Saturday Twitter Chat Recap: Book Blogging Basics

On Saturday, we chatted specifically about book blogging. Here’s what we decided:

What are the elements of a good book blog?

  • Usually some sort of reviews or talking up books.
  • Book discussion posts.
  • A good mix of both!
  • Promoting books and authors, but not too much. A good balance.
  • Making book lists.
  • Showing a love for books and wanting to introduce people to them.
  • Having variety and originality. So important.
  • Maybe an original feature.
  • Writing more important than features though.
  • Make your promoting sincere.
  • Some giveaway perhaps, but not tons.
  • You have to figure out what “it” is that your blog needs!

What about reviews? 

  • Just tell me if you liked the book! Did it suck? Did it rock?
  • No spoilers… PLEASE!
  • Short synopsis, if any at all.
  • Do mini reviews for those books you didn’t like too much.
  • Try to do them right after you read them.

What are your favorite tools you use for book blogging?

  • UBB (Ultimate Book Blogger plugin)
  • Editorial Calendar
  • Goodreads
  • Excel
  • Google Calendar
  • Coffee and M and M’s
  • Pocket
  • a notebook
  • Twitter
  • Evernote
  • Photshop
  • PicMonkey
  • NetGalley
  • my Kindle

What’s the best part of book blogging?

  • the people
  • other bloggers
  • the community
  • readers that get me
  • making friends
  • connecting
  • talking about books
  • (do you see a theme here?)
  • bottom line: We are all awesome!

Advice to fellow bloggers?

  • Be yourself!
  • Be original.
  • Proofread
  • Be polite.
  • Post what you love.
  • TURN OFF CAPTCHA!
  • Have fun.
  • Take notes and jot ideas down.
  • Be helpful.
  • Get involved.
  • But don’t try to do too much either.
  • Take a break when you need it, but don’t announce all your breaks.
  • Visit and comment on other blogs.
  • Don’t stress. This is FUN!

Now…. get blogging!

5 thoughts on “Saturday Twitter Chat Recap: Book Blogging Basics

  1. That recipe for a successful blog is a good one. I’m sure I fail in some of those ingredients myself, especially the one about posting reviews soon after you read the book

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