So, as of yesterday, I have been book blogging for a month! Starting a blog was something that I’ve wanted to do for a while but didn’t really know where to start and was so worried that no one would enjoy my content enough to keep up with it. I’m so glad that I went for it and gave it a go as the past month has been so rewarding and has meant that I’ve been able to speak to some absolutely lovely and supportive people!
What I’ve Learnt:
From a month of blogging, there are a few main things that I’ve learnt. I’ve gotten to grips with WordPress (after a blip of thinking that Tumblr would be the best platform for my blog 😂), learnt that engagement is key to growing your blog and really enjoyed having a creative outlet for all of my book-related thoughts. I’ve also learnt that there are downsides to blogging – you might not be getting the interaction that you’d hoped, your posts might not feel like your best work and it may feel like it’s all getting too much. If you start to feel this way, one of the best things about the blogging community is that people are always willing to send you some positivity and encourage you to put yourself first (something that I’m sure we all need to be reminded of every once in a while).
As of writing this, my stats are:
Twitter followers = 926
Instagram followers = 236
Blog followers = 157
Blog visitors = 494
Blog views = 1081
The support in the blogging community has been truly incredible and it’s so wonderful to see everyone supporting each other.
If you’re just starting your blog or would like some tips for growing your audience (while I am definitely not an expert), here are some things that might help.
- Follow as many other bloggers as you can – you’ll pick up some wonderful tips and inspiration and they may even follow you back.
- Engage with as many posts as you can – the more people see your name in their notifications, the more likely there are to seek out your posts.
- Don’t follow to unfollow – it really annoys people and it won’t get you very far in the long run.
- Post as often as you can – obviously, we all have busy lives and sometimes you simply don’t have the time or the inspiration, but if you do your stats will increase as there will be more posts for people to engage with.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions – if you’re still getting to grips with something to do with blogging, tweet about it! Lots of bloggers will jump to your aid as it’s such a supportive community and your question will be answered in no time.
So, here’s to many more months of running a book blog! I’m really loving it so far and have so many plans for future posts and collaborations.