Hello everyone! Today is my three month WordPress blogiversary, and I want to celebrate it with a quick Q&A and some blogging tips and advice I wish I had when I started my blog. I want to thank everyone out there who follows, likes, or comments because y’all play a huge part in making me want to continue my blog (not that I want to stop anytime soon but y’all are wonderful encouragement!).
Thank you to everyone who sent me some questions. I’m going to link the questioner’s blog/Instagram to their name so you can check out their page and continue to share the love!
elodieiver – What made you want to become a blogger? What’s the most rewarding part of it?
- There are several reasons as to why, but the main reason was because I had noticed that there are so many great books that are either independently published or by lesser known authors that people rarely talk about. I wanted to share my thoughts on these books that I love so much on these underappreciated books and help spread the word of these hidden gems.
- The most rewarding part of blogging is definitely hearing people say that they’ve added a book to their tbr because of one of my posts!
nylathereader – Any tattoos?
- Nope. Unless you count a chicken pox scar from when I was younger!
theheartofabookblogger – What are your favorite books? What books have you enjoyed reading for college this year?
- I love contemporary books! I love that most of ones that I read have a happy ending.
- For my English 102 class we have a textbook with different short stories, poems, plays etc. but my favorite text would be the short story of I’d Love You to Want Me by Viet Thanh Nguyen. I haven’t read all of it yet but it’s about this older couple where the husband has dementia that is progressing rather rapidly. It’s a story that I would like to continue to read because the first couple of pages had me almost had me crying!
Lauren from ShootingStarsMag – Did you blog anywhere else before this? What’s your favorite, and least favorite, part of blogging? Your last five star read?
- Yes! My first blog was on Wix, I started in back in October, and in January, I decided to switch it to WordPress because Wix wasn’t for me.
- My favorite part of blogging is being able to connect with other book loving people because the friends I have don’t read near as much as I do and it’s great to be able to talk about something I love doing. My least favorite part is the fear that some random person is going to try and start a fight over one of my opinions. Something happened on Instagram where a person didn’t agree with a book I posted for a photo challenge and kept trying to argue with me about it, and I just had to walk away before I said something rude.
Bee – Why did you start blogging?
- Other than trying to spread the word of underappreciated books, I wanted to have a place where I could just talk about books and bookish things. I would have started a booktube channel but I hate the sound of my voice, and I think there is so much more work that goes into making videos than a blog post.
Like many other posts where people give blogging advice and tips the main ones are:
- Don’t focus on the stats
- Interact with readers
- Have fun
- Take time off when it’s needed
But there are other things that are important or things that work for some and not others.
It doesn’t make you any less of a blogger, reviewer, or reader in general if you don’t have a:
- Super long, intricate review
- Strict schedule that details when to post what
- A monthly tbr pile
- With reviewing books, people sometimes assume that the reader is going to have an essay type of review where things are broken down into plot structure, likes, dislikes, etc., and some reviewers are able to write reviews like that for each review which is great is that’s your reviewing style. Each person has a different way to write their reviews, and they shouldn’t be put down for their review styles. Review styles are constantly evolving and being tweaked. When I began my blog, my reviews were basically an extended summary with a few of my thoughts. Do I regret the way my first handful of reviews were styles, not at all because it show the growth of me as a writer.
- Schedules are important to blogging, but that doesn’t mean that you have to have a blog post for each day and repeat that pattern week after week. The only thing that I have schedule each week is the weekly release posts with the new books that comes out that day, but other than I’m more of a go with the flow type of blogger. I feel that its good to keep your followers on their toes and let them be surprised with you post something other than expected post. It also allows for you to have a flexibility when a) you can’t post that day or b) you have a post with a higher priority that you want to post that’s not scheduled.
- Not everyone is able to stick to a list of books that you plan at the beginning of the month. Some people are mood readers or the book that you plan isn’t as appealing at the moment. People shouldn’t stress over something that is supposed to bring them happiness or let them unwind from a busy day. Personally, I get stressed when I can’t finish something that I’m not able to finish (and I’m a huge mood reader), so tbr piles aren’t something that I commit myself to fully with a busy school life.
Other things I wish I had known:
- It’s perfectly fine to switch blogging sites. Each website host offers different features and depending on the person one host may not be the best for YOU! I recommend that you actually try out different sites because although you may be able to read the features the hosts have, you need to play around with the features to get a feel for them. I had started on Wix and I had stuck with that site for longer than I should’ve because I felt obligated (to who I don’t know) to stay with it until I got the point where I was ready to stop blogging.
- It’s okay to post things that isn’t the main theme of your blog. Personally, as long as you post the majority of your posts about whatever the main focus of your blog is then your fine. Bloggers are often scared to post things that strays away for the focus of their blog. Everyone has interests other than the main topic of their blog, and they should be able to discuss their other love just as freely.
- Don’t feel like you have to be like everyone’s blog. When you’re first starting out, looking at other people’s blog is a good way to get ideas for your own, but you want to add things that will make your blog unique and memorable.
- Negative reviews are fine just make sure you a) DON’T TAG THE AUTHOR and b) you justify why you didn’t like it. I don’t know why people are so hesitant to post negative reviews because everyone has their own opinions. Try to give legitimate reasons as to why you didn’t like the book and give some positive opinions of the book if possible because even though you didn’t like the book somebody else might!
Thank you all for sticking with me for this long! I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Happy reading until next time,