This week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
I’ll give you the same advice I give everyone I know who’s considering starting a blog: have a plan. Plan your content, and plan your schedule. I don’t mean you have to have every blog post already formulated, of course, but know what kind of content you want to write about (and make sure it’s something you can generate a lot of content around) and know how often you want to blog.
When I started this blog, I committed to two book reviews every week, and I’ve stuck to that for four years. I knew how much I read (and have read) and knew that I’d be able to generate content around two books every week. I honestly don’t think there’s any other topic I could manage that kind of volume of content around! But for me, there are always new books (or a loooong list of old ones), so that always gives me something new to write about.
Blogging is just like any other writing. You have to make it happen. If you decide to write whenever inspiration strikes…well, you might be different, but for me, I find strikes of inspiration can be few and far between, especially if I’m not consciously striving towards producing a certain amount of content on a regular schedule. When I started blogging, I also thought I’d do “Ruminations” posts on writing topics whenever the inspiration appeared…and those posts have been pretty few and far between!
Two book reviews per week may not be the right schedule or content for you–but know what schedule and content will be right, before you start blogging.
Other bloggers–what kind of advice would you give?