Two years ago I published my first review on my blog the book review café, never in a million years when I published my first post did I think two years later I would have over 10,000 followers, get approached by authors and publishers asking me to review their books on MY blog. The sad thing is I’m inundated with requests these days and unfortunately most of them I have to decline. My TBR pile which I’m sure every book blogger on the planet can relate to is way out of control. I hate saying “no” but I’ve learnt it’s better to be honest from the start rather than agreeing to read and review a book you probably aren’t going to find the time to get to anytime soon.
So being a two year old book blogger I still consider myself to be a “newbie” I worry about every post I write, will people hate it? Is it too short or too long (usually too long in my case😂) will people actually read my reviews? I have loads of moments of self doubt, but then I think “it’s my blog I will post what, when and how I like”. Along the way there have been something’s I wish I had known before I started blogging some more serious than others, so I thought I would share them.
- It’s ok to say “no” don’t agree to read every book you are offered when you start blogging or you will soon become inundated with books you will never get round to reading.
- Make sure you live central (I’m half joking here, but it’s true) so you can attend all the fabulous events, author events, book events, blogging events there are so many, and if like me you live in Bristol and work full time it’s difficult to fit in and get to any of the events.
- Be prepared to lose part of your day to social media, I spend far too long reading bloggers reviews, sharing posts and participating in blogger chats on FB, by the time I’ve finished I could have read a book or two😂😂
- Make sure you are on good terms with your postman, mine is always delivering me ARC’s and books I’ve bought, he even leaves them in a special place if no ones at home so they don’t get ruined if it rains and yes I do give him a tip at Christmas.
- If blogging becomes a chore or you feel overwhelmed (it happens to all of us). Take a break, recharge your batteries, it works every time for me.
- Blog tours are fabulous and a great way to get your blog noticed, but BEWARE of how many you agree to. One month I agreed to 12, which meant reading blog books back to back. I hardly do any now I much prefer to read my books “as and when I like”, and I know this a problem for lots of bloggers trying to fit in blog tour books when they already have a busy schedule it then becomes a chore rather than a hobby (a lesson I learnt the hard way, too many days spent stressing about getting all those books read and reviews written)
- Invest in a bigger bookcase as once you start following other book blogs you will find you end up with a zillion more books on your TBR pile.
- Your bank balance will never be the same again, I kid you not Amazon is my best friend I’m always buying new books thanks to fellow book bloggers recommendations.
I haven’t been able to attend any events so I haven’t had the chance to meet any authors I still have had many highs over the two years I’ve been blogging so here they are….
- Although I haven’t met any of my fellow bloggers, many of them feel like old friends, they have always been supportive of my blog sharing, liking and commenting on my posts and without them I’m sure my blog wouldn’t have as many followers or visitors
- I had my first review published in a magazine
- I’ve been included in the author acknowledgements of some of my favourite books
- My review quotes have been included in books and on the covers, including the Turkish and Spanish copies of The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza (just had to get that in, as he’s one of my favourite authors on the planet, just in case you didn’t know😂🙈)
- I never considered the thought that I would actually become friends with some of the authors whose books I’ve read, but I have and they are very supportive of my blog which is unbelievable and very humbling.
- I have been included in the best 100 book blogs, the best 30 book blogs and nominated for the best book review blog, and although I never won (did you see the awesome bloggers I was up against?) I do feel my little blog has made an impact and hopefully encouraged people to pick up a book.
- I feel very fortunate that I’m given the opportunity to review books that are maybe months away from publication, and I still get a “buzz” when I’m asked to review a book or take part in a blog tour because the authors asked for me to be included.
- I have my own book blog mug (thanks to Mr book review café)
So before I get to the Giveway I would just like to say…..
Thank you….to every single follower of my blog I appreciate every one of you, to the book bloggers who constantly share, like and comment on my posts, to the publishers and authors who trust me to read and review their books (also for the Arc’s and physical books) and most importantly to my ever suffering husband who reads my posts, checks them and also for being the biggest supporter of my blog (apologise if this reads like an Oscar speech, 😂 😂) and finally it’s ………..
To celebrate my blog turning two I’m giving away a £10.00 Amazon voucher (which will be sent via email) and a Large 8″ x 10″ Softback Reading journal (which I will post to the winner). Sorry this competition is open to UK residents only, but I’m hoping to run an international one soon. Competition ends midnight the 6th of October.
The winner will be notified 24 hours after the competition ends.
You can enter giveaway here……..