Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!
We have created a blogging time machine! Pretend you can start over. Knowing what you know now about blogging – what do you wish you did differently when it comes to creating/running your blog?
I did a similar post for Armchair BEA a couple of weeks ago, so rather than rehash that, I've written a letter to my pre-blogger self.
As your future self, I'm going to give you the low down on this book blogging thing you're thinking about doing. There's a few things I think you should know before you start - trust me, I've been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
Firstly, don't make it a chore - this is fun right?! And when you first start, and you get your first, wonderful followers, you're going to be so excited you'll sign up for everything: tours, challenges, memes and every singly bookish event you can find. That enthusiasm is great, it's what will keep you going through the not-so-fun times, but think carefully about what you CAN actually do.
You know how much you LOVE reading? Forcing yourself to read review book after review book is going to seriously squish that if you keep doing it for a long period of time. Mix it up, read things YOU want to read more than once a month. No one will die if you DON'T make that deadline - just explain to the person who asked you to do it that you can't. You're not superhuman, and you have a life (ya know, that job-ish thing, that boyfriend, those friends. And sleep, yeah that thing!).
Twitter is your friend. You'll never guess it now, but it's your second-highest referral source. It's confusing at first, and it's kinda dead when you only follow 5 people, but you'll meet some awesome people so it's totally worth sticking with.
Expand your horizons when it comes to genres. I know right now the very thought of reading YA makes you feel kinda nauseous and you probably won't believe me when I say it, but you're going to grow to love it. It's not what you think it is (well, most of the time). Yeah, you'll even read CONTEMPORARY YA.
Another thing you're probably not going to want to hear is that you're going to learn basic HTML. I KNOW! In fact, people are going to ask your advice on making buttons and banners and all that stuff. Freaky huh?!
But the most importantly, I have to tell you that you are going to LOVE being a book blogger. It's a lot more work than you think right now, but it's going to be an absolute blast. And despite what you may think, you will stick with it because you have so much fun with it. Not like those other blogs you started where you posted like three times (yeah I totally know you are going to go and try to find if they still exist now - you'd forgotten about them, hadn't you?).
So have fun, but be realistic and don't be so hard on yourself. You're just one person and you can't do everything as much as you would like to. And although it will take a little time, you'll find your niche and be pretty damn pleased with it.
Now, go decide on that blog name, decide on your template, set up that Twitter account (yes, it WILL be useful, promise!) and write your first review.
Your Future Self.
Oh, and P.S. - You're totally going to need a calendar!
What advice would you give your pre-blogger self? Anything you wish you had done differently?