Trying to get the word out about your blog is hard to do especially if you are brand new to blogging. But with the help of different social media channels, these can help you. Bookish social media is a very useful tool that will allow you to connect with other bloggers, readers, authors you love AND publishing houses.
Why Use Bookish Social Media?
Bookish social media is you basically using social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) to spread your blog and your blog posts to your readers and possibly new followers. This spreads your awareness and it allows you to possibly get new followers and more interaction on your blog.
Out of all the different social media platforms, all of them has ways that can make you benefit from them. Especially with social media platforms, you don’t think you can benefit from. , it is definitely trying out the different social media platforms out there and sees what platforms are the best fit for you. So make sure you make bookish social media accounts you know you will be using further down the line, instead of just for a month.
Here are the different social media channels I use for The Little Booknerds in the Corner.
Goodreads isn’t just for you to connect with the bookish community, it also allows you to connect with the blog bookish community too. Within Goodreads, there are different groups that are for Book Bloggers and BookTubers. Other groups may have channels specific chats that are for people to share the links out to other Book Bloggers/BookTubers or even people who would want to see/read the sort of posts.
Goodreads is definitely a good starting ground for anyone wanting to get their blog or book channel out to the bookish community. Why not share your bookish channel on a platform that is made for the bookish community?
I love using Goodreads to spread the word out about my blog. Goodreads is a very simple platform that can be used for anyone. Aside from using the groups effectively, they have also given me inspiration on what blog posts to write. Especially with recommendations type posts.
Facebook offers two ways you can spread the news about your blogs; these are groups and pages. Here are ways both pages and groups can help you spread the word of your posts and blog on Facebook.
Facebook Pages offer a lot for either your blog or business. Even though I don’t use this to promote my blog on Facebook, I have seen a lot of other bloggers use this method to promote their blog and their posts on Facebook. An example of a blogger doing this is the lovely Destiny @ The Howling Libraries.
Once you have created a Facebook page for your blog, you can set out so every time one of your new posts comes out, it will be published onto your Facebook page. This gets rid of the hassle for you when trying to post your recent blog post on your page.
I have thought about creating a Facebook page for my blog recently, but at the moment, I don’t think it’s something I want to expand my reach this way. I do know that having a page would help me connect with other readers in another way. But running a page can be a lot to handle. So I think for now I will stick with the methods I have. I’m not ruling it out in the future so maybe someday I will make a page.
This is definitely something on Facebook I use a lot. On Facebook it allows you to join any groups about any subject. From searching, there are a lot of different book blogger groups on Facebook I saw. At the moment I have joined either 3 or 4 groups that allow me to share out my blog post links.
This is definitely a nice and easy way to get interaction on your blog posts through this. Normally through these groups, there are certain ‘requirements’ you would have to do to continue being a member of the group. This can be from following the blog, liking their most recent blog post or putting a comment on their comment blog post. Each group is different so if you do want to find out, then I’m sure you will be able to find a group that is the right fit for you!
Twitter, I believe, is the most used social media platform that is used by the bookish community. Apart from Goodreads, it is a social media platform that allows anyone from around the globe to connect with another with a simple follow. This social network is also another great way to allow book bloggers to connect with publishers and authors.
Another great thing about Twitter is how people create ‘follow trains’ that means if you comment your blog link, Instagram link or Facebook page link on that tweet, you will hopefully gain more followers that certain platform. Twitter is also another way you can publish your blog content on your Twitter feed without you needing to do it. As long as you connect your Twitter account details to your website you don’t need to worry about it.
Instagram, like Twitter, is another way to connect with other readers, authors, publishers and even subscription boxes and online shops. It is definitely an easy way to showcase what book you are reading, what your reading tastes are, what you are planning on reading soon and what news books you have recently gotten. Instagram, in my opinion, is one of the hardest social media platforms you can use. Whether this is for your blog or just a standard bookstagram account.
The combination of finding the right theme for your profile, the right caption and even finding out what sort of hashtags you need to use on your profile is key on who you can connect to. Don’t worry about getting it wrong, I went through 3 or 4 themes before I found the one I currently have and I love it. With Instagram, definitely trial and error is something you should do.
Pinterest is a very weird social media platform I use. Even though not all of my boards on my Pinterest profile are book related (Marvel and Huskies boards are also there). I am planning on creating a board for my blog posts and for new books I receive. When these boards are able for people to view I have no clue. I might be waiting for all of my banners on my blog to be similar so I can start posting them. I have seen people use Pinterest for a lot of reasons and I can say it can be beneficial to those who know how to use it properly for their blog. Hopefully, I can get to that point within this next year.
Fairly recently, it seems that the bookish community has gone onto a platform that was originally created for Discord. I only knew about Discord last year when I joined the New Bloggers created by Evelina @ Avalinahs Books. Since then, I have been in different bookish Discord groups where we can interact about anything bookish and obviously about other things that aren’t bookish.
From these different Discord chats I have gotten to know a lot of different bloggers and have followed a lot of new blogs. These chats are also a great way to share out your latest blog post link and see who has gone on it. Also, another great thing is it allows you to create co-blogging opportunities that could either be on both of your blogs. I have a few things with a few different bloggers and I can’t wait to share some sort of information out.
Bloglovin’ is another great way to connect with bloggers, especially if they aren’t on WordPress. Bloglovin’ is somewhere where you can post your latest blog posts and people can follow your blog. If you have claimed your blog correctly you will be able to have your blog post put on your Bloglovin’ blog page automatically so you don’t have to worry about putting your link on it. This is a great way to gain more followers even if there isn’t a way for people to follow your blog on your website.
Recently, I published a post talking about why I have stopped watching BookTube. But when writing this blog post, I knew that I have to include YouTube in it. YouTube is definitely a social media platform that the bookish community has used for their advantage. Even though I have never had a BookTube channel since started to blog, it is definitely a great way to get exposure for you and your blog (if you have one alongside your BookTube account).
Which of these platforms do you use to get the news about your blog out to your current and possible followers? Have you thought about using other platforms to do it? Comment below and let me know, I would love to find out and follow you guys.
till next time readers