I spent countless hours trying to figure out how to get noticed in the book blogging world and what I needed to do to accomplish that. I told myself IF I learned how to do this, I would write a how-to on book blogging so others don’t have to go through what I did. Sure, there is information on the internet, but it’s all scattered out and sometimes the blog posts didn’t give me much more info that I already knew.
I really needed to learn all the basics of getting started first. I can’t walk you through all the technicals of creating your website, but I can help a newbie learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to content, your blog, social media & more!
I am providing a sample of Book Blogging 101: How to get started! in this post. I don’t have all the answers and I’m learning each day, but I can help you get started and on the right path. I hope to have this done soon. Once I do, I will make a post and let you know! I will be offering it in a PDF format so you can print it out. It will probably only be about 50-80 pages, but it will be full of meaningful content.
If all goes well, I may upload it to Amazon so I can offer it as an e-book. I will be offering this for only .99 starting out and then it will be $2.99! I looked into blogging courses when I first started out, but a lot of them were so expensive! I want everyday people, like me to be able to learn how to dive into book blogging!
I’ll be providing you info on what I have found works best for me with social media, how to start getting ARCS and becoming involved in blog tours & so much more. It’s all the info I wish I had when I started out!
I hope you enjoy!
SNEAK PEEK! Please keep in mind that I haven’t finished editing this sample yet. I will also be adding more to this section as I continue writing!
After you pick out your blog name, you need to start the process of building a website. There are several sites out there, but I found WordPress to be the best for me right now. I decided to go with the personal plan, which cost me $48 a year…but to me, it was worth it! Blogging is all about trial and error. If you find that WordPress isn’t working for you, try out some different platforms. I just personally felt like WordPress was the easiest for me.
Why did I choose the personal plan instead of the free plan?
The personal plan comes with some extra perks. The most important perks to me were having my own domain, having email & live chat support and also having the WordPress.com ads removed from my blog. You don’t have to do any paid plan starting out unless you decide it’s best for you. I’m seriously OCD when it comes to some things, so it drove me crazy having the ads and having my website as http://www.sheisfondofbooks.wordpress.com instead of http://www.sheisfondofbooks.com. It’s totally your choice…there’s no wrong way starting out. You can still start your blog without spending a dime.
Building your website…
WordPress has tons of free templates you can use, but it can still get confusing! I definitely utilized the tech support when it came to figuring out how to do dropdowns on my menu & etc. Let me tell you, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into building my blog, but don’t forget I’m totally OCD and felt like it had to be perfect. I wish I could give you advice on actually building the website itself, but I relied on WordPress tech support ALOT! The live chats came in handy…and you can ONLY get that with the personal plan or higher.
Your blog is your baby…
Whatever you do, DO NOT FORGET this! I can’t stress this enough. You have to nurture your blog for it to grow. It’s a lot of work being a blogger. It takes up more of my free time than I thought possible. Don’t go into blogging thinking you are going to become an instant hit…it takes work! The hard work can be very rewarding though. Don’t forget the rewards of being a book blogger when you are having a bad blog day. Getting ARCs and free books to read and review are my rewards! Keeps me motivated and happy!
When I feel like I’m getting burned out, I take a day or two off from blogging to get my self back together. I still stay active on my social media during that time, which I’ll get into later. If you decide to take some time off, I wouldn’t recommend an extended time. I’ve seen a HUGE drop in my numbers if I go more than two days without posting.
What to post…
I only post about book-related topics, but this is YOUR site. The best part of being a blogger is not having to answer to anyone. However, If you do decide to post about multiple topics, be sure to have a menu and have everything organized by category. That will make it easier for the reader. I enjoy reading blogs myself, so I say from experience that I will leave a blog if it’s mess and there is no organization.
First impressions are E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! Have you ever visited someone’s blog and you can immediately tell the blogger has put very little effort into it? If someone doesn’t feel like their blog is worthy of effort, why would I take my time to read any posts? Nope…
Take your time getting your blog ready for your debut as a book blogger! I spent over a month preparing mine before I published it. Mine was nowhere near perfect when I did, but it was put together and in my opinion, easy for the reader to navigate. I am still working every day on something new. I am proud of my blog and I want others to also see that.
Don’t reveal your blog with just a few posts. I didn’t publish TONS at first, but I posted enough to show readers my blogging style. I still don’t have a lot of content on my blog, but I know one day I will. I don’t want to rush posts and just post anything to make my blog look bigger. Create meaningful content, stuff people actually want to read. I have learned to be very patient. Rushing into something typically turns into a disaster, at least for me.