Discussion: How To – Start A Book Blog

Advice from a Not-So-Seasoned Not-Quite-Professional

A long while ago, I wrote a discussion with my advice on ARC requests.

Surprisingly, to me at least, a lot of people liked it and found it useful. And I realized something, I feel like a floundering child when it comes to this blog, but with a year and 460-ish followers, I have a marginal about of experience and advice I can share with some form of authority.

So, since my best friend has finally caved to my wishes and is soon starting her own book blog (and yes, I will hype and promote the hell out of her, be prepared), I thought an advice post would be a good way to help her, and anyone else reading this blog who wants help starting a blog, or just to see my insights into blogging, to see a different point of view.


Practical Blogging Advice:

  • Be realistic with yourself. Don’t say you can post 5 times a week if you do not realistically have that time. Start with one well written post a week. Its more important to be well written and consistent than to have a lot of posts.
  • Follow and interact with other blogs. Be a part of the community.
  • Followers do not happen overnight. Do it because you like it.
  • DO NOT OVER REQUEST NETGALLEY ARCS IT WILL HAUNT YOU FOREVER.

Book Blogging Essentials:

  • A separate email account you feel comfortable sharing.
  • A blog directory
  • A Netgalley account
  • A Goodreads account

Memes, Features, and Common Types of Book Blog Posts:

  • Top Ten Tuesday / Top Five Wednesday
  • TBR (To Be Read)
  • Book Hauls / Unhauls
  • Book Reviews
  • Book Adaptation Reviews
  • Book Coming Out This Month/Year
  • Favorites
  • Week / Month in Review – Weekly/Monthly Reading or Blogging Wrap-ups

Connecting With Fellow Bloggers:

A big part of blogging is connecting with fellow book bloggers.

Comment on other people’s posts, and don’t be afraid to start a conversation. People will want to talk to you!


Social Media For Book Bloggers:

You can’t blog in a void.

Well, you can, but then, no one will read what you’re writing. If you want to make friends and gain readers you have to network.

Comment, like, and follow other blogs. Join twitter and follow bookish-peeps there. Get a Goodreads and join some blogger/reader groups.

Trust me, it works.

And this is coming from someone notoriously bad with both technology and people.


Other (more) helpful advice & tips:

How To Start A Book Blog By The Sassy Book Geek

Discussions by Sparkling Letters

Realities of Book Blogging by Ardent Attachments

Rave Worthy Blogging by Rant&Rave About Books

Blog Graphics Tutorial by Read At Midnight


Bloggers I Look Up To/To Follow
(Blog-speration)

This is of course, not a comprehensive list of all the bloggers I like/follow/love, its just a list for the newbies to get a feel of some amazing book blogs and shoutout some people I admire.

This is in no particular order.

That Bookshelf Bitch

Thoughts & Afterthoughts

RakioddBooks

Heir of Glitter

My Tiny Obsessions

Calliope The Book Goddess

52 Letters in the Alphabet

Freedom Library

Bookshelves And Biros

Genie Reads

Icebreaker694

The Orangutan Librarian

Rant & Rave About Books

Read At Midnight

Bookish Things & Tea


So, what do you guys think?

Any bloggers you want to shoutout? Any advice you want to give to newbies or fellow book bloggers? Did you find anything I said helpful? Do you want me to do more of these types of discussions? Are their any topics in particular you want to see?

Let me me know down in the comments!

 

 

Advertisements

Book Blogger Hop: August 31st

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


August 31st – September 6th – Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


I actually started doing Booktube about a month and a half ago!

As I’m writing this, I haven’t done any review vlogs, but I am planning on it!

 

And if you want a laugh, my first failed attempt at Booktube back in 2015:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In School

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


August 26: Back to School/Learning Freebie (in honor of school starting back up soon, come up with your own topic that fits the theme of school or learning! Books that take place at school/boarding school/during study abroad, books you read in school, textbooks you liked/didn’t like, non-fiction books you loved or want to read, etc.)


Middle School

I don’t remember much of what we read in middle school, but these are the ones that stand out in my memory.

The View From Saturday

We read The View from Saturday in 6th grade. I don’t remember much of the book, but I remember loving it and reading ahead of the reading schedule of the class.

Lord of the Flies

We read this one in 7th grade and I hated it so very very much.

Here’s an assignment I did for it: Throwback Thursday: Seventh Grade Deserted Island Story

Much Ado About Nothing

This one was a lot of fun, we read it in 8th grade if I’m remembering correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Much Ado About Nothing Act 3 Scene 4 – 2014 – Valley Girl Rewrite

Flipped

This was a summer reading book for two years in a row. It was fine, but not my favorite.

Hoot

Also a summer reading book, the summer before 6th I think, so you could count it with elementary school (like Espananza Rising – I read them back to back, one for 5th and one for 6th). This one takes places in Florida. Its cute, but I like the movie better.


9th Grade

We did a lot in 9th, especially because we changed teachers a month into the school year.

Romeo and Juliet

Its a classic, but reading this in a class of 15 year olds is very annoying. We did the No Fear Shakespeare version and it felt like we were being talked down to. Also, we watched the Romeo + Juliet movie twice and its terrible.

Raisin in the Sun

I know people adore this play, but I HATED it. Maybe its because I read it in class having to do discussion questions every scene but it was so boring.

The Hobbit

I mean, this one was great.

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit “Sting” Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit Movies vs Book Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade-The Hobbit-“Gandalf’s Journal”

The House on Mango Street

This book was really depressing, it was good, but 15 year old me couldn’t handle the depressing-ness along with all the assignments for it.

The Count of Monte Cristo

This was our summer reading. I hated it so much, its the only school required book I willfully did not finish.


10th Grade

We did quite a lot in 10th grade.

Outliers

This was our summer reading and its so boring. It was pretty interesting in some places, but he continued to repeat the same point over and over and I got bored with it. I did finish, but only cause I had to.

Antigone

Antigone is a good read in a classroom setting.

V for Vendetta

I LOVED V for Vendetta, I actually have a signed copy.

Throwback Thursday: V for Vendetta Final Five Page Essay

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade Symbolism in V for Vendetta

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade X for Vendetta Speech

Night

This is a nonfiction account of a man living through the Holocaust and it was so good and about half the class cried when we found out it was an autobiography not historical fiction.

Anthem

I hate this book with every fiber of my being. I hate Ayn Rand.

Taming of the Shrew

This was a lot of fun to read as a class. Everyone read a different character. I read a part at one point of a servant who got slapped and the boy that was meant to “slap” me was such a chicken about it I had to fake slap him so we could continue the scene.


11th Grade

On Writing

Stephen King’s memoir – this was a summer reading book for us.

Book Review: On Writing

Thank You For Arguing

The other summer reading book. Nonfiction, kinda interesting in parts but ultimately boring, with a lot of references that were super outdated (like senators of the 1980s and an obsession with Animal House).

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing


12th Grade

Oedipus Rex

This was a fun read. I like Greek mythology and stuff.

Pride and Prejudice

Major Works – AP Lit Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Major Works – AP Lit Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Frankenstein

Major Works – AP Lit Review: Frankenstein

Hamlet

AP Lit Review: Hamlet

1984

Major Works Data Sheet – 1984

The Importance of Being Ernest

Major Works Data Sheet – The Importance of Being Earnest

The Death of Ivan Illych

Major Works AP Review: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Metamorphosis

Major Works Data Sheet – The Metamorphosis


College

I had two summer reading books before my freshman year.

Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human

Color and Character

Its July 2nd as I write this, so I don’t have much to say yet.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


August 21: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump


Image result for john scalzi miniatures

Netgalley Review: Miniatures – The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

Image result for the refrigerator monologues

Image result for illuminae

Image result for because youll never meet me

Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

Image result for neil gaiman books

Image result for adventures of technicality man

Netgalley Review: The Adventures of Technicality Man

Image result for because you love to hate me

Image result for the comic book history of video games

Book Review: Comic Book Story Of Video Games

Image result for teen angst nah

Image result for when you reach me

Book Blogger Hop: August 3rd

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


3rd – 9th – Have you ever had a bookish, nocturnal dream? If so, please share the story. If not, have you ever had a daydream related to books? If so, please tell us about it. (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)


I’m 1000% percent certain I’ve had a bookish dream, because I tend to dream a lot about characters from whatever book or show I was reading or watching right before bed. Usually something to the effect of characters finally getting together or characters somehow ending up in a real world, or school type setting that isn’t weird for whatever reason.  But I can’t remember a specific dream right now.

Book Blogger Hop – July 27th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


27th – August 2nd – Do you agree or disagree with this statement: A blogger’s first name should be in a prominent place on his/her blog. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


I think having a first name or a nickname on your blog can be helpful – especially when a lot of book blog names are a mouthful, it can be an easier way to identify a blogger. But I think it is by no means necessary, some people are wary of putting names online, or don’t want real life friends seeing their blog, or are shy and would rather not. A lot of people add their names once their more confident, but its not necessary for a book blog.