In June, I will have officially been a blogger for 2 solid years. Some days this feels like a small amount of time, while others, it quite frankly feels like an eternity. Books, Vertigo & Tea is the only blog I have ever written and I am not sure I have reached that level of handing out advice just yet, but I have learned a few things over the couple years that make my life as a blogger better.
Ten Things I Have Learned as a Blogger That Make Life Easier
- These 10 things will not hold true for everyone because we all blog with different goals and desires, but that is why I love this community and these are my 10 facts (or 9 😉 )that help me love it more.
- For me, it is all about the community. If you are not networking and reaching out, you are not experiencing the real benefits of being a connected blogger.
- Finding your distinct voice will only enhance your time blogging and grab you the ideal audience.
- Turning off stats even occasionally can be healthy. I made the decision last year to stop posting stats and viewing them daily. Now I spend my time worrying about others things, like what I want to post next (which is way more fun). I now look at specific insights only to determine which posts my followers enjoy the most and when I should be posting them.
- Blog for yourself. It can be easy to feel the pressures of new releases and current trends, but in all reality, if you are not reading and sharing what you enjoy, your content will fall short. Lack of enthusiasm is a killer. I only pick up new and popular titles I am heavily interested in.
- Mix it up! Many of us started because we are book reviewers, but that does not mean we are limited or defined by this. Offer the occasional discussion post or share something nonbookish that you enjoy. Encourage people to get to know the blogger. I love introducing films and other topics with my Friday Favorites.
- Scheduling will make your life as a blogger much easier. It has taken me a year and a half, but I finally have a healthy schedule that allows me to share, catch up, manage social media and still be able to enjoy reading, life, and work. But some weeks will be harder than others. Don’t kick yourself when you need to skip posting.
- Limit social media accounts to the ones you are most interested in. Social media is a huge time sink if I am being honest. By limiting your social media accounts to ones you specifically enjoy, you are more like to find it easier to divide your time and provide quality content. Trust me.. I have a dying Pinterest & Tumblr account.
- Avoid the drama! Just like any community, you will encounter some negativity. Someone will always have something disagreeable to say. The key here is to remember that you have the ability to pick and choose your own battles. I prefer to unplug for a few days if I see too much of this on Twitter or Facebook (these seem to be the most ideal hangouts for aggressors as they offer a wide reached sounding platform). I am not telling you to avoid speaking out, but remembering you can turn it all off can really save your mental health as needed!
- Have fun and when you do not, take a break. While blogging is a hobby for most, it is a demanding one. We put a lot of time and resources into it. It can start feeling like work and often is. Stepping back is often necessary to recharge and ensure we continue to find our passion. And life happens. Never feel guilty for needing a break.
How do you maintain your enthusiasm for blogging? Do you have any tips or advice for others that might find themselves overwhelmed?