Saturday, September 14, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry: How My Thoughts On Blogging Have Changed


Hey everyone!! Hope you all had a fabulous week!! This week for Book Girls, we are talking about how our thoughts on blogging have changed and what we might want to do differently. I have now been blogging for two years, so things have changed since I started. Not in a bad way, just life in general, reading habits, reviewing habits, time restraints, you know that type of stuff. So I will talk about how I used to feel, how I feel now, and what changes I have made or plan to make. 

This weeks posts from the other BGDC girls
Jenni 
Giselle (took the week off due to blog tour posts)

How It Was In the Beginning

When I first started blogging, I didn't really put a lot of thought into it. If I had, I probably would have scheduled at least a months worth of posts before going live with my blog. Lol!! Anyways, I have always been kind of a last minute post person. I read a book, review it, post. I managed to get a little bit away from that and was probably a week or two ahead and it was so nice. But, life tends to get in the way and it's easy to fall right back behind. The thing is, that type of schedule seemed to work fine for me. I was posting, returning comments, replying to them on my blog, and had a pretty consistent twitter presence. What worked for me two years ago when I started, isn't really working for me now though.

The In between of It All

I almost felt like I had to have a post every day. I was so worried that the followers I had wouldn't keep coming back unless I had something daily for them to read. Sometimes I would stay up until 11pm or later just so I could have that post up at midnight. Then, I started thinking that when blogs I love don't have a post each day, it doesn't make me not visit. It's actually sometimes a good break since I comment on so many blogs a day. It gets a little easier to keep up in fact. I also have this guilty feeling if I don't comment on all the blogs I follow each day. I know that everyone understands that we all get busy, but it still makes me feel bad. So I need to change my whole though process about things. I want to be the fun, happy, love blogging person I was when I started. I want my reviews to mean something, not be rushed to get it posted, I don't want to feel like I have to post or comment all the time. I need a bit of mind clearing time.

How I See Blogging Now and Things That Will Change

As you can see by the top notice on my blog, I am taking a sort of break. I still absolutely love blogging, but I feel like I am losing that enthusiasm that I once had. I don't want that to happen, so I need to decide how I will run my blog going forward. I know that I say it all the time, but I am going to take on less review books. Really this time. I hate when I get behind on review books. It makes me feel really awful. Also, I am not going to worry about posting every single day. In fact, I want to try to make sure I have one or two blog free days a week. I also need to make myself not feel guilty if I don't comment on every post on every blog I follow. I do try to stop by the blogs I love every day, but if I don't, I need to not feel like I have to catch up, and just let it go.The last thing I want to do, but am not certain, is get a guest blogger. I don't want to add a permanent person to the blog and make it a group blog, but maybe someone who would want to do a guest review a few times a month.

So that's really all. I guess I said a lot more than I thought I would. I still love blogging very much, but I just have to change how I blog so I continue to love it. I want to be the me that started the blog and was excited about it all the time. I am hoping that with my little break, and the changes to how often I post, I will be back to the me I want to be!!

12 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm....I think I must be living in my own little world. I blog for me and I always have. Post what I want. Participate in what I want. The only thing that's changed for me is how much time I'm willing to put into it. Like you, I have taken semi-breaks where I did the minimum. Other times (like in the summer) I put hours and hours into it. But it's always been about what I want. Do I sound selfish? *sigh*

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    1. I've always blogged for me, like I will only read or participate in what I want, but I still feel like I should post every day to keep people happy and continue coming back. Now, I'm not really as worried about it. If people like my blog, they will visit back anyways. And no Val, you don't sound selfish. That's a great way to do things!!

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  2. I think you're going to feel so good about the changes you make. It's very easy to get too involved and burned out.
    Enjoy your time!

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  3. My perspective on blogging has changed since I started. I do post daily, but it works for me right now. That said, life does get in the way sometimes and it just won't always be easy to get everything up and running on time. There are days that I can't get my posts done by midnight and I don't stress about it anymore. I've definitely made changes to my schedule to fit my life. I think when it stops being fun, that's the time to take a step back and rest. Hope you enjoy your break! *hugs*

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  4. Dropped by for a visit Today !

    Joelle @ http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com

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  5. When I started blogging I wasn't regular, but then I started visiting some of my favorite blogs and saw how much they posted on a daily basis and it made me feel bad. Because I was on an 8 months break before uni started, I had time to read and post daily. Now that I'm in college, things are different. I post whenever I have the time, because my education comes before everything else.
    I hope your break helps you get back your enthusiasm for blogging, Amy!

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  6. I feel guilty when I don't visit blogs every day too. I've been forcing myself to relax about it at least a little, because some days I just don't have the time. I still fee guilty though.

    When I first started blogging I posted multiple times per day (at least I did like a few months, maybe not straight away). I jumped in with both feet and went crazy. It was all good content though, that was before book blasts and cover reveals. I'm not sure how I had so much to post. I guess I did memes back then. Anyway, later I realized that I needed to slow down and now it's one a day. For a short while I had even cut out the weekends, but I have slowly started posting on the weekends again. But yes, we all need to find what works for us, that changes so you have switch things up once in awhile.

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  7. In the beginning, I worked hard on my blog. Doing all kinds of blog hops, blog tours ,etc. Now that I worked up an audience, like you I feel like I HAVE to post every day. I even got another book reviewer because I needed a break but didn't want to blog to be on break for fear that my stats will go down. At least now, I'm ahead so I don't have to read all the time. Still, a good break away from it all would be awesome.

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  8. I still feel like I have to have a post every day, but I've got a backlog of reviews, so I think I can manage that without too much trouble. I try to comment, but I don't pressure myself like I used to. If I have nothing to say, then I'm not going to comment. I'd rather not comment and have less comments myself than leave something meaningless.

    Oh, also, you take breaks when you need to. This is your hobby and you shouldn't feel pressured. We'll still be here!

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