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!

 

 

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Thanksgiving Shoutout #3

Two years I started a bit of a tradition for my blog with my Thanksgiving Shoutout!

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

I thought I’d continue it. This is obviously not a comprehensive list, bear in mind.

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Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Nicole @ Away in Neverland

Holly @ Belle of the Library

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

Sara @ The Freedom Library

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Liz @ Cover To Cover

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Puput @ Sparkling Letters

Cait @ A Page With A View

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

The Candid Cover

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Aentee @ Read At Midnight

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Cait @ Paperfury

Alexandra and Nikki @ Twirling Pages

K. T. Munson @ Creating Worlds With Words

Chantelle Griffin

The Daily Dahlia

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

Last year I started a bit of a tradition for my blog with my Thanksgiving Shoutout!

I thought I’d continue it. This is obviously not a comprehensive list, bear in mind.

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Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Nicole @ Away in Neverland

Holly @ Belle of the Library

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

Sara @ The Freedom Library

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Liz @ Cover To Cover

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Puput @ Sparkling Letters

Cait @ A Page With A View

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

The Candid Cover

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Aentee @ Read At Midnight

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Cait @ Paperfury

Alexandra and Nikki @ Twirling Pages

K. T. Munson @ Creating Worlds With Words

Chantelle Griffin

The Daily Dahlia

Thanksgiving Shoutout!

Whether you’re American or not, you probably know that today is Thanksgiving, and despite the awfulness of the last month, there is something I am thankful for:

All my followers, readers and fellow bloggers!

You are all amazing, wonderful people. I want you to know that.

There are too many of you too list, but I wanted to shoutout some fellow bloggers, whose blogs I love and think you should follow, who like and comment all the time, and who I tag and tag in in nearly everything.

Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Nicole @ Away in Neverland

Holly @ Belle of the Library

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

Sara @ The Freedom Library

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Liz @ Cover To Cover

 

This is a non-definitive, in no particular order list. I’m sorry if we’re friends and I didn’t put you on here. I probably just got tired/lazy or linking stuff…