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