Tips I Learned For New Bloggers From My First Year || I Attempt To Sound Like I Know What I’m Doing

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Hello loves! You may have noticed that I just celebrated my One Year Blogiversary! I was originally going to post this post as part of my One Year Blogiversary celebration post, but then that post got too long as I started rambling on about how much I love you guys, so I decided to move this to its own post!

Since I’ve been blogging for a whole year now, I’ve grown a bit of an ego so I wanted to share some of the tips I learned from one year for new bloggers and anyone else who wants that would have helped me when I was first starting out! Honestly, I feel like I’ve been blogging for a really long time. I was here when links in the WordPress editor were still blue and underlined. And then they turned black and underlined. Now they’re pink (my personal favorite). So I’ve been here through three colors of links, so I figure that’s long enough for me to be a seasoned old advice giver so here we go 🙂

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Do NOT get hung up on stats

When I first started blogging, I obsessed over my stats. I refreshed the stats page every hour. I stalked other bloggers, seeing how many likes and comments they got on each post. Now? Not so much. Mys stats actually aren’t as good as they were a couple of months ago when I was still obsessed, but I know that I’m a lot more relaxed now. I’m not blogging for the stats. I’m blogging because I love blogging.

 

Work out a schedule, and schedule posts

Having a schedule takes so much stress off my back. Whenever I finish a book review, I just look ahead to the next Monday or Friday that I don’t already have scheduled. Tags? Thursday. And that way on days where I’m super busy, a regular post can still go up!

 

Commenting is everything

Commenting is really such a great way to make friends! Reading comments on both my blog and others always cheers me up, and I love when little conversations get going! It’s especially fun to read comments on discussion posts to see everyone’s various opinion! And, if all that isn’t great enough, commenting is really what gets you more views/followers so it’s a win-win situation!

 

Make your blog easily accessible 

People are busy! If they stumble across your blog but, say, can’t even find your blog (if you have a static front page and it’s not immediately obvious where the posts are) or can’t find the follow button easily, chances are, they’re not going to spend the time to figure it out.

 

Stop comparing yourself to other bloggers 

No matter how hard you work, how much you achieve, there is ALWAYS going to be someone with more followers, more engagement, more views, better ARCs than you. You might get jealous of them (I know I do). But stop comparing yourself to them; instead, be happy for their success and think of how far you’ve come yourself!

 

Don’t be afraid to share your opinion

In the beginning, I feel like everyone starts out giving books inflated ratings and not wanting to be negative. But really, you aren’t gong to be happy or feel like yourself if you’re acting like you liked a book more just because that’s the popular opinion! And anyways, negative reviews are often more fun to read and get more reads haha.

 

Be Yourself

This sounds cliche and vague but it’s really the most important piece of advice I have! If everyone is doing some tag or trend you aren’t interested in, don’t do it! Don’t feel obliged to do every tag you’re tagged in if you aren’t interested in it. Don’t feel like your blog design has to look like other big popular bloggers if that’s not what you like! You’ll be happier if you’re doing what you want to do, and you should only blog because it makes you happy!

 

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Let’s Chat

What are some of the things you’ve learned from blogging? How long have you been blogging? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

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37 thoughts on “Tips I Learned For New Bloggers From My First Year || I Attempt To Sound Like I Know What I’m Doing

  1. Jayati says:

    Such a lovely post! I agree with all your tips, I just learned these things myself and they have helped me a lot.
    I think commenting really helps – it helps you connect with others and learn more. Also, I have learnt that blog hopping helps, you see new content, new views, new opinions and that helps broaden your own horizons and helps me learn more.

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  2. littlelionbooks says:

    Thank you for your wonderful advice! Scheduling regular posts is something that I really struggle with, but hopefully I’ll stop procrastinating and become more organised within the next year haha! Also, I agree that engaging with other bloggers is a great way to make friends and find new books to read 🙂

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  3. Marrill says:

    I so agree with all of this! I’ve been blogging for about three years, and I’ve learned that if you want to make friends\get your blog out there, you need to read more posts about things you like! Comment on them, follow your favs and you’ll quickly have some blogger friends.

    Also stats are nothing. All they do is put pressure on you – talk about what you genuinely like and people will find their way to you

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  4. Molly @ Molly's Madness says:

    I love these tips! I still struggle to not obsess over my stats, but I really find blogging more enjoyable when I don’t worry about them. A few devoted readers make my heart happy compared to hundreds of followers who never stop by. I also completely agree with being yourself because you do this for you, so what’s the point if you can’t share your opinions?

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  5. Taylor @ Bloggable Books says:

    As someone who shared their first post today, how exciting, this was very helpful! I don’t feel as though I’ve shared enough of my personality yet but I know that will come with time. I actually enjoy reading negative reviews, I want to know the good and bad about a book.

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  6. readingbystarlightblog says:

    These are such great tips Kay – thank you so much for sharing them with us! ❤ I think that it really doesn't matter if you've been blogging for five minuets or five years – we are always learning and growing our personal brand. I love seeing my bookish friend's tips and tricks of the trade.

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  7. Cailin @ Rose Petal Pages says:

    I love all this advice, Kay, thank you so much for sharing! It’s so easy to get caught up in stats, so it’s important to remind ourselves that we blog because we love talking about books with other readers, not just for numbers. I know that’s something I struggle with, (and also comparing myself to other bloggers) but this was a nice reminder that blogging is all about connecting with others. Happy blogiversary!

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  8. thebookishskies says:

    All this advice is so important, Kay! I am getting back into blogging now and I’ll just say I feel terrible about not being so active on social media. I feel like twitter is where everything is happening; and also bookstagram. But I’m the worst at social media, truly – which is impressive for someone who grew up with them. I really don’t like Twitter and I never know how to engage conversations over there without seeming like I’m intruding. As for Instagram, I only know how to apply filters and I certainly do not have the creativity to post new photos every day. And, technically, social media is not even part of blogging. But I feel like I get to know a lot more people through Twitter and such, and then go to their blog. I think it’s important to grow your audience and all of that. But I’m the most awkward bean everrrrr and it stresses me out just thinking about it. So, even though I try not to worry about stats, comparing myself to others and I’ve created a schedule that works well for me, I’m still insecure about that. I guess there will always be something new to learn with book blogging!

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  9. Peevee Barrington says:

    I started my blog a year ago but I have not been on it intentionally. I do not even know how to fix my blog. hahaha. But these are helpful tips. thank you for writing!

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