BBAW: Book blogging tips, hints

We’re now on day three of Book Bloggers Appreciation Week, and I’ve been loving every minute of it.

Amy asked us to share answers to a couple blogging advice questions.

What is one thing you wish you knew about blogging when you started or what advice would you give a newbie blogger?

When I started blogging, I wish I’d started with a full feed reader, like I have now. When I was first starting to blog, I had a hard time finding many blogs I really wanted to read. That’s what’s great about BBAW — there’s that huge list of participants, and even better the winners in so many categories of book blogs being announced throughout the week.

That said, when I started blogging, I wish I’d known what kind of a time commitment I was getting myself into. It doesn’t happen in your sleep, that’s for sure!

What is your best blogging tip?

Maybe everyone is doing this, but I’ve just discovered this practice, and it has helped me tremendously with getting book reviews posted in a timely manner, that I’m happy with, and that I am not continually nagging myself about all the pieces they’re missing. The secret? Start your review as a draft when you start reading the book. Then, when you think of something you definitely want to include, it’s not that difficult to add it to the existing draft post. I’m not perfect at doing this every time, but this is especially ideal for those books that are read over a longer period of time. In my world, though, even reviews of less-than-one-day reads would benefit from this practice.

What are your tips? Have you tried the above? With success, or no?


16 responses to “BBAW: Book blogging tips, hints

  1. I write my review and let it sit for a few days, then re-read and edit it.

  2. Yeah, that accomplishes most of the same aim.

  3. I really like your tip about the draft. Another thing you can do is write down ideas/themes that pop into your head as you read. Then later, you can decide if you want to write about a particular theme in the book or not. Or jot down anything else that comes to mind that you might want to mention in your review. Sometimes what strikes me as a big theme in the beginning of the book turns out to be “small potatoes” or just not what I want to focus on in my current review. But it’s good to have notes. It’s a practice I just discovered and I’m not too disciplined with it yet — because that would mean I have to stop reading!

  4. Yeah, blacklin, that’s somewhat what I’m talking about, anyway. Except I’m not asking you to step away from your book, I’m just suggesting that when you do step away from your book, you take a quick stop at the computer and jot down those notes there!

  5. I love your tip about starting a review as soon as you start reading. I do that with some books, especially ones that other bloggers are writing about. As I come across other posts on the same book I add the links to my draft – that way when I publish it, I don’t have to search for other reviews to link to.

    One thing I do is stick post-it notes on any page in the book that has a great quote, or an important theme, etc. Sometimes there are just a few, but other books are fairly bristling with post-its! Then when I write my review I go back and look at each page to see whether it is important enough to include.

  6. Great tip about writing the draft. I actually have a notebook that I will write quotes in but Heather’s idea of post-its is appealing too.

    Great ideas guys!


  7. @wordlily: Ah. Got it. I’m just afraid that I’ll forget my “great idea” if I don’t write it down soon enough. lol!

  8. that is a fantastic tip about starting your draft when you start reading!! I need to be more disciplined, lol!

    I do that with non-book related stuff sometimes, and then never get back to it!

  9. That’s a great tip! I do something very similar. I have a notebook where I write down thoughts and ideas that cross my mind while I’m reading the book, as well as the page number of passages that I might want to look at again later. Then I take a look at what I wrote before starting my review and I just elaborate from there.

  10. Thanks everyone!

    @My Friend Amy: I guess I’ve managed to get back to these because I’m determined to post about each book I complete this year!

  11. Lily, your site is gorgeous.

    Great suggestions.

    I keep a notebook to jot down things I want to remember in my review.

    BlogLines is a godsend.

  12. Thanks, Shana! Ugh, it’s so true! What would we do without Bloglines? I’d be lost, even moreso this week than normal!

  13. I do what bermudaonion mentioned.

    One thing that helps me is if I can’t think of what to say about a book, I’ll use my questionnaire. Even if I don’t end up leaving the questionnaire as part of the post, it gets me started.

  14. I’m a newbie to this book blogging thing and I really appreciate your tip to start a draft when you start reading a book. I like some of the other comments about writing down themes or things you think of while you’re reading. I always think about stuff when I’m reading, but as soon as I’m done with the book I forget. I think this will help me a lot with my blogging. Thanks!

  15. I don’t usually write a draft. Maybe I’ll try that. That way, I remember more things to write about as I go. Thanks for the suggestion.

  16. I’ve never thought about writing a draft while still reading the book. I do try to do sticky notes but sometimes I get so into a book that I don’t want to stop and find the sticky notes. I regret it later.

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