29 May 2013

Armchair BEA Day Two: Blogger Development

It's never too late to join Armchair BEA - and you can do it in your pajamas, onesie or even naked if you want to ;-)

When I first started book blogging I had no ambition other than to post my reviews - I never believed that anyone would be particularly interested in what I had to say, to ask my advice or to collaborate with me on anything.  And the social part is still what I find the most difficult - I'm not the most outgoing person in 'real life' and to break down those barriers in blogging is still something I find challenging, but I've definitely improved.

Blogging was never going to be a 'job' for me.  Right from the beginning I was determined it would only be a hobby, with as little stress as possible, and although I've sometimes fallen into the pressure trap, I'm getting pretty good at dragging myself out of it and re-evaluating priorties.  I have conciously chosen not to sell advertising space, or even use affiliate links - and I'm not saying that everyone needs to go that way, because if you can make a few extra bucks out of your hard work, more power to you!  It's just not something that I feel I need to do.

Prior to book blogging I've been part of many other online communities, and all of those, including blogging, have changed my personality.  I tend to worry less about what other people think of me, and I'm far more outspoken than I was 10 or 15 years ago.

One thing that has definitely developed is my review style.  I almost cringe when I look back at my early reviews, when I was pretty much regurgitating the synopsis in my own way and saying one or two things I liked or disliked.  I still do feel the pressure occassionally to write longer reviews, but sometimes there just isn't that much to say without either rambling or spoiling the book for others, so I've learnt to be a bit more comfortable with that.

Sadly, I'm never going to be able to quit my job and become a pro-blogger, although that would be awesome!

How has your blog, or how have you developed because of book blogging?

18 comments:

  1. I think acknowledging that blogging is either a. a hobby or b. a stepping stone towards a career is the best way to avoid all that unnecessary stress and pressure. Every now and then I'll be stressing over a review unable to write it but then I remember that this is a hobby, there's no law that says I have to review every book I read, and that helps a lot.

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    1. Agreed, we need to be realistic about what we want to get out of blogging!

      I also use the 'law' argument with myself ;)

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  2. I cringe when I read my past reviews too! Especially since I was talking about a bunch of different, unrelated books at the same time.

    But I know what you mean - I don't intend to be a pro-blogger, I just want to have fun!

    ^_^

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    1. It's funny to read them sometimes and see what tangent we went off on ;)

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  3. I've always had the same review style even in the beginning pretty much but I cringe at some of the other posts I wrote in the beginning. They were just so short and fluffy looking back on them.

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    1. I was so deathly afraid of spoiling things that I found it SO hard to write what I wanted to say.

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  4. Wouldn't that be awesome to blog professionally? What a dream, right?

    I cringe at my old reviews, as well. I love seeing that metamorphosis in us, though!

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    1. Pfft I would totally NEVER get dressed!

      It's fun to look back and see how much has changed!

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  5. I think we all cringe at our old reviews. Lol. And like Smash said, it's nice to see the metamorphosis.

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    1. It's definitely fun to see how we have changed - even though my language has gotten far bluer LOL

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  6. Realizing that this is a hobby and letting ourselves off the hook is definitely key! PS. I still cringe at my reviews! lol

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    1. Awwww! Your reviews are fabulous!

      World won't end if we don't post that review ;)

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  7. I cringe at my early reviews too! It's amazing how much they have changed over the many years I've been blogging. It's good that you recognize that they aren't as good, that means you've grown into a better book reviewer!

    Kathleen @ http://www.smsnonfictionbookreviews.com

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    1. Oh you are a non-fiction blogger? Amazing!

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  8. I'm not sure how I feel about making money off my blog yet, but I agree that it isn't always for everyone!

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  9. I actually thought about removing some of my early reviews as they are a little cringe-worthy, but figured I'd leave the,m so I can see how my reviews have changed over the years. Now I can't seem to write a short review to save my life! *L*

    I'm not outgoing either, but it does seem easier when discussing books, doesn't it? So glad I've found so many fellow book lovers through blogging!

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  10. I have been going back through my older posts to clean them up and they are awful. I thought about deleting them but then I thought about the fact that I am always comparing my beginning to someone else's middle and maybe someone could use looking at how bad they were and fell better about themselves.

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  11. My early reviews make me cringe a little too. I just rambled, but I fond my review style eventually (though I change it sometimes still). Sometimes I think it'd be awesome to be a pro-blogger, but then I see all the stress it causes people like Hank Green and I'm not so jealous of them.

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