We wanted more perspectives on how you can make your blog awesome, so we asked our followers what they thought!
What Do You Like to See in the Blogs You Follow?
As a Media Production student with experience in Digital Media and Design, I always judge aesthetic first when I go onto a new blog that I follow. If everything seems in order (i.e colour, logos, social media, tabs) etc, I go onto read reviews. The reason why is because aesthetic means personality, and if I’m feeling the vibe of the blog and blogger, I will go on to read reviews and, subsequently, follow! But honestly, I just follow regardless because I understand the struggle of a newbie blogger- always! (Allison @ Sleepless Reads)
I like to see creative formatting or features! For example, early on in my blogging life, I started inserting a hook into the very beginning of my book reviews rather than JUST talk about the book and give the book’s summary/cover. Now, I also feature the book trailer if it exists and I’ve recently started pulling a great quote from the book to feature, too. I think little things like this enhance a reader’s experience. I also get a lot of compliments on the fact that, instead of the standard Goodreads button everyone uses, mine is a G bubble with a mermaid holding it to match my blog header. Don’t be afraid to be different or thematic! Your differences make your blog stand out more! (Bonnie @ A Backwards Story)
Uncluttered sidebars; they makes it easier for me to locate social media buttons, to see anything the bloggers want to spotlight. Great content. Reviews. Discussion posts. (Geraldine @ Corralling Books)
I strive for and love to see originality, whether that’s how things are formatted (formatting can go a long way) or in what kind of content bloggers create. (Stephanie @ Chasm of Books)
What Is the Best Advice You Would Give Newbie Bloggers?
POST, POST, POST! Keep writing and posting- and always keep a journal in hand to write down ideas. Or even, write them in your phone if you have to! (Allison @ Sleepless Reads)
Numbers aren’t EVERYTHING. They’re great for making publisher contacts, but there’s more to it than that. Your voice is the most important thing about you. My first year of blogging, I didn’t care if anyone but my friends saw my blog, and I had a handful of followers and less than 30 posts. My New Year’s Resolution the next year was to blog FOR REAL. I joined popular memes such as Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday. Don’t do a meme everyday or your readers will feel overloaded, but pick a couple that work for you. You don’t have to do them every week, either! I still do TTT when I feel like it if I like the topic, but don’t do all the time! Comment on the blogs of other people doing the week’s topic; many of them will comment back. If they like your blog, they’ll start following you!
Getting on social media also helped A LOT. Interact with bloggers and authors and publicists who interest you. I never wanted a Twitter account and held out for a while, but once I got one, my blog grew in leaps and bounds. Plus, I had so much more insider knowledge. As a new blogger, I wondered how people knew about books that weren’t out for a year plus, or how they discovered all those great cover reveals. Now that I’m on Twitter, I’m on the pulse of so much more and can be a part of bringing that advance notice to blog readers. I’ve also formed some lasting friendships as well as made good blogging contacts! (Bonnie @ A Backwards Story)
Socialise lots! That’s what the blogging community is here for – to make friends, to have fun 🙂 (Geraldine @ Corralling Books)
Be you and blog the way you want to blog. Don’t write about the same old topics that every other blogger is writing about because you feel like you have to. Add to the conversation; don’t say the same thing dozens of others have already said and if you are, say it better or give more information. (Stephanie @ Chasm of Books)
14 thoughts on “Blogging Tips: Our Best Advice”
Even though I’m not a newbie anymore, these posts are still so helpful! I know I’m guilty of looking for stats instead of quality posts 😛
I think that’s understandable. We’re not blogging because we want to be speaking to ourselves–otherwise we’d just have a reading journal. Blogging is a way to try to connect with people who have similar interests and it can be sad when it seems like no one’s engaging with us!
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Yay!! I love advice posts 🙂 I totally agree about the aesthetics comment. There have been many blogs that I clicked out of immediately (without even reading) because I found the design to be dated or cluttered or just not pleasing to the eye…. or the font was funky and hard to read. I also think the BE ORIGINAL thing is a good one to follow. Anymore my feed looks so boring. Everyone is talking about the same books, the same discussion topics, the same memes. I love when I come across something super unique and fun!!
Yes, I think the aesthetics are important. I wouldn’t say anyone has to have a certain aesthetic for me to follow them–their blog should reflect their personality. But if I literally can’t read the font, that’s going to be a problem.
Being original is good advice–but often very difficult! 😀
I am a newbie to blogging these are great tips! I do find twitter seems to be very popular right now! Great post!
I let Briana handle the social media aspect of our blog and I definitely am less connected with people and events than she is….
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I LOVE how you did this post, because honestly, blogging tips always go a long way! 😀 I know that these would have been SO HELPFUL to me as a newbie blogger, and also right now – I’m finding Bonnie’s tip about formatting posts creatively – something I’ll have to remember to implement soon! 😀
Thanks for participating, too! I’m glad you found it helpful!
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i’m not really a newbie anymore, but these post you have with blogging tips are really helpful! especially now i’m at the “trying to take it seriously” stage! i’m trying to blog more and get more into the community and your tips are very helpful! brilliant post.
I’m glad you enjoyed them!
I’m still a newbie blogger, and these are some great tips!
I’m glad you found it helpful!