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.