For Book Blogger Appreciation Week, My Friend Amy is asking:
What is one thing you wish you knew about blogging when you started or what advice would you give a newbie blogger?
What is your best blogging tip?
Well, I started my regular blog well before I started my book and cooking blogs. I learned a lot by trial and error! One thing that I learned is that to get readers and commenters, you need to be a commenter. This is something that can take a great deal of time and with it comes a great sense of obligation. It finally became too much for me. I didn't have time to visit and comment on every single person who came to my blog. I didn't have enough time to add all those people to my google reader. So, I had to come to the conclusion that I wasn't required to do all that. I eliminated my blogroll on my regular blog and I downsized my google reader. It was very liberating. I lost some readers, but the ones I follow are the ones I really connect with.
It's a bit different with the book blog. I want comments and recommendations. I love ARCs! But, I have also noticed that book bloggers don't necessarily comment on each review or each post, even though they may read it. Like anything else, you have to feel a connection with the book being reviewed. This was also very liberating.
So, my great blogging tip is this: don't feel obligated. If someone new stops by and comments, visit their blog. Comment if you can. If you truly like it or like their reviews, go back. If you don't connect or like the reviews, don't go back. It's as simple as that. You will find other reviewers you like and connect with. You won't, however, connect with every book blogger you meet, and that's ok too.
Head on over to My Friend Amy to see what other blogging tips people are sharing.