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Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers
(Disclaimer: I still consider myself a novice book blogger, but I will give advice on what I've learned as a book blogger.)
1. Participate in the community.
There are many different ways to become involved in the blogosphere whether it's taking part in weekly memes or attending blogger meet-ups or book signings. It's a way to get to know other book bloggers and let them get to know you as well.
2. Don't be afraid to say 'no'.
This applies especially to review requests because it can really bog you down. Not all review requests will be for books that you enjoy reading, so never feel like you have to accept every review request.
3. Network, network, network.
In order for others to learn about your blog, you must find other ways to put yourself out there. Using Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads are excellent ways to put your name in the blogosphere.
4. Make sure to post regularly.
Even if it's just one or two posts a week, an active blog is a more noticeable blog than one that goes several weeks without a single new post (unless you are on hiatus).
5. Your blog should make others feel welcome.
Make sure that your blog is tidy and uncluttered, especially in the sidebars. Also, if you do have music on your blog, make sure it doesn't automatically play. It's quite startling when either a trailer or music plays suddenly when I visit a blog.
6. Refrain from "bashing", "flaming", and "disrespecting."
This goes for authors, books, and other bloggers. Keep your reviews constructive, back up your critiques, and never let your review be about the author.
7. Take time to visit other blogs.
To have blog readers, you must first be a blog reader. And if you like a post or want to contribute to the conversation, definitely leave a comment.
8. Reviews aren't everything.
Don't feel like you have to review everything you read, especially if you're a speed-reader *cough*Karen*cough* or read more than one title at a time.
9. Be sure to give back to the blogging community.
If you receive ARCs or participate in giveaways on other blogs, give it back to the community by hosting your own giveaways.
10. Above all, love what you do.
If blogging stops being fun and becomes more like a chore, take a break. You don't want it to turn into something that's not enjoyable, so make sure it stays fun.