Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.
This week Billy asks: Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Writing a blog is a marathon, not a sprint. I have seen so many blogs get started by excited readers who put out posts for a couple of months and then abandon their creation, probably because churning out post after post day in and day out week after week is actually a lot of work. So my advice to new bloggers is this: Plan for the long haul. Plan to set aside time every week - even every day - to write material for your blog. Even if you are only posting once or twice a week, you need to make sure you've budgeted enough time to do it. And you need to make sure you don't merely love reading books, but that you love writing about them too, because you'll be spending a lot of time doing that.
You can make a blog on a lark, but you can't make a successful blog without putting in a lot of work. So my advice to new bloggers is to plan on putting a lot of hours into your blog. And don't expect a lot of payoff right away. Building a following takes time. A lot more time than you would think. And even more time than that. Keep working, and keep plugging away, even if you don't think anyone is reading your material and eventually you'll find your audience. But you have to put in long hours and write thousands of words first.
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