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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
In just four days, The Daydreaming Bookworm will be one year old! I honestly can’t believe I stuck with this for so long.
Today, I wanted to discuss some of the things I’ve learned since I started blogging. While it has not always been easy, I don’t I will ever regret my decision to start my own blog. I’ve met some amazing people, read some awesome books and even learned a few new things about my own self. Let’s get started!
8 THINGS I’VE LEARNED SINCE I STARTED BLOGGING
♥ IT’S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS
I wish someone had told me that sleep deprivation was one of the side effects of book blogging because there have been some nights where I miss my warm bed. There is A LOT more to book blogging than just writing reviews, which I didn’t realize when I first started. Keeping your readers engaged and coming back for more, keeping up to date with the latest trends, stalking upcoming releases, it’s basically like a second job (but one that I actually like!)
♥ AESTHETICS MATTER, SO PUT SOME EFFORT INTO IT
Anyone who says aesthetics don’t matter when it comes to blogging IS LYING! I’m sorry, but it’s true. The same way we judge books by their cover, is the same way we judge a blog by it’s layout. My blog has gone through a number of changes, but I finally found a theme that I like: Cherry Blossoms! I recently changed up my blog look and I am loving it. The pastels, the flowers, the simplicity, it’s very much me and hopefully I stick to this one for a while because coming up with a new theme idea can be a bit exhausting.
♥ HTML & CSS WILL BECOME YOUR NEW BFFS
I learned HTML back in high school when I studying computers and technology, but I forgotten everything I learned once I left. I didn’t think that I would ever have to learn HTML again, but it has actually come in quite handy, especially when it comes to the finer details, like font-size or adding a border around a specific text. I can’t believe I can actually sit there and look at all those backslashes and numbers and understand what they mean. I’m still messing around with CSS, but hopefully I will have it down pat by the time my second blogiversary rolls around!
♥ ARCS DO NOT DEFINE A BLOGGERS STATUS
Just like most, when I first started blogging, I thought ARCS were everything. When I received my first ARC, I was over the moon. But my excitement over them has faded and now I’ve actually become super restrictive when it comes to requesting ARCS by only requesting books I know FOR SURE I will want to read. Plus, I rather wait to see how a book’s rating changes on GR after it release, then I can see if it was really worth the hype.
But just a quick note, ARCs DO NOT and SHOULD NOT ever define one’s blogger status. We are all on the same level and one blogger is not better than another blogger just because they receive ARCs. We all love books and at the end of the day that SHOULD BE the ONLY THING that MATTERS.
♥ SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS
There are some days where I don’t want to start up my laptop to write a post. It’s okay not to post everyday!
There are some days where I don’t want to interact with others on Twitter. Taking breaks from social media is a good thing!
There are some days, I just wish to read and not talk to anyone and you know what, THAT’S OKAY. As long as I return, taking a break here or there won’t do any harm. Besides, no one wants to interact with grouch.
♥ STATS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT THEY ARE NOT EVERYTHING
Stats are very much important because they are proof that your blog is growing. I think deep down, all of us, no matter how small a blogger we may see ourselves to be, want some recognition for our hard work and the numbers show us that. BUT, they are not EVERYTHING. Quality is always better than quantity and if you are willing to put in the effort into your posts, the stats will speak for themselves and you will be rewarded for all your hard work! Just keep at it.
♥ THERE IS NO “RIGHT” WAY TO BLOG
I used to think that my reviews needed to sound like a literary analysis and that didn’t work too well for me. I admire those who have well-thought out reviews that just touch up every aspect of a book, but I can’t do that myself. It would take me FOREVER and I love using GIFs in my reviews and dropping F-bombs here and there. I’m the furthest thing from professional when it comes to my reviews, but I’m honest. I tell it like it is and if I mange to make one of my favorite books someone else’s favorite too, then I’ve done my job!
♥ FAILURE IS AN OPTION
Not everything post you produce will be a hit. Not everyone is going to want to be your friend. There will be times where I wondered if this was even worth the stress. The late nights, the excessive amount of caffeine, your empty wallet from buying all the books…it can become a bit overwhelming. It’s okay to fail. What matters is that you don’t stop and keep at it.
These were just some of my thoughts I had about blogging as my blogiversary date rapidly approaches. I didn’t want to include this in my blogiversary posts because as you can see, it would be a very long post and I’m pretty sure nobody has the time to read all that!
Just a quick note, Rants & Rambles will be moved to Sundays. My Saturdays have become a little crazy and starting out the week with a discussion posts just seems like a much better way to start out the work week!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
How has the blogging experience been for you?
Let me know in the comments!