This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.
Today, I decided to make a post on blogging etiquette. The whole dos and don’ts were really confusing for me when I started blogging 6 and a half months ago and thought that this was a great time to share what I have learnt from fellow bloggers and other things that I have learned the hard way.
1. Always be honest in your reviews. If you don’t like a book, you don’t like it. Who cares if you’re a black sheep? That’s what makes reviews so helpful and meaningful in the bookish world. Write a biased-contaminated review and it’s no help to anyone. I read reviews so I can decide if I will read the book or not. Make it as convincing and honest and more blog readers will trust your opinion.
2. Don’t request ARCs unless you are going to read them. I’m not going to lie, I was pratically crazy with requesting ARCs and eARCs in my first month of blogging. I’ll tell you now- not a good idea. Only request ARCs if you genuinely want to read the book, not just because there’s been early hype about it or something. And if you do start requesting too many ARCs, it can get overwhelming and reading them around embargo date will get really difficult.
3. If you don’t like a book, don’t bash the author. Yeah, fine. Bash the book (not too harshly, might I add) all you want but don’t bash the author. There’s the saying don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Same goes for authors and books. DON’T JUDGE AN AUTHOR BY THEIR BOOK.
4. Commenting means a lot to bloggers. While many bloggers start out as follower hoarders, trying to get follows via GFC, they’ll hopefully soon realise that appart from having a high stats and more ARCs, there isn’t much too it. On the other hand, to me, when someone comments on my blog, I feel all giddy inside. Like… PEOPLE READ MY BLOG. O__O Commenting makes bloggers feel that their opinion counts and that readers care about what they have to say. Moreover, many of my bloggy friends were made that way. Before Twitter that is…
5. Blogging is not your life. For majority of us, blogging will not get us much in life. It’s not a full time job, you don’t need to be stressing and flipping out if you forgot to post one day. (I am still trying to get that message to my head as well. Sometimes I go balistic for a minute or so if my formatting looks disatrous.) Nevertheless, this does not mean no commitment should be made. If you want to get known in the huge book blogging blogosphere, you need to show that you care and are passionate about blogging. Just remember to never go overboard and still have a great life offline. Blogging is not your life, it’s a hobby. A really dedicated one.
6. Be yourself. Start a new meme! Write your reviews differently! Make your blog look unique! Being yourself and standing out from the crowd will really help and make blogging even more funner. (If that’s even possible.) For me, I started Midnight Madness Newsletter and Discussing Through Midnight all for just my blog.
7. To be my biffle you need to… Eat cheese. Watch My Little Pony. Love Percabeth and Rick Riordan books. Procrastinate. Be crazy. JOKES! I love you all!
So what about you guys?
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