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Top Ten Top Ten Tuesdays: Tips For New Book Bloggers

Top Ten Tuesdays is an original feature created because The Broke and The Bookish is fond of lists. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see other’s top ten lists! Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. Please link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your post AND add your name to the Linky widget.

This Week’s Question:

Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers

  1. For those of you on Blogger, do yourself a big FAT freaking favor and use Windows Live Writer to format and schedule your posts. TRUST ME. (P.S. I am trustworthy.) See here and here for proof of WLW awesomeness.
  2. Don’t feel like you have to post every day!  Quality over Quantity! (I know, I should take my own advice)
  3. Don’t let this beloved hobby turn into a chore.
  4. Do not accept more review requests than you can handle! This is a mistake many newbies make. There will come a time where you finally feel comfortable saying No.
  5. Do not let your OWN books go unread. Tell that to my 400+ lonely ass books that stare at me daily and plead for a good reading…
  6. Do not let this beloved hobby turn into a chore. Oh wait, did I say that already?
  7. Professionalism and Personality! And yes, you can be professional and still let your personality shine. I do it all the damn time. :Þ  Always let your personality shine. It is so very important to be yourself. It’s what makes you stand out.
  8. Do everyone a favor and remain honest, but remember that professionalism! There is a way to do both. And don’t compare your review writing skills to those who blow your top off. You have your own way of doing things, and if you stay true to yourself, then your job is done.
  9. Post your reviews elsewhere, such as Goodreads, LibraryThing and Amazon.
  10. Utilize social media but don’t go overboard and drive people crazy. I probably do that sometimes, but I try to keep it in check.
Good luck and HAVE FUN!

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29 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays: Tips For New Book Bloggers”

  1. Thanks for the Windows Live Writer tip. I hate blogger’s formatting, so I am so glad you posted that! I had no idea. As far as social media, I enjoy your tweets, so keep at it! :)

    Check out my Top Ten!

  2. Amen to #3 – don’t let your blog turn into a chore! And #7 really hits home – I think I need to add a little more personality to my blog.

  3. Kat says:

    Agreed! Post as often as you are able but only so long as it is fun! once it becomes stressful or a chore, its not worth it! We do this because we love books :)

  4. See, now – I don’t know about this Windows Live Writer thing you speak of…. I will check it out NOW. Anything to make life easier….

  5. hehe love your list. I keep hearing such wonderful things about WLW, but of course, no version for us Mac users *pouts*. Waiting for the next best thing I guess :S

    JJ iReads
    Check out my Top Ten Picks This Week

  6. Your blog header and background are so cute! I agree with the saying no to review requests. I just started getting them last month and I got a lot and had a hard time saying no because I didn’t want to hurt author’s feelings. But then I had a huge stack of review books to read and couldn’t get to the ones I bought or took out from the library so now I say no to reviews of books I’m not crazy about. My Top Ten Tuesday

    • Much thanks. I was wicked excited to get off Blogger and move to WP so I could have a more streamlined and less cluttering blog design. :)

      You are smart to say no. Don’t feel bad. It’s part of the biz and there will always be people to review books!

  7. What a fun list and great advice, I am going to trust you and take it.

  8. Thanks for bringing WLW to my attention. I bookmarked those pages for reference.

  9. AMEN to your 1st tip! I live by WLW.

    *whispers* I go overboard on Twitter sometimes. Don’t tell anyone.

  10. Loni says:

    You list is similar to mine. Quality over quantity :)

  11. Wow thank you for the introduction to Windows Live Writer. It looks freaking AMAZING!

  12. I have a problem with items 2-6…. maybe there’s a 12 step program or something? *SIGH*

  13. Like the 10 Commandments of Book Blogging. I Amened everyone of them. Thanks for reminding me not to compare myself to others.

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