Hi you all wonderful people!!!! HI!!!! So few weeks ago, I had mentioned that I'll be doing some fun things with authors and bloggers through out the summer. So here is the first of Bloggers that is stopping by my blog today for a guest post. And it's none other than the wonderful and ever so lovely JESSICA BAKER from justabooklover.blogspot.com You can follow her on Twitter: @makesmeworse12 or subscribe to her blog. I've known Jessica for about eightish months. During this time, I had grown very found of her. Although she isn't my official Critique Partner for my writing endeavors, she might as well be. She's been a wonderful friend and supporter and all around a person that i've come to love! Without further ado, please welcome Jessica to my blog and LEAVE a COMMENT :). <3 Priya

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Five Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Blogger

So I started my blog about sixteen-ish months ago. That seems like a really long time, but it really feels like it’s been nothing at all. I still feel like a newbie and that my blog is the suckiest of them all. But you know what? I’ve actually learned so many things. Some of which I had to learn the hard way. So I’m going to list some of them for you. Because, you know, I can. 1. If you start a blog through Blogger (i.e. blogspot), it will automatically have captcha. You know, that thing that makes you type in some random letters/numbers to make sure you’re human? It automatically has that. DISABLE IT. NOBODY LIKES CAPTCHA. Nobody. Not a single person in the world. Chances are, you will at least double the amount of comments you get if you don’t have captcha. So go to your settings, and turn it the frig off. Now. (That sounded really bossy, but I learned that the hard way. I had friends tell me to turn it off, and I had no clue I’d even had it ON.) 2. Be honest, but be respectful, too. This is a big thing, especially those of us who review books. Authors spend A LOT of time writing the books we read. So writing a review that is horribly mean about an author isn’t cool. Does that mean you have to love every book you review? NO. HECK TO THE MOTHER FLIPPING NO. We all dislike some books. The point isn’t to say nice things about every book out there. The point is to be honest and respectful. Tell us WHY you didn’t like a book, don’t tell us that the book was crappy and the author is stupid for even attempting to publish a book. The whole point of book blogging is to point people in the direction of books we like so that the authors of those books can write more awesomeness. Not to tear down authors whose books we don’t like. (This isn’t something I’ve had a problem with—it’s just something that bugs me when I see it.) 3. Bloggers are incredibly nice. A majority of the bloggers I’ve spoken with in my time of being a blogger have been nothing if not nice and helpful. If you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask. If you want to feature them on some really cool thing you’re planning for your blog, tell them about it! A lot of bloggers (especially me) love that kind of thing. Plus, we remember what it was like to be new and have no idea about things. We will help you out. We might even become friends. So don’t be all shy and not talk to anybody. Bloggers are nice and there is no reason to be scared or nervous to talk to them. (Some people are going to look at that one and be like, “Pfft, I was never scared of talking to other bloggers.” But I was, so there’s probably at least one newbie out there feeling the same way, eh?) 4. Authors are some of the awesomest people on the planet. Pretty much the same thing I said in #3, except for with authors. I was SO AFRAID of talking to any authors when I first started out. I would tweet a little, but I was terrified of emailing or anything. Fun fact? Tons of authors love book bloggers. They appreciate you. And there is zero reason to not email them and tell them that you love their book. Or tweet them a link to the review you wrote. Or if you want to do some kind of feature or interview with an author/authors, you can ask them! I’m not saying they will definitely say yes, because they can be busy people with all the writing and whatnot, but they aren’t going to tell you to go away and never come back, either. Trust me, authors are our friends. We help them out, they help us out, we all need each other. 5. Just be yourself. There is no right or wrong way to be a blogger. There is no right or wrong way to review a book. And sometimes, it takes time to decide just what you want your blog to be like. It took me MONTHS before I came up with the way I review books now. The only thing that was constant was the “character rundown” thing I do. Everything else took forever for me to figure out. And I spent a huge amount of time in the beginning fumbling around like a goof. I still facepalm when I look at those posts now. So just do what you want. If you want to do your reviews with a bunch of gifs, do it. If you want to do little snippet reviews instead of full-length ones, go right ahead. If you want to participate in both Teaser Tuesday AND Top Ten Tuesday…well, why the hell not? Your blog is YOURS. Do what you want. Don’t be afraid to post about the hardest test ever you just took in government class because you don’t see your favorite blog posting about that kind of stuff. Post what you want, and have fun with your blog! (This does not mean you can disregard #2. There is never a good reason to be mean.) That’s only five things. There are SO MANY MORE, but I feel like those are the biggest little nuggets of information I have to share. If you’re a blogger, what would you add to this list? And…yeah, that’s all I have to say, y’all. Thanks for reading! Also, thank you so much to Priya for having me on her blog today! Especially since I took forever and a half to send her this post. I am very indecisive when it comes to choosing topics. Heh. ♥Jessica(: