Today’s post is something much different than anything I’ve done and I honestly don’t feel qualified to write this post. Like. At all. But somebody commented on my blog asking for some advice
roughly half a year ago and so I volunteered to write an entire post about it. I promised so I gotta deliver.
honestly i don’t know why i do this to myself
i have no idea what i’m going to even write about but i always wing it anyway so –
First I’ll be talking about the main social media outlets that book bloggers use to communicate with each other and then I’ll give y’all a simple how-to guide to get yourself started on that platform, how bloggers usually utilize it, etc.
Goodreads is the central website for readers. Everybody uses Goodreads in the book blogging community – not only is it great for connecting with fellow readers but you can find loads of new books to read and track the books you read.
First you simply sign up for Goodreads by making yourself an account using either your facebook login, amazon, or email.
Once you’ve made yourself an account you just start adding books that you’ve already read! You don’t have to do this, but I did. If you’re currently reading a book then you just search for that book and mark it as ‘currently reading’.
As you read books you can update your reading progress. If you’re on page 30/500 then you just update your status (on the computer this is under ‘Currently Reading’ on the left side of your screen).
Finally after you’ve done all of this, add your blogger friends and voila you’re done. There are also groups that you can join for bloggers, writers, etc. to meet new bloggers and share your posts.
Instagram is such a wonderful way to connect with other bloggers. It’s also a great outlet to express your creativity through.
I’ve met loads of fellow book lovers (some bloggers – some not) through Bookstagram (the book community on Instagram if you aren’t familiar with the term). I have also built an entirely unique and different audience through Bookstagram that has absolutely nothing to do with my blog.
It’s interesting how the internet works like this. You could have multiple social medias with the same name and same center focus but completely different audiences that follow you for different reasons.
This is also amazing when you’re an author. Bookstagram is heaven for new authors that want to get their book out into the world. A lot of Bookstagrammers (much like bloggers and BookTubers) get sent books by authors and publishers in exchange for pictures of their book on their account.
Twitter I am always indifferent about – for many reasons as a site itself and the people that lurk around there, but for a new author it’s very good if you need to market your book or meet fellow new authors to become friends with.
The reason why I’m indifferent about Twitter is because there is a lot of drama. It’s not like this is a secret – there seems to always be something spreading around Twitter. It’s like a disease and once it reaches you, it’s hard to wiggle yourself out of it’s grasp.
I have found a lot of new authors through Twitter that I probably would’ve have found anywhere else. This is the good side of having a Twitter on the Blogger’s side and Author’s side. But as an author, you should be careful about what you say on Twitter. Say one wrong thing and the entire book community could be turned against you. That’s the risk with Twitter.
That’s really all I have to talk about on this topic – this post was kind of a mess so if there’s anything you think I forgot to cover that you have questions on or anything that I did mention that you might possibly be confused about, feel free to ask me questions in the comment section 🙂
Before I end this post and you all fly away into a sea of moths, I’d like to show y’all my new button/logo! Over time I’ll probably work on updating my graphics to match this so my blog with be all beautiful. I think this adds more color and flare to my website so I’m happy with it 🙂 I’d love to know your thoughts!
Do you use social media for your blog? If so, what is your favorite social media to use? Let me know!