On November 7th, my blog turned one.
I honestly can’t believe it’s been a year. When I started this, I had no idea I would keep this up for so long (because I’ve previously tried and failed). But low and behold, here we are! A year later and I am still going strong. I have to say that I love doing this, and it’s been such a wonderful creative outlet for me. Plus, I have a really busy schedule and a really stressful university workload, so this has been a way for me to let off steam and do something different. I have told you before how blogging has changed my reading and I’ve also shared my blogging tips with you, so you can check those out as well. In this post, however, I am gonna share with you things that blogging has taught me in the past year.
1. Blogging Is Super Fun
I never knew how much fun I would have just writing posts, or coming up with ideas for the blog. It’s a really artsy and creative process and it’s a great way for you to put out your thoughts into the world.
2. Blogging Is Also Super Stressful
When you’re midway through the semester, you have a bunch of exams, projects, research and presentations to do for school, you have a life and obligations, it’s super stressful to stay on point and stay on top of your blogging. It’s an effort that you have to make, and you have to learn to balance out the blog and your life. And it’s super stressful.
3. Stats Don’t Matter
When I first started blogging, I was obsessed with the views I got and how much traffic my blog was accumulating. I kept checking and thinking – will I ever be satisfied with these? The truth is that you probably won’t. A year later, my blog is a lot more successful than it was at first, but it’s a lot less successful when compared to bloggers who have been doing it for the same amount of time as I have. But that’s not the point. My stats keep growing and the blog keeps expanding and that’s enough.
4. The Interactions Do Matter
When it comes to blogging, what kept me going is the fact that people wanted to interact. When you get no feedback, it’s hard to keep going. So I’ve learned to appreciate so much the comments and feedback I get. People want to discuss books and they have opinions and it’s been so lovely to be able to take part in these conversations. I can honestly say that each and every of your comments makes my day completely. So thank you.
5. People Really Like Books
I am constantly amazed at the sheer size of the book blogging community. There’s so many people talking books online and it’s honestly so wonderful to see.
6. Social Media Galore
Since I started the blog, I’ve also opened up a Bookstagram account and a Twitter and honestly it’s so much fun. I love talking books and life on Twitter, and I also love taking book photography. The blog has led to me finding even more stuff I love doing.
7. I’ve Learned to Review Books Properly
I am much more critical but also much more mindful in the way I review books. I put a lot more thought into the way I consume books, into the way I read them and contemplate them. Blogging has made my reading that much richer.
8. You Need to Stand Firmly Behind Your Opinions
It’s the Internet, everyone has an opinion and almost everything is controversial. If you like a book, people will tell you you’re wrong, and if you don’t, other people will tell you you’re wrong. I’ve learned not to be swayed by the masses and I’ve learned to stand firmly behind the things I think and I am not afraid to speak up.
9. There Are Better Bloggers Out There, But That’s Not a Problem
I kept thinking how many people were better than me at this. I have seen how successful and creative they are and thought that I can never be that successful or that creative. But that’s the point. I have learned to appreciate the things I can offer, and it seems that other people have as well.
10. Finally, I have learned to be really appreciative of other people. Thank you for following and reading this blog, thank you for your thoughts and comments and for being the thing that keeps this blog alive.
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