This month, The Book Brief turns one. For its birthday, I’m going to treat it to a proper domain name and a custom header soon – so if any one knows any handy design geeks, please let me know!
It’s been a good year for my little blog. Whilst I’ve neglected it at times, I’ve managed almost 50 posts, been nominated for the Liebster Award three times, and had a review quoted by a publisher. I didn’t really expect any of that to happen.
So, whilst I’d still consider myself a newbie to the blogging world, here’s a few things I’ve learnt about blogging this year.
1) Blogging is not a solitary hobby
When I first started The Book Brief I was a little bit nervous to go round shouting about it, as I wasn’t sure what my friends would think of my book blog. But over the past year, I’ve discovered there’s a whole community out there! Blogging is a great way to connect with new people with similar interests and now I probably spend almost as much time reading and commenting on other people’s blogs as I spend writing my own.
2) The internet LOVES gifs
Now, I don’t have anything against gifs. They’re cool. But to put them in a book review? I’d never have thought of that myself. I’ve definitely learnt that the internet loves gifs more than I realised and there’s plenty of reviewers out there who seem to be on a mission to pack as many into their reviews as possible. But, each to their own.
3) People read a lot of books
In my social group, I’m considered to read a lot. I average one book a week, occasionally two but sometimes less. There are book bloggers who regularly manage to get through over ten a month! I have no idea how they do it, but well done them.
4) There are a lot of blogs
Following on from number 1 – I never realised the sheer amount of blogs out there. Just on the humble subject of books, there’s so many I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading them all, although I do my best. It means you’ll never run out of blogs to read, but it does mean that you have to work a little harder to get people to visit your own blog. Setting up a blog and expecting to people to come to you is not enough – you need to socialise.
5) Blogging about stuff will get you free stuff
I’m pretty sure this applies to most industries – beauty, fashion and film blogs are all prime for receiving freebies and providing advanced reviews, but my knowledge is only of book blogs. I recently discovered the wonders of NetGalley! I’m not saying it’s the only service of its kind out there, but it’s the only one I’ve used and I found the process incredibly simple; a straightforward sign-up form and you can start requesting. I was sure I’d never get accepted with my humble WordPress blog, but I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing some great books through this channel – books I’d happily pay for. Which is, obviously, great.