2011 BBAW Daily Topic #5: Blogging


Today’s post is about blogging:

The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 things you are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.

I tried to think of things that newbie bloggers both a) might not already know and b) might not have already been told. It was really hard! I’ve come up with five things, though, that I think are useful to know and haven’t been said too many times before. Unfortunately they don’t really fit with the prompt above, but, well. We can’t have everything.

1. DO go to as many book events as you can and/or that you’re interested in. I know some of you live in places that don’t have a lot going on in the way of book events, so, if you can, save up for a big one like BEA or ALA and go to that. Not only will it be awesome, but being around so many book lovers will make you feel like you’ve returned to the mothership.

2. DO be proactive in stuff. If you want a book, an interview, to write a guest post for another blogger, for more people to join in on your meme or event or challenge, or anything that involves people other than yourself getting in on it– be proactive and ask! Through email, preferably (it’s more professional). Politely, of course. And don’t be too upset if you’re turned down. It happens.

3. DO keep track of your books in some way. You probably all do this anyway, but having a catalog of your books (or even just of books you’ve read) will be really helpful later on when you’re wondering how you ended up with three copies of The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

4. DON’T be afraid to make friends. Book bloggers are, on the whole, very nice people. If you want to be someone’s friend, do what I said in point no. 2: be proactive! Talk to them on Twitter, comment on their blog, be nice to them and soon you’ll no doubt have a new friend. Don’t worry about “cliques” or whatever– there aren’t actually cliques of people wandering around being snobby. Really! (Not that I know of, anyway.)

5. DO ask questions. Even older bloggers have questions about how stuff works, so you newbie bloggers shouldn’t feel bad about asking about things, either. Even if it’s questions that’ve been asked a million times before!

Happy end of BBAW, everyone! I’ve been trying to visit people who’ve commented here, but I’m a bit behind (understatement!). Still, if you’d like me to visit your blog– leave a comment here and I promise I’ll come over for a visit!

If you’d like to read my other BBAW posts, here they are: Day 1 | Day 3 | Day 4

22 thoughts on “2011 BBAW Daily Topic #5: Blogging”

  1. I really like your tips 2 and 4 in particular. I’m definitely shy by nature, so being proactive and making friends aren’t my strong points! Perhaps it’s my fear of cliques that keeps me quiet. Great advice, and some I’ll try to take 🙂

    1. I still need to work on my proactiveness, myself, but I’m trying! I think that’s all you can do, really: keep trying until you get it “right.”

    1. I should have mentioned being organized on your blog, too! I’m so glad I keep a record of what books I’ve reviewed as well as read; it’s saved my bacon tons of times over the years.

  2. Being proactive is so important, I can’t believe how many (bloggers and authors) that are great communicators by email and will assist in some way. There will be some let downs but for the most part so positive.

    Great advice.

    1. The biggest hurdle is definitely just getting up the nerve to email people. Or even to tweet at them– or talk to them in person, even. Haha!

  3. Good points! I remember that, in the beginning, I asked questions of bloggers whose blogs had things going on that I wanted to learn how to do. And it was great!

    Now I’ve actually had the opportunity to pay it forward a few times. Not that I’m any kind of expert, but we do learn a few things along the way.

    I like that blogging has shown me how to keep track of my reading, just by having to plan out my reading week and post my reviews afterwards. I keep a page on one of my blogs for books read, books purchased, etc., and then link to the reviews afterwards.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s MY BBAW POST and
    MY WEBSITE

    1. Yup, it’s amazing how much stuff bloggers know. And if someone you ask doesn’t know the answer, they probably know someone who does!

    1. I use LibraryThing, myself! I only wish they had a mobile app for your catalog. They’ve got a mobile version of the website, but it’s not the same. 🙁

  4. I actually was really bad about keeping track of books in 2008 even though I was blogging back then… It really bothers me in retrospect, so I second keeping track.

  5. I love being able to keep track of what I read through Goodreads, I also have an account at LibraryThing and I have desktop software (BookCollectorz) and the app as well LOL I find them useful all the time

    Shelleyrae

    1. Haha! I think I tried BookCollectorz once but since I’ve got everything in my LT account already it just seemed like too much work to have more than one catalog.

    1. I should have also mentioned that it’s addictive! Once you’ve been back to the mothership you’ll never want to leave. 🙂

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