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Common Problems Book Bloggers Have and How To Solve Them

Common Problems Book Bloggers Have and How To Solve Them

Common Problems Book Bloggers Have and How To Solve Them

Solutions to Book Blogging Problems

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As a book blogger it's not always clear sailing. We all go through moments where we struggle with one aspect or another of book blogging. 

The good news is we all go through it from time to time. You are not alone in your struggles.

The other good news is that there are solutions for the common problems that book bloggers face.

I recently took to Twitter and asked Book Twitter what their biggest problems were as book bloggers.

I was not surprised by the answers. That's because we all experience a lot of the same problems when it comes to book blogging.

Problem 1: Not enough time

The struggle is real! We all live such busy lives and finding the time to do everything can be a struggle at times. 

Not enough time to read- 

This is probably one of the first problems that comes to mind for most book bloggers. There is just never enough time to read all the books! 

Solution- Don't try to read ALL the books. Accept that you can't. There's just too many. 

If you can't manage longer reading sessions, try catching up in shorter bursts. You'll be surprised at how much reading you can get through with 10 minutes here and there. 

Remember it's not a competition. Read what you can, when you can. Reading should be first and foremost an enjoyable activity.

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Not enough time to blog- 

Solution- If you're feeling overwhelmed by your blog and struggling to find the time to post maybe you need to take a look at your posting schedule and re-organise it. 

You don't have to post every day (although it's great if you do). If twice a week is more manageable then do that. You can always add extra days slowly as you go.

Another thing that helps is batching. When you do have some free time try to set up multiple posts and schedule them for posting. This is easier to do if you have templates e.g. for your blog posts like reviews and templates for your blog graphics.

I personally use Canva for my graphics and have templates set up so I just make a few quick changes and I have new, on-brand graphics ready for posting in a matter of a few minutes. It saves me loads of time. 

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Problem 2: No one reads my blog

It can be discouraging when you put a lot of work into your blog posts but feel like no one is reading them. 

Solution- It's not enough to just publish a post. People have to know it exists. There are two main ways to do this.

1. Are you leveraging SEO to optimise your posts for organic traffic? 

When writing your blog posts make sure you're using keywords in your headings, urls, alt tags, meta descriptions, and in your article. Don't just stuff the keywords though. It should read naturally. 

By optimising the SEO of your blog post you are making it easier for Google and other search engines to find your content when they crawl your site and therefore improving your chances of showing up in search results.

2. Are you sharing your posts on social media? 

Share your blog posts your social media channels. Let your followers know when you have a new blog post out. Also make sure you have social share buttons on your blog posts to make it easy for readers to share your content on their social media channels too. 

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Problem 3: I don't know what to write about

Especially when you've been book blogging for a while, it can be hard to come up with new ideas for content to post to your blog. 

If you've been in a reading slump you may not have a lot of reviews to share with your readers which can leave you struggling to come up with things to write about.

Solution- Good news! Book blogging isn't just posting book reviews. There's loads of other types of book related content you can cover on your book blog. All you need is to get a bit creative.

Interviews, book spotlights, lists of books you; love, hate, or just from a specific genre, book trivia, book vs film... not to mention all the weekly memes you can join in with. Experiment with new types of content and see what works well with your readers.

You might also like: 101 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

Problem 4: No one is commenting on my posts

Without blog comments we can start to feel like no one cares about the blog content we put out. Are we just talking to ourselves? It can feel that way and after all the work we put into creating our blog posts this can be quite a downer.  

Solution- The first thing to do is make sure you're making it easy for your readers to comment. We live in a world were we want everything instantly so if they have to jump through too many hoops to leave you a comment chance are they won't bother.

Have you included a CTA (Call To Action) in your blog post? You should. Ask your readers a question. Sometimes they don't know what to write and so don't comment. By asking a question you're giving them a prompt for what they can write about in their comment. 

You should also make sure your blog post looks good, and is quality content. If it's nice to look at and engaging there's a higher chance they'll read it all and feel motivated to comment on it.

And last but not least, make sure you reply to all comments that do get left on your blog posts. If you want people to take the time to post comments you should make time to reply to them. Just good etiquette 😉

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Common Problems Book Bloggers Have and How To Solve Them

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  1. Another helpful, thoughtful, and smartly written post. You are a treasure, Jo.

    1. Aww thanks DJ 💖 I'm glad you enjoy my posts and find them useful.

  2. Great tips, at some point you have to make peace with the fact that there will be a lot of books you won't get around to reading. I have books I bought over a year ago still sat unread. It happens.

    1. I'm the same. I really do want to read all the books, it's just not realistic to think that's possible. There's just not enough time. Plus new books keep coming out and adding even more to my wish list.

  3. What a very helpful article. Thank you for sharing.