Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week’s theme: My Top Ten Tips for New Bloggers
1. Opinions are like assholes: Everyone has one, and everyone is entitled to their opinion (and asshole).
2. Live and let live: Kind of the same as #1, but don’t attack someone in your review if it’s not based on book content. This goes for attacking the author themselves in terms of their personal lives.
3. Don’t be a dick: Wil Wheaton regularly says this on twitter and I have to agree with him – if you want your blog to get more hits, be civil. This DOES NOT MEAN giving constantly positive reviews of books; you can have some snark in your reviews and content. Just don’t take it too far.
4. Write what you love: Blog about what interests you, and you’ll definitely find your own audience that’s similarly attuned to your own interests.
5. Don’t try to copy someone else’s style in order to get more followers: not only is this a dick move, but it’s obvious that you’re either A) really insecure about yourself or B) out of ideas/unoriginal. It’s okay to be A and B, but be open about it, and ask for suggestions and help whenever you feel the need. We don’t bite…hard.
6. Use social media – but use it wisely: Social media is a WONDERFUL PR tool, and it’s great to make friends. But. Remember, everything can be screencapped, so…
7. DON’T BE A DICK: It’s worth repeating.
8. Find blogging buddies who have the same interests or tastes, and stick with them: Even if you’re across the country, or across the world, it’s always wonderful to have someone to back you up, stuff to discuss with, and so forth.
9. Go to events: Even if it’s outside of your comfort zone, stretch that comfort zone. Go to ALA, BEA, your local book festivals and events. Go to comic conventions, anime conventions – whatever interests you! And be sure to talk about it.
10. ARCs are not everything: This is hard to remember in the competitive book blogging world – VERY HARD. And it’s hard not to get jealous. But remember, you’re you, and you’ll find your own way, huge ARC caches week after week on IMM or not.
What are your top ten for this subject this Tuesday?