Saturday, 24 August 2013

GUEST POST: Top 10 Blogging Tips by Hollie from Music, Books and Tea

Hi, I’m Hollie! I blog over at Music, Books and Tea, and I’m here to share with you my top ten blogging tips. What makes me qualified to give you these tips? Well…not a whole lot really. I've been blogging for nearly two years, so I'd like to think that I kind of know what I'm on about when it comes to blogging!

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!

16 comments:

  1. Great tips, I agree with all of them, especially number one.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah

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    1. I agree, Hollie wrote a brilliant piece.

      Thanks for commenting, Sarah!

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  2. Love this post so much. I think blogs that are full of the blogger's passion (whatever that is) are always so much more fun to read. Great tips!!

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  3. #4. Once you're established, there us an endless line of people wanting to give you a free copy of their book. It gets so overwhelming that soon you have no time to read the books you REALLY want to read. Most of us will never get lucky enough to get a free copy of a NY times bestseller, but there are 10,000+ free indie books on Amazon to choose from. So, if your goal is to get free books, you shouldn't waste time and energy setting up a book blog. Only do it if you enjoy discussing books.

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    1. I totally agree with you! Really good point. When someone who only wants the freebies becomes a book blogger, I don't think they realise 1) how much work goes into it and 2) they will become very overwhelmed very quickly.

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  4. #4. Once you're established, there us an endless line of people wanting to give you a free copy of their book. It gets so overwhelming that soon you have no time to read the books you REALLY want to read. Most of us will never get lucky enough to get a free copy of a NY times bestseller, but there are 10,000+ free indie books on Amazon to choose from. So, if your goal is to get free books, you shouldn't waste time and energy setting up a book blog. Only do it if you enjoy discussing books.

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  5. I think the first 3 are really important to me. There are so many amazing bloggers that I have to remind myself not to constantly compare my blog to theirs. Great advice :-)

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  6. Great tips. Thanks for sharing! I remember at first with my blog I was upset because I didn't have a lot of followers, but they gradually come. I still don't have a ton, but I am more content than I used to be. :)

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  7. Thank you for having me Amber! :)

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  8. Well then I guess I'm on the right track :D. Thanks for the blog post!

    I'm not into reviewing books though. I usually write about my feelings. I treat it a bit like a journal.

    Come check out my blog at www.chineseviolindiary.blogspot.com if you want to see it! Thanks!

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  9. This is a awesome post !

    I'm really new (4 months) in the whole blogging world and every tip I can get is helpful for me (:
    And yees :D I knew I'm very late on this post but I just got to your blog through Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now and I'm really glad I did !

    Your blog is soo wonderful !♥

    xo Anne @ anne-books.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm seriously late to this post but it is 100% what I'd tell anyone about blogging! (Even though I don't only do book reviews.) And #4 is what I tell so many people - even my friends who don't blog at all - expecting, and thinking, it's only about freebies is totally not what blogging is about. I wouldn't put in all the hours of effort if all I wanted was some free stuff! x

    www.reviewsloveem.blogspot.com

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  11. #1 is so right.
    I find three a week works best but I am sure other people think other things

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