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
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,
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?