7 Lessons I’ve learned after 14 months of blogging as a hobby

7 Lessons I’ve learned after 14 months of blogging as a hobby

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I started my blog in May 2021 (so last year) and it's been quite an educational 14 months. I've learned more about what I enjoy reading, I've learned more about what you enjoy reading and so much more. I keep writing on this blog because inevitably I love books and I love writing about books. At some point, I hope this becomes a viable source of income? Yes. It would not only give me some motivation that I'm writing about people actually like but also that the amount of time I spend on it is worth it. Yes, it's a hobby currently but as it becomes a hobby where I spend a lot of my free time doing it, having it bring in a successful income wouldn't be so bad.…
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6 Apps All Book Lovers Need

6 Apps All Book Lovers Need

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Do you love books? Do you love your phone? Well, why not download some great apps that give you so much more bookish content to read, discover and enjoy. [caption id="attachment_1495" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Pin me to Pinterest![/caption] I love downloading different apps to use, not sure why, it's a bit of an addiction. I usually have over 140 apps or so on my phone including the ones installed on my phone already. There are a lot of apps I have on my phone that I only use around once a month or so but still keep on there for those very rare occasions. Therefore, I've downloaded plenty of different apps that are perfect for book lovers. There's obviously a lot out there that we could use so I've narrowed these…
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Bookstagram Tips from the Pros!

Bookstagram Tips from the Pros!

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Bookstagram is a huge platform that offers a fantastic place to get to know fellow book nerds. Bookstagram isn't just a hashtag anymore, it's a community on Instagram that offers new book recommendations, insights into new reads and some of the friendliest people you'll meet. [caption id="attachment_1455" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Pin me to Pinterest![/caption] Just started a Bookstagram and looking for some tips on how to improve your engagement or increase your followers? Well, I've gone out and asked some who I'd consider some absolute pros at it, some of whom have been doing it for a year or more and some of whom have only been doing it for a few months. Below are the responses they gave me when I asked them for tips for Bookstagrammers and then how…
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Behind The Scenes of a Blogger’s Book Reviews

Behind The Scenes of a Blogger’s Book Reviews

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I try to upload at least two book reviews a week to my blog. This doesn't necessarily mean I read that many a week so how do I go about getting eight books reviewed a week? Read on below to find out! [caption id="attachment_1389" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Pin me to Pinterest![/caption] Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any of the services or products within this article, I will receive a small commission or gain at no extra cost to you to support the blog. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. Every single day I do something that relates to books - whether it's popping on Bookstagram, listening to an audiobook, reading an article about the latest…
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Four Easy Ways to Earn Money by Blogging

Four Easy Ways to Earn Money by Blogging

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You love writing about what you do - that's why you blog right? You either enjoy teaching people about finance, reviewing books (c'est moi), giving people advice on blogging based on your experience (that's me also), talking about tech, talking about investing, talking about fitness, or whatever else it may be you like writing about. [caption id="attachment_1375" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Pin me to Pinterest![/caption] But what if I told you you could make money from it? And what if I told you there are some blogs out there that actually make quite a significant amount of money from blogging? "Brilliant! But how?" I hear you say. Well, if you're still here and haven't scrolled down to the first number in the list then you can now scroll down a bit to…
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How I Decide my Book Review Ratings

How I Decide my Book Review Ratings

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I’ve written over 60 book reviews at the time of writing this article. I’ve covered romance, fantasy, science-fiction, contemporary fiction, mystery, thriller and more. But how exactly do I work out what to review my books out of five? [caption id="attachment_1264" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Pin me to Pinterest![/caption] Why maximum five stars for a book review? First off, I’ll discuss why I chose the five-star rating alongside the text-aids you see at the bottom of each of my book reviews. The main reason is that it takes away from the number of ratings I can give. If it was out of 10, I’d have to choose from ten numbers and this could leave me considering for far too long. The other reason is that I feel far more comfortable giving a…
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How to Drive FREE Engagement to your Blog

How to Drive FREE Engagement to your Blog

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It doesn't matter how many social media followers you have or how great your articles are, if you're not managing to find a way to drive people to your blog then none of it really matters. [caption id="attachment_1223" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Pin me to Pinterest![/caption] I've realised over the past few months of blogging that keeping people on your site and keeping them coming back is absolutely crucial to making sure your content is being seen. If you want your time on your blog to feel worth it, then having people return, visit, comment and appreciate your content is the best way to do this. I've been blogging for a few months now so by no means am I the most experienced at this. However, I have a few years in…
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FREE and cheap Promotions and Giveaways to Increase Your Social Media Following

FREE and cheap Promotions and Giveaways to Increase Your Social Media Following

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Having a good social media following is crucial to getting an audience to your blog. If you want people to repetitively see your posts and visit your articles, then having a good social media following is a great way to keep them coming back. However, building that social media following isn't easy. There's either the long and patient method, asking people to follow you or one of the most effective ways to increase your following for free or for very little money is by doing giveaways. By doing giveaways you can create rules on how people enter. You should make these rules easy enough for everyone to enter but also an easy way to get your social media platform shared around. I'd recommend getting people to share the post/tweet around…
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22 Post Ideas for Book Bloggers (with suggested titles)

22 Post Ideas for Book Bloggers (with suggested titles)

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Blogging can be great fun. If you have a passion for writing and a passion for what you're writing about, rarely will it feel like a chore. However, there are some days where you're sitting there thinking "what on earth is there left to write about?" Low and behold, below are 22 blog titles you can use as inspiration for your blog. [caption id="attachment_1105" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Pin me to Pinterest![/caption] 1. My favourite {insert genre here} books of all time People often have a certain genre they love most. They'll love to read your favourite books in this genre. Read my Top Five Fantasy Books of All Time. 2. Books with the most aesthetically pleasing front covers This is one I'm hoping to do soon. Some books have absolutely stunning…
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10 Reasons you NEED a Newsletter on Your Blog from Day One

10 Reasons you NEED a Newsletter on Your Blog from Day One

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Starting a newsletter that can grab your audience is one of the crucial elements of owning a blog. Yes, there's social media and if you get a good following on there, it can be a huge win. However, by starting a newsletter, you can retain your audience in a much more personal way and from quite early on. Below are ten great reasons why you should look into starting a newsletter for your blog and promoting it wherever you can. 1. It keeps your audience coming back The number one reason you should start a newsletter from early on is to keep your audience coming back. Whenever you send out an email, you are directly notifying your audience of new content on your blog. If you didn't do this, they…
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