Over the course of the last month, I’ve tried really hard to get more involved and be more active in the blogging community, particularly on Twitter. I feel like I’ve succeeded in my mission as I’m making much more of an effort to share posts, chat with bloggers and find new ones to follow. Another thing that I’ve started taking part in are comment threads. For those that don’t know, comment threads are run by certain bloggers / accounts and basically gives everyone taking part the chance to share their new blog posts, discover new blogs and gain some comments on your own as well.
When I started book blogging, back in 2013, my ultimate aim was to start working with publishers and authors and being seen as a worthy enough book blogger to get sent books to review. Now don’t get me wrong, the free books are not the be-all and end-all of book blogging but having an author or a publisher contact you, regarding reviewing one of their new titles and allowing you to be a part of that pre-publication hype and providing your honest thoughts on a book which, chances are, people are going to read before they decide to buy the book themselves, is quite special. Book bloggers and book reviews are so very important so it’s not surprising new book bloggers (or even experienced bloggers who haven’t yet ventured into the book blogging world yet) want to be a part of that.
I’ve been offering advertising slots on my blog for maybe around a year now and decided to do so after a lot of research into what other bloggers were doing, trying out some advertising packages myself and weighing up the pros and cons of introducing them to my blog. At the time I started offering them, it was the time where my blog had start to really grow and I wanted to maximise that the best I could and I thought advertising slots would be a good way to do that. I was speaking to someone on twitter who was interested in possibly offering her own but needed more advice so I thought I’d concoct a little blog post about the whole thing which will hopefully help and give some of you some guidance who may be considering it too!
When I joined the Twittersphere at the same time I joined the blogosphere, I did not know how bloggers gained so many damn followers. I understood that I was a newbie and that it wouldn’t happen over night and many bloggers had been working for years to build up such a substantial following but I could just never envision it happening for me. Until it did.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but a lot of peeps who start a blog have the intention of hopefully, maybe, doing product reviews somewhere down the line. I know I did. And I’ll be the first to admit that getting free stuff is f***ing awesome. And having brands put their products and trust in your hands is f***ing awesome. But unfortunately, with so many bajillions of bloggers all hoping and working for the same thing, products don’t always come to us at the rate we want them to.
When I came onto the blogging scene in 2013, I had no idea what a Twitter chat was. I’d never seen one or heard of one and when I finally came across one (Lord only knows which one it was), I wasn’t particularly eager to get involved and I didn’t think it would be for me. When I finally did take part in my first one, I wasn’t nervous at all – I just thought I would answer some questions on Twitter and see other people’s answers to the same questions. I realised it was quite fun so started to take part in more and more, particularly ones in different topics.
As a just starting out book blogger back in 2013, I craved for the days where I would be contacted by authors and/or publishers asking me to review their books. That was something set aside specially for the top dogs in book blogging – those at the top of the game whose opinions and reviews were crucial for that particular books promotion and development. But what I didn’t really get was that a lot of it was down to me – and my blog. I needed to make it clearer that that’s what I could offer, too.
Stats, page views, followers, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, whether you like them or not, in the blogging world, numbers are everywhere. Some people take more notice of the numbers than others. Some people are consumed by numbers and others couldn’t give a rats ass but at the end of the day, every blogger has numbers to their name. Caring about them is a whole other ball game but… do they really matter?
I sincerely hope you’ve not read the title of this post and thought, ‘finally, she’s realised!’ But if you have, well, whatever. Nothing I can do about it. All seriousness, I’ve noticed a lot, I mean a lot of ‘blogging etiquette’ that every blogger and their nan seem to be doing, trying to do or wishing they were doing to be in and amongst the very best of the best who know exactly what they’re doing and are seemingly perfect in this big, crazy blogosphere. I… am not one of those people. Not for lack of trying, seriously I have tried but I just can’t seem to get to grips with all this. Does that make me a bad blogger? Absolutely not. But I am a bit rubbish sometimes. Here’s why.
Let’s face it, we all do it. And not just with blogs – with everything. It’s in our nature to compare, compare, compare (yes I read that in the ‘Go Compare’ voice) but comparing your blog constantly with other people’s can seriously weigh you down. I’ve been there and it sucks.