Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series created by Rukky at Eternity Books and hosted by Aria at Book Nook Bits. The full list of September topics can be found here
This week’s topic is Tips for New Bloggers.
What have you learned since you first started blogging?
Since I started blogging I’ve learned so much about coding, building a website, and navigating social media, to honing my niche interests within the book community here on WordPress. I’ve expanded my tastes by reading many different genres of books by a variety of authors. I’ve also learned how to write book reviews that aren’t just long fan-girl ramblings, although those slip in from time to time.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
There is no one way to blog. Finding your niche style of writing may take time but it’s your unique approach to writing about books, or any topic, that will make people want to comment on your posts and maybe even choose to follow along. If your blog doesn’t look or read like everyone else’s, that’s kind of the point 🙂
Above all, as the photo at the top of this post says, enjoy the little things. A lot of people read, but not many choose to write book reviews let alone publish them for the world to see. You should be proud of what you post because it is brave to be so open on the internet. I don’t think we recognize that enough.
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging is that I have total control over my content. This isn’t a job where I have to clock a certain amount of hours each day, produce certain content, or get approval for anything. It’s one hundred percent my decision what to post, and when, and that’s why this is such an enjoyable hobby.
What is the hardest part of blogging for you?
In the past I felt pressured to make my blog look like other people’s or to write in the same way they did. Those feelings didn’t last long because at the end of the day, this blog has to reflect me and my interests and style. This realization hit me around 2020 and I’ve found blogging to be so much easier since then.
Is there anything you wish you’d done differently with your blog?
I wish I hadn’t tried to do so much in the beginning. I wanted to cover everything, not just books, and that left me feeling like I wasn’t doing enough even when I was doing a lot.
In the beginning if if I had focused only on my primary interest which is books, I would have had an easier time approaching blogging as a hobby that is meant to be fun.
Thanks for the great topic this week, Aria!