It may come as a shock, but anyone can be a book blogger!
I know that I occasionally feel some “imposter” syndrome because, after all, who gave me permission to become a book blogger, let alone tell others how they can become one too? Yet what I’ve found is that this community of bloggers are very welcoming of those who have the same passion or hobby as they do, so if you want to be one of them, they (we- I!) are more than happy to show you the way.
Here is what it takes to become a book blogger.
Number One: Enjoy Reading
If you’re a book blogger, you have to really, really, really enjoy reading. After all, the main source of your content will be bookishly based, either in reviews or discussion, or if you’re selling a product based on the book industry. No matter how fast you read or though what medium, you’ll be expected to be regularly checking in about what you’re reading and what others should check out.
Number Two: Enjoy Writing About What You Read
You can love books all you want, but if you don’t enjoy writing about them, it’ll be difficult to incorporate the blogging portion of book blogging. You don’t have to be a professional writer, and you don’t have to write volumes about a novel, but you have to write something. Generally you should say a few things about your impression of the book, or something to engage others who are looking at your blog to entice them to read a certain book or buy a certain bookish item. Therefore, you have to enjoy writing- otherwise, it’ll become a chore to do, which takes the enjoyment out of blogging.
Number Three: Do Your Research.
Explore the topics of the novel you read. Find out who the publishers are, and the book’s publication date. Learn about what other book bloggers like or dislike about the same books you’ve read and gain insight from their review formats- what is important to them when they discuss books? Every tidbit of research backs up your writing, expands your mind, and helps you grow as a reader, writer, overall blogger. It’s also good to back up quotes, statistics, and the like so that your audience knows you’ve done your research.
Number Four: Write With Honesty
Readers will read your reviews looking for your honest opinions, so give it to them. If you don’t like a book, state why or where in the book things went wrong in your reading experience. Remember to be respectful though- this is someone’s creative brainchild, and you are judging it, so be fair and give them their due respect. On the other side of this coin is your own integrity, so make sure your readers can trust that what you say, you mean. This will also silence any self-doubts when you see a book getting some serious hype that you where on the fence about- you’ll know you expressed your truest feelings, and don’t need to reread to see what you missed!
Number Five: Invest the Time
This is the part of being a book blogger that I struggle the most with. That whole life-work balance thing gets thrown out of wack for me often, and then to mix in blogging- it turns into a MAJOR juggling act. So be prepared to invest the time in your blog. You get out of it what you put into it, and the same goes for your readers. Most experts recommend a 20/80 ratio of how to invest your time in creating content/promoting content. So for every 60 minutes you have to work on your blog, spend 15 minutes on content and the rest on promoting it.
Number Six: Support Fellow Bloggers!
Last, but not least- there are so many other book bloggers out there and it’s super important to support them. Not only will this allow networking and great opportunities for friendships, collaborations, and traffic to your blog, but you’ll find that in turn, other book bloggers will support you. Even more so, if you interact throughout the blogosphere with those outside the bookish niche. I know when I started blogging, I was terrified to comment on other’s blog posts because I didn’t want to “bother” them. Turns out, bloggers LOVE comments (the constructive ones, of course) and highly encourage engagement. Even if it’s a quick ‘thank you for the information’! Every little bit helps keep these bloggers motivated to provide a space for discussion- and you’ll find the same for your blog.
So, if you’ve been on the fence about becoming a book blogger, and you said, “I can do that!” to all thee above, know you have my full support to go forth and BE a book blogger!
Just make sure you drop me a link when you’re up and running, so I can check it out! 🙂
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