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
F is for FOCUS on what you love!
When I first started blogging, I joined memes as I thought this is what a blogger had to do. And I’m not one to trash talk meme’s, I even wrote a blog post about why memes are not evil incarnate. They have their place but if I just posted memes day after day, I would be bored to tears.
And the same with promo posts, I don’t enjoy them. I don’t really read them anymore unless it’s a book that I’m interested in so I next to never post any myself. And as much as I love writing and reading reviews, I don’t want that to be the only thing I ever write for my blog.
But initially I became stuck in a rut of blog tours, review after review and memes. And that just wasn’t something I was happy about. So I changed focus!
I didn’t want to settle for lukewarm so I made a list of all the things I enjoy posting about. I love discussions, I love posting about blogging, I like showcasing and spreading the love for Irish authors, I enjoy celebrating older books and so much more. These resulted in features like Green Giants, Bookish Chat, Happy Bookoversary, Marketing Your Blog. I don’t even just want to limit myself to books, I occasionally want to talk about other things and so my features Between Reads, Transforming Trish and Pick ‘n’ Mix were born.
Basically what I’m saying is DON’T LIMIT yourself. Grab a pen or a mouse and make a list of all the things that you love. Is there any of those that you can incorporate into your blog? When you are passionate about something that is a post that practically writes itself.
It’s easy to get caught in a blogging rut, I know, I’ve been there. But the good news is that it’s easy come out of it too. All you have to do is focus on things you love. Don’t go through the motions, cut out the things that make you want to tear your hair out and put your energies in to posts that you WANT to write.
Talk to Trish? What do you love to blog about? Have you ever found yourself stuck in a cycle of blogging about things that you didn’t feel passionate about?