Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Hey peeps…I’m filling in for Elena this week who is feeling a little under the weather. Let’s all send good thoughts her way alright?
This topic is actually from a few weeks ago. but I liked it, so…
What advice do you wish you could go back and give yourself when you were starting your blog?
In October, we’ll hit our 4 year mark and holy crap! That’s a lot of blogging. Here’s a few things that I would go back to tell myself and anybody else just starting out…
1) Don’t set unreal expectations for yourself or your blog. Usually it takes time and effort to grow your following, and your relationships with readers, authors and publishers.
2) Post on a consistent basis. If you aren’t able to post every day that’s ok, but try to come up with a few features that you can post every week. There are lots of weekly memes that you can participate in. We usually do several here.
3) Don’t let yourself get into a rut…if something isn’t working for you then try something else. Change things up once in a while so your blog continues to feel fresh for yourself and your followers.
4) Realize that there are going to be disappointments. An author you love may not follow you back, or may not RT the things you do to promote their books. They might not give you the guest posts, or exclusives you’d like to have. It’s happened to all of us here at Bookish, and yes we’re human, and yes our feelings have been hurt. You just have to learn to deal with it and move on.
5) It’s super easy to get consumed by blogging, so strive to find a balance. Blogging should not become your whole world!
6) Social media is really a must if you want to grow your blog, but again don’t let it rule your life. 15 minutes a day is more than enough time to make your presence known, to RT your favorite authors and fellow bloggers, etc. I would also highly recommend that you have separate accounts for your blog vs personal use.
7) You can promote a book or an author by doing things other than a review. We’ve done a lot of different types of posts that let people know about books we’re reading and/or have loved and are recommending. Be creative, be different.
8) One of the best decisions I ever made, and I did it very early on, was deciding I wanted to do a team approach rather than having a blog that I did all by myself. More people can mean more posts, more contacts, and you aren’t responsible for doing everything by yourself. I have an awesome team, and Bookish would NOT be what it is without them, both past and present!
9) Have fun! Have fun! Have fun!