Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Advice For New Book Bloggers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

I'm constantly learning from other bloggers but here's some of what I've learned in my nearly five years blogging.

1.    Be social. Join a meme or two. It’s a great way to connect with others and help feed traffic to your site.  Also joining blog hops, readathons or other online social events are great ways to meet others. Ultimately it’s about making connections but those connections help build traffic.
2.    Follow your own blog's feed. It helps to see how the reader sees your blog. It's also great in case something doesn't post or posts accidental. 
3.    Tweet. Twitter is a great way to connect with others interested in the same things you are. Don’t just post about your posts. Share the love and tweet about others.
4.    Comment a lot. Visit other blogs and leave meaningful comments. Unless it’s a weekly meme or a blog hop, try to respond to something from the post, ask questions, or leave your impressions on what they were posting about.
5.    Have a way for people to get in touch with you. Make sure your email address and/or twitter handle are in plain sight. And respond as quickly as you can.
6.    Feel free to try out new things. You have a lot of different interests, feel free to share them on your blog. Don’t pen yourself in.
7.    Link to other blogs. Besides filling your blog roll with other bloggers, find ways to link to others in your posts. If you saw something on another blog, give them a shout out.
8.    Join Goodreads or LibraryThing. You'll meet people (potential blog readers) that way. Plus it's a great way to catalog your books. 
9.    Keep the Conversation going. Respond to comments either on your blog or email them directly. People take the time to comment you should try to acknowledge them.  
10.  Keep growing. You'll glean ideas from blogs. Just don't feel like you need to change your blog all the time. But it can be fun and make your blog feel fresh and new again.

What are your tips for new bloggers?


  1. great ones :) I agree with all of them and they are the kind of things I say too if someone ask.

    One more thing, I just saw a blog where in the bio the blogger said she started her blogs to get arcs, not the way to introduce yourself

  2. Great tips, I agree completely :)


  3. These are awesome tips - especially about following your own blog's feed (& email option too).


  4. I think that's a good point about linking to other blogs. In each review I do I post at least 3 links to other blogs that have reviewed that book as well. What is Librarything? I'm on goodreads, but I haven't heard of the other one. Thanks for the great advice. Here's My Top Ten Tuesday

  5. Those are all great tips...I remember what it was like when I first started!!

  6. Great tips. I think some seasoned bloggers could benefit from a lot of these tips, too.


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