Showing posts with label book blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book blogging. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Book Blogging Really Is Like | #BloggerConfessions

Today I'll be letting you guys in on a couple of secrets about blogging. 

I think we all know blogging isn't as easy as it looks, but what is it really like? 

~ Well, come in and find out ~

  • #1: Obsessing over self-imposed deadlines
90% of the time you won't have a deadline for reviewing a book. Sure, with ARCs sometimes people will say "review before or close to the release date", but in real life any and every review whenever helps. 
The only deadlines I've ever had were those that I invented myself; the more review copies you accept, the more stressed out you get - the more you obsess. Ugh

  • #2: Side-eyeing other bloggers' follower counts and trying to keep up
It's not necessarily a matter of getting jealous, it's more about feeling left behind. Feeling like people surpass you. I definitely do try to keep up with my friends, to look at people's follower counts who have been blogging as long as I have, and it's really not a good habit. Adds unnecessary stress.

  • #3: Cringing at old posts
All day, every day! Sometimes I click through my old posts and cirnge at every single one. I don't think this will ever stop.

  • #4: Having slight breakdowns when all ARCs come at once
Again, this goes hand in hand with #1

  • #5: Refreshing the page 100 times after a new post went online
Do people like it? Did I make an annoying mistake that will make me cringe for 10 hours? Will this post do well? Will people hate it? You bet I'm refreshing my site 3829829 times every time a new post goes online.

  • #6: Really not reading that much
Yes, we're book bloggers, but reading is really not even half of what this gig is about. Maintaining a blog site is so much work from formatting, to designing, to brainstorming, to writing posts, to commenting, to replying to comments and so many more things! 

IT'S REALLY SO MUCH WORK, and in addition to that, many bloggers have day jobs and/or go to school, and there really isn't that much time left for actual reading. Sometimes I go months without reading a single book, but you guys would never know from looking at my blog because all the reviews are queued up as if nothing happened. Muhaa #trickery

  • #7: Wrestling emails
Review requests from authors, requesting books yourself, dealing with regular inquiries - I spend a good hour daily just replying to emails. Book blogging is really a surprising amount of office work.

  • #8: Crossposting until you want to throw out your computer
Crossposting is a must if you want your blog to grow and the bane of my existence. You must crosspost every single post to every social media platform you have, sometimes even a couple of times to give it the maximum exposure. 

Some sites can do this automatically for you and you can cheat a bit with Wordpress widgets, Google+, and Bloglovin, but you'll always always still have some outlets left to crosspost manually to. Sigh.

  • #9: Theme customization until somebody cries (it's probably me)
Just when you think you've reached that point in your blogging career where you're confident with your old posts, your theme, everything about your blog - oh boy, you'll have another crisis incoming.

I don't believe that blog themes are ever complete, I actually just changed something about it yesterday. Who knows, maybe I'll completely redo the entire site next month and then spend another year completely customizing it to my likings! Wow, just the thought of that makes me want to quit blogging!

What are some of your #BloggerConfessions? 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Things No One Tells You About Book Blogging | Book Blogging Tips (#25)

I had no idea what to expect when I just dove into blogging head-first. I didn't even read other blogs when I first started and just decided to do it my own way.

A lot has changed since then and I'd like to say that my blog has improved since then. Here are some things that really surprised me when I first started blogging.

  • Success won't come overnight: Good content ≠ Readers

No matter what you post, you won't become a successful blogger within six months. There are exceptions to the rule, but don't assume that you're one of those. Readers are earned and that takes time.

  • Queuing WILL save your blog

Honestly, if it wasn't for my well-stacked queue I'd probably have quit already. It's hardly possible to keep posting as much as I do (almost every day/ every other day) without actually planning posts in advance. I use my creative highs to schedule posts in advance. I suggest you make a habit of queuing, too, because it really does help a lot.

  • Themes matter, period.

So many people say it's all about the content, but honestly: there are certain themes that I just can't stand to see anymore. At this point I actually click away when I see an awful blog design, no matter how interesting the posts sound.

  • You will lose motivation

..and that's perfectly normal. Blogging is a full-time job and after months and months of writing posts, you may get tired of it. Don't give up. The big names in the blogging community are the people who never gave up. You can do it.

  • It's a competition - you will get jealous of others

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you shouldn't try to be like other bloggers or try to be as successful as them. I've heard it all, but the truth is I do look left and right and try to improve my blog constantly. The internet changes and so do the habits of the people who visit my blog. 

  • Of course you'll get discouraged to see a blogger that has barely started surpass you with their statistics.
  • Of course you'll get jealous when someone gets an awesome ARC that you didn't get 
  • Of course you'll constantly ask yourself why someone else has more followers, has more commenters, has better statistics
  • Of course you'll try to be more like the people you admire. And eventually plan to be a better blogger than them.
That may sound a little conceited, but it's the truth. Why are you blogging? Because you think your voice matters. When it ends up being unheard it's frustrating and annoying and it will make you question everything you do. 

Don't listen to that little voice that says you're not good enough and you're never going to make it. 

Persistence is the key to success. 

One day people will look up to you and ask themselves why they're not as great as you are. 

What are things that you didn't expect about blogging?
Do you sometimes get jealous of other bloggers?

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Ultimate Book Blogger Terminology Glossary | Book Blogging Tips (#12)

In weeks of exhausting detail work I've collected all the little words we book bloggers tend to use. It's surprising how much of a language on its own it is.

I went through tons of reviews and blog posts by other bloggers and collected all those little words they use.

Here's my little glossary of book blogging terms and abbreviations.


Antagonist: Typically the rival of the protagonist. Doesn't necessarily have to be a villain.
ARE: Advanced Reading Editions. Refers to an ARC. 
ARC: Advanced Reading Copy


BEA: Book Expo America. The largest book convention in the United States.
Binge-read: Reading a lot of books in a relatively short amount of time.
Blogoversary: The anniversary of the founding of a book blog.
Blog Roll: List of blogs that a blogger recommends.
Blog Tour: A book tour during which multiple bloggers promote the same book on their blogs. Often also associated with giveaways.
Blurb: Quote from a book critique that can be found on the back of a book.
Book Boyfriend: A male character (usually the love interest) that you fell in love with.
Book Girlfriend: A female character (usually the love interest) that you fell in love with.
Book Hangover: The feeling of not wanting or being able to read another book, because you're still mentally stuck in the world of the last book you read. Can cause reading slumps.
Bookshelfie: A picture of your bookshelf.
BookTube: The Youtube version of book bloggers.
BROTP: Wordplay on Bro + OTP. A set of characters (typically two) who you want to be best friends. See also OTP.


DNF: Did Not Finish
Dog Earing: Folding the corner of a book page to keep your place.
Dust Jacket: The removable cover of a book.


Ebook: Electronic copy of a book. 
Epilogue: Text after the last chapter. Can be a continuation of the story line, a look into the distant   future or a chapter on its own. Opposite of Prologue.


Genre: General term for the kind of book your reading, usually defined by setting, theme, plot and writing style.


Hardcover: Type of book binding. The cover is made out of either heavy paper, leather or cardboard and covered with a detachable dust jacket.
HEA: Happily Ever After


Info Dump: Dropping a lot of background information into a conversation unsolicitedly and all at once. See also Show VS Tell.
Instalove: When two characters hardly know each other, yet proclaim their undying love for each other very quickly.
ISBN: International Standard Book Number. The number on the back of a book that makes you able to identify your edition all over the world.


Love Triangle: Refers to the situation the protagonist finds themselves in when there are two love interests fighting for their love.


MC: Main character
MG: Middle Grade. Genre of books with a target audience aged 8-13, typically also featuring main characters of similar age. See also YA and NA.


NA: New Adult. Refers to a genre in which the main characteristic is that the protagonist is a "new adult". NA protagonists typically are in-between finishing high school and getting their first job. See also MG and YA.


OTP: One true pairing. A set of characters (usually two) who you want to be involved romantically. See also BROTP.


Pace: How fast the story progresses.
Paperback: Type of book binding. The cover is made out of paper and doesn't have a detachable dust jacket. See also hardcover.
Permalink: URL to a single post
Plot: What happens in the novel.
Plot line: One distinct story line in the novel. A novel can but doesn't have to have multiple plot lines.
POV: Point of view, usually referring to who is telling the story
Prologue: Text before the first chapter. Can be a chapter on its own, part of the story or taking place in it's own timeline. Opposite of Epilogue.
Prose: The way an author writes. Can refer to vocabulary, style or pacing.
Protagonist: Main character


Reading Slump: Time frame in which you neither feel like reading nor are able to finish a book.


Self-publishing: The publication of a novel by the author, via a third-party publisher, rather than a professional publishing house. Popular self-publishing methods include Amazon, CreateSpace, iUniverse and Lulu.
Setting: Where the story takes place. Can be referring to time and/or place
Show VS Tell: Using actions or scenes in a novel to explain important information rather than info-dumping them on the reader.
Synopsis: A short text describing what happens in a novel.


TBB: To-Be-Bought. Typically refers to your list of books that you want to purchase in the future.
TBR: To-Be-Read. Typically refers to your pile of unread books.
Theme: 1. visual blog design 2. topic of a novel


Voice: The narrator's or a characters way of telling the story.


YA: Young Adult. Refers to a genre with the main characteristic that the protagonist is 18 or younger. See also MG and NA.

Let Me Know If You Think There's Still a Term Missing!

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