Bloggiesta: best blogging advice ever

Bloggiesta-S15Today’s Bloggiesta challenge is to post the best blogging advice you have ever been given. I’ve been blogging about books for five years now and I’ve definitely been grateful for some nuggets of wisdom along the way.

Lesson number one for every blogger should be back up your blog regularly. If you’re self-hosted or have made any tweaks to personalise your blog theme, then this means more than just exporting your posts and comments. Make a full copy of all the files on your blog’s FTP server once a year or so. Believe me: it can be a lifesaver. (You never know when you might need an emergency reinstall. It happened to me a year in and it was super scary, but thank goodness I had the files on hand.)

Be yourself. I always get more of a conversation going when I post something relaxed and honest, and I think that’s a general trend. When I read other blogs I much prefer to read something original to reviews that feel like they are written to a template.

And finally, if you want to get comments, get out there and comment yourself. It’s also a great way to make blogging friends!

For more advice about book blogging, check out this round-up. And let me know if you have any advice of your own!

2 thoughts on “Bloggiesta: best blogging advice ever

  1. Gaby March 28, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I agree with all, specially the comments.

  2. stu06bloc9 March 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hi, I enjoyed reading your article and that is definitely essential advice! I try and keep in habit of backing up, even during posting any draft I’m writing online, because forgetting to hit save or publish and losing work is so frustrating! I also backed up my blogs with the export file during this week to have a play (another time, when more time) with different themes in a test blog so as to see the potential difference. I tend to like what I’m used to but my current theme’s not a popular one for reader comfort. I’ve lost a few comments too this week while blog-hopping for various settings / provider issues and so have atken to keeping a text file open and pasting my comment and blog link so i have waht I wanted to feedback to whom, should i bump into them on Twitter – that’s maybe taking it a bit too seriously but if comment settings prevent feedback it’s a shame when you’ve taken time to write and a shame for the blogger to miss gainign a comment. I like blogs with like buttons for when time is short – it’s another way of knowing you’ve been here before. Thank you for dropping by my blog 🙂 hope you’re having a good weekend.

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