This post is part of my week-long participation in Armchair BEA 2012.
The Future of Book Blogging
What I think is most important about book blogging is that you be yourself. It's a tip we learn for real life application since we're little kids, but I think it's said so often because it's so true. Why I think this applies to blogging is that you need to have your own voice and do what works for you. As much as you want your blog to be popular it will ring false if you try and be hip and funny if that's not your natural voice. You're far more likely to gain a solid following if you write posts in a voice that is honest and natural than if you try to write something you think people want to read.
I also think it's important to schedule your blog and write when you want to. I have to admit I do struggle with this. There was a time when I had a post scheduled for every day, and I loved that consistency and the visitors it brought along with it. But once I was working full time? Not an option for me. The thing is, I'm a high stress person. I need "down time" where I can just relax and do nothing. And as much as I love blogging, I don't want it to take away from my time reading or watching TV or hanging out with family. So sometimes I have posts every other day and sometimes it might be 4 or 5 days in between posts. Would I like to be more consistent? Yes, definitely. But is it worth me stressing over? No. I do struggle with this, like I said, but I'm becoming more and more okay with it. After all, this is a hobby and something I choose to do.
This leads into my questions for everyone:
- How do you keep blogging stress-free?
- How do you balance review books with books you bought/borrowed from the library?
It's hard when you have so many books you have for review and posts that you promised others. I think we all go through "blogging slumps" from time to time as well. It can be hard to say no, and then when you're behind on posts it can be very stressful, so I'd love to hear everyone's tips and advice.
When it comes down to it I think what is most important for me is remembering that "be yourself" tip and just trying to take one post (or one day or one week) at a time. My vision for Book Labyrinth mainly consists of trying to keep providing high quality and honest reviews for my readers, and also continuing to work hard at connecting with fellow book lovers both online and off.
This has been a great week for Armchair BEA -- thanks to everyone who has stopped by, both new and returning visitors.