Have you visited Amy's blog? Do check out her blog if you haven't because she has lots of exciting news to share, especially on the Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) Awards. (You may wish to click here for the BBAW Awards 2008 Presentation Schedule.)

And guess who won under the best carnival/event/meme category? It is none other than Amy, the hostess herself for her Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I think it is very well deserved since she has done a great job in putting this event altogether.

Congratulations, Amy!


Amy also talked about blogging and offered some of her tips. I think her questions are very interesting, and here is what she asked:

What is one thing you wish you knew about blogging when you started or what advice would you give a newbie blogger? What is your best blogging tip?

You know, when I first started blogging, I knew nothing about blogging and have no idea what is html codes or how to play around with my blog except simple posting and attaching pictures! Not giving up and trying to learn more about blogging, I began to explore on my own and fiddling with the html codes (and I always make sure to have a backup copy!) until I understand the concepts behind them. I then added several links and from there, I slowly build up my blog till what you have seen today. Besides self exploring, I also googled some sites that offered advice and tips on blogging, and I find them very useful. Till present, I am still learning and am not shy to ask advice from fellow blogger friends if I need some answers concerning blogging.

As for blogging tip, I think the first thing you should do before starting up a blog is to ask yourself what would you blog about? Is it about your daily life? Or will it be something more classified, e.g. blog about books? Once you have decided which direction you want to go, work on the theme and think of a suitable header for your blog. Once everything is up and running, visit other blogs and leave some comments. You may think you are writing for yourself, but other readers do visit and read your blog too. And I think it is always good to hear some feedbacks from fellow bloggers, even though if it is just a simple hello. Friendship starts from there, and I am sure most of us love receiving comments anyway (at least I do!). :-)

7 Responses
  1. Ana S. Says:

    I couldn't agree with your tips more, Melody.

  2. Alice Says:

    And me too!

  3. S. Krishna Says:

    I think it's important to know what your blog is going to be about before you start it. I don't think I'd be talented enough to start a blog about nothing and constantly be interesting enough for people to read it.

  4. I started much the same way you did, Melody--knowing very little. You have some great tips there. Knowing what direction you want to take your blog really does help--even if later you decide to take it in another one. It at least will give you a starting place. And leaving comments is a sure way to attract attention to your own blog. That's how we met. :-)

  5. Melody Says:

    Nymeth - Thanks! :)

    Alice - Glad we think alike. :)

    Krishna - When I first started this blog, I just want to make a record of the books I read. As I go along, I get to know more fellow book bloggers and things just go from there... :)

    Wendy - I forgot to add that blogging also helps in my writing too, LOL. I'm glad to know you, Wendy. Thanks for being a great friend! :)

  6. Julia Says:

    Congrats to Amy for winning the award!

    And it always nice to have friends to help you go through and learn about blogging. And the more you play around it the more better you be :)

  7. Melody Says:

    Julia - I agree! :D

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