I have blogging for over four and a half years and still feel like I am learning new things all of the time. I am by no means an expert, but I appreciate that this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish topic will give me the opportunity to share what I have learned over the years, and maybe you will find this helpful!
1. Blogging Should Be Fun
I have said this so many times, but my number one advice is always to blog for as long as you love it. For most people, book blogging is a hobby, but I know that it can often feel like a lot of work for little return. If blogging feels more like work to you than fun, don’t force it! Take the time to reevaluate and figure out how to make blogging work for you. I have seen so many amazing bloggers come and go since I started blogging and it makes me sad, but I completely understand it! You never have to apologize for taking breaks or stepping away from blogging. Your mental health and happiness take priority!
2. Read What You Love
Something that took me a while to realize is that you don’t have to read what is popular. Read what every you feel like reading, whether that is the most obscure SciFi or popular YA fantasy. You will find your audience and your passion for what you are reading will shine through! I used to be caught up in thinking I had to read certain books to drive traffic to my blog, but I have learned that is not the case. Your readers will stick around because they are interested in your unique perspective on whatever it is you are reading.
3. You Don’t Have to Write Individual Book Reviews
If you hate writing reviews, don’t write them! There are so many other ways to take about books, from lists to memes like WWW Wednesday or Top Ten Tuesday to wrap-ups. Don’t force yourself to write reviews just because you feel like that is what bloggers do! I don’t write as many individual reviews as I used to.
4. Interact with Other Members of the Book Community
The community is my favourite part of blogging! I love reading other bloggers’ posts and getting their opinions on books and reading in general. When you start blogging it can often feel like you are speaking into a void, so following and befriending other book bloggers will help you to feel more connected to the community.