Here is a list of tips that I have found to be beneficial to my blog over the last 2 years! I hope you find something useful here…
First of all, pick a site to host your blog. Once you’ve decided on this you can come up with a name and find a theme that suits you. You don’t have to settle on a theme straight away! I have changed mine more times than I can count. For now, just choose something that you like. There really is no right or wrong at this point but if you need help you can reach out to existing bloggers for some guidance!
You are not going to gain a large following overnight. It is a slow process but if you work hard and be patient you will see a difference and it will be worth it!
You don’t need to own and read hundreds of books
There are a lot of book bloggers out there who own hundreds of beautiful books. This can be really overwhelming. But it’s okay. Obviously, it helps if you read quite regularly but owning hundreds of books shouldn’t have a big impact on how successful your blog is. Remember: quality over quantity.
This sounds scary but the book blogging community are wonderful and so friendly. Make time to read and interact with other people’s blog posts. Even if it is just a simple comment to say you enjoyed their post. Doing this means people will start to recognise you. It is also a great way to meet new people! It’s important to remember everyone was new to this once. You can encourage other people to engage with your blog by asking questions in your posts!
Use Social Networking Sites
Social networking sites such as Instagram and Twitter have been a great way for me to connect with bloggers, authors, and publishers. Sharing your posts on social media can also help people discover your blog. If you want to keep your blog and your personal life separate you can do that too by making separate accounts for your blog!
This requires a bit more spare time but if you have the time it is worth it! Joining in with weekly memes and book tags is a great way to get recognised and meet new people. It can also be a lot of fun and makes a nice change from writing book reviews. I plan to join in a lot more now that I have finished university!
Most importantly, have fun! Don’t feel under pressure to contribute lots and post every day. Post when you can. Comment when you can. Don’t let blogging become a chore. You should be having fun and enjoying yourself!
Do you have any tips of your own?