Yeeey! Day 2 of Armchair BEA! I’m totally geeking over this. I mean, it’s a lot of people who get together to talk bookish for a week! With a schedule! With plans and an agenda of daily discussions! My OCD-happiness levels are running high right now xD But let’s get into today’s awesomesauce.
The Blogger’s Path
The first thing I’ll say on the topic of developing your blogger path is you should always be true to yourself along it. It sounds like a no-brainer probably, but the thing is it’s easy to get caught up in all kinds of fun things that may slowly steer you away from your initial path. When you start out book blogging you do so for some personal reason; it may be because you just want a place to talk bookish, or because you want to connect with other people who enjoy the same kinds of books/activities, or because you want to get involved in the book world as much as you can (and this is a way to do that, I think). It may be because you’re on a learning curve to becoming an author yourself (this was my reason back in March 2011), or just because you’ve seen others do it and it looks cool.
The first thing I learned about blogging is it actually needs a lot of time. You’ll decide if your blog is meant to be more ‘personal’ flavored or ‘pro’ flavored, and how active it should be and etc, but my point is it’s going to need a lot of time and attention either way. Maybe you won’t feel like reading a few books a week, or talk about all of your reads, or do something other book bloggers are doing. And I’m saying it’s perfectly alright to do whatever you feel like doing and however it is you wanna do it. Because it’s your blog, and whoever is reading it is reading it exactly because of that. Because of how you do things, say things, approach topics and so on.
You’ll see lots of trends if you move around the book blogging sphere. Doing memes, vlogs, features, challenges, hosting virtual book tours, giveaways, expanding the network into this or that new social media connection. It’s a lot to consider, and I think your moral compass is what feels right to you. If you start thinking or doing things a certain way because others are, you’ll drive yourself nuts. Some of us wanna go for getting more pageviews, super-extended networks, we branch out in all sorts of places, sometimes have big numbers to show. Don’t consider doing the same for the numbers. I don’t think you get big numbers when it’s clear you’re in it just to get them – and what good are the numbers in the longer run? That particular tool may be taken away from you – like GFC was on non-Blogger platforms and how it’s suspected to be taken completely out in the future – and everything else might disappear. So the numbers will mean nothing, they’ll be gone. Don’t obsess over numbers unless they serve some immediate purpose.
Set your goals, whichever they may be, and keep in mind why it is you’re doing this in the first place.
If you do that, everything will be easier and it will feel natural. Keep it that way, you don’t want to put yourself in a position where you’ll end up feeling burdened by your hobby, right? Unless you’re doing this as a job, meaning it pays, in which case yeah, work your a$$ off and do more and better, sure thing. But if it’s a hobby, don’t ruin your pleasure. When it stops being fun, take a break, or drop it, or come back to it. Remember it’s all about your enjoyment. And if you ask me, you should look for the same thing in all aspects of life. Because if it’s not fun, and a pleasure to live through every day, then what’s the freaking point anyway? At least that’s how I see things.
Keep your eyes on your goal, whatever it is 🙂
Now, here’s my ‘blueprint’ blogger’s path to development…
~ What’s your goal? Why are you doing this? Know it, own it, keep it in mind & be true to it and yourself.
~ Don’t be afraid to try out (new?) things, but never feel pressured into it. Do what feels right to you, and do it the way it feels right to you!
~ Don’t be afraid to admit you’ve done or been wrong! We’re all human, so if and when that happens, be upfront and honest about it, own your mistakes and move on.
~ Be ready to let go or start over. Sometimes you’ll have to, so be prepared.
~ Your time, like everyone else’s, is your most prized possession. Treat it that way! Use post templates, schedules, blog as often as it feels right to you.
~ Keep up to date with things that concern your activity. Make up your mind on how you feel about things, but do your best to learn them and understand them well before making up your mind.
~ Your blogging identity is who you are online – it’s public, and you won’t be able to take it back. Make your decisions wisely and keeping that in mind 🙂
~ Everyone else involved is also a human being, just like you. Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of that, but don’t. Treat them like you would if they were standing right in front of you. Keep it real.
My personal blogging motto is be the best possible person you can be and never stop growing; it’ll make you the best possible blogger (or anything else) you can be.
I’m a romance nut. It’s my overall shade, regardless of the color 🙂 I’ll read anything romance, even if romance is the secondary genre. It can be anything really, Young Adult, New Adult, Adult, (not quite Middle Grade, lol), all kinds: commercial or literary, contemporary, paranormal. historical, fantasy, suspense, super hot or tame, LGBTQ or not, super kinky (even hardcore) or vanilla, whaaatever. As long as I connect with the characters I’ll try it all. Maybe except 3somes and many-somes, because meh, it’s just not my kinna thing.
I’m not as interested in adventure as the main focus, for instance. A novel might appeal to me if the characters are yummy, but these days it’s less likely I’ll get tempted to start reading the thing if I know there’s no romance at all involved. Sometimes I’ll be in the mood to read a particular genre, but most often I’ll get a theme/scenario craving more than genre craving. Some themes are recurrent within the same particular genres anyway, so it’s maybe almost the same thing.
I write reviews of everything I read so you find my recs through the Reviews menu right above this post.
What about you? What’s your genre-love? 😀