How-to Book Blog
Guest post: Danielle Cox
Hello! Danielle here, and this post is basically just me pretending to know how to do this book blogging thing, and to give you some tips for starting, or improving, your blog. Now, I am definitely not a pro when it comes to blogging; sometimes I forget to post and even neglect my blog, but it’s okay because I kind of know what I’m doing most of the time.
But anyway, let’s get started, shall we?
My first tip is to literally just start. How do you know if blogging is your thing? How do you know if you’ll keep up with it? How do you do this or that? All of these questions will be answered once you just start blogging. I mean, what’s stopping you? Of course, blogging may not be your thing (in which case I’m not really sure why you’re reading this post about book-blogging, but you do you. Just kidding, please stay and read this post, okay? I swear I put a lot of thought into it). You don’t know until you try, so give it a try.
Blogging is great, especially if you’re from Instagram or Twitter and (like me) thought, ‘I wish I could share more of my thoughts or talk about books in more detail.’ Book blogging allows you to go more in-depth with your thoughts and feelings, as well as reaching a whole new audience. Have a lot of feelings you want to share about the book you just read and can’t do it in 140 characters? Write a review. Have an issue with a book/trope/representation (or lack thereof)? Write a discussion post. Blogging allows you to really talk about books, and gives you many different ways to do so.
Basically, if you’re like me and were too scared/didn’t want to start a booktube channel, blogging is booktube minus your face being out there for everyone to see.
So, you want to start, but don’t know how? Aren’t sure what platform to use? Inside A Dog is the perfect site to help get you started! They are a blogging platform like a lot of others, so definitely have a look into their site! I, personally, use WordPress. I find it pretty easy to use and get the hang of, but Blogger is also a common platform used by book bloggers. It really comes down to personal preference, and which one you think suits you. Do a little bit of research first, ask some friends or bloggers which they prefer, but in the end it’s your blog and you’ve got to be comfortable and find it easy to navigate.
Of course, once you’ve chosen your platform, and your blog name (I can’t really help you with this, just brainstorm and pick a name you think fits your blog best), then it’s time to add some pretty graphics and themes and all that jazz, right? Meh. You can if you want to, but honestly I’d focus on adding content first. You can always go back and add pretty blog headers and fancy backgrounds, but people aren’t visiting your blog for those things – they want to hear your thoughts. Of course, having a visually appealing blog helps to draw readers in, but like I said, that can be added in later.
Moving on to content. But what do I post? You can literally post whatever you want. Book reviews, recommendations, discussions, lists, all of the above! Sometimes it can be hard coming up with ideas (trust me, I know), but don’t be afraid to ask for help or ideas from others. Broke and Bookish do a feature every Tuesday where you list ten books or book-related things in regards to a specific topic they have chosen, e.g. the top ten books you’ve read this year. This is especially helpful when you’ve run out of ideas, because they also show you all their past topics, which you could use as well. Drawing inspiration from other bloggers can help. And, by the way, it’s always nice to credit the blogger who inspired you – especially if it’s an original idea.
Probably the most important tip is to be yourself. Sounds super cliché, I know, but I’m serious. You have a unique voice, a unique style; use it. If you want to set your blog up differently to those you’ve seen, do it. If you hated a book that everyone loved, don’t be afraid to post a review. Everyone reads and experiences books differently, and everyone has a slightly different opinion. Don’t try to mimic others; just do whatever you feel like is right for you. Remember, it’s your blog and you are the person behind it, so make it as you as possible.
That’s really all the advice I have right now. I hope it helped at least one person out there and encouraged them to start book blogging! It’s such a great community and you get to meet a lot of wonderful, like-minded individuals, which is probably the best part.
Thanks for reading (if you actually read all that I applaud you because, damn, I didn’t realise how long it was)!