Book Blogging 101 | Getting Started

Just so you know, I’m not claiming to be an experienced book blogging genius or anything like that. 

But I know many people are seeking some help in getting their book blog started, and I think I can offer a little bit of that help.

1. Finding a Blog Hosting Site

Obviously I’m in favor of WordPress, but it’s not the only one out there. Tumblr and Google can also be used, but I’m going to be honest with you. WordPress is so popular because it’s GREAT, and in my opinion, the best option. 

First, you should try just blogging for free, using the domain name (i.e. http://www.beccaandbooks.wordpress.com). This way, you can makes sure you really enjoy it and want to stay committed to it. Then, once you’re sure you want to keep blogging, you can switch to a self-hosted site, which you can do through *ahem* WordPress. (I swear I’m not being paid to promote them or anything)

Through a self-hosted site, you can actually make money through ads, and your URL will look a lot more professional.

2. The Actual Blogging Part

So you have a blog. Now you must write in it.

Well, since this is BOOK Blogging 101, write about books. Read books, then review them. Do book tags, discussions. You’d be surprised by all the options.

HERE IS THE IMPORTANT PART: You have to be original. No one wants to read a post every single other book blog does. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing that every once in a while if it makes you happy,  but come up with your own stuff, that’s what people like to see.

3. Your Voice

Okay. I know, I just know you’re tempted to write like a self-righteous Oxford professor. But unless that’s your target audience, don’t do it. And if that is your target audience, no judgement. Well, maybe a little.

BE YOURSELF. I know you do not speak like a self-righteous Oxford professor on the daily. Sounding like yourself is what people actually like to read. They’re not looking for a refined prodigies, they’re looking for human beings.

4. The Book Blogging Community

The Book Blogging Community is awesome! There’s nothing better than getting sweet, thoughtful comments on your posts, and doing the same on other blogs.

So be part of the community! Join us!

Just make sure you’re not leaving comments like this: I love your blog! Hey, check out my post!

No. Absolutely not.

Read their posts. Leave thoughtful comments, not because you just want them to return the favor, but because you like what you’re reading. For example: I love Clockwork Angel too! And your review is great, I’m so glad you’re Team Will! WILL HERONDALE *swoons*

Where to find the Book Blogging Community:

1. Well, you’ve found me, haven’t you? Let’s be blog buddies!

2. Try searching tags through WordPress. Some useful ones are: ya books, young adult fiction, book review.

3. When you come across tags, look at the people tagged. You know they have a spot in the community!

5. Just Keep Blogging, Just Keep Blogging

So you’ve started blogging! Now keep doing it! Don’t just post twice a month,  try to post two to four times per week, you’ll bring a lot more traffic to your site. Of course, not posting for a little while every once in a while is completely understandable, but don’t do it often.

That’s all I have for getting your book blog up and running! Please let me know if you’d like more, a post on ARCs, for example.

Becca❤️

Goodreads: Becca and Books

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64 thoughts on “Book Blogging 101 | Getting Started

  1. I’m so glad I found this post! Did you find much out about web design or anything before you went self hosted? I like the idea of doing it at some point in the future but the thought of making the website pretty on my own intimidates me and I don’t really have the money to pay anybody.

  2. This is perfect! I only just started a blog this week and someone recommended this post, great help!

    Funny, as well as informative 🙂
    – Aneta

  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Over the course of four months, all I got was that it was a book before it was out that could be reviewed. I had no idea why or how people got them, what it stood for, whether they had to pay for them… Thanks. 😉
    -Amy

  4. Well, for a short little definition: a book before its published is called an ARC, which is short for Author’s Review Copy. Once you have enough followers/ stats, you can request ARCs from publishers to review them before they come out.
    Don’t worry, it took me forever to understand what an ARC was!

  5. OMG. This is awesome! Seriously, this would’ve been SO helpful when I first started blogging. Although, I really don’t know anything about ARCs, if you get enough votes for it I would love to hear some info! 😀
    -Amy

  6. This post is exactly what I have been looking for since I started my blog. Thank you so much for posting ! I honestly had no idea how I was going to integrate myself into the community and get people to notice me , I’ve just been watching from the sidelines up until now but no more ! Thanks again !

  7. Can’t emphasis the commenting on other blogs enough! I didn’t do that very much at the start and I really regret that because I feel like I missed out on so much. I think it makes blogging much more enjoyable when you can interact with fellow bloggers and readers.

    Great post!

  8. This is a great post Becca! I especially love the “Your voice” point you made, I’ve read so many blogs where people speak in long words and dreary details that sound too formal and stifling to be enjoyable, it’s so much more exciting to read a blog where the blogger throws their personality into their words every once in a while

  9. THANK YOU!!!!
    Yes, I completely agree! And it sounds like you have a ton of advice to give too, I actually didn’t think of how blogging every day could lead to a burn out. AND IM SO GLAD WE’RE BLOG BUDDIES TOO!!!! YOUR BLOG IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

  10. I’m so glad this helped! And sure, I’ll get to an ARC post too! I haven’t done a blog tour, but I know quite a bit about them so I’ll include that too!

  11. Wonderful, WONDERFUL advice here, I loved this entire post. Everything about this I found myself nodding in agreement.
    I love WordPress so much. I used to see a lot of blogs on other sites but whenever I tried to make one, I could never even start posting. As soon as I got in WordPress it was like it was meant to be. And I’m thinking of moving to a self-hosted blog but.. I’m not really sure how!
    As for voice and originality, that is key. Even I’d you’re doing posts that most other book bloggers so (and we all do similar stuff) if you do it in your own style, format and speak as yourself, it can really become a stand out point!
    The blogging community of course is the best way to get noticed and such an amazing place to make friends. Im so glad to have met YOU through my blogging and I love you and your blog so much.
    I am one of those bloggers who blog pretty much post everyday! I have only missed one day this month. I think blogging every day can be dangerous because of burn out so blogging 2 to 3 times a week is definitely optimal.
    Great post xoxo

  12. Since I am a new blogger, I inhale every “how to” I can find. Yours had some new information for me (how could I forget tag-searching???).
    I’d like to read an ARC 101 (I only use NetGalley), if you would like to write one. And one about… I don’t know what to call it. Blog tours and the like? I keep seeing that in blog titles.

  13. I was really looking for a post like this. I’ve been planning to start a book blog so this is really helpful

  14. This is so great and really helpful to new bloggers. I like wordpress too because some of the other sites can get very complicated and it just is too much if you don’t know much about graphics or aren’t that tech savvy =)

  15. THANK YOU! The Bookish People sounds awesome! I would actually love to do it myself, though unfortunately I don’t think I would ever have time to be really active. If I find anyone who’s interested, I’ll be sure to let you know!

  16. Wow. This helps a lot. Lol about wordpress. I mean it is kinda true. I tried other blogging sites before but it did not just work for me. WordPress makes it more easy 🙂

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