Because, obviously, you are already awesome if you are here on this page. Or, if you’re thinking about starting a book blog and haven’t yet, you have the potential to becoming really awesome. Now, earlier this year I shared with you how book bloggers have a tendency to post the same stuff and the tendency to try to do EVERYTHING (spoiler alert: you can’t). But now that you know how to avoid little pitfalls like these, how do you become more awesome at what you do?
1.) Sugar, caffeine, and maybe some sleep deprivation
Don’t lie to me. You know that the best work comes at this stage. I’ve had no great blogging ideas all week and now that I’ve hyped myself up on sugar and caffeine I’m tuning in on the motherload of ideas. Don’t ignore what you come up with after you’ve drowned yourself in tea or coffee cake or what brilliancy you stumble across when you wake up at 4:00 AM. Just go with it.
2.) BE PERSONAL
Forgive me for yelling, but do not become some monotone article writer just because you think it sounds more professional. There is a need for a degree of professionalism in blogging, but it’s blogging. It’s meant to be personal. If I want to read something without personality, I’ll read a newspaper. Your personality is what brings people in and makes you awesome. And if you have to yell a bit? It’s okay. I did it, after all.
3.) Don’t limit yourself
Do not restrict yourself without good cause. Bloggers have to be innovative. It’s a constantly changing world and being open to this change and being part of it is great. If you have a great idea? Don’t limit yourself. Unless, like, it’s a really bad idea. I think you’ll know the difference. In other words. . .
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Like I said when I was talking about bloggers who try to do everything, you have to experiment to find what you’re good at. You can’t do everything. Find what you’re good with and mess around with it. Get better. Grow. And have fun doing it!
5.) Change up how you review
In celebration, why don’t you change up how you review every now and then? If other blog readers are anything like me, book reviews are actually some of the most boring posts to read on a book blog. Considering that this is the type post that many book blogs revolve around, why not liven it up and make it more fun? I’m still experimenting with this one. Sometimes I add GIFs because they amuse me, but I’m still looking for the perfect way to make these more fun. If you get a great idea, send me a link (not for me to steal it, but so I can stare in awe at the wonder of your awesomeness).
6.) Get ideas. Keep ideas.
This kind of links into the don’t restrict yourself thing, but goes a little further. When you get an idea? Write it down. No matter how stupid it is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hit a week of blogger burnout (like this week for me) and not had any idea what to do and then something in the list of all of my past ideas stands out to me and gives me some awesome revelation. Or I find some way to make one of the stupid ideas work.
7.) Steal ideas from other genres
Unless you’ve been living under that rock that Patrick from Spongebob lives under, you are aware of the many many kinds of blogs that are out on the internet. Book blogging tends to be quite a repetitive genre, so I always find it nice to keep up with a few other genres and learn from them. Often times, they’re doing something that book bloggers haven’t put their own spin on. Even if you don’t find any stellar ideas, there are some fun blogs out there that aren’t about reading.
8.) Get interactive
How many blogs have you visited that have absolutely no interaction whatsoever? Reply to your comments. Reply to the people who send you tweets. Be responsive. Not only is it nice and makes your current readers want to keep reading, it makes you look awesome and fun and attracts new readers. That being said, make it obvious that you’re open to interaction. Send tweets to the people you follow. It’s not as creepy as you think! You’ll always come across people who will never reply to you for who knows what reason, but more often than not, bloggers love getting comments and tweets and it’s a great way to win their favor. Just don’t be spammy about it. Send genuine comments and tweets. If you’re not sure what to tweet, try replying to one of their most recent tweets. Another way to appear open is to make it clear that you want to communicate through your blog posts. Personally, I do this by asking my readers a question (and ask them to leave their answer in the comments) at the bottom of each of my posts. Some bloggers guarantee replying to the comments. Some guarantee going to your blog and commenting on one of your posts if you comment on one of theirs.
9.) Be friendly
Add on to getting interactive. Be friendly with other bloggers. Don’t just interact. Become friends. Reach out to new bloggers and help them get started. Help people who may have 500 more followers than you. Just be nice. It pays off. Experience is not measured in how many followers or views you have or how nice your blog design is. Just be there and be nice to all of your fellow bloggers. It pays off in the long run and you make friends. Win win!
Yep. I’m back to yelling. This may be the most important thing on this list. You have to DO. Whatever you decide to do? DO IT. You can’t be awesome if you don’t be awesome. May the force of awesome be with you.
Did I miss any awesome tips on this list? What are some ways that you’re an awesome blogger? Let me know in the comments below!
(see? I asked you a question)