Top Tips For Blogging

As a reader and a blogger I like to share, so here are my top tips for writing your own reviews and blog posts.

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  • Be consistent– particularly in the quality of your writing, but also style of posts, length of posts, topic and layout. As a reader of other people’s blogs the ones I find myself going back to the most are the ones where I know what to expect (to some degree) the next time I take a look.
  • Do use spell check, grammar check, proof read and edit before posting. Also if you are quoting someone or a passage from a book be sure to use the proper punctuation and make it clear they are not your words.
  • Major spoilers are NOT fun. If you’re writing about a novel, film or TV show make it clear whether your post includes spoilers, you have to be fair to your readers. Personally I like to read reviews that tell me about a person’s experience of reading a novel, I don’t like posts that spend most of the time telling you the entire plot of the book and thus making it pointless to read; because you already know what’s going to happen.
  • Do have varied posts. A blog can be tedious if a person only reviews one genre or one author, adding a new page once in a while or posting about something related yet not the same adds variety and interest to keep your readers coming back. For book review blogs posts about writing competitions are always a hit!
  • Try to post fairly regularly. If your readers can get a feel for how often you publish a post they’re more likely to subscribe to or follow your blog.
  • Don’t give up. If you start a blog writing about a topic but find yourself unwilling to make regular posts or bored of the topic don’t be disheartened. There is no limit to how many other things you can write about, if your original idea of what you thought your blog would be doesn’t interest you as much as you thought it would; don’t feel like you have to persevere with something you don’t enjoy.
  • Do respond to comments. If someone takes the time to comment on your blog it’s only polite to respond, it’s nice to know someone is reading what you’ve written and taken the time to think about it. Engaging with fellow writers and readers is always good if you share an interest.
  • Only put a contact email if you truly do not mind being contacted. Write your own set of rules for people to follow should they consider contacting you. Also be wary of emails that go to your junk folder or those which don’t follow the rules for contacting you.
  • Do respond to emails. Chances are you will receive genuine emails from readers of your blog, so it’s respectful, polite and only fair that you respond accordingly. Even if your response is not what the person had hoped it is better than getting no response at all.
  • Do include images in your posts. A large amount of text with no break can be daunting to read and may put off potential readers, plus images bring posts to life by making them vibrant and colourful.
  • Be mindful of your readers and those you write about. Yes we all have the right to our opinions but if you are posting a public blog be mindful that someone will read it. If you’re reviewing an indie writer’s debut novel chances are they will read your review. If you found fault with the novel or a plot hole it’s fair to include it in your review and offer critique or resolution, but it’s not fair to be unkind or unnecessarily negative.
  • Be honest. If a book was good but not as good as the marketing hype made it out to be just be honest with your readers. They may still intend to read the novel but perhaps they will have a better experience if you can help to balance their expectations. Being honest includes the above tip of mindfulness, if you didn’t enjoy a book or a film it’s okay to say that, but it’s better to tell people why you didn’t like it rather than just saying it was terrible- save those comments for your Facebook friends.
  • Promote your blog. Sync your blog to your twitter and Facebook accounts, that way you are extending the number of people your blog reaches, and can potentially gain followers and return readers.
  • Be original. There are so many people blogging these days they could all mesh into one if it wasn’t for our unending ability to be original. Originality can be as simple as the layout, name or look of your blog, not just what you write about. But on the topic of what you write about, books which are marketed as best sellers such as the latest JK Rowling will generate plenty of newspaper reviews of their own. Writing a review on a lesser know novel, author, genre or even writing a review after the hype has died down will have much more on a impact for your readers.
  • Do your research. Read blogs similar to yours, read reviews of books you’ve reviewed or are planning to review to see whether others had the same experience, but also to make sure you’re not a blogging sheep following the same old path as every blogger/ reviewer before you.
    • Get creative. If you come across something new and exciting that you want to try out on your own blog don’t be afraid to change it up a little and make it your own!

 

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23 responses to “Top Tips For Blogging

  1. yeah… good methodology.. seems like you’ve done some course in psychology.

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  2. From a new blogger– excellent tips. I’ll make a note of them all! Thanks for being willing to share.

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  3. Outspoken Fanatic

    Theses are great tips! Thanks for the advice! I am so excited to get started!

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  4. From a ‘just started to blog’ blogger-
    Your writing has inspired me a lot. Thank you.
    What would be your tips for bloggers who write under various categories?…Do you believe in blogging about anything that creates an impact or would you say just keep one category ,for example book reviews predominant in majority of your posts?

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  5. Thanks for sharing your tips, and keep up the good work!

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  6. I appreciate the advice (from a new blogger). Thanks!

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  7. Great tips, thank you.

    Quick question about spoilers: is it fair to expect people to know the old/well-known books?

    Of course I’m not going to reveal the ending of, let’s say, the Hunger Games, but everyone knows the story of 1984 right? Or would you recommend to avoid spoilers (or at least warn people about them) in every case?

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    • I’m glad you find the tips useful. If including spoilers my advise would be to ALWAYS alert readers of potential spoilers so they have a choice, and you should never assume your readers have read something or know the plot of another novel- you could end up alienating readers by being to exclusive towards those who have read such novels that you’re referring to.

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  8. JustinsJuvenileFiction

    Just wanted to say, I just started out on my first ever blog, and this post is definitely helping to point me in the right direction!

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  9. Nataylien

    I’m just beginning my journey with WordPress blogging so I’m kinda lost.
    It’s good that your tips are so universal – I’ve been running my Polish blog on Blogspot.com with them since February 2013 🙂

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  10. Hello! I have been wondering about this for quite some time- Is it always necessary to promote your blog on a social networking site?

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  11. These are great tips! I’ve been in the blogging world for about 2 years now and these should help improve my writing! Thanks!

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  12. These Tip’s are gonna be so helpful, thank you for shearing Them!!!
    you’re awesome!!!

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  13. Thank you so much for these new tips! I will be sure to use them wisely! CX

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  14. Great post. Great tips. Thank you!

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  15. dressingegos

    A Definite Follow and A definite Reading of reviews n picking up books from that…Nice to know Others Taste of Reading…also Absolutely gonna put your Blogging tips Into work As i m totally new in Blogging…and your tips seem pretty good…

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  16. Thank you so much for the tips.

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  17. sakshiag1996

    Thankyou so much for the tips.
    I love your blog 🙂

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  18. I agree! Awesome job with the tips, will definetly use them! This is my blog: https://cuteswati.wordpress.com/
    Thanks! And your tips sound really helpful, and I am planniing on using them!!

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