Can you believe it’s already September? Time has really flown by, each year feeling shorter than the last. I don’t know if the pandemic has anything to do with it but this year has really blurred together – the days, the weeks, and the months. We’re entering the autumn season and I’m so so excited for autumn vibes!
Throughout this year, I’ve learned a lot just from running this blog! I’ve heard some of it before from other bloggers but never really knew if it would pertain to me too. As I’m writing this post, I’m trying to really be as concise and genuine as I can.
I’ve compiled the top 6 things I’ve learned from book blogger so far:
- It takes discipline
You’re not always going to want to blog. There will be a million other things you need to do. Your full-time job will get busy. Someone in your family will get sick. You will get sick. Things happen that threaten the consistency of your blog. I do want to say that family and life does come first though. If there are ever circumstances where you just can’t create content for a little while, it’s okay – your subscribers will give you grace for it!
- Sometimes you have to say no
As a book blogger, I’ve had to say no to countless book review requests from authors. I always aim to give genuine reviews for every book I read and take my time providing feedback on books I didn’t like. There have been books I’ve read that I haven’t posted on my blog but I’ve still replied back to the author with constructive feedback and my opinions. Yes, I feel bad when I can’t review a book because I want to read their work and give my honest feedback on it but because of time constraints, sometimes I have to be really picky or just say no or else I won’t be able to give it my best.
- It can be discouraging
Yep. This happens quite often! I do put in a lot of work into my blog – it takes a lot of time and energy and I’m happy that it does. Sometimes the blog gets very low views and interactions so that can be discouraging, not because I want a lot of views, but because if you put in a lot of work into something, you’d naturally want people to see it. Despite it being discouraging sometimes, it’s so important to keep going and keep posting!
- You get what you put in
The more effort you give, the more responses you’ll see! The more you promote and engage with other content-creators, the more engagement you’ll get back – that’s just how it works. I think this goes for everything – not just blogging!
- I’ll never be able to read every book.
On average, I read about 6 books each month. That’s slow for some, but fast for others – just depends on who you compare it to haha. But IF I could somehow read one book a day that would mean I would read 365 books a year. If I get to live for 50 more years, I’ll get to read 18,250 books in my lifetime but there are roughly 130 million books in the world. This is why it’s so important to me that I only read books that I enjoy. Check out my post about DNFing books – I usually DNF books around 20% if I don’t enjoy them because life’s too short to read books you don’t enjoy!
- To be myself
It’s great to have a blog that you look up to but you can easily find yourself trying to be like them – post like them, have pictures like them, write like them. I wouldn’t say that I struggled with this but I’ve had thoughts of doing this and can see this happening to many people. Just be yourself! Your subscribers are here for you and not someone else so embrace your personality and unique style!
Whether you’re a blogger or not, I feel like most of these lessons can be applied to many things in life. Many things will seem glamorous and exciting at first but as time goes by, it’ll be discipline, intentionality, and passion that get you through it.
If you’re someone that has been following my blog since the beginning, joined me throughout the way, or even just stumbled upon it now, I am so grateful for you! Thank you for joining me on this journey. I’m excited for what’s to come!