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Book Bloggers: Golden Rules

Daily Topic: The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 things you are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.

Tried and True Practices

1. Consistency. I’m not talking about how often you should update the blog. Of course you have to show a sense of commitment in blogging even though daily update is not necessary. Consistency in the content is what really matters–write the blog that you’ll enjoy reading. Although the blog will not appeal to every reader, at least commit to bringing very useful information, insights and thoughts on what you write about. I focus mine on book reviews, which always come first. Even if nobody interests in what I have to say about the books I read, I’m committed to the cause of sharing my thoughts on the eclectic mix of books I read.

2. Have Fun. For most of us, book blogging is amateur, meaning we all have jobs by the day and probably family to take care of. Blogging should be fun and never should be a chore or forced labor. I was once overwhelmed by the obligation of having a daily post. I have got over the need for a daily post. I no longer care if I don’t read books that everyone reads. I don’t mind if all that I can manage is one book over a week. I admire that many book bloggers are fast readers who can manage multiple books at the same time. I admire how between all their books, they have time to read and comment on so many blogs. I tried commenting a lot only to feel all burned out. But why?

3. Reciprocate the Love. While it’s impossible to visit all the book blogs and comment on them, do reciprocate the ones who have visited your blog. It’s a polite gesture. I have been slacking in this regard because increasing workload has further cut what time I have for reading blogs everyday. This is why social networking shines. Once you have established a relationship with your favorite book bloggers, you can add them to Facebook or Twitter and follow their readings closely. This goes back to doing community. It’s silly to spam every blog you read with a link back to your blog. But a thoughtful comment responding to a post goes a long way. Honestly we all love comments because they make me feel appreciated.

Tools

1. Google reader. This helps me keep track of what’s going on in the community everyday. I might not be able to visit all the blogs, let alone commenting on them (commenting is first to go when I’m buried in work), but at least I get a feel for what everyone is reading.

2. Social networks. Become friends with your favorite book bloggers on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter. Even if you don’t have time to read all the posts and comment on them, you have time to respond/tweet/like their status updates. It’s quick way to communicate and to bond.

3. Make sure you respond to comments on your blog. ‘Nuff said.

5 Responses

  1. Hi
    I like what you have to say – you have given some great advice. I think consistency is important as well.
    I love my RSS feed as well – its the easiest way to keep up to date

  2. Be consistent is a good one, as is be yourself & comment, reply, connect, a Dialogue is never one sided.

  3. Such great things to live, or at least blog, by.

  4. Consistency … ah .. that’s the challenge.

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