July 20-26 July Reads Bingo My goal is to wrap…
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!
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.)
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.
I use this site to find copyright free pictures to use for my blog posts.
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.
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?