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10 tips for new book bloggers (organization, tools, ways to grow your following and more!)

Hey everyone! Today I’m bringing you the first post in my blogging tips section. I started blogging back in March, but I thought I might as well share with you the things I’ve learned since then! I know the title says it’s aimed for new book bloggers, but I think these tips might be useful for you regardless of how long you’ve been blogging.

1. Decide the type of content you’ll blog about

If you’re new in the community, you might think all book bloggers talk about the same topics, but that’s not true. And I’m not talking about how some book bloggers talk about fantasy books while others talk about horror books.

See, some bloggers love to write reviews. Some don’t. Some bloggers love to address different topics within the reader community and other stick with listicles and book tags. And some others feel comfortable blogging about everything I just mentioned and many more things.

Before you launch your blog, I suggest you to write one post of each of those categories and see what you like, what you dislike, and what you can improve. That will give you a clear idea of which type of content you’ll include in your blog, at least at the beginning

2. Have a blogging schedule

If you want people to engage with your content, you’ll have to be consistent. I’m not saying you need to post three times a week, the most important thing is to be comfortable with how much you post, but if you post something today, then nothing for three weeks, then three posts in a row, people are going to have a hard time engaging with your content.

What I’d recommend is doing at least once post per week, if you can do it always on the same day (i.e new post every Sunday), that’d be even better.

Having a spreadsheet where you can see all the posts you’ll do in a month is great because that way you (hopefully) won’t forget to post on the day you chose, and seeing the big picture will give you a clear idea if:

  • You’re posting too much (or too little)
  • You’re posting the same type of content over and over (if your goal is to write about different topics, that is)
  • When certain post is due (if you’re participating in a blog tour, this is very important)

That way, you’ll be more aware of what’s happening in your blog content wise to make all the changes you see fit as you go.

3. Organization is key (seriously)

If you want to have a more laid back blogging experience and post every other day on the topic you feel like talking about that day, then skip this tip. In my case, I like to be consistent and have a plan on the short term (sometimes even more than that).

I recommend you to have a mini bullet journal (or just dedicate some pages of yours if you have one) to your blog. Spreadsheets like a review tracker, blog post ideas, to-do lists, arc tracker, and more will help you get all the info you need to up to date with what needs to be done, which goals you have and which steps you need to take to achieve those things.

Notion is also a very helpful tool you can use in your desktop and phone to help you with organization. May from Forever and Everly made an amazing post about Notion, so check it out!

4. Don’t try to know everything before you start, you won’t

I did a lot of research before launching my blog to see which type of content book bloggers posted, which type of posts were more liked by the readers, how to drive traffic to your blog and an endless list of things that ended up overwhelming me and almost deciding to quit even before starting.

There’s an infinite amount of guides, tutorials, do’s and don’ts and tips all over the internet that will make you dizzy, especially when some contradict others. Try to know the basics, to have a handle of your blogging platform (a basic guide on how to use WordPress and/or blogger will help) and stick with what YOU want to blog about. Follow your instinct. I realized that I learned many things after launching my blog and involving with the blogging community that I’d never found out with a Google search.

5. Don’t feel pressured to read more because you have a book blog

This is something I keep telling myself over and over. I always feel inevitably guilty when it’s the 20th of the month and I have only read two books, and that just started happening after I launched Bellerose Reads. Allow yourself to have reading slumps in peace and try to overcome them at your own pace, and don’t pressure yourself to read when you can’t or don’t want to do it.

There are plenty of things you can do with your blog as you’re in the middle of a reading slump, like recommending books you’ve read in the past, talk about the books you want to read in the future, discuss a movie adaptation of a book you’ve read or just gush about the book covers that you think are the prettiest.

6. Engage with other book bloggers!!

This is the best way to grow as a blogger, but also the best way of building a better blogging community, one that’s welcoming and receives everyone with a warm hug. If you don’t put yourself out there, people are not going to find you.

But be careful! I’m not saying you should hop on someone’s blog and say “nice post, check out my blog and follow me!” because that’s the worst thing you can do. It’s not only disrespectful towards the blogger, but if you’re not willing to read the posts other bloggers in your niche make, if you don’t want to support other bloggers in a genuine way but expect to have a growing following list, why did you create a blog? To have people support you while you’re supporting none? If that’s the case, then blogging might not be for you.

In many “About” pages of book bloggers you’ll find the phrase “I created this blog because I wanted to have a place where I could talk about my favorite books with other readers”. Don’t be scared, we don’t bite! Leave a like, a comment expressing your opinion on the topics of the post; engage with discussions on Twitter as well and support bloggers in any way you can! In this discussion post I made some time ago, I listed some ways to support other book bloggers, so check it out if it interests you!

7. Get familiarized with ARCs and Blog Tours (if you’re interested!)

ARCs are early copies of books that bloggers, librarians, booksellers, etc., receive in exchange for an honest opinion before the release of the book. Blog tours are a series of promotional posts made by several bloggers, organized by blog tour companies who’ll provide bloggers the promotional material they need to participate (often ARCs are included)

If you’re interested in reading books before they’re released, ARC requesting sites like NetGalley or Blog Tours are great ways to start doing so. I made a lengthy post on everything ARC-related, so if you want to read it you can do so here.

8. Make sure your social media presence is cohesive

Okay, I don’t know if that makes much sense, so I’ll explain. In order for people to find you easily, you should have the same user in all your social media accounts (or at least, similar ones). I’ve often found myself wanting to follow a blogger in Twitter and not finding them because their user is way different from their blog name.

If for any reasons you can’t or don’t want to change your social media accounts to have them all be the same or similar, at least put them on the sidebar of your blog or at the end of your posts. This will make your following list grow as people will find you more easily.

9. Make the most of your Goodreads account

If you’ve posted a review on your blog, why not add it to Goodreads as well? It won’t take you long! On Goodreads, you can review and rate books up to 5 stars, as well as classify the books you have read, are reading or want to read with tags.

If you want more info on Goodreads and how to make the most of it, this post can help you!

10. Your mental health ALWAYS has to come first

For the last tip, I want to tell every blogger, new or old, to make their mental health a priority during the wonderful journey that is book blogging. Don’t feel pressured to do what certain blogger is doing just to boost up your following/views count. Don’t feel pressured to post if you can’t or don’t feel like it. Don’t feel pressured to stay on top of all the new releases. Don’t feel that you’re obligated to change your blogging strategy if your following/views count isn’t growing as fast as you’d like. Don’t feel bad if your blog doesn’t look exactly like you want to.

To sum up, take things easy, don’t look too much on the negative side on things and focus on doing what makes you happy at the pace that makes you happy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, to give yourself a break or take any decision you think will be in the best interest of your wellbeing.


That’s all for this post! I really liked writing this post, and I definitely will do more posts like this in the future. I’m thinking maybe giving advice on blog design, branding and things like that? Let me know what you’d like to see in the “Blogging tips” section and I’d be happy to take it into consideration!

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38 thoughts on “10 tips for new book bloggers (organization, tools, ways to grow your following and more!)”

  1. This is so helpful, Cielo! But first, I love your aesthetic. And now, your content is something that I’ll value with all my heart! ❤️

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  2. These tips are great! I would also recommend researching which social media site is the best to share your posts on, I use Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to market myself as much as possible, because if you’re wanting to build a following you have to learn to brand yourself too.

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  3. Ahhh love this post Cielo!! I think these are tips that all bloggers will do well to keep in mind — especially number 10! Thank you so much for writing this, and I’m already so excited to read your next post for your Blogging Tips section 😍✨

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  4. Thanks for sharing this, Cielo! Such wonderful advice for new bloggers (: I know it can be so intimidating to start out, especially since so many bloggers have had their sites for YEARS, but resources like this make everyone feel so included!! ♥

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  5. I loved how you included not feeling pressure and putting your mental health first, it should be on the forefront not a side thing to your blogging. I really love this community for being supportive and laidback; it’s not cut throat and even the “famous” bloggers are not entitled!

    Tip 4 and 6 are two things I learnt along the way, and that’s definitely one thing you can’t research about. Plus I made amazing mutuals who talk about the same interests I do! It’s a win-win situation really 🙌🏽

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  6. This is so helpful, thank you! A couple of weeks ago I felt so overwhelmed by blogging and a big part of that was from not being organized enough, so I’ve been working on that lately. I just started using Notion too and it’s so helpful to have everything in one place!

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  7. Thank you for sharing all these tips Cielo ❤❤
    I’ve been contemplating whether or not to post on Goodreads as well, because I feel like I haven’t been getting a lot of time lately to blog, so posting on Goodreads as well might be a bit of a challenge! I’m also getting deciding whether to use Notion or a boring old Google Sheet, and I feel that although Notion may look better, a Google Sheet may be easier.

    Thanks again for all these lovely tips!!

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  8. Loved this!! I only started blogging a few months ago so your tips are so helpful! A few days ago I started planning my posts with a spreadsheet, and I’m trying to be more organized. But there are so many things I want to post about! I think it might be too much 😬

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    1. Glad you loved it! Spreadsheets have been a lifesaver ever since I began blogging, so I’m grateful for knowing about those before I launched my blog. If there’s too much things you want to post about, I suggest you to do a spreadsheet to track your post ideas! That way it’ll be such a helpful tool whenever you need it!

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  9. I really loved all of the tips you shared on here and agree with them so much! They are a good reminder, even for someone like me who has been around for many years 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🥰

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  10. Super post!! Some of these things I know I do pretty well with, while some of these things I have only very recently started to focus on. Aaaaaand there are a couple of things that still need serious improvement. At the end of the day no matter how much I enjoy reading and blogging though, you made a great point that I always have to put my own mental health first so if I don’t get around to posting or reading ALL THE BOOKS, its okay! So thanks for the reminders and the words of wisdom!

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    1. It makes me really happy to know the post was helpful to you! Definitely, there’s no way we can do everything just perfect. Regardless of how hard we try there’s still many things we wish we could do different and it’s okay to accept that and put your mental health as a priority!

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  11. Great post, Cielo!! Having a posting schedule and being cohesive on social media are the worst ))): It’s so hard for me to keep up with everything, and I’m not the worst at organization XD But those are both areas I’m trying to do better in!

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  12. What a fantastic post, I love it so much and your tips are wonderful. I agree that it’s so important to find a way to organize yourself and be consistent, for some people it will mean posting once a week, while for some others, it will mean posting only once every two weeks. It really depends on everyone and I think it’s so important to learn not to beat ourselves up about it. I’m trying not to ahah.
    And yes about engaging! I so agree with you about engaging in a genuine way, both in order to grow and to make your blogging experience the best it can be 🙂

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  13. I just came across this post and I’m so glad I did. Being a new blogger, I’m often overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. I realize now the most important thing is identifying my niche and being consistent. Your post is really insightful. Thanks

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    1. I’m so happy to know you liked my post! Definitely, there’s a lot info out of there and it can be daunting, but the best advice I can give is to be focused on your goal, take things easy and keep it as minimal as possible✨

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  14. yes back again and so sad that I’m late to this MASTERPIECE OF A POST OMG!! This is amazing and YOU are amazing for putting it together Cielo. So so helpful. Especially about the amount you need to read and your mental health. Also ENGAGEMENT YESSS!! Such a great post <3<3

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