Sunday, February 16, 2014

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon Dear Me

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dear Past Bloggy Self,

Wait, stop, don't publish that first review yet. Don't do ANYTHING blog-related yet. Just go take a look at other blogs, learn the ropes, get a feel for the community- there's so much you don't know and it'll be a lot easier if you don't have to figure it out as you go along.*

On the same note, don't pick that generic background that 200 other blogs have. Seriously, you can just look up html tips, or free blog templates, or really anything other than the templates Blogger offers.**

Get a Twitter, a Facebook page, and a Tumblr much sooner, especially Twitter. You'll get to talk to other bloggers and authors and publishers, which is just as awesome as it sounds.***

Ultimately, Past Bloggy Self, the most important thing you need to know is this: post what you want to post. Post about Harry Potter or feminism or John Green or whatever makes you happy. Don't feel pressure to measure up to other bloggers- real blogging success is when you're proud of the content you're publishing.****

Best of luck,

*Then again, figuring it out as I went along DID teach me a lot about blogging. I had to start with plot summaries before I could get to the actual plot critiques. And even in my not-so-spiffeh bloggy days, I was able to make some great bloggy friends.

**If I had just looked up free templates, though, then I wouldn't have learned basic html, or started playing around on 

***But waiting a bit allowed me to "figure out" Twitter before I jumped in.

****There's really no clause for this one. Just wanted to say that maybe all the mistakes I made as my Past Bloggy Self were also learning experiences. Just a thought.

What would you do differently as a new blogger?


  1. I wish my blogging self from over 3 years ago would have seen this! I did the same thing, I jumped right in without researching, taking notes, deciding exactly what I wanted to do. At the same time though, I feel like I have become a strong blogger because of it! I've learned a lot over the years, that's for sure. Such a fantastic letter :)

  2. The fourth point is my favorite. Write what you love is so important. It doesn't matter what everyone else is doing. If you're doing what everyone else is doing you're not standing out. Be yourself! Great advice and wonderful letter!

  3. My past blogger self definitely jumped in without looking around first. It's been an interesting journey, but I think it helped me figure out my blogging style all the same. Great advice though :)

  4. Yes, I sometimes feel conflicted about my way of blogging before but then it has taught me a lot and I need to remember that.

    Great letter! =)

  5. This is fabulous!! It is easy to look back and see what would could have done differently but then we would not have learned what we did. Seriously fantastic way to look at things!

  6. Haha, 'don't use that background' made me laugh. I think finding out things by doing it is sometimes one of the best ways to learn! And posting about the things YOU like is important advice. Thanks for sharing!


  7. I absolutely agree with the fact that being a trial-and-error blogger in my early days taught me more about blogging than anything else. I learned from visiting more blogs, reviewing my own posts and just the community in general -- and the lessons stuck too. Great letter!

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