The Bookaholic Bex Guide to Book Blogging

Something exciting happened last week, Bookaholics: someone I had never heard of before contacted me out of the blue.  They told me that they had been following me for a while (in the online sense, they aren’t physically stalking me) and that they wanted to thank me for all the brilliant books I had recommended and that they had loved.  Not only was this the nicest thing to happen to me for some time (unless you count the day someone gave me free cake) but it also completely blew me away.  Sometimes as a book blogger it can feel like you are screaming into the void, with little or no interaction on reviews you spend ages crafting.  But truth is, just because people don’t respond, it doesn’t mean they aren’t reading, and knowing this has made all the difference.  As a direct result of this life-affirming and frankly quite moving moment, I have put together the following Guide to Book Blogging, in the hope that my learning helps anyone else out there in the same position as me.

1) Blog from the heart.  Don’t worry about what other people think about a particular book, your response is just as valid – even if the entire world seems to love something you couldn’t get into.  (Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks – still think I may be the only person on the planet who found it clichéd and frankly quite terrible). Maintaining that integrity and being true to what you enjoy is a key part of building your own individual character as a blogger. Also, it’s exhausting trying to be one of the cool kids.  Individuality is way cooler.

2) Be kind.  Ok, you didn’t like a particular book, but you don’t need to tag the writer to tell them how awful you think their work is.  (Whilst I love everything else Sebastian Faulks has written, please don’t tag him in this). There are tactful ways of sharing your views without destroying the author’s self-worth: their work may not be for you but someone else will no doubt love it.  Ultimately if all else fails, apply what my mum always said to me when I was a child – if you can’t find something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

3) Be tactful.  If an author has sent you a free copy of their book, repaying their kindness with insults is definitely not the answer. Let them know it wasn’t for you and then don’t tell the rest of the world.

4) Interact with other bloggers.  Remember that feeling when you post something that’s taken you ages to write and then no-one responds?  You are not the only one feeling that way.  Take the time to find the reviewing styles you like and promote those you engage with.  We all have our own unique approach and I have yet to read a blog I haven’t learnt something from. Carve out the time to give others what you want to receive.

5) Be realistic about the time you have to blog. Most of us have jobs / families / demanding lives that take us away from reading (which is frankly unacceptable).  Try not to over-commit – one thing I have definitely learnt is that it’s better to do a few reviews well rather than too many that are rushed and do neither the novel or me any justice.

6) As Jon Bon Jovi once said, keep the faith. Somebody somewhere thinks your reviews are awesome.  One day they may even tell you.  Hold on to the fact that you are making a difference – the world can never have enough book bloggers.

I was going to add a number 7 – don’t let success go to your head – but based on the feedback of that one individual, I have already branded myself as an influencer, appointed a publicist and decided to be more obnoxious than a Kardashian.  I am nothing if not grounded.

Happy blogging folks 😊

Author: Bookaholicbex

Book-nerd with a passion for all things literary. If only real life would stop getting in the way of reading...

8 thoughts on “The Bookaholic Bex Guide to Book Blogging”

  1. I always tend to burn myself out by getting a lot of posts scheduled and then not having anything later on to post. I need to limit my posts to a certain number a week and not worry if my posts do go out right away. It’s better to be slow and steady than 4-5 posts a week for 3 weeks then nothing for a month 😅

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  2. I’m really glad I came across this! I’ve been seriously considering starting a book blog and just dragging my feet with the “what ifs”. Your post is helping cement the ideas I had about posting frequency and the like. Thank you!

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