Good morning! I can’t believe it’s the last day!
So, here’s the prompt for today:
Today’s topic is Ask The Experts. In your post, ask the visitors to your blog for blogging advice. What did you always want to know about blogging but were afraid to ask? Now is the time!
Alternatively, if you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ve probably learned a thing or two. Whether you stumbled upon a something that makes blogging easier or made a mistake you’d never want anyone to repeat, share your experience and wisdom with others.
I’m not sure I have any questions for other bloggers. I’m feeling pretty happy about where my blog is right now – I like my design, I’m happy with the features / memes I take part in, I’ve been making it a point to put myself out there in the book blogosphere and try to be a part of things, etc. I don’t want any advice on how to seek out free books, because that’s not my style. The books I review are ones I own or that I borrow from the library, for the most part. Maybe all those lucky BEA-ers can come and share their advice on how to save up to go to BEA? Lol.
So, here are some of my tips for bloggers – cause you know, I’m so wise and stuff…
- Turn off word verification in your comments. If you’re that worried about spam, you might want to look for a plug-in or something that prevents spam, or you can change your comment settings so that you have to approve comments before they’re published. But if you’re wondering why you don’t get a lot of discussion and comments, this is probably why. Go double-check your settings now to make sure word verification is turned off.
- Add a search bar to your blog. There’s no excuse, both Blogger and WordPress have widgets for this. It makes everyone’s life easier.
- Befriend like-minded bloggers. You’ll find some blogs that you really like, probably because your reading tastes are really similar. Follow them, comment on them, get to know them. We’re all friendly here and making friends is a big part of being part of the community. To find other bloggers, join readalongs, partake in memes, sign up for readathons.
- Read what you want. Meaning that your readers can tell if you’re just reading a bunch of review books out of obligation, not because you particularly want to read them. Your blog will seem much more interesting and appeal to a wider audience if you read a variety of books, both new and old.
- Let your personality shine. I don’t know how to make this much clearer – if you’re funny, be funny. If you’re crass, be crass. If you’re prim and proper, be that. Don’t censor yourself too much when you blog, because it’ll take away the uniqueness of your voice and style. Also, include some personal posts! Share events in your life with your readers - it makes you seem more like a real person rather than just another nameless blogger.
- Don’t take it too seriously. Honestly, book blogging is meant to be FUN! Don’t get pressured and stressed about how often you should post or not having anything to post about. This should never feel like a chore – if it does, take a break. Your readers will understand and will love you all the more if and when you return.
There you have it, my oh-so-humble tips for book blogging. What are some of your tips? Tell me!
I also just wanted to say that I had HELLA GOOD TIME participating in Armchair BEA. I mean, the hours and hours spent online this week kind of kicked my ass, but I really loved visiting new blogs and posting everyday. I added a few new bloggers to my Google Reader too! I’m sad I didn’t get to join in on the Twitter parties more, but after all the blogging and commenting I was beat. But anyways, thanks to the folks who set up Armchair BEA, cause ya’ll are awesome. And a big thanks to all the bloggers who participated this week – even though we’re not at BEA in NYC, you guys totally made this a huge fun event. *HUGS*