Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top Ten Tips For New Bloggers


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Tips For New Bloggers. Let's get this party started!

1. Network. I'm not kidding when I say that Twitter is your best friend. It's a great way to meet other bloggers, authors, publishers, etc. I've met some of my favorite people through Twitter and cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. Socialize and have fun with it.

2. Go to book signings/events in your area. Signings are a great way to meet authors and other bloggers out there. They're also a great way to meet publishers as well. If you get the chance to go to a conference (ALA, BEA, RT, TLA, etc), go. Trust me, it's not only a great way to promote your blog, but it's a helluva good time!

3. Don't be in it for the ARCs. One of my biggest pet peeves are bloggers who are clearly blogging for ARCs or as they put it, "free books". A) They are not free and B) you're setting yourself up for failure. When I first started blogging, I didn't even know what an ARC was. I did it because I loved reading and wanted to share that love with others. Period. If you're doing it for ARCs (and my guess is, requesting them like crazy), you're going to get overwhelmed and eventually hate blogging. It's a full time job, requiring (in my experience) at least 30 hours of work a day. Also, did you know that ARCs cost publishers more money to produce than an actual final copy? They're there to help promote the book/spread the word. They are NOT free. Plus, if you love an author so much, why wouldn't you help support them by buying their book?

4. Don't bite off more than you can chew. How many of you have felt completely overwhelmed with your TBR pile? *Raises hand* It's hard not to get caught in the hype. "OMG, look at all the books coming out! I must get my hands on those". Then, let's say May rolls by and you realize you have about 10 books you must review and less than two weeks. EEP! My advice is don't bite off more than you can chew. If you're TBR pile is already sky high, stop requesting books. By the time they release, you'll have punched a dent in your TBR, and then you can buy the book and enjoy it. If you ever do feel overwhelmed...

5. Take a blogging vacation. I do it every Christmas. Let's be honest, sometimes your real life (work, school, family, and friends) beckon you, which leaves you less time to blog. Maybe you're just feeling overwhelmed with everything. That's okay. The best thing you can do is take a week or two off. Believe me, it will feel like spring break.

6. Make friends. I'm not kidding when I say that blogging is a great way to meet new, amazing, and fabulous people. Some of my favorite people in the world are bloggers. Not only will you have fun with them, but you'll also have a great support group. Trust me, when it comes to blogging, no one will know more about what you're going through than a blogger. It goes without saying, but still.

7. Get a fabulous blog design. The way your blog looks says a lot about who you are. I personally can't design worth a dime, nor do I know anything about html, so what I did was hire a blog designer to design my blog. She listened to what I wanted, offered a view suggestions, then voila! My new look was born. I know not everyone can afford to put that kind of money into your blog, but there are sites where you can get free designs and step by step information on how to install it. The Cutest Blog on the Block is a great one.

8. Get on Goodreads. Want to know where to find the latest books, covers, debut authors, etc? Goodreads, my friend. Goodreads is a great way to showcase your reviews, learn about books you've been curious about, and also see what other have to say about certain books. It's like Facebook for book lovers!

9. Comment, comment, comment! I have seriously failed in this department lately and am sorry for that. The cordial rule is if someone leaves a comment on your blog, you go and leave a comment on their's. You don't have to, but it's the nice thing to do. The more comments you leave, the more you'll get in return. After all, everyone loves comments, right?

10. BE YOURSELF! I know a lot of people have a ton of advice for you. Post memes, don't post memes, write kind reviews, write mean reviews, don't share your personal life, share your personal life, etc. Remember, your blog is your blog. Do what you want with it and be yourself. Some advice is great and incredibly helpful, but if you don't agree with it, than don't do it. Let your voice shine, and I promise, people will take notice. :-)

And that's my advice to you. What advice would you give to new bloggers?

12 comments:

  1. Love your tips! And as usual, YOU come shining through your posts :)

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  2. I agree with ALL of this 110%!! I would also add, don't be an a-hole. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how old you are.. some people need to be reminded of this.

    Love you like WOAH!

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    1. Love you too, Ginger! I completely agree with the "don't be an a-hole" thing. It's sad that people have to be reminded of this.

      Can't wait to see you on Thursday!!! GIGGIDY goo!

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  3. Aww, thank you Karen!!!! *hugglessquishies*

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  4. Great, great list, Lena! I love it! My favorite part of being a book blogger is your number 6. Cause you know, I met YOU! :) I love what you had to say. LOVE YOU! See you THURSDAY! :)

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  5. Ahhh I really wish I could go to book signings/events in my area but the problem is there are none! Curses for living in a such a small town. I agree with 7, I LOVE looking at good blog designs. I didn't know how to do HTML on WP so I hired my friend to design it for me. :) This is a great list, thanks for sharing your tips.

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  6. Great top ten list Lena. I try really hard at commenting on other blogs consistently, but it does get hard to keep up. I have my favorites that I visit every day and some I comment on all the time, and some I don't. If I don't have something to say then a comment is just generic. I would rather have it mean something. I love making friends and getting to know new people. Blogging has been such an awesome experience for me.

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  7. These are fantastic, thanks for taking the time to share

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  8. Fabulous advice :D If only I'd known this when I first started blogging. I definitely agree with the ARCs thing– you shouldn't be blogging for the "free books". and hahaha I need to work on the vacation thing :P Great list!

    Rabiah
    Confessions of a Readaholic

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  9. "Don't bite off more than you can chew" is the best advice out there, I think. I've only been blogging for two months, and I've felt myself falling into those feelings, especially when I look at my Google Reader and see 100+ unread posts. That's when I know I have to pull back a bit.

    Thanks for the great advice!

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  10. Yeah, you're awesome and you know it, Lena. But this great advice for beginners. As someone who just passed the 1 year blogging mark, all of these are so true.

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  11. Goodreads is definitely a blogger's best friend. I honestly don't know how I went without it before I started my blog. It makes keeping track of the books I've read and the ones I want to read about a million times easier.

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