Because Mel here thinks she knows much more about blogging than she did since she began (*cough* not really) today’s post consists of a quick run down of how to book blog from Mel’s point of view. Here we go!
Step 1. If you haven’t already, make a website.
Obviously, in order to book blog the cool way, you need to have a blog. Blogspot.com comes highly recommended if you’re not too sure about the whole blogging scheme; and if you’re willing to spend a little money and ready to be like a rockstar, self-hosted WordPress is the way to go. Don’t even think about non-self hosted WordPress or tumblr. That’s only for weirdos. *hair flick*
Step 2. Name your blog something cool.
Stuck? MEL IS HERE TO THE RESCUE. Everyone should go and name their book blog: “SUPER ULTRA KOOL RAINBOW PEGASUS THAT LIKES TO READ“. I KNOW. Best. Blog. Name. Ever. Not to mention it’s totally attractive. And yep, I mean EVERYONE should name their blog this. In fact, if you already have a blog, I highly recommend changing your blog name to this. CONFORMITY IS THE NEW UNIQUE, PEOPLES. Being unique was so last century.
Step 3: Get a killer blog design. (Suggestion: hot pink with rainbow frogs.)
You don’t necessarily have to pay to get a gorgeous web design, in fact, if you know how to dabble in code, and follow a few tutorials on the internet, you’ll be good to go! Just check out some of these smexy designs that I found on Google Images.
Okay okay, I may have set the expectation bar a little too high for y’all. What about this one? It’s not as great, but I’d totally use this for my next revamp.
IT’S THE BEST DESIGN OF EVER, OBVS. I love how you can see where the header and body are so clearly.
Step 4: Time to get the content going… by copying others.
Having good content on your book blog is really important. I mean, it’s mostly why people read your blog in the first place! (There are the few that just read your blog to gather information about you so they can stalk you in the future.) So if you’re feeling a little stuck as to what you should post, check out some fellow book blogs for help (like this blog you’re reading right now)! And, if they posted something especially amazing (like this super ultra helpful and legit post) , you should totally copy and paste it onto your blog and make it yours! This is the best way to help you get standing on your own two feet. Not plagiarism at all. Nope nope nope.
Step 5: Post everyday. It’s a must. (Quantity over quality.)
If you’re not already posting everyday, that’s a seriously problem. I mean, people visit your blog expecting to find something new each day! How is that going to happen if you’re not even churning out any new content regularly? Do everything to ensure that there’s a new post sparkling on that home page each day. Do whatever you have to – skip school, work, all other activities, BUT GET NEW CONTENT UP. If you don’t, say goodbye to your blogging journey. Not posting daily basically means that you don’t have the dedication to make this book blogging thing last.
Step 6: If you’re having fun, you’re doing it wrong.
GET THAT GRIN OFF YOUR FACE. Yep, that’s right. RIP IT RIIIIGHT OFF. Contrary to popular belief (who just think that blogging is some hobby… I mean, how absurd is that?!), book blogging is serious stuff. This means you need to approach it in a very serious manner. Like this guy here.
Man, this guy should be our book blogging mascot or something. That facial expression is so on point.
Step 7: Request all the Advanced Reader Copies. And don’t review them.
Request all the ARCs. Nag the publishers, the authors, the publicists, your mother, JUST GET ALL THE ARCs! And then once you have mastered the art of nagging, don’t touch the books. Just sit them all there on your shelf and stare at them. That’s right, no touching, no reading, and NO REVIEWING. However, if you do give into the temptation of reading and reviewing one of the ARCs, ensure that you give a 1 star review, no matter how much you loved it. THIS IS CALLED BEING A CRITICAL REVIEWER, PEOPLES. No book can please a real book blogger, amirite? That’s the reason why we do what we do!
Step 8: Making friends is lame. Don’t do it.
Since when was making friends even a thing? Regardless, I don’t recommend engaging with other book blogger specimen. They are highly strange creatures that make weird squea-ly sounds while going on and on about “shipping” two characters. What is “shipping”? Where you put people on a ship and make them sink? If that’s the case, we should conspire and lure these book blogger specimen all onto a ship and let them all pull a Titanic.
And that’s it, my friends! I know, I am the greatest for making such a helpful post. Now, off you go and follow these steps to make the successful blog that you’ve only been able to ever dream of. *
* Midnight Blogging 101 will commence on the 18th of May with some real advice and tips.
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