What have I learned since I hit that “publish” button on my first post?
I’ve learned that I can only get so far without knowing any CSS, and that is a bit frustrating and it’s nagging me to no end. With the help of Google I was able to skirt around a few of those stumbling blocks at the beginning. But others, that turned out to be more stubborn than expected, will have to wait until I can figure out what to do about it. I might have to live with it until I have more time to really get into the thick of it. I’ve defiantly learned something new about myself – I don’t like not knowing how to do things myself. Honestly that shouldn’t have come as a surprise I’m a do-it-myself kinda gal.
I LOVE connecting with fellow bloggers, reviewers, and readers.
I love connecting with people. If it’s on Instagram or Goodreads. Chatting with people about books is my favorite topic. Not a surprise there either – READING is my number 1 passion. And it has been since I’ve been a teenager. It’s the one hobby in my life that will never grow old or replaced. Reading is my happy place. So, talking about books comes natural. But what I found out in the last three month is that connecting with fellow bloggers is not EASY. As with everything worthwhile it takes time and energy. Visiting other blogs, connecting with fellow bloggers, commenting and liking here on WordPress, but also on Twitter, Facebook and let’s not forget Goodreads (I think I got them all) takes a huge junk of time out of my day. What makes this even more difficult it that as a newbie many of my comments end up in the spam folder. But that won’t stop me from commenting in the future, because some of my fellow bloggers found my comments just that way.:D
I LOVE the diversity of books.
I think this is one of the most interesting facets of the book blogging community, all genres are represented. I don’t read many books outside of my comfort zone. I’m usually all over the romance fiction spectrum, mostly contemporary but I also read anything from YA to NA, and M/M. I have my favorite fantasy and urban fantasy authors . As well as suspense authors that write outside the romance genre. And I have ONE sci-fi/horror erotica author that I adore! But the best part of this blogging community is seeing all the different books that are being read, praised and recommended. It makes me want to read more diverse books.
What will happen to my blog when I go back to work full time?
This is going to be an interesting issue. And I’m definitely asking myself how I’m going to manage to read, review, post and connect with my readers and fellow bloggers when working full-time. I’ve had it quite easy the last three month. Working part-time and lots of time over the holidays allowed me to post 142 posts in three month. This will change quite drastically in the upcoming weeks. I truly wonder how I will get everything done in much less time.
What’s my goal?
I think like most of my fellow bloggers I want to build my blog to be more than just reviews and promos. I haven’t figured out yet how I’m going to manage that or what it’s going to be, but it’s one of my foremost goals. I also need to find a way to promote my blog in a way that fellow readers will find it in the first place and hopefully find my reviews interesting and helpful. That’s going to be the toughest one of all – I think!
I love new blog THEMES!
And last but not least, I found out I LOVE shopping for blog themes. There are soooo many pretty themes available, and after just three month I’ve already switched to #2. I wonder how long this one will last.:D
I will take a look in another three months just to see how far I’ve come, or maybe if there hasn’t been any progress at all.:D
But either way, I’m happy I pushed the publish button and jumped into a world I knew nothing about. Sometimes a leap of faith is exactly what’s needed.