To be a Better Book Blogger (try saying that five times fast), it’s a good idea to follow blogging advice. Especially if that advice is being given by the big blogs with lots of followers and years of experience under their virtual belts.
But, you know, there’s so much advice! It’s easy to forget bits and pieces. SO! Just for you, I’ve put together aaaaall the Book Blogging advice in this one handy dandy post.
So you want to be a book blogger, huh? First things first. You need a blog. Sign up for blogger because it’s completely free and easy to navigate. But make sure you pick WordPress because it’s more professional and it’ll save you changing later. You don’t have to spend a cent! Just buy a domain name right up so no one else takes it.
Next make your blog look puuurty. This is super easy. Just download a free template and you’re ready to rock. But everyone has those free templates, soooo definitely buy one to make yourself original. Or you can design it yourself! You’ll need Photoshop for sure, but you CAN do it all for free online.
Then you need to write good posts! Post every single day to engage your followers, but remember! The key is consistency, so don’t worry about posting everyday. Just make sure you say something original. People like reading fresh content. Of course it’s hard to come up with ideas all the time, so why don’t you join in on a few memes? Network! Meet friends! DON’T DO ALL THE MEMES. You’ll bore your followers to tears.
Don’t forget to give your posts that extra shine with a picture. Pictures catch the reader’s eye and engage them. But make sure you link back your picture to the original source. Never, never, never use pictures unless you own them. It’s stealing. Just use GIFs, they’re not copyrighted. But don’t use GIFs because they’re unprofessional and distracting. Use one or two a page. Use them all.
Please make sure to turn off your word-verification. It annoys readers and they won’t bother to comment. Make sure you have word verification, though, to stop spam.
You’re a book blogger now! YAY. You can get free ARCs! Just sign up for NetGalley and ask your local publishers for free books. Don’t worry if you’re still small, you’ll grow. Just make sure you have a few hundred followers before you request ARCs. Don’t request too many. Just request a lot so you keep on top of the trends. What? You did NOT just sign up to blog just for free books?! No. BOOK BLOGGING IS NOT ABOUT FREE BOOKS.
Never rant on your blog. Haters gonna hate, sweetheart, so keep calm about your opinion. Occasionally post a rant, though, because they’re heaps of fun and get the readers involved. You’re entitled to emotional opinions!
Just remember! Have fun. Keep it impersonal. Be a professional. Comment and read lots of blogs. Don’t wear yourself out. Take breaks if you need them. Don’t stop posting or everyone will forget about you. Read the books you want to read. Read what everyone else is reading so you can discuss book topics with them. Make sure you’re on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, and Pinterest. But you only need one or two social media outlets. Give advice. Don’t pretend to know everything.
AND DON’T FORGET TO READ READ READ ALL THE TIME BUT ONLY WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT.
Cait should be editing her book. But then she checked her email, and then she was on Facebook (who knows why) and then a friend sent her a pin so she ended up on Pinterest and LOOK SQUIRREL. But as soon as she’s finished writing this, she’ll go edit. She promises. Maybe. When not editing, she’s reading ENMITY and preforming excessive headdesks at the ridiculousness of the story.