Blogging Life: 6 More Things I Have Learned Since I Started Blogging

 

I recently took a small hiatus to rest and recover.  My time away from the blog, long or short, always allows me to reflect on how much I am enjoying the process, what I am learning and what I could do to improve that time. This is the cycle of my brain in pretty much all aspects of my life. So today, it felt appropriate to share several more things I have accepted learned since I became a blogger.

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6 More Things I Have Accepted Learned Since I Started Blogging

(These are simply personal reflections and not intended to be advice. I do not do advice.)

  1. Finding that distinct voice that I mentioned here, is actually quite a process at times, at least for me. Maybe it should not be, but it is. In a world where there are over 440 Million Blogs (according to the internet), we are each small fish in a very large pond. Depending on our personal goals, making our own mark can be challenging. I find myself constantly discovering new ideas and content the inspire and influence me. This also means I am constantly assessing the direction of the blog and the content I want to provide. In other words, I never seem to have a clearly defined direction. Who am I as a blogger? Which leads us to number 2.

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  2. I am living in a perpetual state of “winging it”. No matter who much I plan and organize, there will always be something. I am simply not an individual who has the ability to plan months of content in advance (not for lack of trying), and when I begin to gain a firm hold on posts life seems to inevitably happen. Be it health, family matters, or even just simply brain fog and lack of creative inspiration, I am destined to fall behind at least once a month. Setting unrealistic goals and spending hours on end trying to catch up will only worsen the situation. Sometimes I just have to roll with the punches and hope for the best. This can include last-minute content that is drafted sometimes only a night in advance.
  3. While I avoid stats like week-old leftovers, I value followers with all of my little <3. After all, I do this to be part of a community. It is always refreshing to see new faces and know that I have like-minded individuals I can share my passion with. I spent over a year and a half feeling guilty and concerned about each health break and hiatus I had to take. I was nervous that I would lose some of you and perhaps disconnect with the community in some way during my unplanned time offline. I was wrong. Breaks are not something I plan to make a habit of but they are beneficial and not detrimental. The book and blogging community is incredibly supportive and understanding. Not only do each of you continue to encourage me to take the necessary breaks, but I often return to several more new faces and feeling ready to tackle new content.

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  4. It is ok to deviate from the normal topic from time to time (or even often if that is your thing). I am a book blogger in the sense that this blog was created to share my love of all things books. Every social media account attached is also focused on books. Reviews, book photos, book discussions, interviews, you name it. But that does not mean I cannot talk about other things. In fact, I have found that post such as my Friday Favorites are normally well received. The ability to branch out at times and share other hobbies or passions helps maintain my enjoyment of blogging and recharge the creative fuel! And I feel like this helps with number one ⇑, finding the distinct voice.
  5. I will always preach that blogging is a hobby and should never feel like a chore. But sometimes it does, and it will. I have goals for the blog and the connections I want to establish within the community, and with those goals come some commitments. I have to accept that to achieve some of my personal goals I will need to put in some work, and work is a chore at times. But the important thing here is that I am reaching for something I desire and am passionate about. So it is not detracting from my overall enjoyment. Passions and hobbies can include aspirations and working hard to achieve these is simply another extension of that commitment and enjoyment.

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  6. I will never have all of the answers or win the internet. Each day will be a continuous process of learning from each of you and growing on a personal level. Embracing this aspect of blogging allows me to enjoy it to the fullest.

I wanted to do something a little different today and ask you, what are several things you have learned since you started blogging? I would love to know! So I am inviting you to share a post or your responses on social media and tag me or this post so I can see!

Let’s Chat,

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Very Small Break & Update

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Just a small update today. I am suffering a few flare-ups (mainly neurological) and need to pull the plug on screen time this week. I am finding myself requiring extra meds and time to rest. I thought a day offline would help me bounce back, but spending nearly 24 hours in bed my body is now warning me that it is time to listen. I am currently awaiting a callback from the neurosurgeon to meet and discuss the plans for the newly discovered condition of my lower spine. I have a feeling the pain and tension in my back may be contributing to the increased headaches at the moment.

I realize I have not responded to a lot of you and will do so as soon as I return. I will not attempt to catch up on missed blog posts though 😦 I normally aim to do this when I am able to log back in. However, the additional screen time at the moment is just not an option so please forgive me.

I hope to be back by Sunday or Monday and look forward to chatting soon! Wishing you all the best week ❤

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Rereading Books That Missed The Mark

I realize that rereading is not for everyone. Particularly if that includes tackling books that missed the mark the first time around. We tend to reserve rereading for those few lucky favorites. I personally like to pick up The Hobbit and Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland each year, and it is a rewarding process where I always discover something new. Over the past few years my tastes have evolved incredibly. I still attribute most of this to blogging in a large part. It’s through constant discussion and comparison that my own thoughts and experiences are continually challenged and expanded on. I truly enjoy this aspect of the book community. Since I feel I have changed as a reader, I felt that it would be fun to revisit some books and see how I feel now. And I have to admit, I am thoroughly enjoying this decision so far!

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What I Have Re-Read So Far

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Caraval (Caraval #1)

By Stephanie Garber

My Original Rating: 3/5

This was a miss for me originally due to multiple hangups. I struggled with Garber’s color association and my failure to connect with the characters. You can read my full thoughts here.

However, I recently completed this as a buddy read with Debby at Always Booking and found myself more inclined to just enjoy the “show” and my overall experience was significantly improved! Which has me feeling positive about the decision to reread a few of these books. New review soon.

Coming Up

the bone witchThe Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)

Rin Chupeco

My Original Rating: 3/5

This is a heated discussion with many friends. I understand the love for this book. However, had it not been for an amazing concept and some beautiful prose, I would have DNF’d this. I struggled tremendously with the constant need to describe everything down to the smallest detail. I am hoping that my tastes have changed enough now, that I will appreciate this, in the same manner, everyone else seems to. My original review can be found here.

DrownDrown
By Esther Dalseno

My original rating: 3/5

Drown was a truly mixed read for me, and since fairy tale retellings are my favorite, I am looking forward to revisiting this twisted take. It has been a while since I read this darker and more dismal approach to the classic story, but I will enjoy seeing how it compares now to some more current retellings.  Here are my first thoughts.

 

 

Strange the DreamerStrange The Dream (Strange the Dreamer #1)
By Laini Taylor

My Original Rating: 2/5

With Muse of Nightmares soon upon us, I have planned on a rereading for some time. Strange the Dreamer was the rare case of failing to hit the mark but providing just enough to let me know I should pick up the sequel. It is also a book that the more I reflect on it, the more I feel maybe I did not dislike it as much as I initially felt. You can read my buddy review here.

Your Thoughts

Do you reread books? And if so, is this something you reserve only for titles you enjoy? I plan to continue with this list and expand on it, but I will not force it. If I find any of the books I am attempting to reapproach are still not to my liking, I will put them down again. How do you handle rereading?

Let’s Chat,

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