It’s the start of a new year, which means a lot of people are thinking about joining the book blogging community. (Please do; we’d love to have you!) Whether you’re totally committed to starting a book blog this year or still deciding whether blogging is the right hobby for you, I’ve rounded up some advice to help you get started.
Number One Reason to Start a Book Blog
Last January, I wrote a whole post with 8 reasons you should start a book blog in the new year. However, if you want just one major reason this is a great hobby, the reason most bloggers I’ve seen have credited with why they started blogging and why they continue to blog year after year, it’s the community. Book blogging is a great way to meet other avid reader (particularly if you don’t know many in your “real life”). You get to learn about new books and new trends and discuss them with others, and you can even interact with authors and publishers.
Number One Piece of Advice to New Bloggers
Schedule, schedule, schedule. I cannot stress enough how much I wish I had scheduled a couple weeks’ worth of posts before Krysta and I launched the blog (now over six years ago). Eventually we caught up and are now lucky enough to have posts scheduled in advance, but starting out with several posts written and ready to go will save you so much stress in the beginning and can help you stay motivated and stick with blogging as a hobby.
If you want more advice, check out what some of our readers recommended for newbie bloggers here.
Where to Begin
One of our most popular posts on Pages Unbound is my Complete Guide to Starting a Book Blog. If you’re pretty sure you want to start blogging but aren’t sure where to go from here, or if you aren’t decided yet and want to know more about what goes into maintaining a blog, this post is a good place to start (if I do say so myself…). I tackle everything from choosing a blog name to starting to get books from publishers to review. My post on writing your first blog post is also popular (which, honestly, is a surprise to me).
What Type of Stats to Expect
It’s not really a secret that book blogs are not necessarily the most popular type of blog on the Internet. Big fashion, lifestyle, and food blogs get far more traffic than even the biggest book blogs, yet the reluctance of many bloggers to discuss their stats can leave a lot of us feeling like “everyone else has a larger audience” when….maybe they don’t. In 2016, I conducted an informal survey on book blogger stats and discovered that most people reported having between 1-300 followers and between 0-75 views per day. (There were definitely outliers, however, so if you dream of growing your blog really big, there is definitely opportunity out there.) Basically, however, don’t get discouraged if you feel your stats are “low,” particularly when you first start out. Growing an audience can take time and effort. (And, if you’re wondering, a lot of “big” bloggers attribute their success to going out, interacting with the community, and commenting on lots and lots of other blogs.)
Are you thinking of starting a book blog this year? Are there any questions you have about book blogging?