that’s the (book) blogger tips I have! These are all things my friends and I have picked up for the years so I hope they help you too! Anyways, with that, congrats we Leveled Up! Now, do you have any blogger tips you’ve learned? Let me know in the comments below!
And, if you have any questions now or at any point in the Level Up series or if there’s something you generally or specifically want me to talk about, feel free to comment below, tweet me @AvidReaderBlog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks, have a great day/night, and tata for now!