I can’t believe I’ve been at this book blogging thing for six months already. I honestly thought that I wouldn’t stick with it this long, but somehow, here we are.
I’ve learned a lot over the past six months. I had never really blogged previously, never getting past two or three posts before I gave up on it. And I’ve written a lot of book reviews over the years, usually on a much smaller platform, but this is a bit bigger than the small library sites for teenagers. So this has been quite the adventure, and I’ve learned a lot about books, writing, and people over the course of these six months.
In celebration of actually sticking with this for so long, I’ve decided to share six different things I have learned about book blogging, reading, myself, and everything else in between. Some may be very specific to me, some you may be able to relate to, I don’t know. You’ll have to tell me in the comments.
Lesson #1: Discussions and memes get the most attention, reviews get the least.
Technically, my posts about music get the least attention, but as this is predominantly a book blog, I’m not going to count those.
Almost without exception, my reviews of books get the least amount of views, likes, and comments. It was actually the hardest thing to accept about this whole thing when I started, because that’s what this blog was created for. I know now that it mainly comes down to people being into different books and different points. And I’ve seen it mentioned on different blogs and booktube channels, so I know it’s not just me. It’s just sad because I really want to just talk about books as I’m reading them.
Lesson #2: Getting ARCs and review copies is awesome, and also sucks a little.
Admittedly, I’m fussy when it comes to agreeing to review books. Because I work a lot, I will only take a certain number per month so I don’t accidently get too overwhelmed with stuff to do.
But having to read on a schedule, even one I’ve set myself, is stressful and sometimes feels like work rather than fun (not often, but now and then). Plus, new books come out or I get my hands on something I’ve been looking for for ages, and I want to read those right away, but I have other books I need to get to first.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, because it’s usually a blast. Just saying it has it’s moments.
Lesson #3: Social media is probably very helpful, but not necessary.
When I was researching how to create a successful blog, they made it sound like social media was a make or break thing. So I made a twitter, instagram, bloglovin, and a couple others.
But here’s the thing: I suck at social media. Which is terrible because my business partially relies on social media to get news of my programs out. Six months later, the instagram account is the only thing I’ve kept up, and that’s hit or miss whether I actually post anything (I’m working on it, I swear).
Despite sucking at social media, though, I’ve managed to get a fair few followers and attention from a publisher and some authors, and all has been good.
Lesson #4: Re-reading is less of a thing when you blog.
I love re-reading books. That’s why I buy them, so I can read them over and over and over again. But when I’m writing reviews, re-reading books don’t happen as much, because I’ve always written something for them. While that means I’m finding all kinds of favourites, I’m not getting to enjoy them nearly as much.
Lesson #5: Scheduling posts is the absolute greatest thing.
If not for the ability to schedule my posts, I would make five posts on the weekend, and you would barely see me through the week. Most of my posts are written on the weekend, or at odd hours, but I can keep them regular with the amazing scheduler on WordPress.
Incase you’re wondering: Yes, this post was scheduled. This was written at 10pm mountain time, on September 6th. I am awesomely ahead on posts right now.
Lesson #6: Self-care is still a thing with book blogging.
Let me say this first: the book blogging community is amazing, and you are all so wonderful.
But we all set up expectations for ourselves, and set a schedule for ourselves, and sometimes that gets to be a bit much. I’ve learned when to step away and how to manage this little blog without making myself crazy.
Now, I have a question for all of you lovely readers: What would you like to see on this blog? More discussions, more memes, more music stuff, more anything else? Or would you like to see less of some things? Let me know, so I can make it happen!