Another year will soon come to a close. But this past year has been different for me due to a variety of reasons. One of those being, my first full year as a blogger! It has been a lot of fun and I have connected with some amazing people. Blogging is a journey I look back on with no regrets, but…
I made quite a few mistakes. Most of them may have went unnoticed and plenty were not visible to followers and friends (thank goodness). But that does not change the fact that they still happened. And no, they were not detrimental. I am not losing sleep over them. They were often necessary, teaching me and helping grow and hopefully improve. But as everyone begins to talk about blogging goals for the upcoming year, I find myself reflecting on the ones from last year that I failed to meet, and the ones I should have probably set. After all, this is how I will establish my future goals. And while blogging might be a hobby, it is one I am severely passionate about and invested in. So I do have plenty of goals!
A little list of some of my personal blogging blunders during 2017.
- Remaining in groups that I did not request to be a part of due to the guilt of leaving because a friend added me – this actually caused me a lot of stress throughout the year for reasons I will share in a later post.
- Bookmarking Netgalley – Easy access to a multitude of “amazing” titles led to a significant list of egalleys that I really was not up to in the end.
- Accepting review copies even though I stated I was closed in my policy – this was a huge problem. Again, guilt led me to respond to and even accept requests that I should not have even received. My own fault.
- Accepting every friend request I received from a fellow blogger on Facebook – this is a touchy one, but I am admitting it. Just because you like someone’s blog or share an interest does not automatically make you ideal friends. It is awkward when you discover how constantmy negative or crass they are and then have to delete them or unfollow to try to hide them in your feed.
- Allowing myself to feel obligated to post and respond at the same frequency as others – this not only resulted in a period of early burn out but soon led to a huge flare up in symptoms due to the strain of forcing myself to continue when I needed rest.
- Listening to other bloggers too much – I know this sounds weird, but it is truth. There are a lot of posts circulating that will tell you write and wrong, how to and not to, there are just as many bloggers willing to do the same. And while helpful advice can be good, there are limits and differences. I found myself doubting my own posts and social media presence. Not good..
- Last but most important, taking it all too personal at times – I will be the first to admit I wear my heart on my sleeve. When someone pokes fun at me or says something negative about myself or my work, it weighs heavily on me. I allowed comments and remarks that should not have mattered to affect my experience and time as a blogger. Wrong move!
I did manage to do a few things well enough 😉
- Diversified my reading – I am forever thankful that blogging and my new friendships as a result of it, have expanded who I am as a reader and person ❤
- Improved my writing and review skills – Okay, so this one is technically subjective, but looking back, I feel I have evolved tremendously as a writer!
- Gained confidence – Yes, in spite of the above, I have grown significantly in terms of my abilities to approach others and seek out opportunities I desire. The positive feedback and relationships I have acquired have fueled me to aim higher.
- Developed incredible relationships – For every odd Facebook request or email, there has been an equally rewarding one. Some of my closest friends (which I know talk to daily) began as blogging acquaintances.
- Gave up on feeling obligated, unsolicited groups and requests! – I have finally removed myself from unwanted groups, cleared some clutter, deleted or said “no” to the review requests and learned to find a healthy balance. Yes to all of that! *fist pump*.
So with that said, my new goals for 2018 are pretty simple! Remain closed for reviews so that I may read off of my own shelves, continue to maintain balance, and share more creative posts.
If you look back at 2017, do you feel there were things you could have done better? What are some of the things you feel you actually did rather well? Maybe you had goals going into 2017 that you did or did not hit. What has this year in blogging taught you?