I've been blogging a little over two years now, so I'm by no means an expert, but there are definitely things I know now that I wish I knew then, or at least some tips I would give myself as a new blogger.
Don't obsess over your stats.
This is still something I struggle with, obsessing over my stats and checking them a million times a day, but I would tell myself to TRY not to worry about them so much. Sometimes they aren't the best reflection of how the blog is doing anyway, or rather, they're not the only way to measure success. Look instead at how much interaction is going on within the posts and how people are responding. This may take awhile, too, but it's okay.
Don't compare yourself to other bloggers.
As a new blogger, the easiest thing (and one of the worst things) to do is to compare yourself to other bloggers, especially ones that have been around for years. Don't do it! It'll just get you feeling down. You'll wonder why you don't have as many followers and why they're getting all the ARCs. Remember that it takes time to grow a following, to find your voice, to create a visually interesting blog. Everyone has to start somewhere, so just try to focus on what you're doing.
It's tempting to try to model yourself after successful bloggers - if it works for them, it should work for me, right? But it's one thing to be inspired and another entirely to be something you're not. There are so many book blogs out there, and the best way to distinguish your blog is to be yourself. Read the books you want to read, talk about the stuff you want to talk about - you'll find an audience that's drawn to your authentic, honest voice.
And don't be afraid.
As a shy and introverted person, it may seem difficult at first to put yourself, your words and thoughts, out there on the internet (although I've explored why blogging is actually good for shy people). But I've learned over the past two years that the book blogging community is amazing - thoughtful, kind, supportive. Don't be afraid when people start finding your blog - it's actually going to feel really great to have people comment and respond to your posts! And don't be afraid to put yourself out there - visit other blogs, comment A LOT, and participate in challenges and memes. You're going to "meet" some awesome people!
It's okay to take breaks.
Sometimes you're going to get busy or even feel a little uninspired, and at those points, it's okay to take a break for a little while. Readers, especially other bloggers, will totally understand, and they'll be there when you come back!
What advice would you give yourself as a new blogger?