I started blogging last year in 2017. I was super nervous to start because I had no idea what this would be like. So, for today I thought that it would be nice to give out the tips that help me run my blog efficiently and easily. These tips can work for any type of blog you do and are not the only tips out there but pretty important ones to stay on top of your game.
1) Finding your style & theme
Much like in the bookstagram tips post your first step into creating your blog is to find your style and theme of your blog. What do you want your blog to say about you? My blog changed from when I first started a lot. I had different graphics, a different logo, I changed the background color, the type, and so on. I am a graphic designer so I do all my graphics, headers, photographs, and logos myself. If you can’t make your then higher someone because your blog brand is the first step to letting your audience see who you are. Remember that as you grow and change your blog style and theme can change as well as long as you keep it consistent and authentic to YOU.
2) PLAN! PLAN! PLAN!
I can not stress how important it is to always plan your posts out. It is super imperative that you get yourself a calendar or if you bullet journal then set one up specifically for blogging. In June and December, I schedule days to sit and plan out my blog posts/bookstagram posts for January-June and July-December. Then at the beginning of each month I write all my blog posts for the next month and take photos for my bookstagram so, I always stay a month to two months ahead of schedule. Planning helps me to stay on track and always have content out and never miss on my scheduled days (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday at 11AM.) Also, keep a list of possible blog posts ideas (I am planned all the way until June but I am building a list of ideas for July-December.) Whatever type of blog you have to make sure to schedule and plan your time (I even keep track of my reading so I don’t miss my review days.)
3) Stay Consistent & Creative
As stated above, I consistently post four days a week. Life does happen so if you miss a day for whatever reason it is ok just make sure 95% of the time you keep to your schedule so that you can build a following by always having content out. Along with being consistent, you want to be creative with your posts. If you are a food blog you could post recipes, restaurant reviews, posting about chefs, movies that deal with cooking, and etc. If you are a movie blog you can post about reviews, history of filmmaking, actors and actresses, issues in the industry, etc. For me, as a book blog, I post reviews, memes, book tags, and even stuff about my life and more. Just make sure whatever type of blog you have you change it up and come up with creative ideas.
4) Engage, Comment, Like, Share
To build your following you MUST engage with your followers and fellow bloggers, comment on their posts and respond back to them, like posts, and share your posts on ALL your social media followings. This is such a simple thing to do but a lot of people overlook it. I love my followers and the people I follow because some of them are really big blogs but they still engage with me and I with them. Building relationships with your fellow blogger will get your blog out there more.
5) Don’t Stress! This IS NOT a job!
While for some people this is a job a lot of bloggers do this for fun. The most important thing to remember when blogging is to NOT STRESS!!! Have fun and enjoy this. Do it because you love it and you get to talk about things you’re passionate about. Love what you do and your following and blog will continuously grow. Don’t focus on stats because trust me as time goes on it will also grow.
Great tips said by other blogging/book friends on twitter:
@KristiHousman says: “I’m still pretty new, but I would say to read some other blogs to get an idea of what you want to do. Also, post consistently and share your blogs on social media. Follow other bloggers and comment on their posts. It helps others get to know you and they will be more likely.”
@ilovebooksgirl says: “totally agree with what @KristiHousman said! Also, I will note that it’s ok to take breaks once you get the hang of things because taking care of yourself is really important and you shouldn’t stress too hard about writing/posting, which is what happened to me for a while.”
@thriftybiblio says: “Be yourself. Find your own voice, and blog for you.”
@_firstbooklove says: “Definitely comment and check out other blogs of people with similar interest!”
@What_the_Book1 says: “The best, most interesting content always comes from ideas that you’re excited about so I would say just do what you enjoy.”