Friday, June 8, 2012

Armchair BEA: Blogging Advice

I'm just days away from my one year blogoversary. And I still feel like I'm in no position to give advice. But I have a few things I've learned, and I don't think they're different from what others will tell you. Still, it took me a little bit of time to figure these things out. Again, this is just as much my own advice to myself as it is to other bloggers.

The Past: Save the Drama for the Fictional Characters
Drama is going to happen. Don't get sucked in. I spent a long time worried that I'd somehow become a part of the drama and was hyper aware of everything I was doing. But at some point, I had to stop and remember that this blog is my space and I get to say what gets posted. I did recently feel the need to create my own blogger pledge to establish my own views and values on blogging. You can read it here.

The Present: Tip for New Bloggers
You'll hear it from a lot of people - be respectful, don't blog just for ARCs, be original - but I think one of the most important pieces of advice I can pass on is: Network! I caught onto the importance of Twitter pretty quickly. But I was afraid to talk to people. I was a relatively silent spectator. But once I realized that people wanted to talk to me too, I started reaching out and joining conversations. Nothing brings people to your blog like making friends! I'm still tenative about who I talk to (for my own mental reasons) and I know I need to knock it off. I love my blogger friends and I always love meeting more people!

The Future: Keep Going!
I get to talk about books. That's what this blog comes down to. I love that I have a platform to gush about my favorite books, maybe rant a little about ones that weren't so good, and fangirl over amazing authors. It doesn't get much better than that. I've had my lower moments. I've gotten really behind or have avoided writing posts. I've been in reading slumps and just get really down on it all. But at this point, not blogging would leave a huge hole in my life. It's so much of what I do now. It's kind of funny how quickly it became such an important piece of who I am. So even those low points aren't enough to outweigh the love of it. Talking about books. Gushing about characters. Freaking out about the epicness of it all. Reaching out to authors. Hearing from publishers. Recommending books. Connecting with other readers. These are the things that make book blogging amazing. 

9 comments:

  1. I wish I were good at Twittering. I'm just more of a Tumblr gal.

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  2. I love the past/present/future format you did this post in! When I first started on Twitter, I was really shy too... and I still can be to a point. I sometimes write out a tweet, and then delete it. But it can also be a really good networking tool, like you pointed out, and I've since met some cool people and developed a few good friendships on Twitter! I just have to get over my social anxiety a bit more it seems!!

    Great reflection!

    My "Ask the Experts" post

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  3. A great post and I agree with your advice to avoid the drama!

    Hope you had a great ABEA!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  4. Excellent advice! I avoid the drama at all cost..

    My post - http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/armchair-bea-day-five-future-of-book.html

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  5. That's what I love about blogging, I get to get out all my book love, and some people even read it. I think the people in my real life are happy I can contain it online instead of shoving English books in their face all the time too.

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  6. "Don't get sucked in." Best advice in my book.

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  7. Past - YES.

    Present - YES

    Future - YES!

    All in all, I agree with this post. Hehe.

    Hannah, Hannah, Hannah… feel free to poke me on twitter whenever <3 I love your blog and your reviews and YOU. hehe.

    Great advice <3

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  8. I agree that Twitter is important, but I use it to socialize more than anything...

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  9. Wow, congratulations on almost reaching one year of blogging! I really like how you've divided the headings into Past, Present and Future.

    You're right, I get to learn so much on a daily basis and still, I don't think I'll ever be in the position of giving the best advice. After all, practice makes perfect. But networking is key in the blogging world.

    My Armchair BEA: Sharing My Tips post.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Armchair BEA: Blogging Advice

I'm just days away from my one year blogoversary. And I still feel like I'm in no position to give advice. But I have a few things I've learned, and I don't think they're different from what others will tell you. Still, it took me a little bit of time to figure these things out. Again, this is just as much my own advice to myself as it is to other bloggers.

The Past: Save the Drama for the Fictional Characters
Drama is going to happen. Don't get sucked in. I spent a long time worried that I'd somehow become a part of the drama and was hyper aware of everything I was doing. But at some point, I had to stop and remember that this blog is my space and I get to say what gets posted. I did recently feel the need to create my own blogger pledge to establish my own views and values on blogging. You can read it here.

The Present: Tip for New Bloggers
You'll hear it from a lot of people - be respectful, don't blog just for ARCs, be original - but I think one of the most important pieces of advice I can pass on is: Network! I caught onto the importance of Twitter pretty quickly. But I was afraid to talk to people. I was a relatively silent spectator. But once I realized that people wanted to talk to me too, I started reaching out and joining conversations. Nothing brings people to your blog like making friends! I'm still tenative about who I talk to (for my own mental reasons) and I know I need to knock it off. I love my blogger friends and I always love meeting more people!

The Future: Keep Going!
I get to talk about books. That's what this blog comes down to. I love that I have a platform to gush about my favorite books, maybe rant a little about ones that weren't so good, and fangirl over amazing authors. It doesn't get much better than that. I've had my lower moments. I've gotten really behind or have avoided writing posts. I've been in reading slumps and just get really down on it all. But at this point, not blogging would leave a huge hole in my life. It's so much of what I do now. It's kind of funny how quickly it became such an important piece of who I am. So even those low points aren't enough to outweigh the love of it. Talking about books. Gushing about characters. Freaking out about the epicness of it all. Reaching out to authors. Hearing from publishers. Recommending books. Connecting with other readers. These are the things that make book blogging amazing. 

9 comments:

  1. I wish I were good at Twittering. I'm just more of a Tumblr gal.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love the past/present/future format you did this post in! When I first started on Twitter, I was really shy too... and I still can be to a point. I sometimes write out a tweet, and then delete it. But it can also be a really good networking tool, like you pointed out, and I've since met some cool people and developed a few good friendships on Twitter! I just have to get over my social anxiety a bit more it seems!!

    Great reflection!

    My "Ask the Experts" post

    ReplyDelete
  3. A great post and I agree with your advice to avoid the drama!

    Hope you had a great ABEA!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    ReplyDelete
  4. Excellent advice! I avoid the drama at all cost..

    My post - http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/armchair-bea-day-five-future-of-book.html

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's what I love about blogging, I get to get out all my book love, and some people even read it. I think the people in my real life are happy I can contain it online instead of shoving English books in their face all the time too.

    ReplyDelete
  6. "Don't get sucked in." Best advice in my book.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Past - YES.

    Present - YES

    Future - YES!

    All in all, I agree with this post. Hehe.

    Hannah, Hannah, Hannah… feel free to poke me on twitter whenever <3 I love your blog and your reviews and YOU. hehe.

    Great advice <3

    ReplyDelete
  8. I agree that Twitter is important, but I use it to socialize more than anything...

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow, congratulations on almost reaching one year of blogging! I really like how you've divided the headings into Past, Present and Future.

    You're right, I get to learn so much on a daily basis and still, I don't think I'll ever be in the position of giving the best advice. After all, practice makes perfect. But networking is key in the blogging world.

    My Armchair BEA: Sharing My Tips post.

    ReplyDelete