The topic this week is Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers.
- Surrender to Subjectivity
The aim of a book review isn’t to share the book’s synopsis. Bookstores and publishers already do that. To review a book means you put what you think about it. So write a subjective review, write the way you like it, but be balanced and polite please.
- Post frequently
Let’s say you found an interesting article in a blog. You then went to the homepage and found out that the author hasn’t written a new post in the last 6 months. Disappointed, are you not?
- Join book clubs / book communities
Collect friends who have the same interest with you. Interacting with them helps to maintain the reading spirit. And hey, you got yourself new friends!
- Share your posts
Don’t keep your posts to yourself; share it via any social networking sites you like. 🙂
- Ornament your blog
The look does the trick to “catch” visitors. Grab a theme/template that you like the most, make a header, add widgets and buttons.
- Be organized
Make an index page so your blog visitors can see what you have been writing about so far. Put “new posts” and “popular posts” on your sidebar, a search button, in short anything you want to show off. Make your blog comfortable for anyone to visit!
- Reply comments
Answer comments people left in your posts. In addition, if there’s a link to their blog provided, pay a visit to their blogs too and leave comments. Bloggers love it when they are being responded that way.
- Join reading challenges and blog hops/memes
They encourage you to read more, think more, and in result putting your thoughts more in a post. In some ways, it could be a good way to journalize what you got from a book.
- Make your own reading challenge and blog hop
Not enough reading challenges and blog hops? None that you really like doing? Go and make your own challenges and blog hops, and catch more visitors and followers!
- Host a giveaway
Every once in a while, spread some love with your blog visitors and followers with hosting a giveaway. What book to give away? My recommendation is to give away a newly published book, a bestseller, or let the participants pick what book they want. You can also give a less popular book if you think it’s good too, but better write a review about the book first.
So that was a few tips and tricks from me, based on my limited experience (1 year 5 months) as a book blogger. Any thoughts? Let me know!