Hello guys !
Since my 1st blogiversary is pretty close, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I’ve learnt and how my blog has evolved over this past year. And I KNOW that I still have a long way to go BUT I’ve collected some knowledge along the way so even though I’m in no way shape or form a Professional at this or a wizard-almighty-bookblogger (I’m a potato-bookblogger, thank you very much!) I thought I’d share with you some things that I tried and have worked for me and to help me sustain my blog and keep myself organized. This is for the people who are still debating whether they should take the jump -DO IT- because of how daunting it seems (emphasize on the seems) but also for all the people who can find it useful.
So without further babbling, let’s jump right into this:
Well, you obviously need to set up your blog. May it be WordPress (which works out best for me) or another plateform. You need to start there. Getting a blog, finding a name that’s original and not too hard to remember, finding the theme, etc… But the reason I’m really mentioning this is to tell you to make your blog at your image, because people will associate your blog visual with you, so make it whatever makes YOU happy while keeping it clean and easy to navigate by making a category side bar, a research bar, a review index etc…
They’re widely popular posts around the blogosphere. Debatably, the most popular. And even though I don’t do memes anymore I’ll forever be grateful to them because they helped me immerse myself into the community by procuring ready-to-go topics to talk about with other bloggers participating in the same meme. Tags, I still do once a week and I think they’re a great deal of fun and give you as much to talk about with others. So if you’re lost and getting dizzy just thinking of where to start posts wise, check out the memes going around and choose the one or two to that seem best to you. Here are a few meme directories:
- Molly’s Book Nook’s Book blog meme Master list
- Randomize ME’s Meme directory for the Book Bloggers
- Bookshelf Fantasies’s Bookblog Meme Directory
Canva is a free, very user-friendly and intuitive online plateform where you can easily make your graphics. All of mine are made on there, I know they’re not some intricate piece of art but I love them and they do the trick for what I want in my blog. It is perfect if you suck at graphic design -like me- and you don’t have time to learn -also like me- then go on there because you’re bound to find something to match your taste and your vision. It has built in fonts, images, shapes, lines, but you can also put in some money to get a wider choice but I’m definitely happy with the free version.
If you’re interesting in Graphic Design you could try playing with Photoshop or Gimp (the free couterpart) and learn to use them. I would if I had the time because I have a lot of fun working on my graphics.
This is a tip I got from Reg @ She Latitude and I’ll forever be grateful for it because it has changed my blogging life. I use it to have a monthly lay out of my posts, to keep tabs on what I scheduled, drafted, what I need to write, what day I still need to find a post idea for, etc… I am also very proud of the work I’ve done on it because it’s all color coded by types of posts and I label my posts by Drafted-Scheduled and if it’s a review I add to that Read-Reading and once it’s posted I highlight it. I am so much more organized that I have this way of keeping my blog organized, my stress levels went down drastically AND I’m enjoying myself a lot more.
My notebooks are seriously LIFE. I have 2 of them now and I’m thinking of getting a third. Here’s what they are for:
- Review notes. I’m seriously so proud of this one, I love writing in it and keeping it neat and pretty. I write the book titles in their actual fonts with colors matching the book. I also have little symbols for plot, characters, world-building, romance… To make it easier on myself when writing the actual review.
- Everything blogging. Essentially my blogging ideas. Though, starting 2017 I’ll switch to a binder because I think it’d be better to keep track of other aspects of blogging, like lists, tags and the like.
- This is the one I’m yet to implement because I’m waiting for the notebook to actuallt get here *drumrolls please* It’s A SIX OF CROWS NOTEBOOK and I’m so excited for it to actually be here because I’ll use to track my reading, my ever so growing TBR, the books I have, the ones I need to get, review copies, series started or the ones I yet have to start, etc…
This is the KEY social network to advertize your blog and it’s quite… Addictive, to be honest. I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It is the best way to get your blog out there, sharing your new posts as well as old ones (Don’t spam though. DON’T SPAM!) and get to chat with your blogging friends outside of comments. It will also be easier to pour your feelings about books -and sometimes life- there, on the spot, fresh out of your brain, instead of waiting to write a proper review and by then all of that might have died down and you also might have forgotten. I’m telling you, IT’S DA BEEEEEST !!
Facebook, Bookstagram, Bookblr… They’re all great to advertize your blog though I’m not on any of them. My Facebook account is personal, I don’t have a bookstagram because I don’t have enough physical books for it and as for Bookblr I’m still debating whether to get it or not because I heard it can get pretty addictive and spoilery on there so I DON’T KNOW. They’re still all good though!
That’s it until next time.
What are the Tools that YOU use? Do you have any other tips for beginners?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.