Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Letter to My Younger Blogging Self

book blogger loveathon

Hello Love-A-Thon-ers! In this mini challenge we are giving advice to our less seasoned blogging selves. I feel a little uncomfortable giving advice since I still feel like a newbie blogger even though my four-year blogoversary is coming up. Hmm maybe that needs to be addressed in my advice!

Dear newborn Reading Date,

Hooray, you have a blog! Now what?!

1. March to the beat of your own drummer. You don’t have to participate in tons of memes. Do what feels right for you, whether it’s only reviews, or 1 or 2 reviews a week mixed with other content.

2. It’s not a bad idea to put together a blog calendar and schedule your posts in advance. (I say this as I’m typing this post up the night before, ha!)

3. Don’t let the green-eyed monster take over. Another blog is always going to get the hot ARC you want, better stats, a nicer blog theme, etc. Don’t compare yourself to others; just do your thing and have fun with your blog. No stress!

4. Get involved in the book blogging community. Use social media, comment on blogs, support new blogs, and go to author events when you can.

5. Let your personality shine through. Be true to yourself and your readers with your reviews. Experiment with review formats, and feel free to change it up!

6. Ask for help if you need it. People are usually willing to lend a hand if you ask!

7. You are going to be nervous to hit that post button because you don’t think your reviews are anything special or that anyone cares what you have to say. Give yourself some time to work out the kinks and cut yourself some slack! It will get easier with time.

8. It bears repeating, don’t stress- have fun!


Older and wiser (?) Reading Date


9 thoughts on “Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Letter to My Younger Blogging Self

  1. Love your tips, especially numbers 4, 5, & 8!!

  2. prettylreader says:

    These are all points I struggle to remember, from time to time.

    (I’m also guilty of encouraging myself and others to schedule posts ahead of time, while I fly by the seat of my pants! I’m doing much better so far this year though – I’ve got posts scheduled until May!)

  3. This is such great advice! I used to stress over a lot of those things. Especially the ARC thing. Now, I’d rather not get ARCs very often. Because then I feel like I HAVE to review it. That creates stress I just don’t need. I like choosing to read what I want when I want. Plus if I really love the book I want to buy it in hardback! =)

  4. This is great advice and stuff I’m trying to keep in mind as I get more serious about blogging. I hope my future self remembers this!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  5. butorfleoge says:

    Great advice. The beginning is always the hardest.

  6. Stephanie H. says:

    Excellent advice! 😀

  7. Ah, the green-eyed monster! It’s hard to pretend that one doesn’t exist sometimes, especially when you see all the shiny new books, right? But it’s okay. I really think that’s just a normal part of this blogging universe. As long as you don’t let it get to your head and make you feel negative and act negative, it’s all good. Loved the rest of your advice in this post too!

  8. Getting involved and not stressing out is a great advice! It’s also important to keep in mind that it’s okay to be a little jealous, but don’t let it overwhelm you – or make you act all nasty and unkind. Great letter 😀


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