Wednesday 18 May 2016

Blogging Tips with Faith | Tip #2

I always enjoy writing little posts like this, and I always find it a little bit difficult to write a lengthy post so I've decided to kind of have a series of mini posts containing one or two tips. This is also a way for me to post things when ever I don't have a book or movie review to post or another bookish related post. Hopefully these can come in handy. So let's get on with the tips!

If you're starting a book blog, a lot of your posts are probably going to be book reviews. It may not seem like it, but book blogging is time consuming. First of all, it takes time to read the book, then you have to analyze it, write and review your book and possibly go over and edit it. If you don't have the time to do something as simple as reviewing a book, maybe it's not the right time for you to start book blogging.

I feel like a big misconception that comes along with book blogging, bookstagramming etc is that you have to own an absurd amount of books. That is not true. You do not have to own a copy of the book to be able to read and review it. If you can't afford books, ebooks or audiobooks then your best choice would be going to the library. After all it is free.

There is one rule that I think that everybody should know. Your reviews are probably going to suck in the beginning. Believe me, I was terrible in the beginning and I still think my reviews still need work. As time goes on, your reviews and your writing will get better. But the only way for this to happen is to keep writing. Practise makes perfect. If you're sitting around procrastinating writing a blogpost, and staying in the mindset that your posts aren't good enough, just get up and start writing. You will get better. And honestly, your posts/reviews are probably not has bad as you think they are.

Another thing I would like to mention is that you have to be careful not to summarise the entire book in your review. To be honest, I feel like a lot of do this in the beginning. If you want proof, please go in our blog archive and read any of my reviews from 2014.

What you should review
Reviewing books should be entirely up to you, after all it is your blog and it is your own space. Just because a certain genre of books is popular does not necessarily mean that you should be writing reviews for those books.

A great way to find books to review if you don't have many books to review in the moment are blog tours. Blog tours are a way to promote books for publishing companies as well as independent authors. I've only participated in very few, but I know it's a great way to be involved in the book community as well as get more blog traffic if that is what you are looking for.

Another way is to work with smaller publishing companies. I know there are some publishing companies out there who are constantly sending out emails from their mailing list asking for people to review books

If you really want to make blogging one of your hobbies, it's best to make sure that you have time to do everything that comes along with blogging. It may not seem like it, but there is a lot of work that goes into blogging, especially the writing and reviewing aspect.

I hope you enjoyed reading these tips!

Also if you're interested, please leave a comment below on what topic you think I should do next!

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