Things I Have Learned Book Blogging


Things I have learned about having a book blog:
  1. There 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Put 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>
  7. I 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.
  8. 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 videos!
  9. 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!

What are some tips / tricks that you have learned as a book blogger? I would love to hear your advice!

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33 comments

  1. All of these are really great tips/thoughts, Missie! Some of them reaffirmed what I've been thinking since I started blogging. It's good to know I'm not alone. One thing I've learned is to be realistic when accepting review requests. Don't overdo it with trying to read too many books. It's too easy to get into a reading slump that way!

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

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  2. All of these are great!! I still need to work on scheduling in advance. As soon as I can do that, and make some cool changes to my page, I'll be happy!! Thanks for the tips!

    Kym @ Newbie Librarians

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  3. This was such a great and helpful post! I'm new to book blogging so this post was right up my alley!
    New bloglovin follower
    http://bookstothetea.blogspot.com/

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  4. Great tips :) I totally agree with number 6! I love going back and commenting on the blogs of people who comment on mine and I hate jumping through hoops. That's the main reason why I installed Commentluv :)

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  5. These are some great tips! It's good that you've learned them so early on...it took me a long time to pick up on #3 and #4. I was SO overwhelmed with review copies in my first year (or two) of blogging!
    I don't usually leave a signature unless I don't really know the blogger. That's why I like Wordpress so much - it has the option to type in your URL and it adds it automatically! I usually try to include a signature when commenting on Blogger blogs because my Blogger profile is no longer linked to a blog, but sometimes I forget!

    Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat

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  6. This is so true. I sometimes feel overwhelmed with review requests...but I am getting better about what I accept and don't take. Enjoy blogging....sometimes we have to change things up as well.

    Grace
    Books of Love

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  7. Great tips! My book blog has changed multiple times, both in name and theme, but I think the most important part is the last one you mentioned. It's a lot more fun to read a blog that the blogger really cares about :)

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  8. GREAT USAGE OF OLAF GIFS!

    Believe it or not, I actually didn't know most of these things. Thank you SO so much for posting this! I had no idea about scheduling, or the name in the comments thingy. Let me try it out. Is it actually going to work?

    Ivana @ Bookish Teens

    +new follower :)



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    1. The coding worked great! Followed back :)

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  9. Oh wow you schedule your posts in advance? That's impressive! I'm trying to post more than twice a week, but it's getting really hard with school stuff butting in the way.

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  10. Yay! I agree with all of this! I'm seriously impressed with your organization though! I've never found a way to really be ahead of the game (that's probably just my personality!) and I often am writing posts the night before they go up.

    Ooh, I have one good tip regarding leaving your link on all of your comments (which is seriously the most helpful thing in the world when people do that)! I recently discovered text expanders, which is where you have a program installed that you input often-used phrases into and set them up with a key word, so if you type that word in and press a key, that phrase comes up. I use it for my signature and it saves me so much time and effort it's ridiculous. I use PhraseExpress, and it's seriously so easy. (Use a weird word for your key word that you never use, though, or you'll have things replaced all over the place.) I use it with Amazon and Goodreads as well when putting in a disclaimer that I received the book for review.

    Great post! :)
    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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  11. Great tips! I like the idea of a link in your comments because I also find it really annoying when people link back to G+ and it's so hard to find their blog!!

    And I'm with you on returning comments to people's blogs, but I think we're in the minority as I see so many posts from bloggers about how they don't or won't comment on other blogs. We all like comments, so why not pass on the favour? :)

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  12. oh, so true! the whole post.
    i find the whole blogging overwhelming lately because of a new jab thingy. i had to get beck to the roots, the sheer experience of blogging just for fun! Nice summary! :)
    Boyanna @The Bookmaidens

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  13. Ermagherd that last GIF is adorable! XD This is a pretty good list. I wish everybody used that signature if they have google+ or something. Gah. I have SUCH a hard time finding blogs to comment back on sometimes! Mind you...I should probably use it. Yeah. That would be smart. >.<

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  14. What a wonderful post lovely! Heaps of important tips and learnings here, that is great! Definitely 2, 3 and 7. I love chatting to people and visiting blogs. If you are looking for bloggers who comment back, check out bloggers commenting back: http://readerswonderland.com/bloggers-commenting-back

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  15. I LOVE this post! Great job explaining things and giving advice. This will help beginner bloggers and those who only have a few bloggers. Sometimes I forget to leave a comment. I have visited so many blogs and realized I didn't comment on any of them. I know how much I love comments so I am getting better. Especially those who leave comments on my blog. Sometimes I will respond on my page but I much rather visit their blog and leave a comment on their post. It helps to show the blogger that their followers are looking and enjoying their blog. I agree, if you are no longer having fun than you've lost the reason why you originally started blogging. I do not take on books that I know I cannot finish or would not be interested in. Makes things easier and then I can still read what I want. Thanks for a great post! Thanks for commenting on mine! In response to your comment on mine...I love YA for the same reason. I like that it is clean and that it leaves more for the imagination!

    Heather @ Ya Fantasy Book Junkie  


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  16. I agree about scheduling your posts ahead. I find myself ahead some weeks and prepping posts the night before on other weeks. It can get overwhelming but totally worth it! I, too, have a calendar and a list and color-coding. But I am so happy to be a part of this world!

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  17. Totally agree with all your points especially the calendar which to me is essential - which is even more important with a co-blogger too!

    And thanks for the tour shout-out! I don't actually send out pre-made HTML posts though, for a few reasons. Mostly I often find them wonky on non blogger platforms that don't read HTML the same as blogger. So that makes some posts weird looking or broken completely. Another reason is I find it gives the tour less personality as each post would be the exact same on every stop (minus the review itself). when a blog formats their own post it gives it individual personality and look so to me that's a lot more interesting. BUT I do email everything that you'll need: the book details, cover, author info, giveaway code etc - everything you need for your post content is right there to easily copy/paste so it's not really much more work for you either way :) And I love to have you on my tours! ;)

    I totally agree about #7! I much prefer visiting and commenting back than replying to comments that don't really need a reply. If someone asks a question or starts a discussion I will reply for sure, but otherwise I rather spend the time I'd reply to go read some posts and comment on their blog which, like you say, is great to support the community and be social. Plus I love to read other blogs and there's only so much time to go around when you have school, a job, family etc. It's how I made most of my blogging friends, too!

    #9 is the shiz! <3

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  18. LOVE YOUR GIFS! And I agree especially with number 9. As of now, because of school, I can't post that often - even in advance - but scheduling a post does feel great. I don't participate a lot in book tours since I don't have much time and I don't like it if I can't deliver but when I do, I'm having a great time.

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  19. Totally agree with you that blogging is more work that I realized it would be when I started. I love it, but it's not just sitting around and occasionally writing something that strikes your fancy (at least not if you want to build your blog into something that people actually read). You're definitely right about going back to people's blogs to comment back - I do always read people's replies, but I definitely go back and try to comment back on their blogs as well. Oh, and #6 is fantastic advice - I hate it when I can't find the person who commented!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  20. #7 is one of those that differs from blog to blog. Some like comment replies, some don't. But at least I know your preference!

    I schedule all my post out in advance too. But I am weird about it and do certain things are certain days. And yes, blogging is WORK. Crazy how much, at times. :)

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  21. Excellent post! I wish I was organized enough to schedule two weeks in advance, as that would take so much of the pressure off. I'm working on it! Thanks for the list of your favorite memes! I pinned it for future reference.

    I do my best to visit everyone who leaves a comment on one of my posts, but you're right that some people are hard to find. I reply to their comments on my blog as a reminder to myself that I've already visited, so the reply is more for me as I don't know who actually comes back to check for replies.

    Love the cute gifs!

    Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such...

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  22. Thanks for this, Missie! I'm sure you know already, but I'm still pretty new to the blogging community, and I'm starting to learn a lot of these things. It's great that you're scheduled two weeks in advance, I hope to be like that sometime, but for now I'm not quite there yet. With time and practice I'm sure it'll be fine though!! I try to visit everyone who comments on my blog. I also want to thank you, because you were the first person to comment on mine, and that jump started me and made me willing to post more to other people's blogs as well, which got me more involved in the blogging community. Thank you for this post!

    Victoria @ Chapters on a Page

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  23. Number 9. That is the ultimate lesson book blogging has taught me. However, I will never be the person who plans in advance. Haha. I am a procrastintor - just like my mother! Ha.

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  24. I think the same thing about comments. Unless they ask a question, I try to visit their blog instead of replying on my blog. Great post! Love the gifs :)

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  25. Wowee, these are great tips Missie! I'm still getting my head round a lot of this stuff, and you're right, there is a huge blogging world out there! I can't wait until I'm fully available to dedicate myself to the 'Homework' that is Netgalley, Blog Tours, Edelweiss, etc. As for the HTML stuff in comments, I keep forgetting this! I'll have to remember more often. I am making a concerted effort to comment on more blogs, I felt a bit shy to at first because I was a Book Blogging newbie haha, but now I realise I was being a bit silly because everyone is SO friendly.

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

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  26. Fantastic post! I feel like you've captured everything it's taken me about 2 years to learn! I think it's most important to keep organized and I love reading how other people do it. I mostly just use a physical calendar, though using Google will be very helpful!

    Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

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  27. Great post, number 3 is a good idea. I'm trying to be more active on my blog and visit other blogs too and comment.

    I nominated you for the Liebster Awards here: http://ashlyhbooks.blogspot.com/2014/03/liebster-awards-31714.html
    you can answer the questions if you want to, if you don't want to its ok.

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  28. Love this post! I completely agree about having a schedule!

    Tessa @ The Book Search

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  29. That's a lot to learn in a few short months -- sounds like you're off to a terrific start :)

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    1. Oh and just to throw my two cents in about #6 -- while I do think a signature is a good idea, you do have to be careful. A lot of bloggers don't appreciate links in their comments, especially if the comment is only something like "great post!" as it can appear spammy or that the commenter didn't really read the post and just wants to get traffic back -- not that you do that, but just a general note in case others are thinking about trying it :)

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  30. Have a blog that runs FAST! I am not a patient person and if your blog takes more than 20 seconds to load, I will automatically close the tab and move on.
    Oh, and have a good looking readable design. ;D

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