In the past few weeks, I’ve been doing a crazy amount of updating on the blog, redoing buttons, themes, headers, signatures, and all of that fun stuff. I’ve been on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and rifling through my Google Reader. I’ve read –not nearly enough, but that’s okay, since I’m getting things done — and I’ve had ups and downs.
One thing that I got to thinking about as I was doing ALL THE THINGS was how different I am as a book blogger now than I was when I first started.
Did you know that I have TWO starting dates as a book blogger? I first started this blog November 13th, 2009, though I consider its true birth to be October 10th, 2011 (and, ultimately, the celebration month for the blog). Even though I started at that latter date, I still don’t think I was doing everything I could as a book blogger. Heck, I still don’t think I’m doing everything I can, but the steps I’ve made have been HUGE!
Here are my lists to break it all down:
Book Blogger Me in 2009
- Read the books – random books, but still read.
- Posted “reviews” – more like rehashes of what happened in the book.
- Didn’t know of the “community.”
- Didn’t know about Google Reader.
- Didn’t know about Twitter.
- Bought random books, instead of knowing what kinds of books I actually liked.
- Was okay with being in my own private bubble.
Book Blogger Me in 2011
- Read the books — read quite a bit.
- Started to get more of a sense of what book styles I liked.
- Found the community!
- Found Twitter, but didn’t utilize it as much as I could.
- Entered ALL the giveaways.
- Tried to be like everyone else.
- Didn’t have a style or a “look.”
- Tried to do ALL THE MEMES.
- Never replied to comments made on the blog.
- Very concerned with getting followers.
- Put other book bloggers on a pedestal — thought I could never be as good as them or have as many followers as them.
Book Blogger Me Now
- Reads the books — a lot of books!
- Does the odd meme — realizes they’re not the be all end all to the blog.
- Uses Twitter. A lot.
- Tries to make meaningful friendships with bloggers.
- Has found a style for the blog and have streamlined that style elsewhere.
- Does a lot of commenting.
- Replies to all comments made on the blog.
- Not afraid to be myself & post content that shows who I am.
- Always working on ways to improve the blog & its content.
- Tries to post more than just reviews — more meaningful content.
- Not so concerned with LOTS of followers, but with getting followers who enjoy the content and leave meaningful comments.
- Tries new features, nixes new features — sees what works and what doesn’t.
- Enters the odd giveaway, but would rather spend time READING than fussing about online.
- Gets excited about reading and finding new reading people — even started the Edmonton Book Bloggers group for book bloggers in the city!
- Have realized that book bloggers are people, too — I find it easier to talk to them and reach out when I need to.
I think it’s interesting looking over the years at how much I’ve changed and how much I accept that things WILL change on the blog. I don’t think I’m ever going to be 100% happy with everything — even if right now I feel like I am completely happy with everything on the blog. There are still little things I always want to change up, but they’re minor.
I also feel that, as a blogger, there are so many other things I could be doing. I could comment on more blogs! I could be more active on the Book Blogger site! I could talk more on Twitter! I could do more vlogs! I could do more to promote the authors I love!
There are just so many things!
I think the hardest thing for me in this whole book blogging journey is remembering that it’s okay to do what I want on my blog — it’s MY blog. Just because other bloggers are doing tons of promotion and vlogs and reviews doesn’t mean I have to be exactly like them. One of my favourite things about my blog is that I think it shows a lot of who I am as a person, with the discussion posts, music posts, and all the other little things that are poking around. That’s something that will NEVER change.
Look back on your book blogging journey — how have you changed? How has your blog changed?
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