Apr 17, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Advice from The BWH

This week's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is... The Top 10 Tips for New Book Bloggers.

I'm really pretty new to book blogging, though I've been a bookworm and have been writing about all kinds of texts for a loooong time. Truthfully, I'm a little burned out on writing about writing. It's my job. Literally. I teach college English, and while it's the best job, like, EVER, it's still a job.

But anonymous book blogging has been--IS--therapeutic for me. It's rekindling something in me that I want to keep sacred: reading for pleasure.

So... in no particular order, here are 5 thoughts I have about blogging books that compose my book blogger biography.

1. Read other book blogs. There are a billion out there, and if the first few don't have a subject or a voice that works for you, keep searching. I'm a YA fan, a Brit Lit fan, a Southern Lit fan, a fantasy and sci-fi fan, a nonfiction science writing fan, a Buddhism writing fan, a Golden Age of Children's Lit fan--just all over the place. And it's taken me a while to create a circle of peers.

2. That leads me to how to find a circle of peers. Looking for a meme to join and finding TTT has been a great source of inspiration. I mean, I spend all day reading and writing as my job, so coming home to do more of it is not really the thing I always want to do. 'Til I found TTT.

3. Through TTT and its huge Linky following, I've been exposed to many different kinds of book bloggers all looking for traffic, opinions, recommendations, etc. I've also found out out about a ton of new books I want to read, which is awesome.

Finding a community as diverse as this one composed of people devoted to weekly lists taught me a lot and has exposed me to blogs I might never have read otherwise, like Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student, Good Books and Good Wine, and Books, Bones, and Buffy. You should check all three of them out if you are interested in book blogging; they're way more prolific and experienced than me.
4. After each TTT posting, I visit several posters through Linky and provide feedback on their lists. Doing this as faithfully as I can each week has helped me establish a bit of a relationship with a few bloggers.

5. The last thing I'll say here is to simply be gentle on yourself. If I can't post every week, or can't list 10 items, I just do what I can. Doing what you're able but not pushing yourself too hard helps you make sure you always do post at least a little something, keeps the task fun rather than annoying, and lets you be creative.

6. Bonus. Here are a few things I'd like to work on: adding more visuals, finding and commenting on even more blogs, posting twice a week (whoa, who do I even think I am?!), putting up a book review or two, and maybe even posting an original story or poem.

Question: what advice about book blogging, or blogging in general, do you have? I'd appreciate anything you have to offer, too.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Jac - Forloveandbooks4/17/2012

    Reading other blogs is definitely helpful! Both in making new blog friends and finding your voice.

    Jac @ For Love and Books

  2. Thanks for your comment, Jac! Sometimes writers just need to find what they enjoy, what they connect with, and experiment with style by mimicking those voices they enjoy before they can find their own. It's all part of the process!

  3. The BWH4/17/2012

    I decided to mention a few more blogs I enjoy. Here's one: http://jillianreadsbooks2.wordpress.com/

  4. The BWH4/17/2012

     And another: thebluebookcase.blogspot.com

  5. Oh my holy, thanks so much for the link! I really appreciate it. 
    Finding TTT opened a whole new world for me as well. 
    Being gentle on oneself is such a vital lesson - in life as well. Thanks for the reminder :)

  6. The BWH4/18/2012

     You're welcome! I really enjoy your blog. :)


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