I’m still relatively new to blogging. I’ve been blogging seriously for around a year, and I was blogging on and off before that for probably around another year.
Blogging is a journey of lessons, and it really is something that you learn on the job. My posts now are a much better quality than they were a year ago, and I know that a year from now, my posts will also have improved a lot.
I hesitated a lot before starting a book blog because I wasn’t too sure what I was supposed to do to even start. There’s plenty of posts out there to start out every other type of blog other than a book blog, and book blogging is quite a specific genre.
So here’s my tips of how to start your blog!
1. Choose a Name
It’s important to pick the right name for your blog. This is one of the few things that I haven’t changed in the time I’ve had mine!
Use a website like namechk to make sure than the name you are going for is available on all the social media sites you want to use. Using matching names for your blog and social media handles makes it easier to find you and it looks a lot more professional.
2. Choose a Host
I started off on Blogger, which is much easier to use than WordPress, however it was hard to get traffic through it because it’s not really as social as WordPress is.
I’ve seen a lot of people say how much it helps to have premium plan with your host, especially with WordPress. I’m here to say, when you’re starting off, there’s not much point in going Premium. You don’t have to pay to run a blog, especially when you aren’t making any money back out of your blog to cover the costs yet. Start on a free plan, get a feel for the host and the editor you are using, build your followers and then consider paying for a better plan.
Never be scared to change hosts. I moved to WordPress a few months after starting on Blogger, and although it was a massive change and I did lose a few followers, it was worth it in the long run. Always do what you feel is right for you and your blog.
3. Don’t Just Do Reviews
I started off doing mainly book reviews. And although that is one of the main points of having a book blog, it get’s quite boring. You will get bored of constantly writing reviews, your followers will get bored of reading them. You need a bit of variety in what you write.
Alongside reviews, post conversational topics like this one about my views on Audible and post your book hauls. Post absolutely anything book related!
After a short while of running Oh Book It, I decided to start writing reviews of Entertainment (basically, what I’d watched on Netflix) and this really worked for me! I keep mine book related, but it doesn’t have to be.
4. Use Your Own Voice
Don’t try to sound like you’re writing for a newspaper or magazine, especially when it comes to your book reviews. Fangirl over your books in your reviews, show your actual emotions. Make sure you show yourself through your writing.
If you try to sound more formal, it will sound weird and your reviews just won’t sound like they’ve come from you.
It’s important to be yourself. Let your weirdness show! It’s the best way of finding people like you, and being able to have followers who are really interested in what you do.
5. Don’t Be Pressured To Fit In
Your blog is your own space, and you can do whatever you want with it. If you want to review more than just books, go ahead! Don’t ever feel like you have to fit in with other book bloggers.
Write how you like to write, about whatever you want, and as much as you want. Blogging is all about getting your own views out there, and you can’t do that if you’re too busy trying to be like other bloggers.
What are your tips for new bloggers?