When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them. And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog. So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one far too long blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format. As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.
The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers
E is for Engage with Readers
If you are a book blogger, then your target audience is readers. It’s as simple as that. And I’m going with the philosophy that if the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain!
Or in other words, you need to go find readers. Go out there and engage with people who might enjoy what you write about. OK, not all will but some might.
And the best thing about this is that you get to talk books. I mean we LOVE books right? This is why we have a book blog so any chance to TALK books is a win for us. And the chance that you might draw in some new readers for your blog is secondary to that but it’s still another win.
So where do you find those readers?
- The obvious place is on other blogs. When you find a blogger whose style you like and who you think you have something in common with, talk to them. Comment on their posts, follow them on social media and just engage with them.
- Join GoodReads groups that specialise in genres that you blog about. And again, just discuss topics, start your own discussion threads and connect within that group.
- Twitter Chats: There are lots of frequently scheduled chats on Twitter just about books and book bloggers. With a little research, you will be sure to find one that suits your schedule. Stormy at Book Blog Bake has even done the hard work for you with her post on some of the regular occurring bookish twitter chats.
- I find updating my status on Goodreads as I read a book is really helpful. One – people often will comment on the status on GR and two – it tweets automatically to Twitter so sometimes people will join in there. Either way it starts an entertaining chat about my current read.
- You can join Facebook Groups – an example is the The Social Book Blogger or the Facebook Book Club – The Caffeinated Book Club. Both of these will give you opportunities to meet other readers who love to blog about books or who just want to chat up a storm about books.
- Join in discussion forums such as those on Book Blogger