Wednesday, September 17, 2008

BBAW: Blogging Tips

In my interview with Wendy of Musings of a Bookish Kitty, I asked her about her tips for new bloggers. My Friend Amy asked a similar discussion question, and as a relatively new blogger, I'm so grateful to see so many established bloggers chiming in on this.

What is one thing you wish you knew about blogging when you started or what advice would you give a newbie blogger?


Honestly, I wish I had known how much fun this was going to be. I would have started blogging a lot sooner!

My advice to new bloggers is don't allow anything to intimidate you. Don't worry about how your blog is going to stack up against other blogs. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Don't be afraid to contact an author. (They're people like us, just with cooler job titles.) Don't stress out over statistics or how many comments your latest review received. Most of all, have fun.

What is your best blogging tip?


Participate. One of the best thing about book bloggers is the unique community that we have, but you'll miss out on that if you focus only on your blog. Make an effort to get out there and meet new bloggers. Comment. Share your opinions. Participate in challenges if that's something that interests you. Be genuinely interested in what other bloggers have to say. Remember that no matter how different we may be, we all share a passion for books. I think that's a pretty powerful and amazing thing.

10 comments:

  1. Great suggestions, Ruth.

    Participate was one of mine, too.

    I love what you say about having fun. If it's not fun, there really isn't a reason to do it.

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  2. Don't forget to post your link on Amy's post. I don't think I saw yours there!

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  3. Shana, thank you! I totally forgot about posting my link -- big thanks for the reminder.

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  4. Great suggestions! It's so nice to "meet" you. I agree about contacting the authors. I've been surprised at how many responses I get just from sending an email.

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  5. Great suggestions! btw did you get my tweet? send me your snail mail addy!

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  6. Great suggestions, Ruth! They're so true. :)

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  7. I have to admit that I am still in awe of authors and I'm always amazed when they answer my emails.

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  8. Fantastic suggestions. Thanks for sharing Ruth.

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  9. I have just started blogging since June. And it is very true, what you say about authors. I asked one author if she would send me a copy of her book, and post a revuew. wo I was pleasantly surprised. Once you get the hang of it, you just keeping on going on all the different authors websites, or blogs. The only thing it takes a lot of your time. I find new authors are more receptive. You think it is a waste of time. But when a author or publcist answers it makes you feel great. All that work was worth it. I think it is so nice when a author or a publcist answers you.
    I do agree with you too. It has to be fun. And the rewards are terrific when bloggers start commenting, and your blog starts looking terrific. The book blogging community has been great. Amy, did a wonderful thing for us new bloggers. Now we have other recources and bloggers we did not know about before. The list is endless.

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  10. Great advice! I think so many new bloggers are intimidated. I was. I felt like I was fumbling around in the dark all the time. :) Okay, I still do, but it's not painful any more. It's actually a fun learning experience.

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