Category: Blogging Tips


9 Ways to Write More Creative Book Reviews

Posted 15 August, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 20 Comments
9 Ways to Write More Creative Book Reviews

Read on for a free download of 10 blog post ideas for book bloggers! I have a confession to make: I don’t read many book reviews. I know, that’s a weird thing for a book blogger to say. If I don’t read other people’s reviews, why should I expect others to read my own? But I don’t expect anything. When I’m writing book reviews, I know I need to earn my readers. And for me, the way to do that is by trying to write reviews that stand out. Do I accomplish that? I don’t know; you tell me. At […]

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas

Posted 15 June, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 20 Comments
How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas

This post is to help you with this month’s Be a Better Blogger challenge to create a blog post idea bucket. You sit down, log into WordPress, start a new post, and…nothing. Your mind is blank. Raise your hand if that’s ever happened to you. If you can say you’ve never had trouble coming up with something to blog about, well…I don’t believe you. We’ve all been there. If you can say you’ve never had blog writer’s block, you’re lying. Click To Tweet I’m extremely meticulous about keeping a backlog of ideas, and even that doesn’t always do the trick. […]

How to Keep Tags and Categories Organized

Posted 24 March, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 14 Comments
How to Keep Tags and Categories Organized

This Bumblings Blog Tip is part of March’s Be a Better Blogger challenge: clean up your categories. Do you need to reorganize yours? Join the challenge today! As daunting as it seems to clean up your categories after months of them getting out of control, that’s the easy part. Hell, I changed the categories on over 100 posts, and it maybe took an hour total. Add to that the 5 minutes I took at the beginning of the month to plan out what changes I would make. But that didn’t address the root of the problem: how easy it is to […]

Bloggiesta Challenge: Create a Blogging Schedule

Posted 21 March, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 22 Comments
Bloggiesta Challenge: Create a Blogging Schedule

Hey everyone! After this idea got such a great response during last month’s Be a Better Blogger challenge, I decided to bring it back as a Bloggiesta challenge! Do you have a blogging schedule? I don’t mean keeping track of when posts are going to be published – that’s an editorial calendar and a totally different thing. The two terms are often used interchangeably but have little in common. Aside from hitting publish, what other work goes into your blog? Social media posting, reviewing, cross-posting, browsing NetGalley, contacting authors, and more. That’s all a part of blogging, as well, and […]

10 Email Templates for Book Bloggers

Posted 14 March, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 13 Comments
10 Email Templates for Book Bloggers

This week’s Bumblings Blog Tip: Email Templates. If you’re anything like me, email is one of the most time-consuming tasks in your life. Especially for book bloggers. It’s how we communicate with authors, other bloggers, publicists, publishers, PR companies, tour hosts, giveaway winners… And then there’s the other emails we need. Author and blogger newsletters, your Bloglovin’ digest, reminders from your editorial calendar tool, social media alerts, blog notifications, and the list goes on. Email can easily become one of the most time-consuming tasks for a #bookblogger. Click To Tweet And since one of my personal mantras is “work smarter, […]

How to Edit WordPress Categories in Bulk

Posted 11 March, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 10 Comments
How to Edit WordPress Categories in Bulk

This Bumblings Blog Tip is part of March’s Be a Better Blogger challenge: clean up your categories. If you’re anything like me, you said you were going to be so good with your categories when you started your blog. “They’re going to be so organized, work so well with tags, and I’m never going to let them get out of control. Five categories, at most, ever.” Heh, yeah. Sure, Brittany of the past. But don’t worry. I’ll clean up your mess now. And it won’t even take that long, #likeaboss. #BlogTip: How to Edit WordPress Categories in Bulk Click To Tweet […]

Quick Tip: Stop Building on Rented Land

Posted 7 March, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 6 Comments
Quick Tip: Stop Building on Rented Land

Welcome to Bumblings Blog Tips! Here’s this week’s advice: A few things have happened lately that reinforce my belief a blogger that you should always focus on your website first. In case you haven’t heard: Pinterest banned affiliate links. I know a lot of other book bloggers have Pinterest boards for book reviews, teasers, etc. They then use Amazon Associate links to link to the ebook’s purchase page. It’s a great revenue-building tactic that they’ll no longer be able to use. Google announced future plans to make private any Blogger blog with sexual content. They later changed their mind after […]

Categories vs. Tags: What’s the Difference?

Posted 5 March, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 7 Comments
Categories vs. Tags: What’s the Difference?

Welcome to the first Bumblings Blog Tip of this month’s Be a Better Blogger challenge: clean up your categories. In the 10 years I’ve been blogging, I’ve seen so many things about categories and tags. Most of the conflicting advice stems from the fact that people think they’re basically interchangeable. And while you can certainly structure your own blog however you want to, there are certain things to understand if you want to make your blog as browsable as possible. In my opinion, you have three options: Use categories but not tags Use tags but not categories Use them both […]

3 Tips for Sticking to a Blogging Schedule

Posted 12 February, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 8 Comments
3 Tips for Sticking to a Blogging Schedule

In this month’s Be a Better Blogger challenge, we’re learning how to create and stick to a blogging schedule. If you’d like to join us, view the challenge and sign up here. We’ve talked a lot about blogging schedules in the past few weeks. What a blogging schedule is, how to figure out your own, and tools for creating your editorial calendar. All that planning is well and good, but kind of pointless if you don’t actually stick to your schedule. You know what they say about the best laid plans, and all that. A blogging schedule is pointless if you […]

5 Editorial Calendar Tools Worth Trying

Posted 11 February, 2015 in Blogging Tips / 16 Comments
5 Editorial Calendar Tools Worth Trying

In this month’s Be a Better Blogger challenge, we’re learning how to create and stick to a blogging schedule. If you’d like to join us, view the challenge and sign up here. Like I’ve said before, there’s more to creating a blogging schedule than knowing when posts are going to be published. However, that’s an insanely important part of it. First of all, that’s the only real part that your readers see. Second, you have a blog. Obviously, posts need to be published on it, preferably on a regular basis. Finally, writing blog posts may be the most time-consuming part […]