The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – F is for FOCUS on what you love!

February 1, 2016 A to Z of Handy Tips for Book Bloggers 18

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

A to Z of handy tips for book bloggers


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?


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18 Responses to “The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – F is for FOCUS on what you love!”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have found a focus that works for me: a mix of book reviews, favorite memes, and discussion posts about things I enjoy. I have six blogs now (down from 11-20 at one point), so each one represents a different quirk. I also post excerpts from the books I have written occasionally.

    Thanks for the great post!
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

  2. Terri M., the Director

    I used to do the Sunday Post every week and I just got bored putting everything together. Same with Feature & Follow. However, they were both good starting memes and got me out there commenting on other blogs and finding other book bloggers.

    The Sunday Post did inspire me to create my own weekly post which over the last few months has turned into an inspirational type post about life. It’s been fun to write about some thing not book-related and just share my thought about life and the universe.
    Terri M., the Director recently posted…Hanging with My Fascinating Fictional Best Friends

  3. Daniela Ark

    Another great post Trish! I’m glad you wrote that post about memes not being that evil 🙂
    Why some bloggers enjoy trash talking meme’s and book promotions is a mystery to me 🙂
    Blogging is a very social experience for me. I would be bored if I didn’t get to interact with other readers, writers and bloggers so I enjoy events very much. I did stop doing book tours though because they were not what I thought they would be as far as connecting with others. But I do understand why bloggers do it.
    Right now I’m in a stage where I write what I want and then find an event that could be a good match for it and then I become part of it.
    Creating your own features like Terri and you did is definitely the landmark a more experienced bloggers. So this is great advice for new bloggers like me get to that next level!
    Daniela Ark recently posted…What a Week [34]: Blogging tip – How cluttered is your bookish life?

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I think this is the biggest challenge facing bloggers. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut or pulled in directions you don’t really have any interest in. I definitely agree with focusing on what you enjoy and what you want to do! I think as long as we remember that it will stay rewarding! Great post!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Stars of Fortune – Review

  5. Tanya Patrice

    I did the same as you until I found my rhythm. Now it’s a mix of posts – no book reviews, but lots of bookish lists so I can chat about my favorite books over and over again. I’m a book pusher 🙂

  6. Emma

    I like a bit of variety in the blogs but mainly I look for those where I think the blogger is genuine. Too many book tours etc put me off. I would love to stretch myself more in what I write about this year (if I find the time) and the list of what I love is a good one. I will definitely try it.
    Emma recently posted…January Round-Up

  7. Lark

    This is great advice! Blogging should be fun…I have to remind myself every once in awhile that it’s MY blog and I can post about what I want to and I don’t have to post about anything I don’t want to and I definitely do not have to try to match anyone else’s blog. Oh, and I LOVE the Roald Dahl quote! 🙂
    Lark recently posted…Can’t wait!

  8. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    I love this so much!!! I also do some non bookish posts. Mostly focusing on TV but I am not afraid to do other stuff. I do a couple of memes I really like but not too many. But I agree you just have to blog about things you love and want to chat about. Great post!
    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted…Top Ten Historical Edition

  9. Bookworm Brandee

    “Lukewarm is no good.” <– I love that, Trish. So true! I, too, got in the rut of blog tours, reviews, and memes when I first started blogging. I've since determined that that wasn't the reason I started blogging and I needed to do what made me happy. Otherwise, why do it? I love how you've branched out, not limiting yourself. It's inspiring. I need to spend some time thinking about other ways to post about things I love besides my Travel by the Book, Beyond the Books, and Bookish Babble. Great post, my friend!
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…Release Day Review ~ Troublemaker ~ Melissa Pearl

  10. Rita @ View From My Home

    Love your quote from Dahl and your take on it!

    I agree that the writer of the specific blog needs to be happy and in tune with what they are saying, and it needs to be what is fun for them (or else why go through the motions?) I have started to make my blog more independent and just quirky like me in the past couple of months. I try to mix things up and talk mostly about books, but sometimes things in my everyday life. If the reader of the blog can understand the personality of the blogger, then they can have a better take on what titles they enjoy and why.
    Rita @ View From My Home recently posted…This n That: family, tv, books

  11. Lola

    Great post Trish! I think this one is so important, there is no right or wrong way to blog. And when you blog about what you love it shows. Just like you I added some features about my other hobbies and interests and overal I found that most people enjoy those posts as well. The first year or so I had trouble getting my blog to be like I wnated to as I followed a few of those things I thought I should be doing. And while I like blog tours and memes, I only participate in a few of them. Adding features for what I love and focus on what I love doing while blogging has been one of the best changes I made and I think it’s an important thing to remember. That our blogs should be about what we love.
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Advice: Why Exposure Makes a Difference

  12. Greg

    “practically writes itself”… so true. I find that when I’m doing a post on something I’m really into (even if probably no one else cares LOL) those are the posts I love to share, and it makes blogging worthwhile. Love that Roald Dahl quote too!

    This is a great post, and thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Greg recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday

  13. Wattle

    Great post Trish! 🙂 I occasionally do memes, but only if the topic is interesting to me.

    I’ve been thinking about branching out into other things, there’s a few ideas floating around in my mind but I need to think about it a bit more.

    I love that Roald Dahl quote 🙂
    Wattle recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #20

  14. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I used to do a lot more memes than I do now, and the ones I continue to do are the ones where there is some kind of discussion going on. Of course, I love sharing my bookhaul still, and the Sunday post is where I find so many other great posts that I had missed during the week 🙂
    I agree that we should really do what we want to do! And that can change over time. I hardly ever do promo posts, or even blogtours anymore. I only do those for authors I love and where I would have gotten the book and written a review during the release week anyway.
    I love your A to Z posts, Trish!

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