I asked the lovely Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction to write a guest post for me to keep you all entertained whilst I am away on holiday. I love her blog and highly recommend you all check it out as it is growing fast – so it was only fitting to have her share her top tips on book blogging.
Book blogging can be a bit daunting at times, can’t it? I mean, everything looks so technical. But trust me, it’s simple enough to get a blog up and running when you know where to start.
So, I’ve made a list of a few tips and tricks when it comes to blogging, whether it be the design side or the posts themselves. By no means am I a professional blogger (or anything of the sort) – but these tips are just a few of the things I’ve learnt since starting up my own blog, each and every one of them making my blogging experience that little bit easier. I’m sure some of these you’ll have heard before, but they’re on these lists for a good reason! Hopefully I’ve managed to think of a few new ones too, just to mix it up a bit 🙂
Here are my tips when it comes to blogging – whether you’re just starting up or you’re reading out of intrigue!
1. Make a set of common graphics
This is probably the thing that revolutionized my blog. OK, that may be a bit dramatic. But seriously, having a set of graphics that you can use in a lot of your posts can completely change the look of your posts.
If you think about which headings or links you might use often in your posts and make little photo graphics for them instead, it can make such a huge difference. I use them for my social media buttons at the end of my posts, as well as for the “synopsis” and “review” headings in my reviews. Simple, but effective (though totally optional of course).
2. Link your social media
A lot of people like social media. Shocking, I know. But this is something really simple you can do to expand your blog that little bit more. Whether it be in your sidebar, on your “About” page, at the bottom of each blog post or just mentioned in your writing somewhere, just linking your social media pages can make your readers feel a bit more connected to you. So if you have Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Tumblr, anything at all…TELL US!
3. Talk to people
Go out there and talk to people! If you comment on other people’s blog posts, they’re more likely to remember your name and will want to visit your blog too. If you talk to them on other social media, you might make some blogger friends. And trust me, having people to talk to about blogs and all things related can be GREAT.
4. Don’t overload on self promo
Now, if you have social media, don’t spam with links there. I KNOW it can be tempting to keep sharing links to your posts in an attempt to get more people to read them. But honestly, a lot of people get annoyed by people sharing links all the time. Of course, you CAN share your links! Just don’t overload with the self promo.
5. Share your reviews in a number of places
If you write reviews, don’t be afraid to share them on a number of platforms. When I post my reviews, they’re first published on my blog, then shared on Goodreads, Amazon UK, and Bookbridgr with links back to the original, along with links shared on Twitter. A lot of places, I know. But your reviews are here to help people make a judgement, so the more they’re spread, the better!
And yes, this IS different to the previous point because it’s only being shared once in each place. People will only see it more than once if they add you on multiple platforms.
6. Don’t clog up your blog
Sidebars – They’re such helpful things. But one tip from me would be to keep them pretty simple. Try not to fill it with loads of text and links and whatnot. Also, be REALLY careful if you have two sidebars. Having too many things clogging up your sidebars can distract readers away from your posts.
7. Write “end of the month” posts throughout the month
This is obviously specific to the people who like writing Monthly Wrap Ups or Monthly Hauls. They can take SO long to write, with all the links and recapping. So if you don’t already, write them up throughout the month! Keeping a rough outline in your drafts and updating it every weekend can make those posts less daunting.
8. Have your rating system somewhere on your blog
Going back to reviews, everyone’s rating system is different. Even the star ratings are different – a 3 star rating from me might be completely different to you. Obviously this is optional, but I always find it helpful to have your rating guide somewhere on your blog. I have mine on my sidebar, and above my review index!
9. Plan plan plan!
A fairly obvious one. Plan your posts ahead of time. Then when it comes to an upload day, you won’t be stuck for ideas.
10. Have photoshoot days
If you followed that last little piece of advice, you can probably catch an idea of which photos you want to take for the upcoming blog posts. Well, I find taking photographs takes me ages, so I always prefer to plan my photos and have photoshoot days. I take all the photos in one day, send them to my laptop, and TADAAA – they’re all ready and waiting to go. Taking them all on the same day pretty much guarantees you’ll have similar lighting and backgrounds too 🙂
So there we have it! Those are my tips and tricks when it comes to blogging.
I had been considering writing this post up for a while now, so when Emmi asked me if I wanted to feature it as a guest post on her blog, it seemed like perfect timing! Thank you so much for having me as a guest here 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed!
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