This post is for all of the bloggers, who like myself, are either brand new or fairly new to the wonderful world of book blogging...
Hello to you beautiful blogger, you. I'm so thankful that you've decided to stop here and read this review because as you are well aware by this point, it's fairly difficult to have people stop and take the time to parooze your blog.
My most important point of this blog, is to remind you, that you more than likely created your blog to review books! Don't let the hype of receiving ARC's and gaining a thousand followers in a week discourage you. It's a lot easier said than done. I know. Let this time, be your time to have fun reading and reviewing!
I love to read! As I'm sure you do as well. Anything YA, mostly fantasy and science-fiction YA, draws me into a world that helps me escape from my every day life. Whether you are 17 or 47, life get's hectic and we all need an escape. I'm a mother of an awesome little boy and a wife to an amazing husband, but I need me time too!
I think the ultimate goal of all book bloggers is to build a nice amount of followers and eventually proceed to requesting ARC's from publishers. At least that is my goal and since I'm your average person, I imagine others have the same mind set. We simply want to read them early before they're available to the public and be able to share our perspective on an amazing author's writing. Well, take my advice and do not rush into this. I've tried and failed miserably like many of you might have or might still if you decide to write into them anyway, without being established.
Take this time to build up your blog. Read books and try to read the newest released one in order to draw the followers attention. Older books great but with so many books being released on a regular basis, it's hard enough to keep up with them and your followers want to read reviews on them not on a book 10 years old. Most of the time. I am no expert fellow bloggers, this is all only my opinion as I am, again, a fairly new blogger.
There's always other tactics to building your blog like giveaways, guest posts, author interviews and more, but remember if you don't work on building your blog (reviews, blog posts) there won't be much for the follower to be able to come back to. Also, not many will enter your giveaways thus not spreading the word to your liking.
A Tip: Just a little advice, I found that listening to audio books is a much faster way of still enjoying the books that you want to read but also enjoying them faster. I can listen to an audio book on the way to and from work, and I'm lucky enough to be able to listen to them sometimes at work too. Maybe you are too? But there's also when you're cleaning or cooking or relaxing on your lawn chair! And you can rent the audio books right from library and add them to your phone people!!!
So, try to keep in mind why it is that you originally wanted to have a blog and don't let all of the Twitter feed, Instagram feed or any other feed discourage you in any way. Learn from your more experienced bloggers, don't envy them. Read their blogs and follow them, you will learn a lot. I want to say thank you to all of you again for following me and taking the time to read any of my reviews/blog posts! Comment below with a URL to your blog and I will follow you, because in a blog eating world, we bloggers need to be there for each other!