How to Start a Book Blog

In past posts, I’ve covered a bit of what a book blogger is and why writing book reviews is important. I’m often asked how one could get started on their own book blog, so here’s my advice.

How to Start a Book Blog

  1. Look at other book blogs for inspiration. I do this one a regular basis. It’s not copying, it’s getting motivation and it’s totally okay, as long as you aren’t duplicating others’ work and passing it off as your own. Sometimes it helps be brainstorm when I see what other bloggers are writing about.
  2. Choose your platform. I’m happy with this WordPress blog, I’ve also used Blogger in the past. There are many options out there. Do some research and see what is the best fit for you.
  3. Name your blog. This might be the hardest part! I like Mind Mapping for projects like this. Get a blank piece of paper (or a white board works well) and start writing any idea that pops into your head for a title. This allows you to see all your ideas at once and help with making connections.
  4. Produce content. Okay, I lied, this is the hardest part. I recommend you create a few posts before your blog goes live so you have some content to post with no pressure. Here’s an article I like and return to for post ideas.
  5. Post consistently. Choose a schedule and stick to it the best you can. I like to post on Mondays and Thursdays. I schedule my posts in advance so I’m not scrambling to get something up. Now with this being said, if you miss a few posts, the world isn’t going to end. Don’t be too hard on yourself (speaking from experience here.)
  6. Cross promote your blog. This could also fall under “building your brand.” You don’t have to do this to blog. You can post regularly and stop there. But if you are wanting to build your audience, it helps to share your posts on other platforms. I find that Pinterest gets me the most traffic. I also share my blog content on FaceBook and Instagram.
  7. Participate in the book blog community. Visit other blogs, follow bloggers on social media, be a part of the online community. This will help you grow your audience and will help you feel less alone in your venture.

Did I leave anything out that you’re curious about when it comes to book blogging?

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