Hey, all! McKenzie here, and today I want to talk about some blogging hacks that I’ve picked up through my several years of book blogging. However, before we get started, I want to thank the very lovely Closet Readers for letting me invade their blog for a day. Hopefully, I can share some good advice for any new or old time bloggers!
I started blogging way back in August 2014, which feels like eons ago at this point. I had an idea of what I wanted to blog about when I started because I did research before signing up with WordPress, but what I didn’t know was how much work it was going to be. Yeah, let’s admit it. Blogging is hard work. We’re people behind a screen, pouring our hearts and souls out about books. Plus, the majority of us are doing it for free!
In spite of all of that, we do it because we love it.
So, here are a few tips and tricks to make your blogging life easier, and how to run a successful blog (remember- success is what you believe it is, don’t compare yourself to other bloggers).
#1 Design, Design, Design
You know how bookworms like to say that we don’t judge a book by its cover? That’s such a lie. Everyone loves a pretty cover! It’s the same thing with blogs. Personally, I am much
more attracted to blogs that have an appealing, uniform theme across all of their posts. I am more of a simplicity fan myself, but I recommend finding a theme and sticking with it for a while. You can always change this! I have completely revamped my blog three or four times. Some good rules of thumb are to pick one main pattern (I use watercolor flowers, many also use book photography for graphic backgrounds), and two-three colors. I use a relatively plain theme to have my hand made graphics and posts stand out, but find a theme that works for you.
#2 Love & Attention
#3 Take inspired from others
There are so many wonderful blogs out there in the blogosphere, and it’s easy to gain inspiration from others doing the exact same thing as you. Like a blog layout/graphics? See a fun post idea? It is always okay to take inspiration from other bloggers, but never directly steal any ideas. If you decide to do the same post (this applies to tags, funny posts, ect, NOT original ideas or reviews) as someone else, give them credit by linking back to their blog. Let your own voice shine through your blog!
#4 Have fun, not everything is professional
#5 Just talk
#6 Everything comes with time
If you’re a new blogger, everything may seem a little crazy at first, but you’ll get it all down eventually. It’s not actually magic, no matter how much we may wish it to be. You gotta put in the work to experience it all. Everyone also grows at their own pace. Keep in mind that it took me 2 1/2 years to get to where I am (I know bloggers who have gotten to my point and further in like three months. Now THEY have magic)! I promise that you’ll find your internet bookish friends, a theme that you like, and your own writing voice.
Do you have any blogging tips/tricks. What is your #1 advice. When did you start blogging .. why? Share please 🙂
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