Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers

April 17, 2012 Meme, Top Ten Tuesday 24

TTTTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers

Well, I’ve only been doing this for about 6 months, so I still consider myself a new book blogger.  I guess this is more of a Top Ten List of things I’ve learned in the last 6 months.
1. Be patient.  Followers will come, slowly, but surely.
2. Remove CAPTCHA.  Do you even know that it’s on?  I thought I had turned it off, only to discover that it was still on, and no one told me.  Word verification is automatically set to “yes” when you start your blog.  Blogger has finally made it easy to turn it off so head on over to your blog, go to settings, then posts and comments, scroll down and select “no” for word verification.  Commenters definitely appreciate this. (Please note that if you go back to your settings and check, your word verification box will change back to “yes’’, it’s some kind of blogger glitch, but I promise you, it’s still off – you can always have someone else test it for you too) 
3. Google it.  When I became more serious about blogging Google became my best friend.  Need a progress bar?  Google.  Drop down label menu?  Google.  Social Media Icon?  Google.  Most of the tutorials that I found were pretty easy to use, even if you don’t have any html knowledge. 
4. Use memes, but don’t go crazy.  Memes help spread the word about your blog.  I’ve gotten quite a few new followers from them.  But don’t go all crazy with them either.  You don’t need to do every meme or have a meme each day of the week.
5. Don’t be afraid to write a negative review.  Just make sure you’re talking about the book, not the author.  
6. Leave good comments.  The fellow bloggers that I’ve developed relationships with are because of good commenting.  Especially in reviews.  There’s a lot more that can be said then “Nice review”. 
7. Say Hi!  Book bloggers are nice people.  Don’t be afraid to get out there and say Hi!  It’s even easier when you find other blogs that are new, because they are looking for people too. 
8. Make sure your blog is readable.  Dark backgrounds and light colored font are harder to read than light colored backgrounds and darker font. 
9. Participate in events.  This is another way to get your name out there without being all “in your face” about it.  Do readathon, bloggiesta, reading challenges. whatever.  It’s a great way to meet other readers.
10. Have Fun!  Blogging is supposed to be fun!  Don’t commit to more than you can handle.  There is no rule that says you have to do X amount of reviews a week or post every day.  Do however much you want!


24 Responses to “Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers”

  1. Kat @ NoPageLeftBehind

    Great tips! ESPECIALLY removing CAPTCHA…I can’t tell you how annoying it is when you have to try and decipher that unintelligible non-word just to leave a lil’ ol’ comment!

  2. Annette

    Great list. The first I’ve seen “Google It” as a tip, and I think it’s a great one. I do it ALL the time. For my blog and pretty much everything else in my life….

  3. Tanya Patrice

    I could definitely participate in more blog events, so I’m going to try that. And I especially love your 1st tip – be patient!

  4. fakesteph

    Love these. Google is SO my friend… one of my biggest flaws as a human being is I think I can do ANYTHING if I can google a how-to… I may need to write about that. Could be funny.

  5. Hollie

    This is a great list! I agree with all of these, especially the Google tip. Don’t know it? Google will, that’s for sure! And patience is such an important thing to have too! Be it with your reader count or when you’re trying to sort out your layout and the html just won’t work!

    Thanks for stopping by my list!

  6. Kelsey@TheLostBookReports

    Good tips for sure!
    Haha i totally agree about word verification! I was like you, and didn’t know mine was up!

  7. Erin

    Love the list! I completely agree about not being afraid of the negative review. I made myself a promise when I started blogging, I wasn’t going to shy away from saying I didn’t like a book. True, you need to take care to say why you didn’t like a BOOK, not it’s author, but I also know that some of the books I’ve read and loved were because I read a negative review that actually turned me on to a book. If we all liked the same things, books and blogging would get very boring!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      It’s the same for me. Everyone likes different stuff so what you may not like I may like. I agonized a lot over 2 of my reviews before posting them (one was a DNF) because they were not putting the book in good light, but it was how I felt and I made sure (and I hope I succeeded) in focusing on the book.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I stopped at a blog a couple weeks ago with some neon writing and it hurt to read it! Unfortunately I won’t be stopping back because it’s too much work, and it makes me sad because I know I could be missing out on a really good blog. :(

  8. Hafsah

    Great tips! It’s so easy to forget that we’re meant to enjoy blogging and it we shouldn’t let it turn into a chore.

  9. Bittner

    These are all such great tips!
    I am always proud of myself when I figure out how to do things for my blog, but I know I wouldn’t be able to do any of them if it weren’t for Google!
    I definitely need to work on my commenting. I don’t comment on enough blogs and I definitely don’t respond to enough of the comments that people leave for me.