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How to be a children’s book blogger

Our list of kids who write book blogs was incredibly popular – seems like there’s lots of interest in blogging about children’s books, and reading reviews written by kids.

So for anyone who’s thinking of starting a book review blog, we’ve invited one of the UK’s leading teen book bloggers, thirteen year old Ruby from Feed Me Books Now to share her top tips for successful children’s book blogging.

 

Take it away Ruby…

 

1) Blog how you want to
There are no strict guidelines for book blogging. It’s not like you HAVE to review this book or you HAVE to do that top 10 list; do what you want, it’s your blog!  There’s no ‘book blogging code’ or ‘magic formula — you just write about the books that interest you! And surprisingly enough, people seem to like it when you do your own thing. Really, if you look at all my blog stats and stuff, the posts with the most views and comments are the crazy ones! And that brings my to my first blogging tip: blog how you want to, not how others do. Simples! *squeak*

2) Be fun!
Whenever I’m looking at the titles of blog posts, the ones that catch my eye are always the quirkiest. I didn’t realise this to begin with though… When I first started Feed Me Books Now, my blog titles were B-O-R-I-N-G! *Yawn* Seriously, they used to be so dull! Now, I try to have fun with my blog titles, and name them things I consider interesting. For example, if I’ve got a new book: ‘Mwahahaha, look what I’ve got my hands on!’ Really, being fun is a must-need! It seems obvious, right? And you’re probably wondering how it didn’t occur to me at first, but I was so focused on getting content for my blog that I wasn’t really thinking that nobody would read my tiresome rants!

3) Write in tongue-in-cheek style
Everything good about my blog I have gotten from my mistakes — no, I’m not saying that to be all cheesy. I’m telling the truth… When I first started writing reviews, they were written in a really dull tone. And nobody wants to read a dull review, do they now? But then, one evening, that point occurred to be and I decided to scrap my old writing style and find a new voice. I wrote a post that night in a sort of tongue-in-cheek way, and I got triple the usual amount of comments… AND I discovered how much more fun it was! Really, writing tongue-in-cheek is so much fun and readers love it!

4) Have fun
This point is different to number two, in the sense it isn’t about coming across as fun but actually having fun yourself. Blogging isn’t your job, it’s a hobby and so you don’t have to take it seriously — mess around a bit and blog what you want (number one)! If a meme looks like fun, do it! Don’t write about what you think the reader will want, write about what you find fun and hopefully they’ll also find it fun! Have fun with blogging and make it something you’ll actually look forwards to — don’t make it seem like extra homework!

5) Look at other people’s blogs
The best thing about being part of the blogosphere is that there are tonnes of other beautiful blogs! And the best thing about those blogs is that they can be your inspiration. So, still blog in your own way, but look at other people’s top 10s to see what you would change, or compare your reviews… It’s fascinating to compare your stuff to other people’s, as everybody has their own opinion and everybody blogs in their own way! Really, I seem to spend more time looking at other people’s blogs than working on my own..!

You can read more from Ruby at Feed Me Books Now 

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23 Comments to “How to be a children’s book blogger”

  1. Ruby says:

    Thank you so much for letting me do this guest post! I hope your readers enjoy reading it just as much as I enjoyed writing it. 🙂

  2. Well done Ruby, it’s a great post full of wise words and we are really chuffed that you wrote it for us.

  3. Some brilliant suggestions there Ruby, I’m off to add your blog to my reader as I have a feeling I’d love some of the books you read!

  4. Emma says:

    Oo thank you! Book reviews are the one review I’m put off trying to write as I don’t quite know how to put what I think about the book into words. Will take your advice of checking out other blogs and will have a look at yours to see how you approach a book review 🙂

  5. Mandi says:

    Thankyou Ruby, I shall be passing on all of your tips to my two eldest children that hate writing book reviews for their school projects, you never know they might start enjoying it xxx

  6. Well said Ruby. Your tips are spot on and, actually, could be useful for grown-up bloggers too. Good luck with your blog.

  7. Ruby says:

    Thank you everybody! I’m glad you liked my post and you want to check out my blog!

  8. Brilliant post Ruby.

    I can see Lexie having a blog by the time she’s 5. Hope she’s as good as you 🙂

  9. Great post Ruby 🙂 Your tips are brilliant and I found them useful too even though I am many years past being a child. Will be adding you to my reader as your writing style is enjoyable to read and I think I will enjoy some of the books you do too plus they will give me ideas of books to suggest to my young relatives. Good luck with your blog, keep up the good work and enjoy 🙂

  10. Great advice Ruby – I’m hoping that one day my 7yo might write a blog – have you any specific advice for younger children too?

    • Ruby says:

      Hmmm… I’d really just say for them to REALLY get their personality across! 🙂 I’ve read blogs by children that age, and they tend to say the funniest things! When you’re seven you have no worries in the world, and so I guess that your child should just embrace that feeling and write whatever they want. There’s no need for them to act serious, they should just be as quirky as possible! I hope that helped a bit… If your child does start a blog, remember to comment on my blog so I can check it out!
      ~Ruby 🙂

  11. Susanna says:

    What a wonderful post! I especially like your tips to write quirky headlines and I like your light hearted style. Keep it up!

  12. What a fantastic post! This advice is invaluable, especially for newer bloggers finding their feet. Having fun with your blog is what it’s all about. Thanks for a great read.

    CJ x

  13. Love your style, Ruby. My son, who is now 16, used to write book reviews for Red House magazine. He used to struggle with the reviews until he realised it was easier putting his own personality into them, rather than following a rigid formula.
    I write book reviews now and again on my own blog. The ones I find hardest are those where I don’t particularly like the book – how to be objective and not offend the publisher who sent it to me!

    • Ruby says:

      Thank you! Do you know where I could find some of his reviews? Are they on the website..? I’d love to check them out!
      ~Ruby

      • Trish says:

        I can’t find the reviews on the website now but he reviewed books for them from the age of 7 to about 12 or 13. Some of the reviews were featured in the magazine and some in the First News children’s paper. We have a great collection of uncorrected proof copies of children’s books he was sent o er those years.
        I hope you keep up with your blog and your reading – I think you have a great future ahead of you.

  14. wendy says:

    Well done on a great post , loved the tips so useful

  15. Amma says:

    Great tips. Thanks, I blog about various things but as a children’s book writer I think I should get more into children’s book reviews!

  16. Momsters says:

    Hey we do lots of review on kid’s books. We also recommend parents on age appropriate books. Its always a pleasure to watch kids growing up with books!!! Cheers!!!

  17. Lexie says:

    Thanks Ruby. Very helpful. Your blog is great. I hope mine’s as good as yours

    http://www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

  18. lily says:

    My 10 year old daughter loves writing, here is her own blow. http://www.jolinasstories.com

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