1) Don’t pressurise yourself into posting every single day if you don’t want to.If you only want to post a couple of times a week, that’s fine. If you want to post every day, that's fine too. It's your blog, after all. But if you force yourself into posting when you really don't want to, you'll end up resenting blogging and you're probably more likely to get burnt-out from blogging, which isn't good at all.
2) Find out what works for you and stick with it.If you like creating video reviews, great! If you prefer bullet point filled lists, perfect! If you want to fill your posts with funny gifs, good for you! Don’t feel you have to write a 500 word long review just because that's what the other blogs you follow do. When you enjoy what you're posting, people will enjoy reading it.
3) Numbers are just that – numbers. Not a measurement of your success.When I first started blogging, I got obsessed by my number of followers. And it was silly of me, because your number of followers does not equal how successful your blog is. Once I learned that, blogging became a much more enjoyable hobby for me.
4) Blog because you love your topic – not because you want freebies.Pretty much every single book blogger out there blogs because they love books, they love reading and they just want to talk about anything and everything book-related. They couldn't care less about whether or not they get free books; they just want to spotlight the ones that they love. Yes, the free books are a perk if you’re lucky enough to receive them, but please, don’t go into blogging expecting them.
5) Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.Seriously, if you've got a problem, book-related or otherwise, the blogging community is there to help. Don't be afraid to ask a question, even if you think it's a little silly, because there's probably already someone who's been in your shoes already and will be willing to help you with your problem.
6) Spend time commenting and getting to know other bloggers.Don't do what I did for the first couple of days after creating my blog, and just sit there expecting people to come to you. Because they won't. If you put in the legwork of getting your name out there to begin with, other people will come and visit you. It might take a little time, but it'll happen, I promise!
7) Enjoy yourself.Make sure you have fun when you blog, otherwise, what's the point in blogging? It's like forcing yourself to read a book you're really not liking, you end up hating it, and you don't want that to happen.
8) Always be open for post ideas to appear at random times.Seriously, the amount of times I've had an idea for a post hit me when I'm in the shower or doing my hair is beyond ridiculous. But it's kind of awesome. I just make sure I have a scrap of paper and a pen close by so I can jot it down as soon as possible, then I'm away.
9) Don’t Plagiarise!I know Amber's already mentioned this one in her Blog 101 Part 3, but seriously, it's so important. Although really, it seems kind of obvious, doesn't it? Copying anything from anyone without their permission is bad. Don’t do it. Because you will get caught out, and you probably won’t have a lot of sympathisers on your side.
10) Ignore these tips and do things your own way!As I said at the start of this post, I am no blogging expert. At the end of the day, it's your blog that you created for yourself.
So, those are my top ten blogging tips. They're mainly things that I've learned over these months of being a book blogger that I think the earlier a blogger knows, the better the whole blogging experience is for them.
Thank you to Amber for giving me the opportunity to write a post for her fab blog!