Top Ten Tips For New Bloggers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers

1. Captcha is not your friend.
Honestly, it’s not. You should consider it your enemy. I did a post about why you don’t even need it.

2. Twitter is your friend.
Join Twitter and use it for more than just posting links. Talk to people, discuss things, make friends.

3. There’s a fine line between spam and promotion. Tread softly.
Spamming people’s comments with links to all of your WoW’s, IMM’S, TTT’s, and giveaways of the past month is spamming. Posting you links to your TTT post on my TTT post is fine, but posting links to your current giveaway on one of my reviews drives me crazy.

4. Do memes but not all of them, everyday.
You have to have real content, but memes are a fantastic way to get your foot in the door. Find out which ones you like and participate regularly. But make sure you have plenty of other content besides memes.

5. The drama is only temporary.
Drama happens and it seems like lately lots of drama has happened. I know that it can be discouraging to new bloggers, but it usually blows over quickly and it’s best to just ignore it.

6. Designs are important.
Your blog design is important. I think if you have a nice, user friendly design people are more likely to visit you.

7. ARCs are not everything.
Really, they aren’t. They made seem like the holy grail of book blogging but with them comes responsibility and sometimes stress. Don’t get in over your head and try not to feel left out or jealous when other get ARCs.  Remember that that book will be released eventually and you’ll get to read it then.

8. Network, network, network.
Comment on other blogs! Make friends! We’re all here to discuss books anyway.

9. Don’t bug authors.
More than likely they cannot send you an ARC of their book and you are probably the 800th person that’s asked.So instead of bugging the author do a little research on who to contact at the publisher.

10. Have FUN!
This is what it’s all about! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that.

For lots, and lots of really helpful advice visit The Story Siren and Presenting Lenore.


  1. these are some really awesome tips. i hate word verification with a passion. seriously sometimes i give up on leaving a comment if the captcha is too crazy even after refreshing. and blog design is huge for me. it doesn’t have to be fancy but it has to be nice and clean and easy to read. there are so many blogs i never go back to because they are hard to read.

    i also agree about arcs. i mean, i love free books as much as the next person but i don’t blog for them. and to tell the truth, sometimes i prefer not having arcs because then i don’t feel this huge obligation to review every book and i can read it when i want to. i still love free books but they’re not everything.

    thanks for sharing your ttt!
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  2. May I firstly say, your blog design is gorgeous :) Very clean and easy to read. 
    Thanks for the great tips!
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  3. Yes! Captcha drives me crazy. Half the time I can’t make out what it says & I’m not even a spambot. Ugh.
    Debbie’s World of Books recently posted..Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreMy Profile

  4. This is so great! I have been blogging for almost two years, and it has definitely been an amazing journey so far! I am enjoying every minute of it! I feel really as if I have finally found a place where I belong! It has allowed me to talk to so many different people, and that is so amazing! Before I started The Romance Bookie I felt like I was annoying the people around me, telling them all about my latest read, but with my blog I’ve made friends and had a fun time talking to all of you! :)

    This is a great post, that I somehow wish I would have been able to read back when i first started blogging. But I think I’m definitely getting the hang of it! :)
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  5. ARCs aren’t everything.  I really wish someone would have told me that.  Now I’m on these auto send lists or something and the books are stacking up and I’m so stressed.  Really, there isn’t enough time in the world.  All your advise is great.  Enjoyed the post :)
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  6. OMG! You totally hit it on the head! One of my major beefs is Captcha! I hate it SO FREAKING MUCH! And there is no reason to have it on your blog.

  7. Ugh, Captcha is soooo awful! I hate it so much, totally discourages my posting comments on some blogs. I agree about the spamming, I dislike when someone posts on one of my reviews about their latest giveaway, it’s only happened once or twice, but still.. I also dislike when people leave a comment that is like “New follower, please follow me back here: ____” I appreciate the follow, but did you actually read what you just posted on?! How about a comment about that instead?
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  8. Great post!
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  9. OH! I think your list is my favorite so far.  I’m right there with ya. First thing I thought when coming to your blog  was, “This is so totally cute and easy to read.” PERIOD! Well done.  I really like what you said about meme’s. I said something similar on my post today. They are fun but too many seems like just a filler. Try filling your blog with reviews instead! 

    Love ya blog. I’m checking out the rest of it now.
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  10. Great post! Thank you so much for the tips! 

  11. Blah captcha. I hardly ever get spam on my blog. Arcs can be very stressfull, but you just have to find a way to think “okay, I don’t have to review all of these right now. Especially the ones I didn’t ask for.” Great tips though :)
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  12. I’m so glad you posted this week!  You’ve been one of my “mentor blogs” from the start (even though you are way younger than I am), and I think everyone should read your simple tips!  I’m glad you mentioned CAPTCHA.  It was #1 for me too!

    Check out my Top Ten!
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  13. “The drama is only temporary.” LOVE this point, Lori!
    Anna recently posted..Tips for New Book BloggersMy Profile

  14. You do have some great tips there! Thanks for sharing.

    I agree that Capcha is kind of annoying as it is time-consuming but I guess it helps with reducing spam??

    Also, you are right. A blog’s design is important. I just love looking at the various beautiful blog designs out there (including yours!). I do read the content on the blogs too though! :)
    Josette recently posted..The Sunday Salon: My Hunger Games marathonMy Profile

  15. Well said! And you definitely practice what you preach too :) You’re one of the bloggers I look up to so your advice means a lot.
    Lucy recently posted..Top Ten Tips for New Book BloggersMy Profile

  16. omg YES to Captcha, every time I see a blog with one I balk. I also agree about the design, I feel like people are more likely to visit blogs with great design. I love yours, it’s very pleasing.
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  17. You’ve hit the nail on the head, Lori! This is a great list to refer to. It’s all great advice for bloggers new and old. I know there are a couple of things on it that I need to work harder at. :-)
    Marla @ Starting the Next Chapter recently posted..Review – UnravelingMy Profile

  18. Ugh! I totally hear you on CAPTCHA. I hate it with a passion. It should be banned from the interwebs forever and ever. Great tips.

    JJ iReads
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  19. Fun answers!!!  Great tips!

    I wish I’d’ve found this sort of list when I first started!!  I didn’t even think to search anyone’s blog for this kind of juicy tidbits!!  Ah well… it’s all fun.  (Except the spamming.  And Captcha.)

    -Burgandy Ice

  20. First of all, I LOVE your blog design. I agree, design is important, but I’m slowly trying to make my own, because it’s something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do (and a reason I started my blog). And when I started there was A LOT of blogger drama, I’m glad to see the ALA debacle finally died down…
    Tara recently posted..Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers (From a New Blogger)My Profile

  21. Another awesome list! I think all your points are key. Though *cough cough* I may be lacking in certain things like getting on board Twitter…

    And your blog design is lovely, by the way. I adore the colours and simplicity of it. Thanks so much for stopping by my top ten :)

  22. Oh, spam. I think it’s often hard to write unique comments when you’re just hopping arond, but it’s gotta be possible to leave a few sentences that you have not said before. Alison from AlisonCanRead has mastered that skill and I’m working on it as well.. Then again there are three bloggers that I definitely know of who always copypaste the exact same message. Everywhere. It’s driving me nuts, to be honest.
    Patricia recently posted..Top Six Tips for New Book BloggersMy Profile

  23. Aww you wrote it beautifully :) And thanks for the tips :) They will come handy 😉 :) 
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  24. Great list! I agree with all of your points, especially the first one, CAPTCHA is definitely no-one’s friend. And it’s so important to have fun with blogging! After all, it is a hobby, and hobbies are supposed to be fun! :)
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  25. GAH I love this list. I think out of all of the lists that I’ve read,  you’ve said THE MOST in the least amount of words. That is so awesome. I wish I was more like that.  :)

    Networking and interacting is key and one of the best and MOST FUN parts of book blogging in my opinion! I love to talk to other people about ALL THE BOOKS, be they bloggers, readers, authors, or pubs! 

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  26. Love love love your tips. It’s easy to get caught up in the ARC storm but for the most part I use NetGalley and my local library and I’m happy! :) A good book is a good book and there’s always more to read!

    And captcha– PREACH!

    PS, I LOVE your blog design :)
    Jen @ Almost Grown-up recently posted..Top Ten Tuesday: Book Blogging TipsMy Profile

  27. Great tips! We have some of the same – namely, the last one. :)
    KM recently posted..Top Ten Tuesday: Tips for New BloggersMy Profile

  28. captcha should be eliminated! its horrible!!!! and i think networking if your best weapon!!!!! great tips!!!
    Tara’s Top Ten and Giveaway

  29. Great tips! I especially like #2 – I need to start using twitter more myself. And I completely agree with your comment about spamming. Even if someone’s leaving a link to your fill-in-the-blank meme on my meme post, they better have at least picked one thing from my post to comment on.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Kate recently posted..Top Ten Tuesday | Blogging TipsMy Profile

  30. AMEN to #1. I loathe CAPTCHA. I won’t comment on blogs that have it enabled. I can’t read Blogger’s new system.

    Me and Twitter are like this *crosses pointer finger and middle finger* It’s like my playground.
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  31. Fantastic tips! Thanks so much for sharing them. I’m new the social networking thing, but I’m getting there.
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  32. I love that I’ve seen a few “ARCs are not everything” tips.  It shows that you don’t need to have the latest big book to be successful or to have fun with book blogging! :]
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  33. I hate it when I have to do the word verification. Sometimes, I really like some posts on a blog, but I end up commenting on one, because I don’t like to go through it all the time.

    And indeed, blogging is about having fun! I would love to get ARC’s, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t receive them :) Otherwise, I don’t think I will ever work my own TBR pile away, haha.
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  34. Ugghh…CAPTCHA!  It seems like 75% of the blogs that I comment on lately have it!  And 1/3 of the time I can not prove that I am human!  I am tempted to leave a second comment telling them that they have Captcha…just in case they don’t realize it…but I don’t want to seem rude  or spend more time figuring out another Captcha!
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  35. These are great tips, Lori!!! Especially #3. People can tell if you’re just commenting to get page views.

  36. Thank you! I am LOVING this Top Ten Tuesday topic (hey, extra alliteration)! [Drinking in all the wisdom]

    And yes, Captcha is NOT my friend. I’m starting to think that maybe I AM a robot, because I can never, ever get them right on the first try. And only rarely on the second.
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  37. HA, I love that you start with “captcha is not your friend” I CANT STAND IT.

  38. I totally agree about Captcha, it’s awful! And Bloggers seems to have gotten worse, it’s so hard for me to read. Blah! I definitely try to avoid drama at all costs, I hate drama. :)

    Great post!

  39. Maybe I’m too old or I’ve spent too long out of the loop, but I feel like you’re speaking in code. For all of the book blog dummies out there, can you explain (or give examples) for #3 and #4? I get the general idea, but if there’s an abbreviation dictionary somewhere it sure would help… I feel like an idiot but I’m really interested in what you have to say — maybe there can be a translation for the really really new bloggers?

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