15 April 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Blog Evolution


Hosted by For What It's Worth and Midnyte Reader, Book Blogger Confessions is a bi-weekly feature where bloggers confess all about blogging or bookish topics.

Today's Question:
How long do you see yourself blogging for? Do you think it's ok for a blog to evolve over time? For example: You may have started out as a book review blog but now your interest is in cooking as well. Do you incorporate that or start over?


When I first started my blog, I honestly didn't think it would last more than a few months - I have the attention span of a fly on speed. But being part of a fantastic online community is definitely what keeps me blogging, even if occasionally I have thoughts about chucking it all in and just going back to reading whatever I like and when I like. For now, however, you are definitely stuck with me ;-)

I love knowing the people behind blogs, and although the vast majority of blogs I follow are book blogs, I love when bloggers introduce their other interests. For example, there are lots of bloggers who are into nail art, which I am infinitely fascinated by (but far too clumsy to attempt myself), scrapbooking which I used to be obsessed with years ago, or bloggers that include posts about their real lives and I love getting to know the people behind the blogs.

Blogging is a very personal thing, and everyone should be able to blog about whatever they want to, even if their primary 'interest' is one thing, it certainly doesn't mean another thing can't be introduced. We evolve as people, so there's no reason our blogs can't evolve with us.

17 comments:

  1. Ha! A fly in speed :-)))

    That's me too. I didn't even tell my husband about the blog for months because I was sure I'd quit before I even got started.

    Then I met this wonderful book community and I can't seem to quit you all even when I'm burned out lol

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    1. I told my boyfriend, but no one else until about two months ago - but I also liked having it as 'my' thing.

      I know what you mean, every time I get grumpy something fab happens and I'm back in the groove!

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  2. I started out blogging just for me, and I honestly don't think I had any sort of plan for how long I would blog. It was a record of my reading to help me, and if it acquired a following, cool.

    Then I discovered the community, and the thought of stopping makes me sad. I love how, though I don't know many bloggers irl, so many feel like real friends. I feel like I know you ladies (there are dudes too, but none I'm especially close to). So excited to meet a bunch at BEA this year.

    Too bad you're all the way over in Europe and I'm not overburdened with vacation time. :(

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    1. I really never thought anyone would read my blog...like you, it was a way to record what I was reading more than anything.

      The people definitely make blogging fun. One day I will go to BEA - it's even on my bucket list! You guys will have an awesome time this year!

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  3. This community is amazing but yes we change and evolve , so I understand if blogs do change :) Yes its very personal thing.

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  4. I'm the same way. I love seeing interests beyond just the book stuff. It helps me get to know them as a full person and not just what they like about books.

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    1. I love getting to know people through their blogs - and then see their personality come out in their posts.

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  5. I didn't know there were so many people interested in "the blogger behind the blog" when I started (that is, a few months ago). And there I thought I could get away with only reviewing books LOL.
    (Still a budding blogger who can't seem to post more that once a week. But I don't really feel guilty about that, because contents are what matters, aren't they? and I do focus on them. Also, English is not my mother tongue, so I have to check things out before I incurr some particularly nasty grammar or synthax crime ;). And that takes time!).
    One should definitely be able to read what she/he likes. As for when...a blog can be demanding, I can see that. But I believe in finding a balance. That's why I see myself blogging for a long time. I wish you the same thing. (P. S.: LOL @ the fly on speed).
    I noticed you have a lot of books I've never seen reviewed before...will check them out. Being unusual is a plus with me :).

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  6. A fly on speed...HA! I agree that the community really helps in keeping me going too. Everyone is so encouraging and validating. I think if I had to do this in a vacuum, I might not have stuck with it. I haven't been posting more than once a week lately either...I've been in kind of a posting slump. But that doesn't bother me. I can only do so much!

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  7. I too love it when bloggers introduce their other interests. It's always great learning about fellow bloggers.

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  8. I actually started to blog because it was a requirement for my social media class, and I honestly thought I would stop once the class ended. However, I've come to love blogging and sharing my passion with others that share it. The other book bloggers I've come to know have inspired me and have spurred me on. As of now, I have no plan on quitting blogging; it's too much fun!

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  9. i like it when a blog shows some personality and other interests. there still has to be book stuff but i do enjoy a little glimpse into other things that they might like.

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