I see a lot of posts like this, and I know you probably don’t want to read one more. Or maybe you’re new and looking for advice, but you’re receiving conflicting advice. That’s why I’m writing this post: because I’ve learned a lot about blogging, and I’m going to share a secret with you about a successful blog:
Make it yours.
I could make a blog similar to other people’s blogs, or I could make it my own. I could follow a bunch of rules other people suggest to me, or I could follow my own.
So here is a simple list to get you started:
- Make your own rules. Decide how you’re going to do things. Pull up a word document and write a policy: how many reviews per week? Or will you just post as you can? Which memes will you do? Will you make your won memes? Will you actively leave links on your subscriptions' pages? Will you email publishers, or wait for them to email you? What genres will you accept? What genres will you absolutely not accept under any condition? Will you use labels on your posts? these are just a few questions to get you started.
- Start with a really simple template and a really simple header. As you go on, you will learn what kind of blogger you are, and what your blog atmosphere is. Then you can invest some time in making a really nice template and header. (More on that another time!)
- Every Sunday or Saturday or Friday (or whatever day) make a list of things you want to that week on the blog. Post titles, books you want to review, etc.
- Participate in some tours and get people to your page. If you’re just staring, I recommend Goddess Fish, Pump Up Your Book, and Reading Addiction VBT.
- Find a spot that you do your blogging. Make it your “blog spot.” haha, see what I did there? No? okay… I like to blog at the library, but when I was in High School, I did my blogging at my desk (and my homework on my bed, because that makes perfect sense).
- Host a giveaway to get followers.
Here are some tips I would suggest that helped me. They might help you. But don’t feel pressured!
- I make blogging one of the first things I do in the morning, but reading and commenting on other people’s blogs something I do in the evening, so I don’t accidently read blogs all.day.long.
- Download Windows Live Writer. It works like Microsoft word, is super easy to use, has lots of cool features that make your life easier, and you don’t have to be connected to the internet to write the posts (only to publish them).
- At one point I had a lot of books coming in, and I didn’t know where any of them were coming from. So I made this form, printed them out, filled them out as the books came in, and then checked them off and filed them away as I finished. It really helped me stay organized. (Title of the book, Rec means date I received it, Tour is for the tour date, Posted is the day it went up, Source is where it came from, Giveaway I would put “1, USA/Canada” or “3, USA only” or NONE. Then I’d check off that I emailed the supplier, linked it to my Reviews page, and then check off where else I posted the review.)
Good luck! Ask questions in the comments if you have them!