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[Guest Post] Why Blog About Books – Jo Linsdell

Have you ever wondered why book bloggers do what they do? Author and blogger, Jo Linsdell, is joining us today to tell us why we do what we do πŸ™‚


Thinking of jumping into the world of book blogging? This post is for you.

I started blogging in 2006 and post regularly to both my personal website and One topic I always enjoy blogging about is books. It’s my passion. I’m an author, illustrator, and book cover designer. Books are my job, but also my favourite hobby. I’m an avid reader and love discovering new authors.

From a business point of view, blogging is a great way to increase your audience, sell products, and establish yourself as an authority in the book world.

Is book blogging for you?
Books are your life.

If you’re an avid reader and feel the need to tell people about the books you read, starting a blog is a great outlet.

You like a challenge.Β 

Being a book blogger is perfect if you enjoy challenging yourself and learning new things. Aside from all the awesome stuff you’ll pick up from reading books, you’ll also learn a lot about technology, design, marketing, and a whole host of other topics. As internet, and how it’s used, is constantly evolving you’ll never have the chance to get bored, and will constantly be adding to your skill set.

You want to improve your reading.Β 

As Stephen King once saidΒ “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”Β 

You want to make money doing something you love.Β 

As with any business project you need to research and implement various strategies to find the combination that works for you, but it is possible to make a reasonable earning from blogging about books. There are lots of affiliate programmes you can sign up for, and numerous other ways to monetize your blog.

You want to be part of a community.Β 

The book blogger community is amazing! Uniting with others to share your love of books, offering reading recommendations, discussing your latest read . . . and for the most part, the book community is incredibly supportive and friendly. Connect with other book addicts and share your love of reading.

You want free books.Β 

It’s a nice perk of the job πŸ˜‰

About Jo Linsdell . . .

Jo Linsdell is the author of numerous books, including: the serial fiction KOSMOS, How To Be Twittertastic, Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home, Italian for Tourists, A Guide to Weddings in Italy, Out and About at the Zoo, Fairy May and The Box. She is also the illustrator of the A Birthday Clown for Archer series (written by Kathy Mashburn) and the Jasmine Dreams series (written by Maria Rochelle).

She is the founder and CEO of Writers and Authors and Promo Day. Linsdell studied A-levels in Business Studies, History and Art and has won several awards in her career. She was named the Who’s Who in the writing industry in 2009.

– Connect with Jo –
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As always,


42 thoughts on “[Guest Post] Why Blog About Books – Jo Linsdell”

    1. I LOVE Net Galley! I do most of my reading using the Kindle app on my ipad. Hubby complains I have too many print books and so he’s happier when I get ecopies. It’s still exciting to be sent print copies though…. I just need a bigger bookcase to home them all.

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    1. I’ve read a much wider variety of genres since becoming a book blogger. I’m much more likely to take a chance on an unknown book now than I would have before, and I’ve discovered some real gems through doing that. That has definitely had an impact on both my reading and my writing.


  1. Great post. I started blogging three years after many years of reading and putting all my reviews on Amazon etc. My hubby had his own blog (sports/poker) so I knew a little about blogging, but it was a mine field at the time, especially learning to code. The only thing that I will add is that it can be damn hard work. If you are a new blogger, don’t be afraid to say no to doing book reviews, blog tours. Some think that they have to say yes to all and then find that they book in too many and then find blogging stressful.


      1. I think a lot of bloggers stress about this type of stuff. It can get overwhelming. I don’t tend to schedule fixed dates for reviews anymore for that reason. Otherwise the reading just becomes stressful and it takes away the enjoyment of reading the book. I have an editorial calendar for blog posts to keep track of tours etc… I also have submission guidelines on my blogs to help cut down on the work load. It makes a huge difference.


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