is a huge book blogging world – I never knew until I started my own
blog how many amazing bloggers there are out there! Make sure to get
involved with memes so you can meet new people! Here is my favorite list of memes to get involved with!
- Book blogging is work. Once you
get signed up with NetGalley, Edelweiss and then start getting emails
directly from authors / publishers, you now have homework! I write down
in a notebook books I receive each week and then use my Google calendar
to schedule release dates, tours, book cover reveals, ect. I write down a
reading order and change the color coding on my Google calendar to make
sure I am on track.
- Schedule your posts! When you have time,
write posts and then get them scheduled. I am scheduled about two weeks
out right now and it is so nice to have some “free” time to comment on
blogs and read.
- Only choose books to review you are interested
in. Reading and blogging should be fun, so pass up the books you think
you won’t like. You are not going to hurt the author or publisher’s
feelings, especially since you may give a “bad” review that they
wouldn’t like anyway.
- Getting involved with book tours, cover
releases, ect, is a fun way to get to know bloggers, authors and draw
more people to you blog. I have done tours with Xpresso Book Tours, CBB Book Promotions, and IFB Tours. The tour hosts are amazing, pre-planned
posts come straight to your email, you just add your review and post!
They have been so nice with newbie questions and are there for support!
your website html code into your comments, it is so much easier to
click on your direct link to get to you blog than to jump through
Blogger hoops. I am always appreciative when other bloggers use it. I
have had numerous times where the Google + page does not link to a
website and I have a hard time finding the blog. A comment signature is a
great way to ensure traffic to your blog.
Here is the coding:
Your Name @ <a href="blog link/"> Blog Name </a>
believe that it is more important for me to visit other bloggers pages
rather than replying to each comment. When the replies come to my inbox I
often don’t read them because I didn’t ask a question that needs a
reply. I LOVE comments, we all do. I think it makes more sense to
support each other by visiting blogs. I do notice when I comment a lot
on other blogs and they never read my page. Blogs are sustained by
readership and support.
- There are a million amazing tutorials
online! You can find how to design your own background, social media
buttons, signatures, HTML coding, anything! Just Google or go on
Pinterest! Such amazing resources out there, some even with Youtube
- The biggest thing I have learned is that your blog if your home, your space, your opinion. If you are overwhelmed, not having fun, stressed out – change things! We choose to have our blog and it should be our place to express our love for books! Above all else, don’t focus on the amount of comments, the amount of followers, the free stuff (which is nice) – but have fun sharing what you love!
Things I Have Learned Book Blogging
Saturday, March 29, 2014