Note: This post was rewritten 9/15/19.
Everyone’s looking for a way to up their blogging game. Whether it’s to redesign the look of your website, start and continue some genuine and necessary conversations, or to just plain get some more traffic – all of us have ideas on what to do and how to do it.
In this post, a list of articles written by fellow book bloggers have been compiled that will help you do all of the above and more! So without further ado, here’s a list of insightful articles you should read to become a better book blogger, broken up by section.
People like pretty things. This is a well-known fact. So with that in mind, we can agree that people are more likely to be drawn to a pretty blog than a basic one. These posts will help you redesign your blog and make it much more pleasing to look at – which won’t just make you happy, but your followers too.
Karlita gives tips on how to format our posts and generally make them look prettier with some handy HTML tips. This post is incredibly useful. HTML is so very hard to understand, much less use, but luckily, Karlita figured it out and gives bloggers pieces of code to copy and paste to help format their posts.
Marija talks about features bloggers should definitely have in their blogs and discusses graphics, all to help bloggers better organize their blogs and make their content look gorgeous while doing so.
Vicky demonstrates how to make featured images for posts using the header images of books. Another extremely helpful post, as Vicky describes her process of creating header images so thoroughly and she even includes walk-through videos!
Conversations Book Bloggers (as a Community) Should Consider
Every community has its problems, and the book community is no exception. The first step to fixing flaws as always been recognizing that they exist. The posts featured below highlight flaws within publishing and the book community, and they offer ways in which we can help fix them.
Elise talks about how people’s disinterest in books with sapphic romances doesn’t exist in a vacuum. This is an insightful and well-written post that pulls a variety of information from many different sources to talk about the disparity in how many people read and like mlm romances versus how many people read and like wlw romances, and the reasons behind that. It’s required reading and it highlights the importance of how book bloggers should be promoting books with sapphic characters, so they can reach a larger audience!
Aline hones in on the biases bloggers have in boosting diverse books – specifically, what kinds of diverse books they boost. This is in a similar vein of discussion as Elise’s post, but it talks more about the book community’s biases and how they’re visible in what books bloggers read and promote. As Aline puts it, bloggers shouldn’t let the responsibility of promoting certain diverse books fall only on the shoulders of people who identify with those marginalizations, “We should be [promoting these books] as a community.”
Shri discusses disability representation and invites two authors to her blog to chat about disability representation as well. This post is on the longer side, but again – required reading. Everything from harmful tropes surrounding disability representation to what bloggers can do to help is covered. A list of books with disability representation is also provided at the end of the post, so make sure to read those!
Taasia tackles ARCs and how they’re distributed, the privilege involved in said distribution, and what we as a community should be doing. There are many limitations and biases involved in the distribution of ARCs, and Taasia excellently dissects them while offering solutions (and a little tough love). It’s a post every influencer in the book community should read because it raises some very valid points.
Lori gives us her take on the age-old discussion of whether or not we should post negative reviews. It addresses multiple points that many bloggers have argued over and hashed out, and it’s overall very comprehensive, meaning that she effectively argues in favor of negative reviews while mentioning points that people against negative reviews have brought up.
Every blogger loves it, every blogger compares it, and no blogger really knows how to get it – traffic. Traffic refers to many aspects of interaction – likes, comments, follows, etc. It can feel incredibly validating – but also incredibly discouraging. The following posts offer different looks at blogging traffic, including ways to increase them and what we do to increase them.
To start off, Caitlin wrote an amazing and uplifting post about why bloggers should never compare their blog’s statistics with that of other bloggers. She gives a list of reasons and iterates why all of them are completely valid, and it’s definitely a post bloggers should read when they’re feeling down about how much (or, in this case, little) traffic they’re receiving. Basically, to sum: You should not be obsessed with your blog’s stats because everyone is different.
That being said, May gives their view on why blogging stats are important, while addressing the general view. It’s a thoughtful discussion, one that addresses stats as important to some, but ultimately recognizes that everyone feels differently about them. And like Caitlin, May makes sure to state that you shouldn’t be obsessed with your stats!
And finally, Marie explains how you can get more followers and comments by offering several tips. These tips are surefire ways to increase the traffic your blog receives, and Marie makes sure to provide in-depth explanations for each of them. So if stats do matter to you, then here are the ways in which you can boost your own!
What did you think of the articles? Are there any articles you feel like belong on this list? If so, drop the links to them in the comments below!
About the Post Author
Surina is an avid reader who spent most of her childhood buried in books, and who hopes to spend more of her life doing the same. She is perpetually tired and likes to spend her (nonexistent) free time complaining to her dog. Some of her favorite books are Aru Shah and the End of Time, Timekeeper, and The Priory of the Orange Tree. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.