Clearly I know a ridiculous amount about blogging, being that I’ve been doing this for two years, but I don’t yet know all there is to know about blogging.
The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 things you are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.
I’m not exactly sure that there are 3 hard and fast practices that will work for every blogger, but I can tell you what works for me.
1. U Can’t Touch This
I get a lot of compliments because I’m real, have no filter, and don’t sugar coat. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to start swearing like a sailor, if you aren’t a curser, don’t start, because that wouldn’t be real to you. However, don’t ever be fake with reviews. Don’t create fake personas to antagonize the community. Just be yourself and people will like you. And if some don’t like you, forget them, they are irrelevant and it’s not like you will ever meet them or they affect your day to day life.
2. I’m Coming Out, I Want The World To Know
Social media is totally your friend. However no one is going to follow you if all you tweet are links to your blog, goodreads ratings, and contests. Be awesome. Let your personality sparkle. Tweet pics of your delicious food. Make conversation about publishing trends you pick up on or the book you are currently reading. Jump in on other conversations. Chances are, if we talk on twitter and you sparkle with personality, I will totally drop by your blog because I see you as a person and not a shill.
3. Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Kids, blogging is awesome and all, but I find that having a life outside of my book blog keeps me sane and not hating everyone ever. So, don’t stress so hard about blogging and don’t feel bad when you turn down some bookish thing for family time or friend time. Make time for mimosas. Trust me, the best times I had, even at bookish events like BEA, were times that I did not have a book in my hand.
One new practice:
1. Video Killed The Radio Star:
So, I joined this group of bloggers to start a collaboration blogging channel on youtube and I love it. So my practice is keeping it fresh and trying new things like vlogging. Obviously you shouldn’t vlog if you are boring and speak like a robot, and by robot, I don’t mean autotuned like T-Pain, but like, monotone. I just find people like my videos except the haterz and in that case, lol, I don’t care.
So dudes and dudettes, what are your practices for being a steaming pile of awesome?