I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Since the new year is almost upon us, I decided to look back and share what I learned about blogging. I just started back in August, but between a couple of switching around and such, it's more like I started in late September.
Here are the top ten things I wish I had known in the beginning about being a book blogger. They are not in any particular order.
Edit: Apparently someone took offense to one of mine, and I had not meant to offend anyone. These are my opinions, not facts! I realize they may not be your opinion, and I'm fine with that. I just wish people would understand what an opinion is these days. *sighs*
- Blogger is better than Wordpress. I wish I had known that, Blogger is easier too use, so I wouldn't have wasted a month trying to figure out Wordpress. Now that it's changed, I'm really glad I moved to Blogger.
- I wish I hadn't done the request thing. I thought it would be easy that way, but it just made it feel more like work. This is supposed to be a hobby and a way for me to practice my writing. I always felt bad when I didn't like their book, too.
- I wish I had known about netgalley and booksprout, now I mostly use them to get my books.
- Also, wish I had known about asking Publishers for free books. Now, I use that too. In fact, my all time favorite tv writer has a biography coming out next year(been waiting years for him to make one), I wrote to his Publisher and was accepted in the arc readers list. I'm so excited. Once I got over the nervousness of asking, it's so much easier than being asked.
- Wish I knew how to do a welcome page, since I am not sure it gets read. I get quite a few requests that don't follow the guidelines, one time they didn't even get my name right. lol That is another reason why I don't do requests anymore.
- I wish I knew exactly how to write a book review. There seems to be quite a few different ways, and I'm still trying to find my "voice". I was hoping to get a job at a magazine someday, so trying to be professional without being dry.(If anyone has tips on this, please comment, I would be much obliged).
- I wish I knew how fun this is, and done this years ago, might have a business by now.
- I wish I knew that I didn't have to do just book reviews, I would have had more blogs by now, and maybe that would equal more viewers?
- I wish I had known that I can be picky with my genres. I feel I wasted a lot of time reading books that I normally don't read, and couldn't finish them. So, I decided to be a bit more picky and only do my 3 favorite genres. Having a lot more fun now, tho maybe less of an audience.
- Last but not least... I wish I knew not to stress over this. I made it feel like work instead of a hobby. Now, I know not to do that anymore, my health can't take it. So, I don't put myself on any schedule, unless it's for a book tour, and I make sure to give myself plenty of time for those.
Those are the main things I have learned. I'm looking forward to next year, and learning more things about book blogging, like how to do SEOs, and read faster. lol
So, how bout you, have you learned anything new this past year? Please feel free to share in the comments, maybe I can learn some more new things that way.