Personal Lessons I’ve Learned From 6 Months of Blogging

This is a follow-up to my article on the lessons I’ve learned after 3 months of blogging.

Blogging is incredibly fun and rewarding, but it will stress you out and wreck you if you let it. Over the past 6 months, I’ve had many successes and failures as a blogger and often I have allowed it to get stressful. But more recently, I have learned to grow personally from these experiences, both the negative and the positive. I want to share some of what I’ve learned with you today.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned personally was that I had no idea how much more I have to say about bookish things. Even with the narrow focus of a book blog, there are limitless possibilities, only restricted by my ability to find the right words and energy to get something cohesive written up. 

I am by no means an expert blogger. What I want to share are personal lessons I’ve learned during the six wonderful months I’ve spent being a member of the book blogging community. I hope some of my experiences with blogging will resonate with a few of you.

Thank you for your time.


Personal Lessons I’ve Learned From 6 Months Of Blogging

Reviews will not bring in huge audiences

Perhaps this does not apply to other bloggers, but book reviews are consistently my least popular blog posts. I can’t explain why, but I surmise that not everyone is going to care about every book you review. That’s the hard truth. Some books will appeal to certain people and others not at all. That’s not something you can change, unless you have built a strong relationship with some of your followers. But even then the audience is limited.

 To get your reviews noticed, you will have to make your followers care about you and what you have to say. This is extremely time-consuming and requires you to devote hours visiting other blogs and building bonds with fellow bloggers every week. Sometimes this work will not be rewarded, because not everyone you visit has the time to visit your blog back (or they may not even want to), but if you’re persistent and have the time, you can acquire a secure, built-in audience for your book reviews. 

I am not saying I follow this strategy every day, but I have seen it work for other bloggers and it’s what I aspire to do. I try to visit as many blogs as I am able, because I do care about what you all have to say and engaging with you all is the best way to feel like a part of the community. But time is limited, and unless I discover a way to stop time or learn how to live without sleep, my book reviews will continue to be unpopular. I can live with this.

 

Do not be afraid to monetize your blog

Blogging is a labor of love that is almost like a full-time job if you post regularly. Several months into being a blogger and slowly establishing myself in the community, I decided that I wanted monetize my blog by including ads. I know everyone hates ads, I really do understand that because I don’t like them either. But I dedicate so much time into this blog that I think I deserve a small bit of compensation for my work. I struggled with the decision to monetize, but ultimately I went with the Riot Ad Network because their ads are generally book-related and not obtrusive to the reading experience. I do admit that they are definitely unsightly but, hey, that’s the sacrifice I pay for getting paid per ad impression, not per click.

Thankfully, not everyone has been turned off by the ads because my stats are as great as ever! I want to thank all my frequent visitors and those who help share my blog posts on Twitter. Your support means everything to me and I am genuinely grateful. If you have a self-hosted blog that allows for ad placements, then I encourage you try. You deserve compensation for your fabulous work and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Be a prominent voice in your corner of the blogosphere

For a blog to stand out, you will have to be innovative, creative, loud, and visible. Being a leader in your small corner of the book blogging community is important for your blog’s longevity and success.

How can you be a leader?

  • Start a book tag that goes viral
  • Host enticing giveaways
  • Start a book club or a readathon
  • Create a Twitter hashtag and bring it to life
  • Host a Twitter chat

There are countless other ways to stand out and be a leader, you just have to put in the effort and not shy away from responsibility. I am still learning how to be the best blogger I can personally be because truly I have so much to learn and am humbled every day by the creativity and leadership of other bloggers.

 

Do not underestimate the power of social media

Your built-in audience of followers and blogger friends can only get your blog so far. For wider appeal and success, you must harness the power of social media to elevate your brand and your blog. In my opinion, there is a hierarchy of social media sites that will benefit your blog most and bring you the traffic you want.

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. Pinterest
  4. Instagram

Twitter is crucial for any blog. If you establish yourself as a leader you will naturally gain more Twitter followers, which increases your potential audience because those followers may not necessarily be blog subscribers. Facebook is still hugely popular, so I’d say it comes second in potential for blog exposure. If you’re good at making gorgeous and “pinnable” graphics for Pinterest, then you can certainly reach large audiences there as well. Instagram is unfortunately not going to bring much traffic to your blog at all. It is a separate blogging platform that requires almost as much time and effort as your main blog. If you manage to amass a following of thousands, some of them may naturally venture over to your blog if it’s linked on your account. But for most people, this won’t happen.

 

Confidence will bring you opportunities

At around the 6-month mark, most bloggers will start getting the hang of this blogging business and many establish themselves and their brand in varying degrees. I see this milestone as only the launching off point for the rest of your career as a blogger. To catapult your blog into the success it deserves, you will have to be confident in yourself and your brand to reach out to authors and publishers for review copies of books and author features/interviews. Yes, one of the benefits of being a book blogger is receiving ARCs and free review copies. There is nothing wrong with wanting these things because our work matters and publishers/authors understand this. 

Let me tell you from personal experience – once I got over my insecurities and gained the confidence to contact publishers about getting on mailing lists for future releases, the results surpassed my expectations. I currently have a series of author interviews scheduled and have received several review copies, which will be a blessing for my wallet. Spending hundreds of dollars on new books alone during the first half of 2016 turned out to be a little excessive even for me. I receive all these benefits simply because I was confident enough to believe in my worth and my voice as a blogger. I look forward to seeing what other opportunities open to me in the future. For now, I must remain confident and so should you.


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59 thoughts on “Personal Lessons I’ve Learned From 6 Months of Blogging

  1. Great post! I love to hear what you have to say. I find it interesting because I feel like an oddball but I often find that my book review posts are my most popular going by interactiveness (likes, etc) – but view-wise Top Ten Tuesdays and the like are always much larger than my regular, non-linked up posts. Good on you for monetising your blog! I feel like that’s something I might just consider in the future.

  2. As always, such great insight on blogging from you Naz. I definitely agree about the interacting and blog visiting part- I keep a physical list of blogs that I want to make sure I’m checking in on frequently but I imagine I will have to get on a better tracking system as that list gets bigger, but for now, it’s working for me. My learning curve with blogging has been very flat, which has more to do with the timing of starting to blog than anything. Your tips are so beneficial and I’m incorporating these for sure. You have such a great voice with promoting diverse content, so keep on writing!

    1. Thank you, Janani!
      I also have a folder of blogs I’ve bookmarked and try to get to them all by the end of the week. This is important as a blogger because otherwise you’re just talking AT people and some people don’t like that. But I really do understand that some bloggers don’t have the time, so no judgment for those who can’t do it. 🙂
      My tips are mostly personal, definitely not applicable to all. But thanks for the kind words!

  3. It is wonderful to see how blogging has been such a great learning experience for you. As I interact with you, and other bloggers, I learn too 🙂 Yours has been a strong voice in promoting diversity in reading and blogging and it is commendable that you have done so much within 6 months. Here’s wishing you and your blog many, many more years of being awesome!

  4. Great post! This was jammed pack with advice that I plan on following as well. I didn’t realize the importance of social media, and will be looking into improving that aspect of blogging for myself. Honestly, I often fear what others think, and if I’m posting the best things, but I’m so glad you encourage confidence. It is my blog after all, and it should be filled with content I enjoy. Loved reading! 🙂

    1. Social media is what made my blog what it is, honestly. But it’s difficult to find your audience and it’s very time consuming to promote yourself and your brand. Thankfully I have a job that allows me to be on Twitter almost every day! haha So that’s a nice perk 😉

      Thank you for reading. Confidence is so important to your success as well. Create content that you enjoy, is valuable, and that you’re proud of!

  5. Hard to believe you’ve only been around for 6 months, Naz!! Congrats, you’ve achieved amazing things! And yay for getting ARCs and a bit ad money in return.
    For me the community aspect is the best thing and I agree that friends will even read lots of reviews😁 And they also keep talking to you and visiting your blog if you disappear for a year…I found that pretty awesome.
    I’m super laidback about blogging but I think I need to change my blog name to nowhitedudelit or sth, perhaps that’ll scare em off!

    1. Oh, Bina I’m so glad that many great things are happening to me! Yeah, it’s hard to imagine that I’ve only been around for 6 months, too. These months have stretched out so long for me, but they have been rewarding in the end. I have never felt so productive in my life! I can’t give this feeling up. 😀

      You have definitely formed some loyal followers, Bina! That’s the perk of being so awesome, kind, and being around for a few years. 😉 I hope you stick around for many more.

      1. Haha stop it, you are too kind, Naz! Just looking back at what you’ve achieved in 6 months, you could probably take on world peace next you know! 😀 Hope you’ll blog for a long long time!

  6. I can totally relate to reviews not getting views. Reviews are by far my least viewed posts. It’s probably because not every book will appeal to every person. Posts that are more general will appeal to more people. This sucks because reviews take me days to write. Top Ten Tuesdays are very popular on my blog, but they take far less work and brain power than reviews. It doesn’t seem fair.

    1. Gad to hear reviews being less popular is true for you as well. But they are such an important aspect of a book blog! Reviews take me so long to write as well, and since I’m a slow reader, I cannot produce as many reviews as other people. That’s why I only do one a week, that’s as much as I can manage, and it wouldn’t do my blog many favors is I wrote 3 in a week when few people are going to red them! It’s better to focus on fewer and allow people to come to your blog and eventually read your reviews, even if it’s not as many people as you’d like.

  7. I enjoy these posts, Naz. It’s hard to believe you’ve only been at it 6 months, your blog is so professional! It’s obvious that you put a lot of work into your posts and really believe in what you’re doing, and I appreciate your voice in the blog world. Not only that, but you are so approachable in comments and on social media – that is a plus that will only draw more readers, I’m sure. Best of luck for continued success!

    1. Thank you very much, Laila. 😀 I don’t feel very professional at all, but I appreciate the compliment.
      I will keep working hard, but at a more manageable pace. It took me far too long to reach a rhythm for blogging that wasn’t too fast-paced or stressful. But I think I’m there now and can enjoy myself as well as still have an active and mildly successful blog.
      I love blog hopping! I only wish could get to know everyone, but I think I will come to know more people the longer I’m around, so I need to be patient.
      Thanks for reading!

  8. You should be very proud of all that you have accomplished and learned in only 6 months!!! I have also been blogging just short of 6 months. I struggle the most with creative and original content. I want my blog to be more than weekly memes, wrap ups, TBR’s, hauls, etc etc. Unfortunatly I have not gathered up the courage to put myself out there just yet. I think you have don’t such a wonderful job at this and posting content that is not only original, but meaningful and important.

    1. Definitely take blogging at your own pace.
      Your blog is so fun to follow right now, so keep up the good work! But when you’re ready, definitely consider putting yourself out there and branching out beyond memes and wrap-ups. Reviews are essential, though! Even if they aren’t popular. 😉
      Thank you for the kind works, Amanda. It’s been wonderful engaging with you over the last few weeks and making a connection! I love making blogger friends. Let’s keep going on this book blogging adventure together and have a successful 1-year anniversary. 😀

  9. Excellent! Congratulations! You rock! Your blog rocks! May you enjoy continued success! I’m not kidding. I truly admire your blog, and the dedication you put into finding interesting ways to connect with your readers shows. If you’ve learned all of this in only 6 months, its going to be fun checking-in with your future milestones, Naz.

  10. I agree with what everyone else is saying about how far you have come in just 6 months. You’re a natural at this!
    I think a lot of your success is due to your dedication to creating community. You’re always out there commenting on everyone’s blogs (even the ones that have different focuses from your own), and your personality and sincerity shines through in your comments. 🙂

    Now for specifics:
    1. Recognizing that reviews will not bring a big audience is something I see a lot. But reviews are the backbone of my whole blog, so I never know quite what to make of this. I like to think that the reviews may not get the quick hits, but maybe they get the lasting ones. But that’s probably just me thinking optimistically. Personally, I love reading the reviews – I’d read more of them if I could. But I admit that they’re harder to comment on, especially if you haven’t also read the book. Know this: if ever I leave just a ‘like’ on a review post, I have actually read the post and liked it! I often wonder if sometimes people just ‘like’ something without reading it. I don’t like the thought of that. I want my ‘likes’ to be genuine.
    2. Okay, I rambled so much already that maybe I’ll be done. Just one more thing: thanks for encouraging me to join Twitter. I was trying to decide between Twitter and Instagram, and I’m so glad I went with Twitter. I know I’m not on it a lot, but I’m still glad I’m at least there. 🙂

    1. Your blog seems to be doing just fine even though it’s mostly reviews! That’s because you’ve been around for a while and people know you. You have the loyal following that I was talking about, and you quickly made one out of me because you’re so kind, approachable, and always eager to start a discussion or leave thoughtful comment. This goes a log way and people acknowledge this. You’re right about reviews getting decent views in the long run. I am still hung up on instant gratification, so I am always a bit disappointed with how few hits my reviews get compared to all my other posts. But over time, the stats get better.

      I think the majority of people do “like” at least a couple of posts without reading any or much of them. I am guilty of this too, especially when I don’t have much time to devote to other blogs. Sometimes I quickly browse through the WordPress reader and like posts that have catchy titles or eye-catching images. I like the idea of only liking a post when I have actually read it! I should try to practice this more because it’s more meaningful.

      Instagram is a tough nut to crack. I think my pictures are decent, but they don’t get a lot of attention. I seem to be doing pretty well on Twitter, though, so I will continue to place most of my energy there.

      1. It really is interesting to see how older posts do over time – which ones still get hits and which don’t. It’s sometimes surprising.
        Looking forward to being blogging buddies with you for a long time to come! 🙂

  11. Great advice! I agree reviews tend to be lower in views than other posts. I think it’s probably a combination of things: people haven’t heard of the book and don’t care, people have already read 20 reviews for that book and no longer care, people want to read the book but don’t want to be influenced by other reviews and see spoilers, etc. Bloggers are constantly saying they enjoy reviews (and I believe them; I do, too, in theory), but it’s hard for people to relate to a post on such a very specific topic, I guess.

    1. This was a great post! Lots of lessons still to learn. I’m only cruising the 70 000 seas of the blogosphere for about 4 months now and agree with you. Of the 85 posts I have posted so far, only 14 are book reviews. Sometimes they get larger traffic than other times. Still working on that one. I have a couple of things I still want to add and change on my blog and realized that I need to start noting those! AND then get someone to help me as I am basically clueless. Thanks for the great advice!

      1. It’s great to meet new bloggers. I have lost count of how many book blogger specifically started just this year! Thanks for stopping by, Mareli. I try my best to connect with bloggers outside of WordPress, but it’s difficult sometimes due to time constraints and the sheer number of people I follow at this point, haha. But I appreciate you making the connection. I’ll hop on over to your blog now. 🙂

    2. I do believe that many bloggers do enjoy reviews. We under stand how time-intensive reading a book and reviewing it can be, so we are more likely to read a review than non-bloggers. This is just a guess, of course, because I can’t possibly know this for sure but it rings true for me. In the long run, though, review for popular or semi-popular books may eventually garner a decent amount of view through searches and simply having a long history.

      I have noticed that reviews I post for ARCS get more views for me. That’s usually because I’m in contact with the author and they are happy to share my review with their followers on social media, so this helps a lot! This won’t work for hugely popular books, though. Big name authors aren’t going to connect with you on social media unless they’re incredibly kind and grateful people with lots of time on their hands. haha.

  12. Absolutely brilliant post. Lots of really interesting information, lessons learned and advice for other bloggers! 🙂 I’m glad you’re doing so well and have made such progress in six months – it’s inspiring for other people who started around the same time, myself included! I think it’s a brave decision to include ads on your blog. Although they’re a bit ‘unsightly’ (as you so diplomatically put haha!), I agree that it’s totally worth it to have some compensation for something that is basically another job, albeit a fun one. 🙂 Keep doing what you’re doing, Naz! x

    1. It took me ages to get over how ugly the ads were, Sammie! D:
      But they pay better than other ads and I want to see how much money I can make off of them. If it doesn’t bring much revenue consistently, I may just get rid of them, but it’s hard to say no to money 😉
      Thanks for the encouragement! You’re doing amazing work too so let’s both keep it. up.

      1. Haha! I don’t think they’re as bad as you think they are. 🙂 Are the ads consistently book related or do you get some random ones in there? Yeah it’s definitely a good experiment and it totally is hard to turn down a bit of extra cash here and there. 😉 No problem! Thank you! 🙂 *blogger newbies fist bump*

    1. You have to find the publisher’s contact details and email the publicity team of the book or books you’re interested in. Email with confidence and let them know why you deserve to be on their mailing list. It’s only worked once with a big name publisher, but I’m already on several mailing lists for smaller presses. Starting out with indie presses would be easier for most blogger, I imagine.

  13. Congrats on 6 months, Naz!! You’ve done SO much for the book community. I feel like you’re probably sick of me saying how amazing your posts are, but I’m gonna say it again anyway 😉

    I definitely agree with you about reviews and visiting blogs. I always try and visit as many blogs as I can (which is why sometimes I’m replying to things a week later 😅). I feel like visiting other blogs and interacting has been what’s really helped my blog grow. The section about monetising is super helpful! I’ve been thinking about upgrading my free wordpress account so that’s something I definitely want to look into. It’s great that you’ve had success with contacting publishers too! That and creating some more original content is what I’m currently working on.

    1. Thank you, Lauren. I never get tired of compliments! 😀
      You deserve much success and to be paid for it! It’s not going to be much, but it will make my book-buying addiction a little less painful 😉 I’m still waiting on that first payment! Ugh. I’m supposed to wait 75 days or something, which feels like an eternity, but it should be coming soon. I lost track of when I started the ads. It’ll be a pleasant surprise and I’ll be sure to celebrate when I get paid. Yay!
      Good luck with the contacting publishers. I’m sure Australia has lots of great ones, right? 🙂 If they take a peek at your blog and see how much people interact with you and read your content, then they’d be foolish not to add you to their mailing lists!

      1. Haha, good 😎

        I definitely understand why that would feel like forever 😂 Hopefully you’ll be able to receive it soon!!

        Thank you!! Yeah, there’s quiet a few great ones. I’ve been browsing catalogues and haven’t really found any books that I’m particularly interested in, but the moment I do I’ll definitely be putting together an email!

  14. oh this is an awesome round-up of tips and I totally agree with them! I’ve been blogging for nearly 5 years and omggg SO MUCH WORK.😂 Very rewarding though! My #1 method of networking is going around to visit lots of blogs and do linkups and just generally connect with people. And it’s so true…people care more about reviews when they know more about the BLOGGER. My reviews are definitely not my top-audience-favourite, but I do still get quite a bit of interaction on them which is fun. Took years to get there though hahah.
    And oh, I would like to monetise my blog someday! It’d be super helpful. ;D
    And being confident is also a really good idea *nods* I used to host a ton of linkups and things but now? Not so much.😂 I should work on that but tiiiiime. We need time machines, right?!

    1. You definitely a veteran book blogger! Wow, 5 years is amazing. I’m sure you’ve seen the community evolve and change over time.

      I’ve seen you around so many blogs! So I thought I’d hop on over and find out who this wonderful and smart Cait was. Yes, blog hopping is incredibly time consuming, but it pays off in the end if one can carve out a bit of time every day to engage.
      Yes, please someone invent a time machine asap. I wish I could make the rounds to every blog daily but that’s impossible! 🙈
      I’m glad to hear review engagement will increase over time. I just have to be diligent and make sure people don’t forget about me and know I care about them too. 😇

  15. I am a sporadic blogger because I can’t spend the time it would take to do a good-great blog. But I am trying to post a bit more frequently and interact/comment on other people’s blogs. I’d like to ask what is a successful blog? Are you looking for lots of views and interactions? A way to make money? An outlet to talk about the great books you’re reading? A way to make friends? What’s the goal? That will influence what you do to improve your blog.

    I have loved reading since I was a child, and I like talking with people about books we’ve read. I’m personally a bit afraid of getting too many followers because I have other irons in the fire (a job, friends in real life, family, singing with a Threshold choir, . . . ) I’m sure you do too – I’m just not willing spend a lot of time upping my stats.

    I follow blogs because I discover new books to read, and especially like the ones like yours that put something personal and something to think about in the bog. (Something I could improve on, definitely.)

    1. Everyone has different goals for their blogs. Your goals are perfectly reasonable! At this point in my life, I would like to continue building my brand as a blogger, slowly but steadily. So yes, that means getting a decent amount of site hits and interactions on my posts. Over time, and as I get older, my goals will change and I may not even be a blogger. But as long as you commit to goals that are reasonable to you, there are several ways to have a “successful” blog. Keep posting at a reasonable pace for you and don’t feel obligated to always visit other blogs if you don’t have the time. Even though this is one of the best ways to feel like a part of the community, other people understand that not everyone has the time. Blogging should be enjoyable for the individual. Even though I put in a lot of work into blog-hopping and such, it’s still very fun for me, so that’s why I keep doing it.

  16. You should get a half-year cake 😀 A half cake! Happy 6 months!

    I completely agree that despite our blogs being focused on books, reviews are the hardest to 1) produce 2) get good stats. Because I have spent a lot of time (and still do) commenting on many reviews, I get a fair amount of activity on mine, but views are easier to get with memes and life posts. it’s part of the game. Not everyone is interested in the same books as you, and some people don’t read reviews before reading the book themselves. I do believe that making your reviews special and with a unique voice helps other want to read them anyway.

    Before I started blogging, I did not understand the purpose of Twitter, but now I’m constantly connected. It’s a wonderful tool to connect with others and say stupid things that triggers life and death discussions at 3am 🙂

    Confidence is the key! Will you send me some? 🙂

    1. I’m still learning to find the right voice for my reviews, but I’m stuck on the same kind of rut. They do end up getting decent reviews, but it’s not enough for the amount of time I put into them. haha
      Thankfully, my job and general schedule allows me time to blog hop, so I try to read reviews and engage because I know how much bloggers appreciate it. I get decent engagement, but hope more people will feel comfortable reading and commenting in my reviews over time. I’m still pretty new to blogging so I have many more connections to make! That’s the best part of blogging for me :]

      I also didn’t use Twitter before I started blogging. It boggled my mind and thought it was pointless, but now it’s my most-used app and I am hopeless without it. x)

  17. Thank you for this post! I honestly never would have guessed reviews were not the big puller! Just because most books blogs I am reading I have find after googling reviews on a book I am curious of reading. I just started blogging myself, I won\t be only doing books posts / but quite a few. I am nervous about the first one! Seems like everyone has fancy style formats and I just can not find my style. I am probably overthinking it. Anyhow, glad to have found your little corner of the web.

    1. Oh, I totally missed your comment, I’m sorry!
      Yes, in my experiences, reviews only get a fraction of what other types of posts do, but over time, even my reviews have started to do well. It just takes a lot of work, engagement with other bloggers, and sharing them incessantly AND creatively on social media.
      Good luck on your blog! I just checked it out briefly, and I noticed that the font is very light and therefore difficult to read. Are you able to make the font darker? It would make it much easier for your readers to engage with your content. Just a thought!

  18. You are definitely a natural when it comes to blogging, Naz! I’ve been around for about 10 months and I think where I fail is going around to other blogs. I am usually pretty good at responding to comments left on my own blog, but when I read other peoples’ blog posts I often don’t leave a comment or engage the blogger. I will just give a simple like. I am working to change this.

    Another tough spot for me is that my blog is mostly reviews. I’m okay with that and I think I get a decent number of likes compared to how many followers I have. I just struggle with thinking that people won’t really care what I think about other stuff and I should just review the books I read so it’s rare that I get off topic or bring about a great discussion. I also get slump-y sometimes and if I don’t read any books then I don’t have content for my blog.

    My blog is just a side thing I do, so I am honestly satisfied with how far I have gotten compared to how much effort I have put in. But I think we all have that greed where we want to do better, you know? Haha.

    Awesome post, as always!

    1. Hi, Symone! Thanks for stopping by.
      Reading other bloggers and commenting on their work is VERY time-consuming, but it’s also necessary to get engagement in return. I understand that it’s not a strategy for everyone, though, and I respect if bloggers can only devote responses to their own work.
      I try to blog hop on weekends, but in general, my strategy is to respond to comments on my blog, visit the commenter’s blog, and then comment on something they posted recently. It’s a good strategy because it increases the likelihood of return visits. That alone takes up a lot of time! So I often don’t get to explore other blogs beyond those visit mine 🙁 I try, though.

      I’m glad you’re happy with where your blog currently stands. That’s the most important thing. Just keep going about as usual. There’s no need to make any drastic changes to the way you blog. But perhaps, engaging with other bloggers is one thing you can change. It’s a good thing you’re already working on that because it will definitely improve your book blogging experience. 🙂

    1. I don’t really feel like it’s that prominent, but thanks for the very kind compliment! 😀
      And YOU are one of the more prominent Bookstagrammer around! I’m sure you will keep gaining more followers and hit 15k easily in the next 6 months. I hope reaching such heights brings you many opportunities.

  19. I’ve never heard of Riot Ads before (I’m a mother, I’m a pro at selective attention…) and I’m looking at the application now. Do you have a referral code? I won’t submit yet because I want to make sure you get credit if they accept me. *crosses fingers*

    I love you Naz (that’s not weird to say, is it? Hope you get my meaning) and you’ve done something really amazing. I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see how far you go.

    I’ve been sporadic in the past and I’m trying to do better. This was a great post and very helpful. 😀

    1. My notifications have been unreliable recently! I totally missed this comment before I saw your tweet.
      Thank you so much for all your support! <3 I hope you get accepted for the ads.
      But I want to warn you about their requirements -- they DO want you to keep a giant banner ad at the top of the screen lol, so it's going to be ugly and it will take a while to get used to. You have such a gorgeous header! It'd be a shame if the ads distracted from it. Also, getting the ads set up is SUCH A PAIN. I had a terrible time figuring them out ;(
      Anyway, best wishes!

  20. Great post! I really enjoyed reading this. I’ve just hit my 6 month mark as blogging, so I am definitely starting to gain the hang of it, and yet there’s still so much more I have to learn in order for my blog to really grow! I’ve definitely been getting more into social media, particularly twitter, but I feel like it is so hard to connect on there. How do you manage to get a following? It’s so hard for me to find anybody on there, I often feel like I’m basically talking to myself.

    1. Congrats on hitting the 6-month milestone! It’s such an important one.
      So starting off on Twitter is very difficult. You basically have to follow TONS of people (like bloggers in your niche) and start engaging with them. There are lists you can find that have lots of book bloggers OR you can search hashtag like #bookbloggers #bookblogger #books, etc and start following those people. Many of them won’t follow you back initially, so you will have to talk to them and make connections. It will take a while to get lots of followers, I feel like I got super lucky because I’ve gained thousands in 7 months..but as long as you’re producing good content to share on Twitter and have interesting thing to say, people will follow you or follow you back, eventually, you just have to be patient.
      Once you have gained a decent following, you can start UNFOLLOWING people you don’t really care about and whoever you want really. There are apps for this, like Crowdfire, so you can unfollow people who aren’t following you, etc. There’s a lot more to Twitter than this, obviously. But there are guides! You should google “book blogger guides to Twitter” or something. :]
      Hope I have been of some help!

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