Hello guys !
If you follow me on Twitter, you may or may not know that this week (the 28th) my blog will be 6 months old. WHAT? I feel like I have been around for 2 months and forever at the same time. Is that weird? So this occasion sparked a post idea in my mind, why not share the little amount of knowledge I have with you?
You know when I first decided to embark on this adventure I had some expectations about what it would be like so imagine my surprise when 99.9% (made up number AGAIN) of these turned out to be false. And I’m sure this happened to most of you book bloggers too, if not all of you so I’m here to set the records straight and tell you what actually happens behind the scenes.
Stay until the end for the little announcement and without further ado, here are the things No One tells about book blogging that I came up with (And that some other fellow bloggers helped with) :
I thought I’d start with the most stricking one and in honor of ALL the time that blogging and books take, I decided to name them the “Low-key Invaders” the other day. And you seem to agree. Thinking up post ideas, writing them, scheduling them, graphics, comments, blog hopping etcetera etcetera. WHAT EVEN? When I first started I thought I’ll have to dedicate ONE hour a day, maybe even two if it is a lenghty post 3 or 4 days a week and it’ll be all good. HAHA, joke’s on me, and you if you’re a book blogger. It takes much much longer than that especially if you’re a neat freak like me and need everything to look clean and tidy. But I’m not saying this to discourage anyone who wants to join this crazy train, it is amazing and very rewarding.
Boredom? WHAT EVEN IS THAT? Between everyday life things, going out, reading and everything blog related, I don’t have any time left. And even when I have time on my hands I either use it to read or blog. Yep. That’s my life in a nutshell. And I love it so so much, this is the first summer ever that I don’t even think about boredom, I’m always up and running, which is a fantastic thing because I’m very easily bored person.
OH LORD ! I think this one point deserves a post of its own because shit goes down on crammed days. Just thinking about going back to school gives me chills because then there aren’t even enough hours in the day to adult (UGH!) and blog. I always forget that blogging shouldn’t be stressful because it IS a hobby and is supposed to stay that way (at least for me) but I’m just too passionate about it and I don’t want to let anyone down, especially not myself. Luckily that doesn’t happen a lot and since I discovered the wonder that scheduling ahead is, it had gotten a lot easier.
You know the saying “Fake it until you make it” right ? That has been my moto for the first few months (it still is sometimes, thankyouverymuch) but things become more manageable as time goes and you discover tricks that work for you. Writing posts will take less time, graphics too. The stress will be a little more under control though it will still rebel against you every so often and swallow you whole. Just warning you. Also, at first, I had a LOT of doubts, would I stick with it? Would I have post ideas? How am I supposed to write reviews? But that’s just it. DOUBTS. I CAN stick with it. I DO get post ideas. And most of all, I CAN voice my thoughts in a review and get my ideas across to you. Hopefully ?
PREACH THE BALL OF AWESOMENESS THAT THE INTERNET IS TODAY !!! I really didn’t expect to get along with anyone as well as I do with the friends I made. I knew I’d interact and enjoy posts, the occasional tweets and things like that but never in a million years did I think I’d make friends that I’d have deep and silly conversations with, that I would share laughter with and I’d want to meet in real life. But that happened and it has been a blessing and one of the best experiences of my life.
Here’s a list of places and times I get post ideas.
- Whenever I’m driving. Let’s just say that driving around is a very reflective thing for me.
- When I’m trying to find sleep. The ideas I get at night are most likely to disappear in the morning.
- While writing another post.
- In the shower.
- During a workout.
- While visiting other blogs.
- And some other places I’d be more embarrassed to disclose.
It also has been brought to my attention by Darian @ Social Refuel that you can find inspiration while talking with other bloggers and it is so incredibly accurate, and don’t even know how I forgot about that. It happened to me numerous time, people I’ve been talking to say the right thing at the right time and it sparks an idea without them even realizing it.
When I asked on Twitter, Kirsty @ Kirsty’s Book Reviews said that she didn’t expect people to be as tolerant as they are and I cannot agree more. I know it’s going to be hard to believe knowing how opinionated and strong headed I am, but when I was just starting it, stating an unpopular opinion scared the crap out of me. I didn’t want to be insulted or judged for it, but most of all I didn’t want to offend anyone. One day, I just went for it and everyone’s responses were amazing and I felt silly for being so scared at first. Because YOU ROCK ! And our community is a welcoming and loving one.
I can’t tell you in what way it will, it depends on the person you are and a number of other factors, but if you are committed to this it is bound to have an effect on you, a positive one for sure. Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa told me it helped her erase some prejudices she had and I must admit that it did the same for me too. As well as helping me acquire more vocabulary, developing my discussion and debate skills and more importantly making me realize that no matter how little it is, my voice deserves to be heard too.
AH GRAPHICS ! If you’ve been following me from the beginning you’d know that I had no graphics and banners whatsoever and I was so intimidated by the whole concept, plus I was very busy and had no time to learn how to make them because I thought it was this complicated mystical creature. But it is not. Well, if you want the more intricate graphics, those are but it is easy to learn the basics and then push further if you want to. Casey @ Adopt a Book AUS and I both agree that making graphics is way WAY more fun than we expected it to be.
The accuracy of this one made me giggle when Yasmin @ Read Books and Drink Coffee brought it up. I hate leaving spelling mistakes behind even though I know sometimes I do, so I just keep reading and rereading my posts fishing for them until I end up hating the whole thing because of how much my brain has had to process it.
If before book blogging your excitement levels were at Dog getting a treat, now they are at Mother of Dragons when her eggs hatch. WE ARE CRAZY WHEN EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING (most likely a book) and don’t you dare deny it because I know that you know it. We swooned, now we fangirl too. We squealed, now we scream too. We got sad, now we sob and lay down in a puddle of our own tears. We got hangovers, NOW WE NEED REHAB.
Do I really need to explain this one? Whether you like it or hate it (You love it, your wallet despises it) you’re going to get drowned under a gazillion recommendations, from reading book reviews and book lists and tags and all those good things, your bound to add A LOT of books to your -I suspect- already big TBR. Now, it’s huge. A mountain. And it’s going to fall on you and crush you, because we all know that we buy more than we read. *hides in shame*
Now that I’m done with this massive list, I want to celebrate my blogaversary with you guys so I thought why not do a Q & A on the 29th (If you’re interested of course) so shoot me your questions (personal, reading, blogging, whatever you want) and I’ll make sure to make a post to answer them. If I get any, that is.
That’s it until next time.
Did you expect any of these things? What are some things that YOU didn’t expect to encounter on your Book Blogging Journey?
Don’t Forget to shoot me your questions in the comments to make this Q&A happen
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.
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