Book Blogging 101: Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

Welcome to a new Bluestocking Bookworm feature, Book Blogging 101! Every Wednesday, I will be posting something new about being a beginner in this lovely world of book blogging.

Today’s topic is Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Book Blogging. I think this is a great place to start for new bloggers, because it might help them differentiate between what they think they know about the industry, and what it is actually like.

  1. It takes a lot of time. I started blogging as a teenager because I thought it was a fun thing to do. But in order to really make it work, you have to work at it. Not to mention that in book blogging, you also have to make time to read the books you are planning on reviewing.
  2. Review copies are not free books. This sounds really bad, but I admit that I had this attitude when I first started book blogging. If you think of review copies as free books, you are hurting your blog, the author, and the publisher.
  3. You need a thick skin. People can be very rude when they don’t share your opinions on books, and you need to be able to let that nonsense roll.
  4. Copyright is important. Don’t steal other people’s images, reviews, blurbs, memes, etc. Always give credit!
  5. You are going to be reinventing. A lot. And this is really great. Your image as a blogger, your graphics, your blog layout, and your post format are some examples of places where you will always be thinking of ways to change how you do things.
  6. You need to interact with other people in the industry. When people comment on your blog, comment back. Talk to industry professionals. Send that tweet to the author you love! I have really bad anxiety so sometimes this really wears on me, but I believe in you!
  7. You aren’t going to be rich or famous. You aren’t paid to be a book blogger, and the monetization options that exist generally net very little money.
  8. The way to your follower’s hearts (and to boost page views) is through original content.
  9. You need a vision for what you want your blog to do. You don’t need to stick to it 100%, but it makes it so much easier to blog when you have a plan.
  10. Book blogging is a bit of a misnomer. There are so many other creative endeavors that branch from book blogging.

I hope this helps you! Please comment and let me know what you think of my first foray into Book Blogging 101.

Stay bookish, lovelies!

2 comments

Oh, man, I hear you. Especially on #6. It took me months just to work up the nerve to leave a nice comment on someone’s blog! Anxiety can make interaction pretty tough but it’s so great to know I’m not the only one 🙂

The Bluestocking Bookworm

♥ You are definitely not alone! I think a lot of us who love books have some degree of anxiety, to be honest.

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