June 8, 2012

Armchair BEA: Ask the Experts

Armchair BEA is a yearly event that allows bloggers to participate in BEA from their home. 
Today's Topic:
Ask the Experts!
Today's topic is Ask The Experts. I'm going to share my personal tips and trick for blogging.
  • Be yourself. I know this is a little corny, but there are so many different styles of blog you can have! Write how you would talk to a friend. You don't need to sound professional, you just need to sound like you.
  • Interact. Get out there. It doesn't matter if it's on twitter, facebook, another blog, or anywhere else on the interweb, but get out there and let your voice be heard.  Pretty soon, you'll get noticed and more people will come follow your blog!
  • Giveaways. Though some people will tell you "They just follow for the giveaways then never come back". This sometimes is the case, but generally I see the people who follow for giveaways come back. So hosting giveaways is a great way to gain a following! But make sure you don't give people too many hoops to jump through, because that just makes them annoyed.
  • Don't be needy. During your first few review copy requests to publishers, it's important to make a good impression. Make them see you as a nice, professional, person. But besides having terrible grammar and such, there is no way to make yourself seem less professional then asking for a million books at once. My rule is not to ask the same publisher for more then a couple of books in the same week. It makes you look grabby and demanding, and might be the difference between you getting that awesome ARC you want.
  • Have fun! Though everyone has a few bad days doing anything, if you're feeling stressed and not having fun, take a good look at your blog and decide if you want to continue, or find ways to cut back the pressure. Don't feel like you need to post everyday. I'd rather see a couple in-depth posts a week then a bunch of rushed memes. Remember, a happy blogger is a good blogger!


  1. Great post!! I said most of the same things ! Be sure to always be yourself!!

  2. Very, very true. (Especially jumping through hoops for giveaways. Who has the time?)

  3. Great Advice! Liked the "Don't be Needy" part. lol. --->Me. =)

  4. Great tips Benji! I definitely agree with blogging for fun.

    My post - http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/armchair-bea-day-five-future-of-book.html

  5. Nice advice, fun is important!
    Hope you had a great ABEA!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. Fantastic post, as always, Benji! Your last bit of advice was pretty much the same as my own. You, sir, are an admirable young person. ;-)

  7. Happy Blogger = Good Blogger...
    I couldn't have said it any better if I'd wanted to!

    Oh the giveaways will be the death of me!!!!!
    I can't host giveaways :/ don't have the $$ to do so...but SOON!! Soon!! And you're right... making people do a LOT of clicks and things annoys them, trust me... :D
    Thanks for the tips!!!
    Here's my ABEA for today! You're welcome to stalk-> http://bookpics-reading2alba.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-ask-experts.html

  8. Great advice, especially about being yourself. Sometimes I worry that my reviews aren't that polished or literary, but then I just write how I felt about a book and use my own words. I've never done a giveaway but I really want to! How do you decide which books to give though? I'm concerned some might not be interested in the books I have...

  9. Great Advice! Dont get stuck in all the craziness!

  10. Great tips! I have found numerous blogs and bloggers I love through giveaways I have entered myself. They really can help people find amazing blogs to become regulars of. :)
    My BEA post

  11. I enjoy these tips. Some days I know I have been guilty of posting a rushed/half hearted meme so I have something to post that day. I feel guilty if I miss a day which I know is silly because it is hard to keep that up, especially when I'm busy! I will try and be a happier blogger :-D x

  12. Being yourself is very important!

  13. Great post!

    My blog - http://bookbloggermom.blogspot.com


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