Feature and Follow Friday 3.1.2013

Feature and Follow Friday BadgeWelcome to my post for Feature and Follow Friday. This meme is the brainchild of Alison at Alison Can Read and Rachel at Parajunkee’s View.

Each week, in addition to a question to answer, one of the previous week’s participants will be randomly selected by each host for an interview (hence the Feature portion of the meme). This week’s featured bloggers are Kathryn’s Inbox and Megz Madd Readz.

Here’s this week’s question:

Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you’ve done, that as you gained more experience, you were like “oops?”

When you start blogging, even if you read a lot of online articles about the how tos and the what whats, you eventually have to decide for yourself how often you’d like to post. There’s no hard and fast rule, but when I started blogging for my remodeling company a few years ago, the consensus was that you should post at least 3 times per week. It all depends as to how big of a footprint you want to leave: what’s the purpose of your blog?

These days, there are so many blogs out there, if you want to be heard and found, you have to post often. But what if you go to school full time, work full time, or have family obligations? Especially if you have a book blog – how can you read a lot AND write a lot of reviews?

When I first started this blog, I got super excited when I discovered author requested reviews (ARRs). We were usually given 3-4 weeks to read and write reviews, which is a super doable time-frame. Unless you take on way too many. That was my first (and definitely not my last) mistake, especially when some of the books really weren’t that good, but I had to read them anyway. (I swear I read as slow as molasses when I don’t like something.) I am proud to say, though, I only abandoned two ARRs last year.

That’s the long way around to getting to this point: don’t bite off more than you can chew. Start off slowly, posting three or four times a month. Build up gradually, adding perhaps a weekly meme to your mix (so your readers can get to know you better). You might even write an essay one day about something (even vaguely) book-related. Don’t set yourself up to fail before you’ve even started with crazy expectations about how much you’ll post and how many followers and commenters you’ll get.

Crazy expectations re. followers and commenters…that’s a post for another day.

3 thoughts on “Feature and Follow Friday 3.1.2013”

  1. That’s great advice. Start slow, and then expand. When I started blogging, I had no idea if I would really like it. I wanted to try it out to talk about books, but still had no idea if I would stick to it. After about six months, I realized that I loved it, and really got into it then. I started commenting, and making a schedule, and really figuring out what things I like to do on my blog.

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