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!