Showing posts with label newbies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label newbies. Show all posts

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mistakes All Newbie Bloggers Make | Book Blogging Tips (#23)


When I started my blog, I thought I knew everything. I thought my content was fine, my layout appealing and I wouldn't need any advice on anything. 

Two weeks later I overhauled my entire site and thought everything was a mess.

Seems familiar? Here are some mistakes that you probably also made. Don't sweat it, it's all normal.


8. Arrogance

You've just started a blog, but you know exactly what the people want, right? You have studied other blogs for quite some time (or you didn't) and you know what works and what doesn't. Yup, that Comic Sans font and the 32783728 release widgets are the bomb.

Solution: Don't ever think you're the blogger extraordinaire. Maybe you have a nice blog, but you shouldn't elevate yourself above others. Observe and always learn.

7. Not Replying

To anything. Comments, emails - eh. You have better things to do.

Solution: Goddamnit, you're not an unreachable A-List celebrity, just reply for Christ's Sake.

6. Being Super Casual
"Lmao :D i totally liked this book omfg the protagonist is such a hottie I can't even!!!!!11111" 
If you don't like a book, you state that in your reviews the exact same way as you would in a conversation with your best friend. Emojis are your best friend

Solution: Whether it's in reviews or in business related emails, be professional! Of course you can let your opinion shine through, but please write like an intelligent human being. Emojis and gifs can be alright if it suits your style, but don't overdo it. And please, if you don't like something, give constructive criticism instead of just hating on things.

5. Going Crazy on ARCs and Review Copies

People want to give you books for free now, which is nice. So obviously, you're going to take every opportunity you get to snag those free copies.

Solution: Review copies ARE NOT free books. They aren't gifts, you're supposed to give something back in return. A timely and professional review is the least you can do to return the favor. Unless you're able to read ten books a week and keep up with all those copies, don't take every opportunity you get. It'll only lead to delayed reviews on frustration on both sides.

4. No Networking

Crossposting is exhausting. I mean, if people want to read your blog, they're going to find it, right? No need to spam everywhere.

Solution: Well, to a certain degree this is almost half right. Unless you have already established your platform you'll need to crosspost. People won't find you. People won't even try to get to know you if you don't reach out to them first. Sign up to all social media platforms you can find.

3. Becoming a Human Billboard

From one extreme to the next. You know that you're going nowhere if you don't network, so this time you're doing it right! Not a single post you wrote on the internet is written without the links to all your social media accounts. Yeah, might as well slap a few links to your individual posts in there.

Solution: Please don't. One link is fine, but don't just spam your stuff everywhere, people won't go on your blog on principle. Everything in moderation. Also, do you want to get flagged for spamming? Only add your link to comments that make sense and actually contribute to the conversation.

2. Meme City, Residents: 1

Memes are great, everybody loves them, right? There are so many out there that you just can't decide, so let's do ALL OF THEM.

Solution: While this may work for 10% of the blogger community, this isn't the way to establish a great and interesting blog. Unless you're able to put a twist to it all and make your meme posts super original, leave it. A meme for every day of the week is probably a very bad idea. People don't want to see the same content on every blog.

1. Not Improving Anything

Your posts are perfect. You got it all right the first time. Now that you've got the interesting content down and are networking perfectly on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you're good to go.

Solution: Over time, your blog style WILL change. I guarantee it. Go back to your old posts and revise them one at a time. You don't need to do it all at once, but please try to improve your content as your blog grows. Your readers will thank you.


  • Always keep in mind: 

Even the big names in the blogger community all have been there. If you're doing one of these, or even all of these, it's not the end of the world. Just make sure to be aware that there's a better way to handle things.

Have you caught yourself making one of those mistakes?

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Friday, September 11, 2015

How to Scare Potential Readers Away With Your Theme | Book Blogging Tips (#16)

If you're a little like me, your theme is probably the bane of your existence as well.

I'm constantly editing it, never quite getting it right and spend days trying to edit a single thing, but then end up not liking the end result.

You can have the best content in the world, when your theme is terrible, you'll never get the recognition you deserve.


Here are fourteen DON'Ts in regards to your theme.


! CAUTION: Sarcasm ahead ! 


1. Pop-Ups and Ads Wherever You Can.
Yeah, ads are always a great idea if you're looking to earn money with your blog. You should totally start advertising early on, even if you get only a hundred views per month.
The more ads the better. Make sure to remind your readers to subscribe to your email newsletter every five minutes with a pop-up, they'll be very grateful for the reminder.

2. Low Contrast Script and Background
Pastel colors, am I right? How about a beige background with a light pink script? Looks fashionable. Who cares whether you can read the posts, as long as it looks pretty.
Aesthetics over content all the way.

3. Show ALL THE BADGES
Yes you're a proud member of Team Damon, Team Edward, Team Maxon, Team Ash, Team Stark, Team Patch, The Shadowhunters and so many more! Make sure to add all your fandoms so your readers will know what you love to read about.
Don't forget to add a badge for every tag award you've ever gotten.

4. Avantgarde Themes
There's a reason standard blogging templates are so frowned upon. Show us your graphic designer skills and give us a theme filled with animations and giant pictures. It has to be a challenge for the reader to find your posts, else they aren't worthy of reading them anyways.

5. A LOT of Friendship Buttons
Show off all the friends you made in the blogging world. Don't only put three or four on your site. It's like facebook, the more friends you have, the cooler you are.

6. Sidebar Taller Than You Are
The more widgets the better. It's not cluttered, there are a lot of options for the reader to explore!!

7. List All Authors and Publishers That Support You
It's very important to make sure that you thank all 89 authors and publishers that sent you a review copy. It's even more important when you've been blogging for ten years. You can't miss a single name. Don't put it on an extra page either, it has to be on the front page.

8. Typos + No Proofreading
Were all humans. Typos make you evn more symptaehtic. Prof reading just takes up mroe time. Let's get it all online quiasly. its not liek you can´t undesrtand what I#M typing is it

9. Release Day Widgets. All of Them.
The more, the better. I mean, your readers have to know what you're currently waiting on. Don't let them know in a post. It's all about visualization.

10. Super-slim Themes
The slimmer the better. That's the 2015
look. If your sentences all have to be
shortened and look like haikus now
then you're absolutely doing it right.
Scrolling is a form of exercise as well,
you're doing your readers a favor
They should pay you for that service if
you think about it.

11. Stop Formatting
It's only a waste of time. Don't even use paragraphs. You'll save a lot of time and will be able to dedicate that time to reading more.

12. Did Somebody Say Comic Sans?
You don't know what people are talking about, it's not like you're running a business blog. Comic Sans in bright yellow is a perfectly acceptable font to run a blog in your spare time. Everybody calm down.

13. Animations and Customized Cursors
Come on, who doesn't want those back? Remember how awesome our myspace pages looked? You're aiming for the nostalgic look and it's working. Maybe add some glitter or falling snow while you're at it.

14. Unreadable Colors
Seriously, if they'd take the time and effort to read your posts, they'd be able to. It's not like your writing for the uneducated masses. Your blog posts are important and making a difference so it can't be that hard to highlight them with a right-click if they have problems reading them, jeez.




Always remember: Blogging isn't an exact science.

Even if you have some or most of these things on your blog, who cares? It's still your blog and it has to look pretty to YOU! I'm sure there are a lot of people who think my theme is absolutely terrible. To each their own, my friends.


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Thursday, August 6, 2015

10 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me As A Newbie Blogger | Book Blogging Tips (#11)



For some people these ten tips might seem basic, but I admit freely that for me, they weren't. Everyone starts out small, some rise quickly, some don't at all. (Is that a Dr. Suess poem?) 



10. Do You Know What Copyright Is?

Yeah, I'm guilty of using other people's images without crediting the source in the past. I fixed that though. Don't do that.

9. You Need to Interact

I'm not talking about responding to comments (some bloggers don't even do that though), but being social in general. You want other people to read your content? Try reading theirs and learning from them.

8. You Won't Make A Living From Blogging Anytime Soon

Blogging takes time. If you're here to build a business and not because of your passion, you won't last very long.

7. Review Copies Are Not Free Books

Don't overestimate yourself. You will have to read them all, they are not free. There are deadlines that you have to keep in mind. You're going to have to have read all those books by a certain date, else you're going to have a problem.

6. You Have to Constantly Rework

Whether it's:
  •  your old posts
  • your theme
  • your blogging concept
  • your social media habits
  • your social media accounts
Take a look at what others are doing and improve all the time.

5. Your First Theme Won't Be Your Last

Seriously, who isn't cringing at their first theme? (See #6)

4. Try for Original Content

You'll only get readers if people are interested in what you have to say. Show them that you have a voice. Say relevant things that contribute to the community.

3. Listen to Other People

Yeah, I know you've got it all figured out and you think you're good to go, yadayadayada. Just listen to what more experienced people tell you, even if you strongly disagree. On the long run you'll thank me and see.

2. You Want Success? Be Different.

More content doesn't equal more readers. Think about things you haven't seen on other people's pages before. Do exactly this. Check your own habits, what do you want to read? Think of a niche.

1. There's a Difference Between Promoting and Spamming

This should go without saying.


What Do You Wish Somebody Had Told You As A Newbie?


More Tips:
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Book Blogging Tips (#7): How to Not Advertise For Your Blog
Book Blogging Tips (#8): 6 Things Your Blog Design HAS TO Have
Book Blogging Tips (#9): 6 Commenting Systems and What Sucks About Them
Book Blogging Tips (#10): How to Simply Your Blogging Experience in 6 Steps

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

How to Simplify Your Blogging Experience in 5 Steps | Book Blogging Tips (#10)


Over the past couple of months I noticed that I changed my blogging habits a lot. I decided to share some things with you that helped me become a better and more relaxed blogger. 

Blogging is about you and enjoying yourself, so you're responsible for making the best out of it! Here are five tips that will hopefully help you out:

  • USE THE QUEUE

It's there fore a reason, I'm serious. It took me ages to figure out that I don't have to write posts the day I want to publish them. I don't even know how I managed to live like that. It's super stressful to have to come up with a post at the top of your head and it's even more stressful to think for the rest of the week about what you're going to write. You'll run out of content every fast if you do that.

  • GIVE YOURSELF SOME REST

You should give yourself a vacation from blogging sometimes. Trust me, even when you don't think you'll need it, it won't do any harm to plan one. If you've got a well stocked queue, nobody will even notice you were gone.

  • MIX IT UP, GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

You'd be surprised at how many new and helpful things you're going to discover. Never considered doing a certain type of posts, or a new social media platform or a starting your own feature?
Just do it. What can go wrong?

  • BECOME AN OBSERVER

You can learn from other bloggers.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I'm not saying you should flat out copy content - I'm saying that you should take a close look at how they're blogging and how it's working out for them.

Examine your fellow blogs closely and maybe change things about yours that aren't working out well for you.

  • ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED

You can't excel at everything. Even the top bloggers whose names everybody knows started out little. If you need help, go ask for it. Get somebody to help you instead of getting frustrated and trying to fix the problem on your own for hours (especially when it's theme-related stuff - the amount of hours I've wasted on that...)


What are Your Tips To Simplify Your Blogging Experience?

More Tips:
Book Blogging Tips (#6): Should I Be Commenting Back?
Book Blogging Tips (#7): How to Not Advertise For Your Blog
Book Blogging Tips (#8): 6 Things Your Blog Design HAS TO Have
Book Blogging Tips (#9): 6 Commenting Systems and What Sucks About Them

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