Welcome to the last day of Armchair BEA!
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Today’s topic is blogging advice, tips and tricks. We can either offer advice or ask others for advice. I’m going to talk a little bit about how I see blogging personally.
Love it or Lose it
I think the most important thing to do as a blogger (or any one really!) is follow your heart. That means do what you love and love what you do. If you’re not doing either of those things then what’s the point? If you don’t enjoy what you’re blogging about there’s only so much of that you can take before you burn out. I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years, believe me that this is extremely important if you want to keep going!
It took me a while before I realized (and accepted) that I can’t possibly read and review every single book a publisher sends me. It’s unrealistic for starters, not just because of the number of books I receive, but also because some of them I have zero interest in reading. I like to think that leaving those books in the lunch room at work is a decent thing to do. I also feature them in my Stacking the Shelves posts at the very least.
I don’t usually blog on a regular schedule. Therefore, I make sure my content is worthy of those that decide to stop by the blog. I don’t usually participate in daily or even weekly memes but I do enjoy sharing new cover art.
Reviews! I know I’m not a “normal” reviewer. My reviews have a unique structure that works for me. If I didn’t outline my reviews the way I do I’m not exactly sure what you’d get out of me! That leads me to….
Spoilers! When I first started reviewing books on here I probably did what most new reviewers do. I summarized the books like we used to do in grammer school for book reports! That is not what a review is. Reviewing is taking a critical eye to the story you’ve read and sharing those critical aspects with your blog readers. I cannot express how much it infuriates me to see summaries instead of reviews on some sites. This is usually what I see when I check out a book on Amazon. I don’t want to know what happened! I want to know what aspects you loved or didn’t like about a book, you know, without the DETAILS! Leave the details for your book club!
The last piece of advice I would give anyone doing anything is put your self into it. Meaning, don’t be a robot or just some other person doing the same thing as the other person two doors down. Make it your own. Give everything a splash of your self. Personalize it. Connect with your readers on a personal level. That doesn’t mean you have to share every last personal detail about yourself or your family. I know that I connect better and make an effort to visit sites where the author has presented themselves along with their content. I guess in the long run just be friendly!
What about you? What advice to you live by to make your blog great? Link me to your post for today or just shout it in your comment!
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by my blog over the last week. A great big hug to the new followers on here as well as Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Goodreads!