By: Melanie | August 3, 2013 | (13) Comments

discussing through midnight

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 likeย 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. Sometimesย 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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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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13 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (2): Book Blogging Etiquette

  1. VeganYANerds says:

    Love these tips, Mel! Commenting is a big thing for me too and whenever I see bloggers complaining about not getting comments, I want to remind them that they need to treat other bloggers as they want to be treated! Comment and you will receive comments! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  2. I agree, great points Mel! Commenting means a lot to me too. I don’t really care that much for numbers, but whenever I see a new comment I get all happy ๐Ÿ˜€ Honesty and being yourself might be the most important things to remember. There is only one you, so be that person.
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  3. Nara says:

    These are some really valid points! I definitely have to agree, back when I first started blogging and I had just discovered the phenomenon of NetGalley, I requested any title that looked good. So when it came around to reviewing them, it kind of became a chore (just because there were so many). Now I’m a bit more picky with the titles I request (although I do have to admit, I still have a bit of a problem so I’ve put myself on a NetGalley ban haha). And I love comments! I always try and reply to them and then go visit the person’s blog and comment on theirs as well ๐Ÿ™‚
    p.s. PERCABETH ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
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  4. Wait WHAT. You only started blogging 6 months ago? I would never have guessed! You’re so professional and well-known already. ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree so much with this list! Pageviews and followers don’t give me the same feeling that genuine comments do. It’s always so much nicer when you know someone has taken the time to read your posts. And it’s how I made most of my blogging friends too! Number 5 is one I need to keep reminding myself about. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing, Mel!
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  5. Rebecca Hipworth says:

    I agree entirely with this, especially number 3. It bothers me when people take it out on the author for a ‘bad book’. Everyone has a different taste in books and certainly shouldn’t blame the author for that. Just because a book is not your cup of tea, it doesn’t mean that others won’t like it.

  6. This is seriously such an awesome post! I think all us new bloggers go through the phase where we request ALLTHEBOOKS on NetGalley. I think that’s a lesson we all have to go through, really. I also never even realized how important commenting was when I first started out, but whenever I receive comments now, I basically spazz. And that point about how blogging isn’t your life is SO TRUE. I really forget that sometimes, and stress about how views, whether not I’m posting, and just other little things blogging related. Sometimes it’s hard to remember blogging is only a hobby.



    Anyways, lovely post, Mel!! <33 (Mhmm, ice cream…)
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  7. Having trouble with #2 for the first time ever, hence the lack of stacking the shelves posts on my blog over the last two weeks – playing catch up ๐Ÿ™‚ Great list, Mel.
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  8. Stephanie b says:

    So true, Mel! I love 4 and 5! “Blogging is not your life.” Lol. Yes! I think a good point to make is that if reading becomes a chore, then you’re doing it wrong. Haha.
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  9. Lyn Kaye says:

    I am horrible about #2….

    Percabeth!! YES!!
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  10. Ariella says:

    Hehe I loved this post! I really DO love it when people comment on my blog. It’s like, PEOPLE CARES ABOUT THE CRAP I WRITE.. WHOA.. something like that.. And YES.. LOVE RIORDAN BOOKS, SHIP PERCABETH, AND PROCRASTINATE. And don’t kill me when I say I don’t really like cheese.. ๐Ÿ˜›
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  11. I completely agree!

    I was a really sucky commenter at first (I always forgot to…) but I’m getting better at it! And yes, I too feel all giddy inside when someone comments on or follows my blog!
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  12. What an awesome post! It’s easy to get carried away with the ARCs and then get overwhelmed. I’ve just learnt that in the blogging world, blogging everyday is not the way to go! Thanks for your tips ๐Ÿ™‚
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  13. Charlotte says:

    This post is so spot on. <3

    1. Totally agree but in my case, I usually try to tone down the harshness especially if it's a new author.

    2. I'm cringing now. Please give this girl a little bit of consideration, Mel. I'm only new to blogging and NG is one of the best things that ever happened to my reading life. xD After around 6 months, I'll slow down a bit in requesting ARCs. I'm just glad that I'm still able to meet the deadlines. ๐Ÿ˜€

    3. Completely agree.

    4. Yes, Mel. And I am now doing it. But commenting is addictive especially if I'm reading posts like this. ๐Ÿ˜€

    5. Ahhm… Ahmm… *shifts uncomfortably* maybe I'm a little bit guilty about this but you can't blame this newbie blogger to work twice as hard. ;P

    6. True. Absolutely agree.

    7. Cheese? Err- no..Too much cheese makes me really puke sometimes. My Little Pony? We don't have that here in the Phil. Percabeth and Rick Riordan? Absolutely YES! Can't wait for House of Hades! <3 I'm going to watch Sea of Monsters next week. I hope they do it right this time.
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