I still consider myself a beginner book blogger and I will until I hit the six month mark. My blog is not quite 4 months old at this point and it has been a real personal growth catalyst for me. 😉 This is where I give a shout out to all the followers who have been with me from the beginning: Much Love!!
My first issue was writing the reviews themselves. In the beginning this was were I started, my first review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow! This book was great from the beginning. Although it is an older book, I wanted to read it before the next book in the series comes out. The main characters are addictive. Ivy is badass and Ren is just steamy. The Fae in this book are just straight up bad but I am loving Tink, Ivy’s Brownie roommate. This book had it all…friendship, love, lust, Fae and betrayal. Also, did not see that ending. Now I have to read the next book “Torn” as soon as it comes out!!!
Wow, right?! Yeh, what can I say? Got to start somewhere and I am not ashamed because I think I have improved greatly and that makes me feel successful. I think of it like this: I am a great verbal communicator…written…hmmm…a bit challenged there, so I had to start writing my posts like I am having a conversation with a friend and they got a lot better.
Next for me was imagery. I had started with my Goodreads account and when I posted my reviews from there it would add an image, a bit bigger than the size of a thumbnail pic, to my blog. I thought this was rockin’! After a bit I decided that when I visited sites that I liked decent sized pics so then I had to learn how to find images, import, size and tag…I am still confused on certain aspects like Image CSS Class, Link Rel, Link CSS Class. I know kinda what they mean but I am not fully invested (yet) into learning that. So I know (I guess) it is not the images that are the issue but the appropriate way to label and/or tag them so that they can be linked back to the blog (and I don’t use copyrighted materials, here’s a good post about that topic from Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer). My next challenge for myself is going to be photoshop (never, ever had it before)…thinking I need a header that is more than just a snapshot of a few of my books.
Then, I have to discuss the elephant in the room, social media…ugh. I am an social media cavewoman. I never had a facebook account, barely had a twitter account…how do I tweet?, instagram… whhaaat?, and whatever else there is out there…sigh…no clue. So I decide that I wanted to start a book blog? What? I love books, I love reading and I wanted to connect with others who felt the same and so I decided to put myself out there and learn it all. I found myself having to use the almighty google to figure things out, I am so lame, ha ha ha, but eventually I will get all the kinks worked out and become pretty darn good with some social media….sigh. For now I am still dragging my knuckles on the ground a bit.
So I am more than proud of the followers I do have because not one of you came from any of my friends or family. This is for all of you, Much Love:
Why not my friends and family? They get a live feed…after I read a book they ALL know about it….sometimes even strangers know, if they are in the right place at the right time…..ha ha ha.
I love this blog very much and I am trying to keep the content fresh and relatable. Which means challenging myself to improve. Comments and feedback always help with this. Having comments means I am doing something right or wrong because a person took their time to tell me so. Nice! Also, trying to figure out what content I want to do is another facet. I do not want to do what every one else is doing and I want to connect with my audience in a way that they feel that we are having a conversation. I love reading blogs where the personality of the blogger comes through. It just cracks me up! That is my ultimate goal….a blog where I and my love of books shines through so much that even non-readers have to try out the book I reviewed.
I wrote this post in case there are other beginners out there and they are maybe feeling a little lost or down. I like to put it out there….where I was, am, and hope to be so that they can see that they are not alone or maybe even give them a boost because they are doing better than me…ha ha ha…which is fine by me because those kind of things never did bother me:
buhhuuuwwaaa, totally kidding. Writing this type of post is also helpful for me to look back and remember. Anyhow, if you are actually at the bottom of this post and read my thoughts and feel like commenting then that is great! Any tips or sites that helped you along your journey would also be welcomed. For all of you that are thinking of starting a blog….any kind of blog then here is my GIF for you: