Book Blogging 101: What Should I Post First?

You’ve got your blog, it’s set up now…what do you post? What should my first post be? What am I going to post on my blog, other than book reviews?

These are all questions we’ve had, at some point in our blogging lives. You’re probably thinking your niche is books, which is mostly accurate, but I’ll list some other niche’s you can dabble in if you want. I’ll also be briefly breaking down the content types, giving you a quick summary of the types, pros and cons.

Content Types

Content types, are the types of posts you’ll be posting on your blog. Keep in mind these types are listed, in relation to book blogs. I’m sure there’s other content types within other niches.

  • book reviews
  • discussions
  • tags/awards
  • memes
  • blog tours
  • guest/collab posts

Hopefully there’s at least one type, you recognise there. As for the others, I’ll be giving you a brief breakdown of them below as I’ve got dedicated posts for each of these content types. (which will eventually be linked into this post – when they’re posted!)

Book Reviews –

Definition: a review or a review and discussion of the book, a well known content type for book blogs

Pros: you get to review the book, fangirl, maybe help others pick up the book; also a great way to remember the book you’ve read

Cons: formatting can be a pain, if you want it to look a certain way. What is writing a coherent review – when you just wanna shriek…with glee obviously.

Stats: lowest stats usually out of the content types

Discussions –

Definition: you can discuss anything you like, a book related topic, writing related the world is YOUR oyster. This is YOUR blog so discuss whatever you want.

Pros: discussions can be fun to write, at least for me, providing you find a topic you want to discuss. You can connect with others, learning new opinions on topics, and it’s a fun way to chat in the comments.

Cons: you may find yourself wondering what to discuss. Never fear, just think of something, you fancy talking about on your blog. Got something? Go, go, go!

Stats: higher stats as we do love discussing with one another!

Tags/Awards –

Definition: a (Book) Tag is usually a post with questions, where you get tagged in. You can do them without being tagged though, the idea then is to tag others. Awards, you need someone to tag/nominate you.

Pros: great fillers for your blog content if you’re struggling/need to break up all the reviews etc

Cons: they can take a while to do, awards also can wear thin on you depending how many times you’ve been tagged in them

Stats: totally dependent on your blog and if you’ve tagged others

Memes –

Definition: Meme’s are known as a type of prompt, created by someone who then offers a link up option. It’s a fun way to join in on something, with prompts already created for you. Link up and then blog hop to others posts. Examples are: Top Ten Tuesday, Sunday Post, I Heart Characters among many others

Pros: if you’re stuck for ideas, memes are your besties! You get to discover new blogs, by linking up and blog hopping to others who’ve linked up

Cons: choose wisely, don’t go overboard with the memes, as it’s not really original content coming from you. Having said that, if you enjoy memes go for it!

Stats: med-high if you link up and blog hop

Blog Tours –

Definition: signing up to a Blog Tour is where you agree, to having a post promoting a book, on your blog. You may get given an ARC to read, so you can review it as part of the Blog Tour. It varies from tour to tour.

Pros: you can promote authors, read books

Cons: if you do a lot of them, people may lose interest in your blog. As you’re literally stocking up, on promotion posts, which is fine. Just remember the blog is your space, so put some YOU in it!

Stats: usually high, it is a blog tour after all

Guest/Collab Posts –

Definition: Guest posts involve you writing an exclusive post for someone else’s blog, meaning the post you write can’t be posted to your blog.

Collab posts are where you and one or more people, work on a post. To go up on one blog. You may choose to do multiple so you all get something for your blog.

Pros: You can make friends this way, and friends are basically connections…connections of knowledge, support, help and great friends if you make the time to get to know them.

It can also give you and others a way to connect with other readers, who may not have heard of your blog. Basically, you get exposure for you and your blog.

Cons: Eh time zones for collab posts can make things awkward, and for guest posts; it’s sometimes tricky knowing what to write for someone else.

Stats: depending on the post/s and the blog, but they’re usually med-high

Niches

Your niche is what your posts are mostly going to be about. Some blogs only have one niche, others may have two and some may have a primary niche, a secondary niche and then dabble in other niches. You’ll also find some blogs, who don’t really have a niche, they do a bit of everything, that’s lifestyle.

Below are other niches you can pick and mix together, along with your book niche. You don’t HAVE to stick to one, or two or three. You can do as many or as little as you choose, just keep in mind you need to ensure your blog, remains organised. It should be obvious what type of content you post; don’t let the niches cause chaos on your blog. 

  • Books
  • Writing
  • Blogging
  • Lifestyle
  • Film & TV
  • Music
  • Games
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • Theatre
  • Crafts/DIY

That’s a really, really small list of possible niches. Literally, your blog is your baby, you can do anything with it. Experiment to your hearts content, preferably on a test blog first, then go show us all what you’ve learned on your actual blog. Blogging is this HUGE learning curve, we’re all still learning things.

Another type of post you may find are Featured Posts/Series these are unique to a blog/s usually to a particular blog though, which were created on there. The next few posts, will involve an in depth look, at all the content types for you guys.

As I said already, the next few posts will be an in depth look, at these content types. So if you’re unsure on any of them, don’t fret, the in depth post will be arriving shortly.

If you’ve got any questions, or a topic you’d like me to include in this series; let me know in the comments! 

If you want to support me and other book bloggers consider donating to my Ko-Fi page. To find out how I’ll use the donation/s, read this post.

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28 thoughts on “Book Blogging 101: What Should I Post First?

  1. “Blogging is this HUGE learning curve, we’re all still learning things” is probably one of the biggest takeaways here! It definitely feels like a lot to figure out when you’re just starting, and the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. I love that each of these posts tackles a manageable topic, so they’re informative but not overwhelming ✨

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    • Yassss I’d agree, like when I first started out there was so much I didn’t know. Even now there’s still a lot I don’t know, or am unsure of, but I’ll eventually get there. Aaah I’m glad, I know how overwhelming having a ton of info thrown at you can be so I decided to break things down as best as I could 🙂

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  2. Ah I love this post! Even though I’ve been blogging for a year I still feel like a total beginner. I really want to try and get into Discussion posts. I haven’t done any, but I’ve got a lot of ideas for them!
    Great post! Can’t wait for the next one.

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  3. This is a great introduction and has lots of things that I i wish I had known when I first started blogging – my approach has been very scattergun, trying lots of different posts, schedules and niches, but I finally feel (after ~a year of blogging) that I am starting to identify what I really want to post!

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  4. Great post Clo! I wish there was something like this back when I started, when dragons were still roaming the land of the WWW :))) And you’re totally right, it all ultimately depends on what you feel comfortable with, but it’s also a huge constant learning process. I can’t wait to see your in-depth look at each post type.

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    • ah thanks Charvi! tbh same, back when I started I was just lost with so much of this, and a lot of the 101 series were focused on blogging as a whole, not the book niche. Which as we know, is harder still when you’re new, because there’s certain things which are exclusive to our niche.

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