Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Tips For New Book Bloggers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers make lists about books and other suitably bookish things. This week we're doing our top tips for new bloggers! Though I really don't consider myself any kind of authority on blogging at all. I'm still not very good at it! ;)

1. Use Twitter. Or Facebook. Or whichever social networking site. Talk to other bloggers! We don't bite. Though you may have just signed up to the biggest timesuck of your life. (Queen of procrastination.)

2. Don't stress.  You're a blogger, and you blog under your own free will. If you're in a funk or feel the need to take a break, take a break! People will understand.

3. Don't be afraid to express your opinion. I'll admit, I'm guilty of this one. When I first started blogging, I was scared of having a different opinion to everyone else, and gave glowing reviews to books I didn't really love (only once or twice), but I've learnt now that honesty is the best policy and all that! People won't hate on you for not loving a book.

4. Be nice. I know I just said don't be afraid to express your opinion, but at least have the courtesy to do it politely.

5. Don't go into book blogging for the wrong reasons. If you just started a blog because you saw people getting free books and you wanted some, stop, sit in that corner over there and reflect on your actions. Most bloggers get books from publishers because they have worked hard at their blogs and toiled, and because of their love for books.

6. Read what you want. Don't feel pressured that because you usually read one type of book that you can't, like, read other kinds of books because the people on your blog might not like it. It's your blog and your space on the internet. No one can tell you exactly how to do it. Which brings me to my next tip:

7. Don't take my advice. I still don't really know what I'm doing, but that doesn't matter because I like what I'm doing, and I'm part of an awesome community and have made some great friends because of it.


9. Don't panic and carry a towel. 

Yeah, it's not 10, but as you can see from about 1 onwards I was running out of things to say ;)


  1. "...sit in that corner over there and reflect on your actions" I couldn't agree more, great tips!

  2. I totally agree with your tips - especially using social media properly. Such a good tool for bloggers!

    Tara @ Hey, Tara

  3. I agree with your tips, especially expressing your opinion! I seem to have been really lucky this year, as I've yet to read a book I haven't enjoyed, but it's important to be honest and say when you really didn't like a book - but without being rude about it. And Twitter is probably my #1 distraction on the internet... Yay procrastination! :D

  4. Don't sell yourself short. We all have lots to learn, but we've all struggled through some lessons (sometimes learned the hard way.) Your tips are great -- except #7.

  5. Hurray for the Twitter timesuck... ;) And honesty is definitely important when reviewing, I like to know what people really think about a book, good or bad.

  6. I keep struggling with 2 and 6. It's why I schedule posts like crazy, but that's really a solution. *g*

    Great list!

    Patricia // My Post

  7. Great advice! I LOVE #5, that is so funny.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  8. Read what you want, exactly. Reading is my first passion, so always stick with that :D


  9. This week's topic is awesome! I wish I had these tips when I first started blogging and knew next to nothing! #9 is deffo my favourite :3

  10. Ahahaha, number #9 is AWESOME ;D But I agree with all of these - apart from maybe #7! Your advice is wonderful ;D

  11. Hi, I agree blogging should be about expressing your love for books and reading in general. And in doing so, your personality will shine true. That's when the blog becomes original!


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