Wednesday, November 12, 2014
#BookBlogWriMo: Day Twelve: Advice to Newbie Bloggers
If you're like us, once you become what some might call a "power" reader, which I think is if you read over 100 books a year...or that is my personal definition of it...you probably will think "I totally should blog about this!"
My advice...think long and hard about it. Not that we would want to dissuade anyone from jumping in this crazy online world, but it can be hard. Hard to think of a blog name that isn't too close to someone else's so that they feel like you've stolen from then, hard to pick a template (see last reason..) hard to pick which posts you think people will like, hard not to seem like you're spamming people with the information that you got REALLY excited about, and they're like...yo, girl. Chill.
My other advice, that I think has helped us, and we say this over and over and over...be who you want to be. If you want to exclusively blog about books, do that...exclusively review only sporadically, do that...post once a day, once a week, or even once a month, do that...but it definitely goes without saying, again...be yourself, and that will make you the happiest. Book bullies come and go from both authors, bloggers, and readers...and either we've avoided it well, or we just don't engage with people that post crazy things, but I hope that I never have to encounter first hand some of the things that other people say happen to them. It is kind of cray cray!
And Shel touched on this in another post through this book blog wri mo thing, HAVE A PARTNER. It is really, really difficult if you've got plans to do something, and forgot a blog thing. For instance, I went to Florida with family...they're kind of anti-anything-to-do-with-courtney's-time-to-herself, so little blogging got done...shel had that. Shel went out of the country, I sort of kind of, mostly had it! Haha. We have each other's backs, we vent, we cry, we laugh, and we loved...and I can't go a day without my blog partner, or really without the blog.
Gosh, Court covered most of what I'd suggest. Maybe the only other thing I'd suggest is not to be afraid to change something if it's not working or if you are ready to try something different. At the end of the day it's YOUR blog, so make it what you want.
And remember to enjoy it. It's easy to get caught up in the crazy pace of this, so step back and enjoy.