Feature: The Newbie’s Guide to Book Blogging Part 8 – Credibility


If you come across a book blogger that rates every book they read a positive rating, would you trust them? Your credibility is very important to your readers. They trust you to give them your honest opinions on the books that you review. No one’s going to believe that every book you review is a positive one. UNLESS you back up your claims with constructive reasoning. You have to explain in your reviews the reasons why you disliked it or loved it. Give some evidence to back up your review.

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]nce you’re a book blogger, you have to put priority to the publisher books you receive. (Not necessarily the ones that were given that are unsolicited. Those can pile up!) The ones that you yourself requested are the ones you should take note of. The publishers need to know you’re credible. They need to rely on you that your review will be up. If you do read and write your reviews promptly on time, the more they will trust you. The more they trust you, the more they’ll keep sending you books. That’s as easy as it gets.

Publishers trust you to review a book with honesty. They also need to make sure you are promoting their books in a respectful manner. And that means no bashing the author! I can’t stress enough how important it is to maintain a professional tone when writing your reviews. I get that everyone has different opinions, and yes some book bloggers are more strong willed and opinionated about their reviews, and I love that. I love reading reviews that are more negative, than positive. Because it makes me step back, and think, “Oh right, this book blogger knows her stuff!” When your visitors come back time and time again, then it’s because you’re doing something right. You’re helping the publishing market strive. In return, the authors write more books, which we book bloggers will gobble up.


Being Consistent = Being Reliable

You’re a book blogger newbie, so you be organized and construct a schedule that works out for you. You don’t have to blog every day, but you do have to make sure something is there on your blog to read. Otherwise people will turn away and look to other blogs who update frequently and consistently. You are responsible for your blog, and if you don’t take the reins and take charge, who will? It takes a long time to deem yourself credible. In your visitor’s eyes, you are their guide. You can sway them or even push them away, but ultimately it’s their decision whether they want to believe you or not. Give them reasons to believe you. How? By being consistent yourself! It sounds like I keep repeating myself, but it’s definitely true.


Keep the discussions flowing

You don’t want your blog to be a one-way street; it takes more than just several reviews to build a following. Readers that come back to my blog and comment and give me constructive feedback. I love that. Interacting with your readers and knowing that they’re reading your blog isn’t good enough. Keep the discussions flowing. If someone comments on one of your reviews, make sure to reply back. If they question a certain part of your review, reply back.


Most importantly, be honest!

If you’re willing to pay the fee, there are services out in the Interwebs that will help you do anything. And what I mean is paying people to write fake reviews for authors. Shocking? Maybe. People can even buy traffic to sites of twitter followers! And yes I’ve Googled these services and was appalled. I find it dishonest and immoral and mostly darn right disgusting that services like these exist. But what can I do as a book blogger? I do the opposite. We do these book reviews for free. It takes a ton of time and effort for any of us to just sit down and write a review, let alone maintain our blog schedule. But why do book bloggers do it? Simply because we love books. Talking about the characters, the drama, the world building, the beautiful covers, the author’s writing style, we talk about it all.

Be consistent book blogger newbies, and your reputation will precede you.


How to keep yourself immersed in the book blogging community

  • Read other book reviews
  • Interact with other book lovers on Good Reads
  • Tweet authors, publishers, and other book blogger
  • Host a Twitter chat
  • Participate in a Twitter chat
  • Comment on any blog posts
  • Participate in a forum
  • Join a community portal
  • Meet up with other book lovers in person
  • Join memes and visit other bloggers you haven’t approached

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  1. Liv Lopez

    October 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Loving the advice! Posts are in great format! 🙂

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  8. Kelly

    December 10, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    great advice for new bloggers ! Thanks !

  9. Dragana @ BookwormDreams

    October 26, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Very good advice. I hate it when people rate all their books 4 & 5 stars. They can’t all be THAT good.

  10. Rebecca

    October 22, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    I love these posts! I already know all this stuff as I’ve been blogging for a while but I still love to read tips and tricks, especially when you make it fun and interesting to read about. Thanks, Giselle!

  11. Alicia

    October 21, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    I’ve seen quite a few blogs where this happens – everything is positive, or in one case, everything is negative and there is little to back up the opinions. I think the extra positive reviews happen a lot when a blog does a ton of blog tours and doesn’t want to offend anyone.

    Thanks for the insight 🙂

  12. Ivana

    October 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Great post, I also stay away from blogs where every book reviewed is OMG AMAZING AND MINDBLOWING! (Sorry for the caps, but that’s how they appear in my reader.) And like you I also prefer reading negative reviews. Don’t know why, many times they offer more perspective than those rave reviews. Makes me want to read the book even more.

  13. Sarah G

    October 17, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Thanks for all the good advice for newbie bloggers…like me! 🙂

  14. SweetMarie83

    October 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Great advice, Giselle! I know a few bloggers who only ever post 5 star reviews, and it seems a bit strange to me. I don’t know anyone who loves every single book they read. I’m more likely to trust the people who have a variety – 2, 3, 4, and 5 star reviews, and not just glowing reviews, especially if they don’t really explain WHY they loved it so much. Same goes for people who write negative reviews and don’t back it up. Honesty is always the best policy!

  15. Karina A.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Great post!I was shocked with the “Most importantly, be honest!” part. I can’t believe that’s happening. Thanks for the guides! These are very helpful to us newbies! 🙂

  16. Olena

    October 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    What a great guide to a newbie blogger! Thanks for thinking of this and writing this feature. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and applying it myself. Thanks for the great tips. I’m a new blogger and this was a great starting point! Keep up the great work 🙂

  17. Kelly

    October 14, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    this is so helpful XD thank you for it!

  18. Grace Lo

    October 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    I suck at juggling my schedule, since I love participating in extracurricular activities so much . . . I’ll have to figure out a way to remedy that. So the hardest part for me is consistency in my posts. It’s a bit difficult since I can only get maybe two reviews out per week on weekends, and possibly another post out somewhere in the middle of the week, my blog looks a bit barren. I’ll have to remedy that! Thank you for your post and emphasis on honesty! (That’s something big in my book c:)

  19. Ana

    October 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    This is such a fantastic series of posts…so helpful. I couldn’t agree with you more. Being honest is, at times, very difficult because we all know how hard it is to write a book. But if I’m not honest in my reviews, my readers will have no faith in my recommendations. Difficult to do but definitely a must!! Thanks again for this series, it’s wonderful!

  20. Sugar & Snark

    October 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Fantastic post! Very helpful 🙂

  21. Tiff @ MostlyYALit

    October 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Another amazing post. Thanks for this – I appreciate the honesty, and I’m trying to be as honest (as well as tactful) as possible in my reviews. Thanks for the reminder, though.

  22. Kar

    October 14, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    I’m loving this posts. They’re really helpful and honest, so there’s a lot we can learn from them. Thank you 🙂

  23. Christina K.

    October 14, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    This is an awesome series, very helpful. I like how you go into detail with all aspects of blogging – and how you’re very honest about things:)

    Thank you:)

  24. Allyson Rida

    October 14, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    I find it kind of hard to stick to a schedule. The memes are fine, those could be prepared in half an hour, but I find finishing books within 2 days are sometimes a headache. (I post 3 reviews a week) Especially since exams are coming up, it’s hard juggling school and reading and blogging, but I find it kind of fulfilling, like I’m not really wasting time when I got home from school ;P Anyway, great advices, I’m just starting up and really need to work to build a reader base, thanks for the tips! 🙂

  25. Jason

    October 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    babe these are really helpful and great. wow 😀

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