Remember the blogger tips from last week? Well, here’s round 2!
So for this week, I decided to make it about the actual writing of blogs. Because like everything when it comes to blogging, that stuff can be hard.
But never fear. I’ll be acting as your li’l fae friend today, frolicking around and sprinkling words of advice in an attempt to make your task that little bit easier.
So let’s get on with the “writing” tips!
You can’t blog without writing. There needs to be something to read. But it can be difficult knowing what to write, where to get ideas from, when to write…so many things to consider (quite frankly, it can be exhausting). And though there’s still times when I struggle, I’ve figured out the ways to make it easier for myself – here’s to hoping they help you guys too!
Like last week, I’m starting with what I consider to be the most important of the lot.
Write for YOU!
If you write things that you think people will want to read, but you don’t necessarily want to write about it, then that’s quickly going to kill your love for blogging. If you’re writing a blog post because you think it’s expected of you, and your readers will be disappointed, again – your love for blogging may die. Write what you want, what you’re passionate about, when you want. It’s your blog.
I’ve had many a time where I’ve thought something along the lines of “Maybe I should write more professionally” or “My reviews won’t be taken seriously if I just babble on and use caps lock too much”.
But I’m saying NO. If you want to take on a chattier style of writing, you do that. Seriously. For me, there was actually a day when I thought “No. You know what? I’m going to type exactly how I think. Exactly what I’d say.” And I’ve honestly not looked back since. My reviews contain major fangirling. Or screaming. Or too much punctuation. Or jokes (if I’m ever clever enough to come up with any). Every single blog posts I write, I type it out how I’d say it. And ever since I have done, people have enjoyed my posts more. Because you can tell it’s just me, and how I am.
So trust me, if you want to write in a chatty style, but don’t feel like you should…DO IT ANYWAY!
If you can, write when you feel most productive during the day.
If you write more in the morning, do that. If you’d rather wait until evening, do that. I personally write quicker during the evening, and can see a definite difference in how long it takes me to type.
But more importantly – if you write when you actually WANT to, rather than when is just convenient, you’ll instantly be so much more passionate about it. Especially when it comes to reviews.
Proofreading is a chore. I know. I very rarely proofread my own blog posts.
But I don’t think people actually realize there’s a button up at the top to do it for you! For some unbeknownst reason that is just lost in my mind, I never used to use it. I just chanced skimmed over my writing and hoped there were no mistakes. But that button, guys. Makes things so much easier.
(Although it can go a bit mad on reviews for fantasy books, with all the made up names and all)
I’ve had people ask me how I come up with blog post ideas. And since I post at least 3 times a week, have been blogging for nearly a year and have yet to run out of ideas, I’m honestly surprised with myself in that way.
Honestly, I just spend a while looking everywhere. Sure, I look through other people’s book blogs and see if anything sparks an idea. But usually, I actually just scroll through twitter and see what people are talking about. You might see someone mention bookstores, or an article about YA, or see an interesting poll, and decide to write about it. Or I even sometimes scroll through bookstagram and all the hashtags that come with it. People talk in their captions. See what they’re talking about. Or use the scenes and events around you. Seasons. Something might remind you of a certain book.
It can take some getting used to, seeing ideas in “unlikely” places. But once you get the hang of taking note of what people are talking about, it can become easier.
I say this one all the time. Monthly Wrap Ups? Monthly Hauls?
Write them as a draft from the beginning of the month!
I update mine at the end of every week. It makes it so much easier to handle all the links and photos, just to do a week’s worth every so often than a month’s worth in one day.
This one is SO blatantly obvious, but it needs saying every so often. Because we all have those moments where an amazing idea pops into mind, and yet you manage to convince yourself “you’ll remember”.
YOU WON’T. DON’T DO IT. WRITE IT DOWN.
Plus it makes it a hell of a lot easier when you come to write a post but have no idea what to write. Just a quick glance at your notebook, or your drafts, and BOOM instant idea.
Reviews can be written in so many ways. Deciding on one can make writing your reviews so much easier! You won’t be looking at a blank screen – you’ll have a vague idea of the structure you want to use, what information you need to think about.
I tell mine in a sort of “story” method. First, I have a photo, the details and the synopsis. Then I go onto my review, where I just ramble. But I call it a “story” method because I usually start from my thoughts of the beginning of the book, and explain how they might have changed the further I read.
You could do that. Or you could just ramble. You could do it in sections – one about the characters, another about the setting, another the plot, and so on. Or you could have it in two sections, the good points and the bad points. You could bring out the inner critic. You could focus on topics you look for, like LGBTQ+ and Diversity.
Once you have a vague review method, you’ll always have a starting point for your reviews 🙂
This kind of links with the 3rd point. But if you’re in a real writing mood, go for it! There’s no limit on how many blog posts you can have scheduled (as far as I’m aware), so why not write more than one when you feel like it? Write more than one post at a time whenever you can, and you’ll not have to worry about getting another one written in time.
Personally, every Monday I write my posts for Wednesday and Friday. Right now (which is Saturday evening – last night if you’re reading this on publish day) I’m writing this post, and then I’ll be writing a review and possibly updating my September Wrap Up. I love doing more than one at a time!
If you’re like me, this one will link to Tip 2.
There’s a lot of blogs out there. And while there’s so many book blogs out there, they’re all different. Because we all have a different personality. So let it show!
I LOVE seeing someone’s personality through their blog. In their writing, in their design. Everywhere. It makes me feel closer to them, like a friend. And it’s actually pretty easy to do – if you make your blog exactly how you want it, then TADDAA! It’ll show your personality 🙂
So there we have it!
Those were my 10 tips on how to make your writing experience in blogging just that little bit easier. I really hope you guys enjoyed this post and that it helped even in the slightest way.
Next week’s post will be about design tips, so if you have any particular questions or tips you want to know about when it comes to designing your blog, let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure to add them in!
How did you like this tip post? Did you enjoy it? Was it helpful?
Do you follow any of these tips yourself?
Is there anything else you’d like to know about how I write my posts/when I write them/post ideas?
Are there any tips you’d like to know when it comes to designing your blog?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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