I started my first book blog back in 2012. It was Portuguese written. I was witty, I was tentative aaaand I gave up. Why? Not because of the blogging, but because of the language. My goodreads groups are English spoken, I mostly read English editions. So, I was fighting the barrier language, and trying to enter a world that was not easy to enter. Specially when my reading preferences are not Nobel prize winners and I tend to be frowned up from more “snobish” readers. Or maybe I’m the snob one? Who knows.
Anyway, back in 2013 I moved to wordpress, different platform, different language, same result. Till now. Two months ago the itch was there. And guess what? I’m holding. And excited, AND FINALLY GRASPING WHAT BOOK BLOGGING IS ALL ABOUT.
And I’m bringing you the 10 Reasons I call myself a newbie book blogger 4 years later
Reason #1: Posts Made. I have a total of 50 posts since April vs 25 the previous years. And each of those were viewed by more people than the other years combined. Why? No idea. I like to think I finally started to let my awesomeness show 🙂
Reason #2: Content. Why on earth was I convinced book blogging was all about book reviews I will never know. Maybe that’s why I failed the previous attempts. Because I’m not a speed reader. When I’m in the middle of team reading challenges I tend to forget book reviews and definitively, there aren’t that many ways we can review a book and still be original. I wanted more. I wanted to put my bookworm heart into paper. I wanted funny memes. I just wanted. And then realized, heck, I’m going to do it. It’s my blog. My rules.
Reason #3: Images. No, I didn’t think images on internet were just there for me to grab and use. But I did think that as long as I gave them credit, it was okay. Until Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Review told me all about it. I learned. Researched. Took everything copyrighted from my blog, and asked permission to use my Harpie avatar. Because seriously, I love her. I’d hate to take her down.
Reason #4: Blog community. I had no idea how many great things I could learn from them. And how important being part of the blog community is for the future of a blog. As much as I like to listen to myself talking, after a while it gets boring. I already followed Jeann @ Happy Indulgence. On a particular boring day I was *really* looking through her blog and found some others I wanted to follow. I’m not sure when, but I did come across the amazing Cait @ Paper Fury. And life was never the same again. Seriously. Her blog is like the cartoon heroes little blogs dream to be once they grow up. But don’t take only my word for it. Charnel from Reviews from a bookworm tell us The Reasons Why Paper Fury Is The Best.
Reason #5: Social Media. I totally suck at blog promoting and social media. Yes, I created a facebook page and linked to it and to my twitter account, which means both are updated every time I do some posting. That’s it. Oh, and I
stalk follow people. Some twitters from Cait had me laughing at 1 AM when I should been sleepling.
Reason #6: Planning & Editing. Or lack of. I just grab computer, start typing and *hope* something readable comes from there. What is this editing you speak of? Oh, right. The thing I usually do AFTER post is published and I’m re-reading it to see if it looks good. It’s a creative process okay? Don’t look at me with that tone of voice.
Reason #7: Pretty Book Pictures. One day. I promise. One day I will take time to compose a set, grab a camera and turn books into supermodels. They already have a place on my heart. Then they’ll have an image. Till there… just plain book covers and whatever composing I can fix with free use images, powerpoint and paint. Harpies are more rudimentary than cavemen.
Reason #8: Goodreads related. It was how I started sharing my love for books. It will be forever my first love. So yeah, a lot of references to goodreads, specially to the NBRC (Nothing But Reading Challenges) group. But, I love that group. I spend a great deal of time and effort organizing stuff there. I’m not fishing for members. I just want to share the amazing stuff we create there, because is something I really love doing. And it’s book related. So there.
Reason #9: No schedule. Apart from TTT, I have no order or planning on my posts. Is what my heart dictates. Yes, I’m awful to my followers. They get to read my
crazy ramblings awesomeness once a week or once a day. It could be worse. At least I learned the wonders of scheduling posts, which avoids the once an hour. That would be boring. And slightly bordering the spamming/offensive communication.
Reason #10: Stats. Looking at my stats was heartbreaking. When I discovered I had 60 followers I almost danced on the table and opened the champagne. Which would be weird since I was at work. They kinda tend to frown upon such actions. They expect us to do weird things like working and talk about work related subjects *puzzled look* Anyway. Yes, I have few followers, even if 60 really is this HUGE achievement for me *smothers dancing on tables mood*, and few comments per post – unless they’re TTTs, all bets are off with those. But, I’m new to this. No matter what records say, for all intents and purposes I started the book blog back in April. I love the Top Ten Tuesday memes. I love to check some new blog posts from the ones I follow. I love the comment back policy. I love to post whatever my inner Chip’n Dale decide is a good idea to share. I’m a book blogger and I’m loving it!
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