Top 5 reasons to blog about books

Today the top 5 is going to be related to a blog I read over at The Story Siren blog. I think it is important before you open a book blog, that no matter how glamorous it seems there is a lot of hard work involved also. Me I am behind at least 3 reviews and 6 books to read just at this moment in time. This has to be done for your deep love of reading and pseudo existent marketing skills.

  1. The first reason to start a book blog should be your complete and utter love of books, whether it is all books or a niche such as YA or Fantasy. Finding your niche and designing your blog around this is important. My personal niche is YA, Fantasy, and True Stories. These things fascinate me and I absolutely love reading these stories.
  2. Be honest, don’t bash books but find constructive ways to say why you didn’t exactly like them also say why, why the book didn’t engage you in the way you thought. If you want to blog the main question people want answered is why. Why did this book rock or why was it not so good>
  3. Publishers are fantastic, another good reason to start a blog. I started mine and worked at it a couple of months before I started the twitter and Myspace and Facebook and all the social marketing aspects of having a blog. The main thing people need to see is content and that the content is relevant to what the blog is about. Don’t use this space to blog about your adorable dog, or those rascally kids of yours. It’s really not needed, focus on books and putting up great reviews the incoming hits will increase along with publishers who like your style and want you to review their books. Do not under any circumstance accept books you will not or do not want to read and review or books that do not fit the niche and style of your blog., instead let the publisher know in an email back what your blog is about and what type of books you look for.
  4. The community of bloggers, in my links section that is new here because I am still sorting everything out, are some really good bloggers whose styles vary but are all good reviewers. Look to these people for advice and just to see what they have going on at the moment. The community of book bloggers is not an easy nut to crack, they want to see that you are serious and know your stuff, and are making a genuine effort. They are very helpful and if you feel stuck on anything most likely one of these lovely ladies will help you out.
  5. Lastly, make sure you can commit, if you can blogging about books can be such a rewarding experience. Introduce you to book fans and bloggers around the world with similar interests. There can be awesome conversation and some good advice and news out there, do not be discouraged if things don’t work out immediately, internet things come slowly and the more you learn the better your blog will be in every aspect.

That being said happy blogging, I am new to the book world myself just a few months but have a lot of internet blogging and marketing experience from other areas of expertise and used these sites to handle the initial push for this blog. If you have other properties use them to your advantage when possible. If you have any questions or comments or if I missed anything or need to elaborate more on a point please let me know.

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13 Responses so far

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    Good top 5! I blogged for years before I started a blog dedicated to the books I read – and I read a LOT. I didn’t start it to get books or anything, I just wanted a spot where the books I was writing about had a place of their own. :)

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    I buy A LOT of books, it’s all Amazon’s fault with that recommendations feature of theirs. There are good and bad bloggers in every field. I strive to at least be average haha. I never knew pubs would send free books, I guess I should have had a clue from the music blogs and cd’s and press releases I received but it never occurred to me. I do accept ones that fit and I will continue to even if it makes me a bit ‘not cool’ in the eyes of other bloggers.

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    Oh that blasted Amazon suggest feature. It kills me. I already dropped a Benji this week on suggestions. I need to sloooowwww down!!

    I just wanted to say: Good 5!!

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    Hehe I always order 3 or 4 a week so that my husband never gets a real picture on how much I actually spend, until now when he reads this and discovers my deception.

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    Luckily my hubbie doesn’t look at the finances!!

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    I found your blog after seeing your comment on Trish’s High School post. I agreed with everything you said, so came to have a look around! It looks like a great blog – so I’ve added you to my google reader!

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    Thanks, gonna head over and take a look at your blog now. I use Vienna reader for Mac, Google reader was being a pain in my rear. Thanks for stopping by!

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    [..] so that my husband never gets a real picture on how much I actually spend, until now when he reads this and discovers my deception.

    Busted.

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    I bought my first books from Amazon UK over Easter weekend. I don’t like chocolate, so, um, that was my gift to myself! I wanted the UK version of R J Anderson’s book (Knife/Faery Rebels) and a book from Michelle Harrison that is still not available in North America (13 Treasures). Normally I stick to the Canadian purchases though. ;)

    If only my mortgage company would give me a break and I could spend more money on books!

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    Those are great reasons/tips! I stumbled the post for you.

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    Callista thanks for the stumble. Going to add your blog to my links section.

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    Great list! I totally agree with #2. Although, I would add a #6:
    Having a book blog makes you look super smart to all your friends! ;-)

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    Ah that is a good one haha. Now they ask me what should I read, well I don’t know what do you like to read?

    Thanks Kelly.

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