Best Blogging Advice

Posted 24 March, 2015 by Trish in Blogging Thoughts, Reading Nook / 33 Comments

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Best Blogging Advice

 

 

Yesterday started the first ever week long Bloggiesta. Bloggiesta is a fun event where bloggers get together (at their own computers) and work on tackling blogging to-dos such as writing or brainstorming posts, working on the look of the blog, and cultivating new relationships via social media. If you’re timid about certain aspects of blogging, this is such a great and supportive event to ask your questions and get some answers or help. You can learn more about the event and check out everyone’s to-do lists at the Bloggiesta Sign-ups.

For the past few months there has been quite a bit of drama-mama among the book (adult) blogging crowd (I say “adult” because apparently there is normally quite a bit of drama among the YA book bloggers). Many bloggers have felt incredibly discouraged by these events and the reactions to them and in light of that Suey is asking bloggers to share their Best Blogging Advice.

I’m coming up on eight years of blogging in June and sometimes I still feel a bit clueless. I certainly don’t have all the answers, and even if I seem to, I’m usually flailing around like an idiot (at least in my head). But when I am thinking clear-headedly, below are some of the best advice I’ve gathered over the years and the advice I like to share.

Remain true to yourself, your vision, and your voice.

Of course a big part of this is knowing yourself, your vision, and your voice first. This takes time and it can be ever-changing, and it’s ok to go with the flow–to grow and evolve. But exhaustion will come with being something you are not. Be who you are, not who you think others want you to be.

Know your limits

Blogger burnout is real. I’ve personally experienced it several times–taking on too many responsibilities, trying to read too many books, unintentionally competing with other bloggers…and myself. Know what you can handle and what makes you happy–I sometimes wish I could read a bit faster or that I could keep up with the social demands of blogging, but I’m much more even keel when I’m keeping my limits in the forefront.

There is a real person behind each blog

Use kind and respectful words towards others. Keep in mind that others have a life outside of blogging and you might have no idea what is going on with them physically, mentally, or emotionally. It’s easy to get swept up in drama. Perpetuating drama just because it’s what others “want” is never a good excuse.

Numbers are just numbers

It’s so easy to compare to other bloggers–how many followers they have, how many hits they get daily, how many retweets they receive, how many books they get from publishers, etc etc etc. Social media envy is a dangerous road to travel down and I know I’ve been guilty here and there. It’s why I recently stopped looking at my stats. Feel great about what you’re doing right and let go of the rest.

Ask!

Sure some bloggers are really weird about divulging information to help others (bleh), but there are many many super supportive bloggers who want to help others. It can be awkward to ask for help or to ask questions or seek guidance, but it can also be rewarding and friendships might even be built upon it.

For me, Blogging is always a work in progress. I’m constantly learning and adapting, but ultimately blogging is so much more worthwhile when I just chill out a bit. Ha!

Pop by Bloggiesta for more sage advice!

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What’s the best blogging advice you’ve received or given?

 

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33 Responses to “Best Blogging Advice”

  1. That’s a great post, Trish! Book blogging is basically sharing our passion for books and reading and they’re suppose to be fun. After all, we aren’t paid doing what we are doing. For me, it’s always about reading what other readers are reading and adding them to my Mt. TBR. And most of all, getting to know more readers around the world! :)

  2. Awesome! I will celebrate 8 years this September. Great advice. It’s really cool to see some of these big number anniversaries. And I wonder when it was when we ‘met’. Didnt’ you have a travel blog first? anyway…. Happy Bloggiesta

  3. Kay

    I agree with what Melody said above. Having come back to blogging after a couple of years away, I am loving connecting again and just sharing about my reading and life. I’m bewildered by the whole drama issues. Just have a good time and enjoy visiting with others. Love your advice. Seems really smart. And maybe the most important – be yourself and be Ok with that.

    • Hi Kay: I too have returned to blogging after several years away and much has changed, like ebook ARCs, and the drama seems strange. I didn’t know there was any with the Adult book bloggers, but I was aware of the YA. Glad I didn’t get dragged in, although I’d love to know what it was all about.

  4. Great advice! I tend to fall into the category of not being able to keep up with the social (and by that I mean social media) demands of blogging…nor am I that interested in that part of it. I know I could do a better job about getting Twitter followers if I actually looked at and interacted on Twitter more throughout the day, but the thought of actually doing that totally overwhelms me!

  5. I think the more you do something, the more you confront that something’s major issues. Your wise and veteran advice seems right on to me. Great blog!

  6. Wow, congratulations on eight years of blogging! Thanks for the advice. I guess we’re all just trying to figure it out whether new to blogging or not.

  7. Great thoughts, Trish! I love the last one. And, Bloggiesta is the time I feel most comfortable asking. If I know someone is participating in Bloggiesta, I’m confident about tweeting, commenting, or even sending an email to ask questions.

    Speaking of which, you said something in the Twitter chat yesterday that I didn’t fully understand. I wish that my comment system sent an email to the commenter if I reply to a comment. I’ve got a plug-in that lets people sign up for a subscription to comments, but hardly anyone subscribes! So, I thought you said something about a way that you can do that using the WordPress default comment system (which is what I use). Did I understand that? How do you set it up to do that? Thanks!

  8. Having just left a comment — I see that you have a checkbox for notification. But it’s much more prominent than mine — and gives the option for just follow-up comments that mine doesn’t have. Do you use a plug-in? Or is there some option I need to set up in WordPress? Thanks!

    • Ok Joy–you should receive an automated email with this response. It’s a plug-in called “Comment Reply Notification.” Doesn’t require any type of subscribing–the response is simply emailed automatically. The buttons are from jet-pack, I believe. Though sadly I’m so sporadic with my responding that I’ve thought about disabling–if you select those buttons when commenting, though, you will get ALL of the responses to the post, not just the response to your comment. I hope that helps! :)

  9. Great advice, Trish! I love the one about asking other bloggers for advice. It really helps to foster relationships and so many bloggers are wonderful people who really want to help you out!

  10. Ti

    The act of blogging has always been exactly this, what you listed here. I think that’s why I never get burned out by it. It’s always been my thing and I’ve always handled it the way I want and knew early on that numbers didn’t matter so much to me. I think that is what has made it a rather pleasant experience. I read only what I want and say no to the rest. I’ve never felt the pressure to do otherwise.

    Plus, meeting great people was something that came as a bonus!

  11. Great advice! I’ve blogged with just that, tweaking every now and again to keep it fun, relaxing with no pressure. My 8th anniversary is this weekend.

  12. So many good points here, Trish! I especially relate to the point about knowing your limits. It’s so easy to get swept up in feeling like you have to post most days a week, or making sure you’re reading/commenting on everyone else’s content, but sometimes… you just need a break! Maybe even a long one!

    I commented on another person’s Bloggiesta post about how scheduling posts in advance comes in handy when the slumps strike. :)

  13. Great advice and congrats on making it eight years. I’ve only been blogging four but like you said, I still feel like a newbie in a lot of ways. I recently asked a blog about a widget they had and you’re right, I felt a little weird asking. However, they responded to me almost immediately and told me what it was and how to find it. They didn’t seem at all peeved at me for asking about something of theirs.

  14. Great advice! Congrats on 8 years of blogging. I always love it when veteran bloggers are willing to show new ones the way.

  15. Great advice! The best piece I think is “Enjoy yourself”. People will know when you are simply going through the motions. If it means going from daily to weekly posts, or weekly to monthly, then so be it. You will write better posts for it

  16. aww you’re such a sweetie Trish! Your advice is so true and succinct. I’m always struggling like you and I think for newbies, it’s easy to get swept up into the fray of craziness.
    Excellent and honest post.

  17. These are all great tidbits of advice. I’ve been lucky to have been shielded from the majority of blogger drama, but I have at times felt the internal pressures to produce more posts, read more books, get higher stats. I go through waves of feeling content with my blog. For me, it all comes down to remembering why I started doing this in the first place…as an outlet. I need to keep it that way, not make it into another source of stress. Thanks Trish! Happy Bloggiesta!

  18. Great post! I am completely oblivious to blogger drama, probably because I rarely have time for Twitter. *LOL* But I can see how this could become an energy suck, along with setting unrealistic standards for oneself in terms of reviewing and blogging.

  19. Great advice especially number 1. And I so agree that it takes time – and would add – don’t e afraid to experiment, and know that what works this year might not work for you next year – and it okay!

  20. Blogger burnout totally exists!! It happened to me when I started my english-book blog, I received so many review requests and I wanted to read them all! But now, I only read what I want…my blog is just a hobby for me, and I want to enjoy it! :) I think I’ve been blogging for like 11 years? Not sure, I remember I was at school and I had other blogs at the time…but those blogs helped me to create my book blogs and now my travel blog. It’s a part of my life now. I’m not the best blogger, I’m not sure I’m even good hahaha but I enjoy it :P

  21. Such a great post! And totally agree with everything you have said. It certainly helps to frequently revisit your vision for your blog. It doesn’t need to be grand or documented. I find that every time I rethink my priorities where the blog is concerned, a lot of my guilt and worries go away.

  22. This is great advice. I think I need to ignore my stats more, especially for twitter. It’s such a temptation to watch the follower count go up or down!

    And congrats on 8 years! That’s impressive :)

  23. I’m coming up on six years and sometimes I feel like I missed the glory days of the book blogging community because it took me so long to really join in, but this week-long Bloggiesta has really brought out the community spirit. I especially love the advice posts, because while they’re similar in some ways, each one has something unique to say, too, just like the book bloggers themselves!

  24. This is such wonderful advise. It’s so easy to get caught up in the drama or pressure in blogging and that defeats the whole point in my mind!

  25. There has been drama? Oh my. I didn’t know. I love your advice. It’s great advice. You know, I just love to cook, am passionate about reading and like to hear myself talk/blog. So, I do stay true to myself — I never look at stats–I’m just having a good time. Funny little hobby, isn’t it?