Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Do you come here often? Top ten tips for new bloggers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is top tips for new book bloggers!

Let's start with the obvious: I am a new book blogger. I profess no expertise in this particular area, but I have been blogging in a personal capacity for almost eight years now, so I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring and get involved! Pinches of salt at the ready, and all that. :)

This is based mostly on things that I like to see from other bloggers, as well as my experience of blogging more generally. Leave me your lists in the comments!

1. Honesty
I like reading honest reviews, good or bad. I like to know why. Don't be afraid to put it out there.

2. Read what you like
I read a lot of YA book blogs in particular, but YA only makes up perhaps a third of what I read. Originally I wondered whether or not anyone would be interested in my hodge-podge of reviews, but in the end I decided I like the variety. I like seeing a variety of genres and authors on other blogs, too - quite often that's how I stumble across something awesome that I never would have known about otherwise.

3. Give a little
...of yourself, that is. I like catching glimpses of who bloggers "really" are, aside from their reading habits.

4. Pictures!
I personally love spying on other people's bookshelves, but pictures in general I enjoy because it breaks up chunks of text and makes things more interesting. Pictures of books, pictures of cats, pictures of hats... whatever floats your boat.

5. Enjoy yourself
I started up Bibliotekit, despite the fact that I have a personal blog where I braindump everything else, because I like wittering on about books, and I wanted to find some people who enjoyed it as much as I did. So have fun with it! I love hearing people's opinions on books and authors and that's what makes it interesting.

6. Learn to count to 10
Unlike me, who has failed miserably at this whole "top ten" malarkey this week.


Happy reading all!


  1. I felt like adding a disclaimer to my blog too, to say I'm far from an expert :-) Pictures is a good one, and I sometimes forget to add something more than a book cover.

  2. Lol - love your last point :-) And about reading what you like. I also read a variety, and I like YA blogs, but I also like to visit blogs where I know I'll see a variety.

  3. Hehe, your last point made me smile! Reading what you like is definitely important, life is way too short to read books/blogs you're not really a fan of!

    Thanks for stopping by my list!

  4. I agree with you about the honesty thing and don't feel bad about only haveing 6 things on your list that's the same amount I had.

  5. Don't feel too bad. i couldn't think of 10 either. :)
    Great call with the pictures tip. i like spying on other people's bookshelves too!

  6. Great list, Kit! And thanks so much for the link to our blog ;) I think you came up with some great advice, like you, I've been blogging for years and a lot of the advice works just as well for book blogging ;)

  7. Apparently, I'm a much worse counter than you, since I stopped at 5 =P You have a great list though! I really liked your comment about reading what you like. When I first started, I thought that I would just have a YA blog, since I read a lot of YA, but then I added a couple of book club books, which were adult fiction, and then I thought, "What the heck -- this is MY blog, isn't it?"

  8. Love the tips! Thank you so much for posting them. My brain has officially turned to mush from over-saturation of the most incredibly helpful advice today :)
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog


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