Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.
This week’s theme is: Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers
1. Read! As much as you can, whenever you can, pick up a book and immerse yourself in words.
2. Write thoughtful reviews. I can’t tell you how dismayed I get by bloggers who purport to be reviewers, yet do little more than summarize the story and cap their thoughts with adjectives like “great” and “awesome.” Endeavor to analyze.
3. Don’t rely on memes. They are a great way to make sure that you keep your blogging juices flowing and can be invaluable for introducing new viewers to your blog, but you should also be sure to include original content. It’s what keeps readers coming back.
4. Network. Join blogger directories, comment and post reviews on Goodreads and LibraryThing, and get involved in the wide array of resources the internet makes available.
5. Comment on others’ blogs. It helps you to find new blogs as sources of inspiration, and bloggers will often visit the sites of those who comment, so it may gain viewership as well.
6. Be conscious of your formatting. I’ve exited so many blogs without ever reaching the content simply because there was too much going on on the page. A clean format with striking graphics (the more original the photos, all the better) helps to focus the eye and infuses your personality into your blog.
7. Come up with a theme. While I won’t discriminate against a blog just because it lacks an original title or look, I’m especially drawn to those that break the mold with a clever pun or concept.
8. Update. I’ve given up on many a promising blog due to lack of posts. To retain readers, remain relevant.
9. Make your own opportunities. Rarely will you be handed a review or interview request with no work on your part. Don’t be afraid to contact people with ideas for posts.
10. Be willing to expand your horizons. Take fellow bloggers’ advice and try out some books that are outside your comfort zone. I’ve found so many amazing authors that I never would have tried without the prodding from others in the blogging community.