Thank you so much to the lovely Princessica of Books (edit: and Twins Turn Pages, just this morning, sorry it’s a scheduled post XD) for nominating me! I am so behind on all my book tags, I will try and slowly get through them soon!
Here are the rules:
- Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
- Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
- Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!
I have been a long time lurker of the blogging world. Since 2009, in fact! I had a blogspot account in those days, but I was very poor at maintaining it. That blogging stint lasted a total of 1 month, and I had 7 blog posts to show for it. Then I decided blogging wasn’t for me and was content to watch from the sidelines and just read reviews sporadically until June this year. As my real life schedule freed up, I found I had a lot of time to read books and wanted a place to document and motivate myself to conquer the TBR pile. Now that I’ve started interacting with the community, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop any time soon!
Here are my tips, but I am also a newbie at this, so take my words with a few tonnes of salt!
Be yourself & Find Your Voice are the most often quoted comments in Book Blogging Tips 101. There’s a good reason for that: the internet is filled to the brim with book blogs. Not only on WordPress, but also Tumblr, Instagram, Blogspot, Youtube, basically every corner you turn there’s a site dedicated to books. What makes your review stand out from the other thousands about the latest dystopian hit/terminal illness bestseller? The beautiful you! That is why it’s imperative you find your style and be truthful to your readers. It won’t happen overnight (and definitely hasn’t happened to me yet haha), but after writing a dozen reviews you’ll find your x-factor!
Everyone on the blogging verse love seeing comments on their posts (or maybe it’s just me and I’m an attention whore? IDK). The fastest way to engage your readers and find an audience is to get out there and start commenting. FACT: I had zero viewers on my blog for two weeks until I started putting myself out there.
Those meme posts like Top Ten Tuesdays and all their links? Click on them + comment! Those twitter friends of yours? Find their blog + comment! Those Goodreads reviewers whose words you admire so much? Hunt them down + comment! Those lovely commenters in your latest blog posts? Thank them + find their corner on the blogosphere + comment!
However, try make meaningful conversation. A comment that just says ‘Great review! Check out my blog here ____’, while nice – doesn’t leave up much room for talk.
You’re not going to amass 1000 followers overnight. All the publishers are not going to cram your mail box filled with ARCs on your first week. You won’t get 100 comments per post during your first weeks blogging. It’s all absolutely OK and expected! Most of the big blogs have been around for years! You can’t control followers and the activity on your blog, but trust me, your blog will grow as long as you put in time and effort in it. And even if it doesn’t (it will!), you still got to read all of those wonderful books along the way.
- CW at Read, Think, Ponder: She writes the most amazingly in depth reviews analysing things from a social and psychological lens. I am always in awe. Quite clearly the smartest person I’ve met in my first month blogging.
- The Bookworm Blogg: My fellow enabler.
- Kristy of Tea, Book and Me: My first follower, you didn’t know that, did you hehe.
- Brett at Brett Michael Orr: The nicest blogger to grace the face of Australia.
- Jesse at Books at Dawn: Who seems to have the same book tastes as I do and I approve.
- Summer at Xingsings: Summer is so lovable and popular around these parts, she’s probably already been nominated for this, but I will add my vote to the hat!
- Thuong Le at I Read Therefore I Am: Have you seen this blog? So elegant, and her reviews are so eloquent.
- And everyone else reading this!