Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them). This week’s theme is the Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers. Seeing as I am pretty new to the scene, take my advice for what it is– very basic.
1. Comment. A lot. This is the probably the best way to acquaint yourself with other bloggers and to get traffic to your site. Also, everyone loves comments!
2. Write well and often. If you have something good to say and you say it well, people will read your writing. Also posting frequently seems to help keep interest in your blog up– both from regular readers and from search engines.
3. Participate in memes. There are several that I take part in on a semi-regular basis– It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?, Top Ten Tuesday, TGIF, and In My Mailbox. Top Ten Tuesday typically gets me the most hits and the most comments. These are all awesome opportunities to connect with other bloggers and to find your niche.
4. Find your niche. There is a huge variety of book blogs out there and it really helps if you can find where you fit in based on reading and review preferences. I know this sounds obvious, but I tend to read a wide variety, so I wasn’t quite sure where I fit in when I started.
5. Be yourself. I recently wrote a post about baseball books for Opening Day. I don’t think I have many readers who are into baseball, but it was something different that gave people an insight into who I am other than a person who reads all the time!
6. Be honest, but not nasty. I want to know if a blogger doesn’t like a book and why. I want to know the strengths and weaknesses in a book. I don’t want to read things trashing authors or bloggers or self-published works or whatever. Remember it is all a matter of taste.
7. Read more. I know that you don’t start a book blog without being an avid reader, but it can be demanding to need to write a review or two a week. I have started to listen to audiobooks in the car (and sometimes at the gym) to increase the number of books I have for review. I also try to make a point to read every day. Also, this includes reading more blog posts and book-related news articles. I often find inspiration for posts in debates going on elsewhere.
8. Have an idea of what you want to accomplish by blogging and take actions to reach those goals. I came into this wanting to read more and better books, wanting to remember and critically think about what I’ve read, and hoping to interact with fellow book lovers. I try to accomplish this by posting, commenting, tweeting, etc.
9. If you post about a book, give a link to goodreads or amazon or something and a picture of the cover. This is my viewing preference, but if you start talking about a book that I want to know more about, make it easy for me to find out more. And people love covers, so don’t leave those pics out!
10. Don’t get discouraged. You won’t become an internet sensation overnight, but if you keep posting and commenting, you will get comments and followers and hopefully you will make some friends, too!
Ok, fellow book bloggers– what did I miss? Share your words of wisdom with me and other newbies!