Friday, June 8, 2012

Armchair BEA: Blogging Tips

The final Armchair BEA topic calls for participants to impart their best blogging tips.

I've only been blogging for a year and a half, so I'm not an expert-- but I do feel I've evolved a bit as a blogger since I published my first post in January 2011.
Here's the main thing I've realized: just because you're a book blogger doesn't mean you have to post book reviews all the time. 

When I began blogging, book reviews made up about 98% of my blog's content. And that's fine, by the way. If writing book reviews is your focus and your true passion, then do just that! I like writing book reviews, but after a while, I wanted to branch out more. And that's the beauty of a blog-- it's 100% yours, and you can do whatever you want with it. Ultimately, you're not answering to anyone but yourself.

I started having a lot more fun with my blog once I decided to post more varied content. Alongside book reviews, I like to mix in booklists, genre discussion, book cover analysis, and posts about my work as a librarian. I don't feel like I have to review everything I read, but I'm still writing about books and engaging with other book lovers. I feel I've found the right balance that works for me.

Now here's a picture of an adorable corgi, because the other thing I've realized about blogging is that people like posts with pictures:

Sadly, not my corgi! Photo by anko.gaku_ula.

Thanks to everyone who has visited my blog during Armchair BEA!


  1. Wow! You just gave me some new ideas for posts. I have never considered using booklists, genre discussion, or book cover analysis. What kind of booklists are you posting? Lists of award winners or something else?

  2. Great ideas! I usually stick to reviews and a few memes and thought that was best. But I'm going to start branching out a bit.

  3. That is for sure. I like pictures. :)

  4. It's true, you shouldn't post anything you don't want to.

  5. Thanks for the inspiration! I had been wondering a lot about what I can do to blog besides "Book Reviews" and you provided a lot of good suggestions. On "Book Blogs" do most people keep posts within "Books" or do they talk about anything else? Just wondering.

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