Feature & Follow #162 What I’ve learned about blogging

August 16, 2013 Feature & Follow 10 Comments

Feature & Follow #162 What I’ve learned about blogging

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! This week’s question…

Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month

Be Organised

I wasn’t so organised when I started out a paltry three months ago but I learned quickly. Getting NetGalley reviews done on time is the biggest thing for me at the moment and to make sure that happens, I don’t ever have more than a few in my dashboard at a time. I can pick and choose when to do my own reviews but I made a commitment to read and review ARCs in a fairly timely fashion and that is important to me.

I keep a Google calendar of book release dates and when I can post ARC reviews on my site and Amazon. I can’t read and review all books I’m interested in the week they are released but at least I can track what is out there. I still haven’t read some books by authors I normally adore because of the sheer volume of stuff out there. Wicked Scribes keeps a list of paranormal romance and urban fantasy which keeps me up to date in that world while FictFact‘s calendar is a bit more general. Thanks to Parajunkee I found out about WordPress Editorial Calendar which allows you to move posts around and see what is coming up in a calendar form – I’m really visual so this helps.

There are lots of time-savers out there – the schedule post button allows you to write posts when you’re free and post when you aren’t. Bloglovin’ is also amazing as I have my favourite sites listed in one place and I don’t miss out on the cool stuff. The Ultimate Book Blogger plugin by CreativeWhim keeps my posts standardised and does the formatting work for me.

Being organised allows you to work smart rather than hard which is important as blogging is supposed to be fun.


10 responses to “Feature & Follow #162 What I’ve learned about blogging

  1. That is so true. I have recently started myself and have found that being organized and knowing when things are going to post is a good thing. 🙂

    Old follower

    • I just found a really cool calendar plugin that works wonders thanks to Parajunkee. It might be worthwhile checking to see if there is a blogger equivalent.

  2. Great advice, Vilia. Organization makes such a difference in blogging…I know that but I have trouble putting it into practice! LOL I’m a work in progress…

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

    • I think it was Douglas Adams’ who said “I love deadlines…I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by”. Somehow I like knowing I’m behind more than actually wondering.

    • Thanks for following Whit. If you want extra tips you should check out Parajunkee and Caffinated Book Reviewer sites – these ladies have lots of tips and tricks to help out. I found them really handy.

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