Today I am pleased to bring you a guest post from Hayley from Rather Too Fond of Books. Hayley is a blogger that I have really come to enjoy. She has some great insights and is genuinely caring. She will tell us about blogging and the kinds of things that seem to attract more followers (she is at over 2,000 in just about seven months). This post will feature your choice of 4 Clamshell candle tarts from NovellyYours* (US Only) as your reward. Will run April 22 – April 28, so enter via Rafflecopter below. *I am not affiliated with these companies, I just like their stuff.
How I Blog
Firstly, I want to congratulate you Laura on a year of blogging! Your blog is brilliant and one of my favourites. Thank you so much for inviting me to write this post, it was lovely to be asked and to be a part of your blogiversary celebrations.
I started my book blog at the end of August last year after I’d had major spinal surgery and was confined to bed, I needed a project and had always wanted to set up a blog. In those initial few months I read a lot and reviewed a lot, I think this helped my blog get off the ground as I’d got it set in my mind what I wanted my blog to be and I’d written quite a lot of reviews before I ever started sharing my posts. I’m amazed every day by the fact that people read and share my posts, and I’m so grateful to everyone who follows my blog. I have over 2000 followers now and it’s astounding to me that so many people like my blog.
I firmly believe that content is what brings readers back to your blog so always focus on that. If you write great posts then people will want to read more of them. Find your own style too: write in a way that is natural to you, and set your posts out in a way that you like – don’t try and mimic what others are doing. If you’re just starting out as a blogger I’d recommend focusing on reviewing some of your own books and posting them on your blog at first, and once you’ve got some content on there then look at promoting your blog.
Joining a couple of social media sites and consider setting up new accounts to go with your blog. I joined twitter and Facebook as I’d enjoyed using them before and understood how they worked. I recommend that you pick a couple of sites that you enjoy and that work well with how you blog and then use them regularly. I have a presence on a couple of other sites (Google+ and Pinterest) but I don’t use them much as yet. A top tip here is to try and use the same username, or at least the same avatar, on all the sites you join so that it matches your blog and will help people recognise you.
Be generous. Blogging is a community and it’s only polite and fair to share other blogger’s content. If you read a post that you think is great then like it, share it on social media, reblog it or leave a comment. Make time every day to do this. It’s the same in blogging as in life – the more you take time for other people, the more they will take time for you.
Look out for some weekly memes to join in with as they’re a great way to find new blogs to follow and it helps people find your blog too. I always take part in WWW Wednesday, Stacking the Shelves, and Sunday Post but there are so many different ones so find something that you enjoy and which works for your blog.
Most of all though, blog because you love it! I honestly think that we can all spot when someone is enthusiastic and having fun on their blog and that’s infectious – it makes us want to follow their blog and to read whatever they write about.