By: Melanie | May 5, 2015 | (94) Comments

How Book Blog

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. 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.Β 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 someΒ realΒ advice and tips.

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Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
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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94 Responses to How to Book Blog

  1. I am laughing so much at the moment. I can’t take it omg. Tears are running down.
    Angel @AngelReads recently posted…Discussion: Casting AdaptationsMy Profile

  2. Oh, those designs!!! THey hurt my eyes!!!! *Broken heart cue here* Seriously, that looked horrendous, and back in the early 2000s, it was actually pretty normal to see designs like that. So glad we’re in 2015 now! HAHA. funny post, Mel!
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    • Melanie says:

      RIght? IT BURNS, BUUUURNS . Oh gosh, really? I wouldn’t know since I was only 1 then but maaaaan, that is just nasty. Thanks, Faye <33

  3. Alyssa says:

    Oh, oh wow. This is too funny. You totally fooled me with Step 1, so I was half-taking Step 2 seriously before realising. :/ (In my defense, I was skimming initially.) A great way to kickstart Midnight Blogging 101, and this seriously beats night-blogging on Tumblr XD Especially love the getting content up daily tip because people actually think that’s a legit point sometimes :S
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    • Melanie says:

      I’m sneaky like that πŸ˜‰ Right? I used to think that I actually had to post daily, so I hope I did help some people realise a few misconceptions and know some “do not’s” of book blogging.

  4. YES MEL I WILL DEFINITELY FOLLOW YOUR ADVICE. (*changes design into unicorns* *copy-pastes* * *etc etc etc*)

    I’m pretty sure my blog will look lovely <3

    Ha, kidding. LOVE YOUR SARCASM πŸ™‚
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  5. My eyes are bleeding from those designs. But the rest made me lol πŸ˜›
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  6. I declare this BEST POST OF THE DAY! *waves wand*
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  7. blodeuedd says:

    LOL, you are evil
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  8. Oh god, Mel. xD Thanks for making my stomach ache from all the laughing. Those designs are gorgeous though–totally love how readable and elegant they are. πŸ˜‰ And making friends is so lame. WHY AM I EVEN TALKING TO YOU??
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  9. Oh that made me laugh so much. Great points I think the ‘request all the arcs and nag your mother part’ lol Rainbow Frog design sounds amazing! Great post. On designs, love the new one!
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  10. Clearly I need to beg you to design AND name my next blog. Life will be so boring otherwise. Also, great advice about making friends. Seriously, friends? Who needs them? It’s each blogger for herself, especially when it comes to hunting for arcs. Then it’s hunger games!
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    • Melanie says:

      YES, OBVIOUSLY. I’LL DO IT FREE OF CHARGE TOO *nods* Omg bwahaha, the hunger games but book blogger version? Too awesome. This needs to happen.

  11. I guess in the future I won’t bother to write helpful tips on blogging as you obviously are way more epic than I am and you nailed it in this post. Ha ha!
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  12. Those designs! Where can I get me one of those? And in combination with that kick-ass new name, I bet followers will stand in a row to follow me!
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  13. I’ll just take my poor little Blogspot blog and crawl into the corner now. *sob*
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  14. I-I-I’ve been doing it wrong all this time??!! Why did I even think having fun was ok in any way?? So much blogging fails, I better adapt that neon color scheme ASAP.

    Thank you so much for saving my blogging life, Mel-sama!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes, sorry to break it to you, girl! Better than doing it wrong forever, right? I am liking this neon colour scheme. IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. ASAP.

  15. LOL! This is so cute. I have been doing it wrong the whole time. πŸ˜‰
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  16. Oh my gosh! Here I am, an actual new book blogger, clicking on this post expecting some straight up, concrete advice! Haha, thank you. Your post definitely helped me. I’m on my way to becoming the best book blogger. Ever.

    Nonetheless, I’m still happy I came across your blog.

    Julia Anne
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, I totally fooled you there πŸ˜› In case you wanted to know, I will be posting some real advice and tips in the near future πŸ˜€ Nice to meet you, Julia Anne ^.^

  17. Can I just I say I laughed so hard reading your post I wanted to hug it? I think the first design started to move after staring at it for a while… LOL

  18. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on, here.
    Do you have a nice blog design like those beautiful examples?
    Do you copy other posts?
    Do you post everyday?
    Do you avoid having fun?
    Do you request ARCs but not actually review them?
    Do you avoid making friends?
    No, no, no, no, no, no and no. The only thing you’ve actually succeeded in is making a website. Clearly, your blog is horrible.

    πŸ˜€ Nah, just kidding, Mel. I love YA Midnight Reads-especially when you make me laugh with posts like this one.
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    • Melanie says:


      Glad that you liked it, Ana :DDDD

  19. Hilarious! We need some funny posts like this one in the blogosphere every once in a while (I almost thought it was serious though but it really kicked in once I got to those design pictures…priceless). Looking forward to seeing some other tips πŸ™‚

  20. Annie says:

    OH MAN MEL. Those designs = EXACTLY my aesthetic. Like where can I get myself one of those? This post was so fab Mel! I bookmarked it just so I would never forget it. Honestly it just occurred to me that I’ve been blogging all wrong all these years. I swear, I see the light now. I do, thanks to your post! xx
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    • Melanie says:

      I knew it! You should hire me to create you something JUST LIKE IT . So glad that I could help you out, no need to thank me of my fabulousness *hair flip*

  21. I can’t stop the laughing. I cannot, sorry. Also, when I copy and paste this tomorrow, that’ll be okay, right? As long as I rainbow and frog up my blog beforehand? Fabulous. Don’t worry, I will claim I’ve written the post myself. But it’ll be fine, because we shouldn’t even be interacting anyway, should we? NOPE, off I go.

    Seriously, too funny πŸ™‚
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    • Melanie says:

      Heh xD

      Yes, of course! Go ahead and get clicking those buttons. I better see this rainbow frog design up tomorrow! Or else… DUN DUN DUUUUUN.

      Yes yes, shoo! Off you go.

  22. This was hialioos! Best advise evur! *flips hur and smacks gum* Like, omg, when did speliing things becum aye thing? Ugh, soe layme. Leik, whie do we even? But in all seriousness not only was this post funny, it shows kind of listed the things book bloggers should NOT be doing. In the beginning of every blogger’s journey, we all have to be doing at least one of these things. Whether it’s nagging publishers or not talking to other people. Thanks for this great post and I can’t wait for the legit one. πŸ˜‰

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  23. OH MY GOSH. THOSE DESIGNS THOUGH. css hell? Um, yes. I think I had a minor eyeball explosion.

    BUT HA AAHAHHAHH AAH HA. ha. heh. You are awesome. And no.

  24. These are excellent tips. I’m totally changing my blog name and design now. LOL. I can’t wait until the actual blogging tips πŸ˜€
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    • Melanie says:

      You shall henceforth be known as Emily @ SUPER ULTRA KOOL RAINBOW PEGASUS THAT LIKES TO READ. Huh, I love the flow to that very much!

  25. Yani says:

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  26. Nicole says:

    Excellent. I’m glad to see I’m doing so much right! πŸ˜‰
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  27. Rainbow frogs.
    No smiling.
    All the ARCs on God’s Green Earth.
    Copy everyone else’s shit!

    Done and done! πŸ˜€
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  28. Haraiah says:

    That killer blog design, though. Haha. No wonder you don’t have many followers. It’s because your current design looks so awful! Quick! Change it just like step no. 3! LOL

    On a serious note, I look forward to the real advice and tips post πŸ™‚
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  29. too funny. I thought this was going to be a serious post and wow it was a real treat. i laughed i laughed i laughed…ok i maybe guilty of a couple espeically in the beginning, ARCs are my downfall but I try to read them all and review them all promise. love the example blogs… even though they killed my eyes. love the blog name too,. i knew i should have taken that one.

    great post. bring more on. please…i need this in my life. (and maybe to copy)
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    • Melanie says:

      Hahah yes this post can be pretty deceptive at the start πŸ˜› I will try to write more posts like this! It was hella fun to writ up.

  30. Hahaha!!!! That was amazing. At first I was confused and then it slowly dawned on me. You actually made a good point for me. I should stop trying to post everyday or posting too much. I feel like I do that to make up for the week or month where I post too little. Sigh. You might be right about that. I think I’m going to look over my blogging schedule and be more reasonable with myself.
    Awesome Sherlock Holmes edit lol.
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks Adriana xD Yes girl, there’s no need to post every day! Don’t stress yourself out – you don’t owe anyone anything. πŸ˜‰

      And thanks! It’s not actually mine though – I found it somewhere on the internet aha.

  31. Oh no!I’ve been doing it all wrong then. *cries* I AM A FAILURE!

    Wow,Mel,this post is hilarious!I was totally expecting a serious advice post,and then to find this!:)
    And man,that design!It hurts my eyes.Get that away from me!
    Awesome post Mel!
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  32. Siiri says:

    Oh my god those designs HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA! Are those tears in my eyes? I think they are! /wipes them/ Seriously! This is why I love you and your humor and everything. Watch someone take that blog name now and become the next big blogger with 20k followers on twitter and authors begging for them to review their books πŸ˜€
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  33. Amber Elise says:

    The image of the man…he is disapproving so hard! But he’s right, fun is lame! Stay off the social media accounts and don’t comment back, other bloggers hate that!

    And omg those blog designs. Are they geo-cities era blogs? O.O
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, like what this is commenting back thing? Such rubbish.

      I have no idea! i just found them on Google Images and they’re just real nasty.

  34. Haha I admit it took me a moment to realize it was a joke. I was like, what’s wrong with cheapy wordpress?

    Those colors hurt my eyes, but sadly there are worse websites out there.

    ARCs are so hard! All of the wonderful books free to read, but then the panic sets in when I have a half dozen up for review…
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    • Melanie says:

      hehe, I HAVE TRICKED YOU. And oh yes, nothing is wrong with non-self hosted. I actually kinda wish I started with that instead of blogger.

  35. Jasprit says:

    Hahah I absolutely loved this post Melanie, it’s actually funny how many people follow this rules you know, everyone should remember just to have a good time and not be serious like that guy right there!
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  36. Cynthia says:

    Bahaha. This post was too funny. I thought you were actually serious for a minute. I should have known better. πŸ™‚
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  37. Kelly says:

    This is exactly what I needed Mel *bows at feet*
    I’ve been stuck in a rut lately, and you’ve shown me the error of my ways. I’m currently changing my blog name to SUPER ULTRA KOOL RAINBOW PEGASUS THAT LIKES TO READ. I’ll even put a winged pony as a header. I can’t believe I’ve been reading my ARCs. How lame is that! And being on Blogger, pfft, how stupid can I possibly be. How have I been doing it all so, so wrong. Mel, you’re an inspiration to the blogging community and I’m laughing so much that I may actually be sick in a minute. Oh now I’ve got the hiccups.

    Thanks very much πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
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    • Melanie says:


      Glad that I could make you laugh, hun! Thanks :*

  38. Shannelle says:

    I hope you were being sarcastic about not using Tumblr, because it’s a great community on Booklr. I love it. I really hope, though from the looks of it, it is a joke.

    And it really pisses me off that there’s a blogger here who only gets half the ARCs she does because of her book tour service. But she doesn’t always review them all, nor does she tour the good, highly anticipated ARCs out. I hate it so much,
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  39. Shelumiel says:

    At first I was like, whoa. Did she just call me a weirdo? And then, HOW CAN SHE POSSIBLY THINK THOSE DESIGNS ARE AMAZING? They’re not even bad. They’re HORRENDOUS! And just when I’m about to take off, it hit me. Well done, Melanie! Well done.
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  42. Sarcarsm is on point! hahahaha I’m laughing so hard. I don’t even know how people can upload things every single day… and I’m like ‘If I post two things during the week, I’ll be happy’ LOL and I also, don’t get the whole craziness over ARCs. Then people have more books that they can actually review and then they complain. And I don’t even know what people who plagiarise are thinking….
    But yeah, amazing post Mel!
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  43. Now I’m considering all my decisions. YOU ARE MAKING ME DOUBT EVERYTHING. Honestly, shall I call you Master Melanie from now on? I need to go… I need to brainstorm a new blog name and a much ~cooler~ blog design.

    Srsly though, you are the bomb babe!!! :*
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    The images of designs were making me cry with laughter because that's what my blog used to look like, except it didn't look like a site that would give unsuspecting users viruses. I thought I had to post daily and now that I don't, it feels so much better.

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  46. Lyn Kaye says:

    HEY NOW!

    I totally expect for your theme to become overhauled soon. Your mock-ups are just too damn perfect, and I would totally be 100% behind this new design!
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  47. Beth says:

    Oh, this was so funny! I came over expecting something serious, but those bloge designs… They made my day! (Although hot pink with frogs DOES sound kind of awesome, right?)
    Beth x
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  48. Cherie says:

    This is one of the best posts EVER. Just thought you should know. πŸ˜‰
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  49. Clearly I’ve been blogging all wrong, Mel!! And YES, it seems I can do that too ;P

    Haha I love your posts, girl <33 How are you?? It's been so long since I've visited this lovely blog. School is knocking me out!
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  50. Valerie says:

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  51. Ellis says:

    I worry about you, Meanlanie.

    “There are the few that just read your blog to gather information about you so they can stalk you in the future.”

    Wow. Woooowww. No need to call me out like that.
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  52. This post made me chuckle quite a bit. I’ll immediately inplement all of these tips into my blog. Thank you so much!

  53. Ksenia says:

    hahaha, looking forward to your new posts about blogging.
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