It's the last day of Armchair BEA *sniff*, I hope you've all had a great time! Today's topic is 'Ask the Experts'
Now, I don't even imagine that I'm an expert in book blogging, and I seriously doubt I ever will be - there's way too much to learn! I don't know HTML, I'm not in the least technically minded and I've only been doing this for 7 months now. But there are some things I wish I'd known before I started book blogging.
Preparation is KEY. I started blogging on a complete whim one afternoon. I took about 10 minutes to think up a name, chose Blogger as my platform as I'd briefly flirted with it a couple of years ago, and posted a couple of reviews. I don't regret my name, because it fits me and my reading perfectly, but I wish I had done some more prep:
- I should have had a bigger 'review backlist' - for the first three months I was literally reading to post a review the following day. Now I'm doing better and schedule reviews about a month in advance, but it would have saved me a lot of stress if I'd had that option from the beginning.
- I wished I had spent longer setting up my template and 'look' before launching my blog. I've done everything as I've gone along, and although I don't mind changing things around, it would have been much easier to work it all out before making my blog public.
- When I first started receiving review requests, I accepted everything. It took me a couple of months to realise that there was no way I could read all of those books and I'm still dealing with fallout from that all these months later.
- Networking is essential! It took me months to get on Twitter and set up a Facebook page. Twitter is the best way to meet new bloggers, readers and authors, and it's where I get most of my new traffic.
- Don't take everything so seriously. Yes, we should be dedicated to our blogs if we want people to keep coming back, but if you forget to post something, or if you simply don't have something to post, it's not necessary to get up early/stay up late, write something crappy just for the sake of having a post, or obsess about it. Have fun with blogging and for the sake of your sanity, read a book just for fun every now and then :-D
Is there something you wish you could have done differently with your blog? Any awesome tips to make blogging easier?