Blogging Tips

Blogging Tips

I am new to blogging so I have compiled a list of things that I have learned to help make blogging easier. Please comment with additional tips!

Reading Journal

I have been keeping a reading journal since I started my blog and I don’t know where I would be without it. I am a hands-on person, so writing things down helps me remember better and organize my thoughts.

Topics included in my journal:

  • To Be Read List (although this is really not realistic, it started as a way for me to brainstorm books to review. My TBR list is way too long to write down in a journal- I use Goodreads for that.)
  • Ideas for other blog posts
  • Mapping out my blog layout
  • Rough drafts of blog posts
  • Notes while reading (Typically I use my journal for paperback books. I take other notes in my Kindle when I read ebooks.)

Goodreads or Amazon

I use these two websites to keep track of the books I’ve read and that I want to read.

For my parents and students, Goodreads is a social media site, so I would recommend parental supervision. I am looking for another site that is similar for my students. I have never received any negative feedback and only follow my friends and only my friends follow me. However, I have heard that there are inappropriate things that have happened, so there is a risk. (Unfortunately, because this is such a great resource.)

Canva.com

This is an amazing website that was recently shown to me at school by my instructional coach. This is a graphic design site and has templates for blog headings and pictures. I love that I can use their pictures or my own and I can add text. There is an app for iOs, but not Android.

Pixabay

I use this site to find copyright free pictures to use for my blog posts.

Instagram

I found a lot of bloggers through my Instagram page. I follow a lot of “bookstagrammers” and love to see how they write reviews and other posts about reading and writing. This has played a huge part in my motivation to both read and blog.

For my students and parents-I highly recommend parental supervision for Instagram. I have found the “bookstagram” community very positive and appropriate, but there are always risks. You can view many Instagrammers, including myself, without an account. These accounts are public.

Bloglovin’

This is a great website and app to keep track of blogs you would like to follow. Some things I like include a newsfeed format, notifications when someone posts, and links to original posts. Very user-friendly.

Those are my helpful tips! What have you learned to make blogging easier?

I am a middle school teacher who loves to read. I am part of the ARC-sharing group LitReviewCrew and a creator for the YouTube Channel Legit KidLit.

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