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Thursday, February 4, 2016

You're A Terrible Blogger Because You Don't Post Every Day | Book Blogging Tips (#37)





For some reason there seems to be the general idea that book bloggers have to read 24/7. Read between classes/at work, read in our free time, read before bed. We aren’t casual readers, we read obscene amounts of books. Are we even human?

Book Bloggers are reading machines…?

I was approached by authors who thought that they were doing me a favor providing me with reading material because I might run out. As ridiculous as this sounds, this isn’t even a rare thing. I’ve heard this quite a couple of times. Ha.

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Just because we like to read and are very public about liking to read, this does not mean that we aren’t human beings. Some of us are students, some of us have full-time jobs, some of us don't. Please don't look left and right and panic when you see other blogger publish multiple posts per day and always be on top of the new releases.

We aren't all the same. We aren't all reading 24/7. Some read a book a month, some read 10, and that's absolutely okay. Because guess what? We're all different human beings. Individuals. Ever heard of that word?
Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not a good blogger because you aren’t doing everything the same way everyone else is!!!

But other bloggers post more than you….

When I started out, all I did was post reviews. I mean it. A review a day. I felt bad when I didn't read more than 2 books a week. I was a reading machine. And that lead to me having tremendous problems later on. Reading slumps everywhere, panicking when I didn’t fulfill my self-invented quota.

Don’t do this like me.
Don't let the pressure get to you.
Don't ever feel like you have to read a certain amount of books or publish a certain amount of reviews to qualify as a good blogger. This is bullshit.

You're a good blogger, whether you post 0, 1 or 100 reviews a month. And you know why?

Because BLOGS just like PEOPLE are individual. I can give you as many tips as I want and try to make it easier for you but at the end of the day, you're the one blogging. You're the one making decisions. And they're right no matter what, because in that instant it works for you.

Post once a month, or post hundred times a month, whatever works for you.



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

How To Queue Posts Months in Advance | Book Blogging Tips (#26)



I was actually asked to share my take on the topic with you guys, because I mentioned in one my previous BBT posts how heavily queued my blog is.

To me, queuing is essential if you want to publish nice content frequently. Here some tips on how I manage to keep on queuing.



1. Use Your Creative Highs

Sometimes you will feel like blogging and sometimes you won't. The key is to notice when you feel like writing and to write the heck out of it. Write until you feel like puking at the thought of writing another post. 
I've actually written twenty posts in a day before, just because I forced myself to keep on doing it. You'd be surprised how fun it is to and how satisfying it is to see the number of your queued posts rising up!

2. Have Set Content 

If you know what your blog is supposed to be about it will get way easier to queue in advance. Reviews are obviously excluded from this. Find a set schedule for every day of the week, or just every week.
Based on memes, an example schedule for bloggers that aspire to post every day would be this:

  • Monday: What are you reading? or Mailbox Monday 
  • Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday or Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wednesday: Wishlist Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday
  • Thursday: Freebie
  • Friday: The Friday 56 or Friday Finds
  • Saturday: Original (personal post or own feature)
  • Sunday: Sunday Salon or Weekly Wrap Up

As you see, if you're a friend of them there are memes for every day of the week. A great source to find more memes is the Book Blog Meme Directory.

3. Launch Your Own Memes/Original Content


Since I started Book Blogging Tips, I noticed that it gets way easier to schedule stuff in advance. Sometimes when I'm writing up a post, an idea for another one just pops into my head. Having your own feature will surely inspire you to make a lot of posts at once. It's also extremely satisfying when the first people start linking to your posts.


Beware: Don't copy other people's stuff, give it a new name and pretend it's your own content. Especially with memes you can easily slip into the direction of plagiarism and this isn't good for your reputation and it will cost you a lot of readers.

Also, it's illegal. So stay away from that. Your own ideas are way better than the copied content anyways.

4. Reviews: Write Them Immediately


I know this can get super tiring and it's annoying and sometimes you don't even feel like writing a review. Believe me, I know.
You just have to go through it, because:

  1. Your thoughts are fresh when you just finished the book
  2. You won't remember as many details in two days time
  3. Depending on the book you may have even forgotten about it altogether!
..and we don't want that. A great idea is to read other people's reviews on Goodreads if you don't feel like you have anything to say. You'll quickly notice that you agree or disagree and there you go - your first thoughts are waiting to be put on paper. It's not a shame if you only write half a review, you can still write the rest a few days later, it's just important to get the first draft done.


What are your tips on queuing posts in advance?

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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?


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