This is my first week doing the Let’s Talk Bookish meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion. This is a weekly meme where each week bloggers discuss a different topic, suggested by bloggers. This week’s topic is: WHAT IS YOUR POSTING TYPE? (Suggested by Nicole @ Thoughts Stained with Ink.
This is an interesting question for me, as I consider my blog to be something that’s still very much a work in progress. When I first started, I thought I was just going to be writing book reviews, but I’ve slowly started to implement different kinds of postings.
Do I schedule my postings before publishing?
I don’t really do any scheduling. I do have the weekly posts I always plan to do that day, but for reviews they are really just free flowing and they come whenever I get something finished. I rarely wind up posting on weekends, but I generally have some kind of post, whether it be review or other, in progress at all times. I really have more of a mental schedule that changes pretty frequently more than an actual physical schedule.
How much editing do I do?
I do a lot of editing. I generally try to get the text down of everything I want to say. I go in after the fact and add any images, and then I add links. Then I go through and read through everything in draft form and make edits. Then I preview my post and look for any errors and inconsistencies. I’ll generally do one more read-through before posting.
How often do I post per week?
This really fluctuates depending on how many reviews I post a week. I try to post at least 3 times a week. Tuesday through Thursday I usually try to do a weekly meme, so if I also post a review I might post twice in one day. I have posted as much as 6 times a week so far, but rarely more than that.
How much actually blogging versus networking do I do?
I’ve really started to focus on my networking a lot more now that I have my blog content to a point where I’m able to get things up a bit quicker. I try to take some good time out at least once per day to visit other bloggers, read reviews, comment, and get to know the other people in the community. As I’m still rather new to the scene, I think this is an important step, not just for putting my blog out there for others to see, but to help me learn and grow and really get to know other bloggers. It’s also great for getting recommendations for books I might want to read and review. At this point, I’d say I have about a 70/30 split. 70% of my blogging time I spend on working on my own content/writing and 30% I spend networking with with others.
How has my blogging style changed since I started?
I really started back seriously around October of 2020. I was originally focused on just posting reviews and honestly had no idea what I was doing. I learned a lot by seeing what other bloggers were doing, and I’m still in a big transitional period. The biggest thing that’s changed is I focus a lot more on networking than I did in the beginning, and I’ve gotten a lot quicker in my writing and posting process.
If you are a blogger, what’s your blogging style? What works for you?
Great post. My blogging style has changed significantly since I began writing in 2015. I had doubts about starting the blog but a friend who had published a book kept pushing me to start. Six years and many posts later, I am deeply grateful that she saw my potential even when I didn’t. I am constantly learning from other bloggers and have come to realize that one goal is always to be dynamic and never static. – Gerard
That’s great advice!
I’ve had a book blog for quite a while, but for several years I just ran promotions, cover reveals etc supplied by PR companies. Over the last 18 months I’ve focused on making the blog more “me”, getting inspiration from other blogs and joining in with several weekly memes. I’m happy with what I post and how I organise it, networking is definitely what I need to work on now.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how great the community of book bloggers has been. I’ve found I really enjoy that aspect of connecting with other people. Thanks for stopping by to share!
I’m pretty much everywhere. Though I am trying to keep a schedule up. Especially right now as I’m recovering from surgery… I pre-scheduled for most of August, which is insane for me. July gave me some good content to write/review about, so that was a blessing in disguise. I also try to pre-format my reviews, like getting the graphics all ready, while I’m reading a book. That way it’s just writing the review and scheduling the post 🙂