#BookBlogWriMo: Advice for Newbie Bloggers

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This is an version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. There’s a prompt for each day discussing various aspects of blogging. #BookBlogWriMo is hosted by Book Bumblings.

Today’s Prompt: Advice for Newbie Bloggers – Be Yoda. Share your secrets. Do or do not, there is no try.

First, I think I should start of by pointing out that there is a ton of blogging advice out there. However, what works for one person might not work for the next.

1) Instead of googling “blogging tips,” you need to stop procrastinating and do the heavy lifting! Half the time you already know the stuff that people are selling as “advice”, you’re just too lazy or too scared to try it out for yourself… which leads to my next point.

2) TAKE RISKS! Everyone makes mistakes and I’m sure I’ve made plenty by now but if I just sat there worrying about it, I wouldn’t have gotten this far. And I know I’ve still got a long way to go but experimenting with new things is half the fun in blogging.

3) Organize your blog! I’m sure everyone says this but when you think of all the blog posts you need to link to… well it just seems easier to keep hitting publish and hope that someone follows. The problem with this is that potential followers are more inclined to follow your blog if they can easily find what they want to read. If this means creating a page for book reviews, then do it because you’re blog views will definitely go up.

4) Don’t get boring..! Same old, same old isn’t going to cut it. The blogosphere is ever changing and you need to adapt to these changes. Readers are picky but they also follow the crowd. While it’s good not to be too mainstream, you’re going to want to do things that other bloggers do too. But at the same time, don’t entirely copy others because you’re blog will no longer be unique. Give people a chance to see things from your perspective!

5) Follow blogs in your niche. This is going to help you keep up with the trends and sometimes you’ll even get inspired by something someone else posted!

6) Don’t be afraid to reblog, comment or like! Sure you might feel shy at first expressing your views but you’ll soon discover that the author will appreciate it. Everyone has something to say and if its worth saying, then go ahead! Specificity is also important for writing good comments because it proves that you’ve actually read (or at-least skimmed) the blog post! Participating in conversations through commenting and reblogging will be mutually beneficial.

Following these six rules has helped me to gain followers and stay addicted to blogging! Good luck with your blog! 🙂

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