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BBAW: Blogging tips

Today Amy asks us:

What is one thing you wish you knew about blogging when you started or what advice would you give a newbie blogger?

What is your best blogging tip?

Well, I started reviewing books on this blog in 2007 and no one was reading. I didn’t really understand why. I had only used LiveJournal before and without the friend system, I found myself adrift in a world of blogs, not sure what to do. So I gave up that first time because I wasn’t sure how to get myself involved. I was very intimidated.

Then, some threads were posted on the Early Reviewers group suggesting how to get ARCs in exchange for book reviews on blogs. I thought, well, I have a blog, even if I don’t use it, I’ll give that a shot. More importantly, I discovered a whole lot of book bloggers that I had already somewhat known, and it was easy to collect their blogs on Google Reader and start commenting and getting involved.

So, what I wish I had known: start networking! Start somewhere, comment on every blog you see that interests you. Get involved on book blogging sites, register your blog there, join weekly memes, link to other blogs, post new content every chance you get, and just keep on commenting. I’m still not up there with the big bloggers and I might never be, but that’s okay, because now I have blogging friends, a network, and I’m having fun. That’s the most important – when it feels like work, it’s not worth it, because we’re not getting paid. Read books, make friends and have fun.  That’s why I’m here.

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