Feature and Follow Friday #1: What I’ve learned about blogging

August 16, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books

F&FThis is my first Feature and Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! The goal of F&F Friday is to gain more blog followers and make new blogging friends.

You follow me and I’ll follow you, let me know you’re there by leaving your blog URL on the comments section below.

You can find out more about the event here.

Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month.

I’m sort of ashamed to admit it, but I’ve been blogging for about a year before I realised that I really had to get out there and network with other bloggers. Fair enough I was posting a lot of reviews, going on lots of blog tours and posting almost every day, but if no one knew about it, then there really wouldn’t be a point would there?

This month, I’ve pulled back on my posting frequency and book blitzes and decided to really get out there and check out what other bloggers are doing. I love seeing what other people come up with and excited to find when someone has similar opinions to me on books! The best part is also making book blogging friends.

What have you learnt about book blogging in the past month?

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Jeann is an Aussie blogger, gamer, reader who loves to read, write, fangirl, geek out and eat food. You can find me glued to one of my many mobile devices 24/7, or fangirling over the latest YA book, TV show, movie or game. Chat with me on Twitter @happyindulgence

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33 responses to “Feature and Follow Friday #1: What I’ve learned about blogging

  1. It makes so much sense! I'm going to start looking on the blogs I follow and follow your advise!

    My sister and I just started blogging last week, and I enjoy it so much I'm hoping to be able to reach an audience and not have my posts go to waste!

    Thanks for sharing your great tips!!

    XX

    Sarah
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  2. kle

    Tomorrow it will be one year since i've opened my blog, but i started commenting and being active in the community months before it. I found it incredibly useful. Now i can say that, at least in my niche, people are starting to recognize my "brand" and i'm also learning a lot from other bloggers, as i always try to have a honest relationship with them both on the net and outside. I strongly recommend this strategy!

  3. I've never been on a tour. I am so afraid to mess things up. But maybe one day, I'm gonna sign up for one just to experience what it's like. And I agree with what you said, visiting other people's blogs is the way to go. Comments beget comments. πŸ˜€

    Following you back and liked your facebook!
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    • Thanks for following Charlotte! Blog tours are great to mix it up a bit and they usually have great giveaways for your followers. I like how you can have author interviews, excerpts, and giveaways to go with the tours. Just have to make sure you have time for them though, cos some of them require you to review a book or several books.

  4. I'm a bit different. I've been reading and following blogs for years and I've only just got up the courage to start my own. I'm still not very good at updating it and posting. I'm spending far too much time reading what else it out there. I'm trying to start commenting on what I read more often now. I used to just be a lurker and a liker rather than commenter.

    Happy blogging!
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  5. I've been visiting other blogs and finding lots of neat stuff, so I can totally relate. Sharing thoughts and book recommendations is one of my favorite parts of blogging. New follower via bloglovin.
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  6. Jenn @ Book Beats

    Bookish friends are the best, because they understand our mini freak outs about different things we're reading.

    Great answer. New follower via bloglovin'

  7. Thank you for stopping by my site.

    I totally understand where you are coming from. I had done reviewing for a friends blog but that was it, so actually running a blog and figuring it all out was frustrating at first. I just couldn't figure out how to get the followers. Thanks to other bloggers I figured it out, and I truly enjoy it.

    Congrats on your first F&F they are lots of fun.

    Bloglovin follower

    Syreeta @ Hardback Book Hotties (http://hbbookhotties.blogspot.com)
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  8. I am totally with you there! It's easy enough to post everyday for to do book tours and whatnot, but actually getting out and commenting (non-generically, of course) and tweeting and interacting is the best way to get people to visit your blog! And of course, the occasional giveaway doesn't hurt. I'm so glad that you're doing more of that! And bloggy friends are awesome, aren't they? πŸ˜€

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm following back via Linky!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
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  9. I'm definitely in the same boat as you. When I first started I was posting a lot but not really visiting other blogs as much. But now I'm always stalking my Bloglovin' homepage to see what all the blogs I'm following are posting and make sure to comment on anything I find interesting / cool.

    It also makes blogging a lot more fun because you really become part of a community and get to share your opinions on books & book-related stuff – which is why I wanted to blog in the first place!

    New follower via Bloglovin'! Here's my FF πŸ™‚

    – Allie @ Little Birdie Books
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