The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – G is for Give Value

June 20, 2016 A to Z of Handy Tips for Book Bloggers 20

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter G!  Or more specifically in The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – G is for Give Value.

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


G is for Give Value!

Today’s post is inspired by an Irish Lifestyle blogger – Cherry Sue Doin’ The Do – I follow Cherry Sue on snapchat and she is a huge advocate of giving value.  And this just resonates with me.  I want you to read my blog posts and takeaway something from that post.


How can you Give Value:

I’m not selling anything so you might wonder how that ties in?  Well here are some intangible items, you might take away from here:

  • A great book recommendation
  • A bland book you should avoid like the plague
  • An Irish author to try
  • A great post that I found on another blog and that I shared as I thought it might appeal to other blog/book lovers
  • Bookish chats and a place for your to add your two cents worth
  • My note-to-book pdf that helps you track your bookish thoughts while reading a book

Give with your heart!

“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess    


How do you Give Value:

Easier said than done right!  I always try to keep this things in mind as I write a blog post:

  • What am I trying to say?
  • Who might read this?
  • Is there a clear wrap up paragraph that summarizes everything

Things that I think Give Value:

These are things I love to see and that give value to me as I zoom around my favourite blogs.  They make me stay longer on the post and always encourage me to follow a blog.

  • Tutorial posts and how to posts.  I love learning and a great example is 3 Ways Buffer Helps Me Kick Social Media Ass from Unbound Pages.  This post clearly laid out why I should use buffer, helpful screenshots on just how to do it and even answered all the questions that I would have about it.
  • Honesty and Passion.  I love when someone nails their heart to their blog and just calls things as they see it.  I want to be able to trust you and when you tell me the bad with the good, I know that I can.
  • No waffle or fluffy filler posts.  I don’t have time.  I think it’s better not to post than post something not worth posting.
  • Being unique.  I love when I see a blogger experimenting with new things, finding a voice and being creative.  It’s super motivating.
  • Lots of headings and bullet points.  It makes it easier for me to read, digest and remember what I’m reading.
  • Personal experience.  Even in a book review, I think if you mention how this story related to you on a personal level, it makes more of a connection/impression on me.
  • Info!  Is there a great readathon coming up, a bookish event that I need to attend?  Share the love and let me know the details.
  • See me!  I’ve read your blog post and connected enough to make a comment, I’d love to know that you recognised that.  Otherwise it makes me feel that little bit unloved!  I constantly struggle to reply to comments but I know the importance of it so I’ll continue to do my best.  It’s how I show my appreciation.
  • Entertain me!  I love a blog post that cheers me up, makes me giggle, motivates me to aim higher or just distracts me from everyday life for a few minutes.
  • The heads up on books deals.  I love a book bargain!


One last thing about Giving Value!

Remember the clue is in the title – GIVING – this means you have to graft at it and without ulterior motive.  If you are giving just to take back for yourself, that always shows.  Instead give value just because you want your blog readers to feel valued.  Make every post count.





Talk to Trish? How do you feel your blog gives value?  Is this important to you when you are reading a blog post?


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20 Responses to “The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – G is for Give Value”

      • Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

        For me I think it’s really any thought behind the post. It doesn’t have to be super deep or anything really unique but a review or a list or a discussion or anything where you can hear the blogger’s thoughts. I don’t tend to enjoy features or cover reveals that could just be copied and pasted from press releases. Does that make sense?
        Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Ramblings From the Stacks: Life as a Reader

        • trish

          Perfect sense! And I feel like that too, I want to hear the bloggers voice and get to know them a bit better. So generic stuff just doesn’t appeal to me. But when I hear a real voice and know the blogger has put their heart into a post, that makes me take notice. You are great at doing this, even in a top ten post, I hear your voice and sense of humour and it always entertains me.

    • trish

      I love how your blog sets an example of tolerance and equality and opens the door for discussion 🙂

  1. Rebecca @ Unbound Pages

    This is my favorite line in this post: “No waffle or fluffy filler posts. I don’t have time. I think it’s better not to post than post something not worth posting.”

    I used to post so many filler posts when I was just starting and they were pointless!! Now I’m focused on evergreen posts that will last forever or can be easily updated as things change.

    Thanks for sharing my Buffer post again! You’re awesome! 😀

  2. Lola

    I like this concept of giving value on your blog. At first I wondered what value I could give with my blog, but as you pointed out even a book blog has lots of ways to give value. Like my Lola’s Advice posts that give advice to authors, reviews that share my opinion or giving recommendations. And I never thought of how comments are a way to give value. Great post!
    Lola recently posted…Review: I Do Believe in Faeries by Erin Hayes

  3. Shaina

    Such a great post, Trish! I’ve been doing my best to getting back to commenting regularly, but I hate feeling like I’m leaving a one-sentence comment or one that didn’t require a lot of thought to craft. I think part of this is just that we’re all busy people and to keep up with everyone’s blogs is a full-time job in itself, but on the other hand, I want to call myself out when I know I’m just being lazy about engagement.

    I will try to keep all this in mind, both for my commenting and my blogging (whenever I get back to doing that!).
    Shaina recently posted…This is a Review: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, by Paul Tremblay

  4. Girl with her Head in a Book

    Hi Trish 🙂

    This an interesting one for me because I am guilty of ‘filler’ posts – I do my Thursday Picture, my Quote of the Week and a poem on Saturday. I kind of think of these posts as my ‘keeping the light on’ contributions. I like them, they brighten up the feed and I also think that because I schedule them regularly, regular readers know which days they will come and it takes some of the pressure off myself to post everyday. I know I can’t post a review daily and hold down a job but I do feel the pressure to keep the site ‘worth checking’. I do also feel like my site is something I do to be giving – I’ve had such lovely feedback from authors – but I also do try and approach it to keep it manageable. What would your advice be?
    Girl with her Head in a Book recently posted…Quote of the Week

    • trish

      First up apologies, I haven’t forgotten all about you! I’ve just been hectically busy all month and am very behind. I will be along to show you lots of love over the weekend.
      I don’t consider the types of posts you mention to be filler posts, they are unique to you and tell me something about you. What I consider filler is things like cover reveals without any thoughts from the blogger (ie just using press material). You will see the exact same content on a number of blogs on the same day. Each to their own on their own blog, they are just not the type of posts that make me want to read them.

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