Book Blogging Resources for the New Year

Blogging Tips and Tricks

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.)

Page View and Follower Book Blog Stats

Are you thinking of starting a book blog this year? Are there any questions you have about book blogging?


18 thoughts on “Book Blogging Resources for the New Year

  1. becky2812 says:

    So interesting seeing the results of the survey. Definitely agree with the advice – without scheduling in advance I wouldn’t be able to post as many blog posts as I do!


  2. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Lovely post! So agree about the community 🙂 And you’re so right about scheduling!! I wish I’d known about it sooner. (also wow- six years?- that’s amazing!!) And the stats were so interesting to see!!


      • theorangutanlibrarian says:

        Oh yes I completely agree with you. I see so many people hit the ground running and I’m so impressed- I spent the first three months writing one post a month and aimlessly reading blogs about “lifestyle” 😉 I had no idea what I was doing tbh 😉


    • Briana says:

      We have a schedule in theory, but posts get put all over anyway. But I think the part that works best for me is that I have stuff scheduled in the future. Whether it’s a strict schedule of “reviews on Wednesdays, discussions on Fridays” matters less to me. 🙂


  3. theliteraryelixir says:

    I finally just got the nerve to start my own blog a few days ago (it’s something I had been thinking about for years)… great advice! I am going to use my weekend to schedule some posts.

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  4. Zoie says:

    Oh, you conducted an entire survey about stats? That’s impressive 😊 Interacting with the book blogging community is definitely the best way to gain more readers for your blog, but I think one very important thing to keep in mind when new bloggers are starting out is that they should blog for themselves before anyone else — knowing that I was writing what I loved helped me to push through my beginning blogger months when I had nearly no readers, and in the end it just made me even more passionate about blogging. Great post! 😊


    • Krysta says:

      That’s good advice! If you’re not really passionate about what you’re doing, it’s much more difficult to keep going. Blogging does require a bit of work and a time commitment, after all!

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