Armchair BEA! Day 5: Ask the Experts

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*

 

~Sarah

 

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27 comments

  1. These are excellent tips – thanks so much for sharing with us newbies out there in blog world. Quick question – what are memes? I’ve seen the term but have no clue what it means

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    1. Hi! Memes are those features you might see on other blogs, such as Top Ten Tuesday, Book Blogger Hop, or In My Mailbox in which you do a particular post & add the link to the hosting blog’s Mr.Linky widget & then go visit some other blogs also linked.

      I hope that helps!

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  2. I only followed 2 armchair BEA’ers and you were one of them. Thanks for bringing all the fun to me. When is your next read-a-thon? I want to get it on my calendar. Belle

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  3. Great tips – very similar to what I wrote today. Loved your tip about “like-minded” bloggers. Thought maybe I should add your blog to my list that I want to return to after BEA – then realized you are already on there and I’m following you on Twitter. So you must have said something else I totally greed with. Talk about like minded! 🙂 Nice meeting you and I’ll be back.

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  4. Definitely read what you want! I go through phases of reading review books, but I’m usually grabbing the odd book off my shelf, or something random from the library. Personally, I like a blog that isn’t ALL review books and one that is a little eclectic in its reviews.

    And I agree with you! Tips on how to save up for BEA would be a great post. I can barely save up for day to day things, let alone a huge trip like that!

    I love your blog … it’s nice that you’re not totally into review books and that you do your own thing and blog for yourself. It’s a great blog to look up to!

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  5. The voice thing is probably my biggest struggle.
    Thanks for stopping by Book’d Out earlier – hope you had a great BEA

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  6. I agree about reading a variety of blogs. I know I prefer to read blogs where the books featured aren’t just the ones that are doing the rounds on blog tours as current releases at the moment. Great tips!

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  7. Great tips! I especially love the first two – gigantic pet peeves of mine! I hate captcha…esp now that you have to try to distinguish TWO words! and the search bar…oh don’t even get me started! One of my favorite blogs does NOT have a search bar and it drives me insane. I don’t have time to sift through 300 posts to find a recommendation on a certain book!

    And I too am pretty happy with my blog – I’ve just moved to wordpress and could not be happier about that! now your question about saving to get to go to BEA…if you come up with an answer please let me know! 😀

    Happy Armchair BEA Week

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  8. aaargh! I just wrote out a long, long response and it disappeared, darn it! Anyways, great tips – especially the first two! both are pet peeves of mine!

    Happy Armchair BEA week!

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    1. Yessss. Like when I want to link back to an older review of someone’s – I’m trying to ya know, give credit to the person who wrote a great review, but I have to scroll through pages of posts trying to find it! So annoying.

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  9. Your tips are awesomeness. Agree especially about word verification- who gets SO much spam that it’s worth pissing off every blog visitor ever?!

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  10. Those are great tips. I think finding like-minded bloggers is some of the best advice because then you’ll genuinely be interested in them and the books they review. Plus they’ll probably follow you back because of similar interests. And, as a bonus, you’ll get tons of great book recommendations!

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  11. Hmmm. I think I have a search bar. I am going to have to go check. lol

    All good advice! Befriending other bloggers who are a lot like me has made book blogging so much more rewarding! There are so many super awesome bloggers out there.

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  12. Great tips! I keep tweaking my blog and have yet to get it to the place where I love it. Love how clean yours looks so maybe I just need to do away with my background for starters.

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    1. Thanks! I am really fond of my plain old background. My sis kept trying to talk me into putting some sort of design back there, but I think everything just pops better on the plain one.

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  13. Hi Sarah! Thanks for all your help this week. I hate word verification too. I used it before when spam was terrible but Blogger seems to have improved the filters. Now I just have all older posts moderated.

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