So, I’m relatively new to the whole blogging show, but so far (I think anywho) it’s been going great! At least it’s a TON of fun which I think is what matters the most. If you’re not having fun while you’re blogging, your blog will suffer. I love coming home and getting to write about books (after a day at work filled with only getting to look at them and sometimes, when I’m lucky, recommend them!). It’s also so cool when people and publishers contact you to help promote something of theirs or want you to review one of their books…and others respond to it after it’s posted! (It makes me feel special and happy…I’m easily amused : )
I guess to try and develop my blog my first step was to (of course since I’m a librarian) check out as many books as I could find on blogging and go from there. But after that I was on my own, so here are the top 5 things I’ve learned as I’ve started (starting) to develop my blog :
- Write in the style you’re comfortable with.
Then you’ll develop your own unique style. Whether that be formal and structured or more laid back with your personality at the heart of it.
- Visit others blogs and Interact!
It’s so important to go and see who else is out there and what is being talked about. You’ll discover hot meme’s, topics, different ways to post or format your layout. Plus, you get to meet so many awesome people!
- Make time for blogging.
Blogging is time consuming. So sometimes you just gotta make the time to do it. And sometimes you gotta take a break too and not feel bad about it. Planning would probably come in handy here, but I haven’t gotten that far yet…
- Don’t get discouraged!
Sometimes you’ll write posts that aren’t as popular as others and that’s okay. Just move on.
- Connect via social media and other great sites.
Now onto genre fiction….
I love a mix of genres, some more than others, and some I have no love for (respect yes, just not love).
I like to read a mix of YA and adult fantasy and paranormal, historical fiction, book club books, and then just some random ones I find with cool looking covers. The only things I don’t like to read are hardcore romances, westerns, most Christian fiction, and most of the books where the author’s name is larger than the actual title.
I am drawn to dragons, magic, and mythical creatures in the fantasy genre. Books like Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, Sage’s Septimus Heap Magyk series, and the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia.
In the historical fiction genre I zone in on WWII, the Underground Railroad, and English History. My favorites are; Gilt by Katherine Longshore, The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen, the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Check out one of my earlier Top Ten Tuesday’s on words or topics that make me instantly make me pick up a book for some more recommendations on books in these genres : )
What are some ways you’ve developed your log? What are some of your favorite genres or books within your favorite genres?