I’ve had my blog for three years????? In addition to September going faster than I could blink, these three years have flown by! This week is actually an eventful week. It marks six months of being at one job, a year of starting in the cafe and of course three years of blogging.
I decided to take to twitter and see what questions you had for me (since I finally have put forth the effort to talk to people and grow relationships). Also all of these lovelies’ tweets are linked to their profile.
My answer to this changes depending on my mood that day. So today my favorite part is that I can connect and meet with people all over the world and we cheer each other on.
My least favorite today is how much effort it takes because I always have a running to-do list for my blog and Instagram and Twitter and it feels neverending. It takes a couple hours for me to write a post and then time to catch up and comment on everyone’s posts and Instagrams and tweets etc. I only have so much time in the day.
To be honest this one probably will happen, but I want to do a blog post or collaboration thing with Regina at Bookish in Bed. We have very similar reading tastes and we’re constantly messaging each other about our current reads. It’s really just a matter of figuring something out and putting it together.
I actually really wish I could design a nice header and go through and code it to make it look not as template-based. In order to do the second part I’ll have to upgrade from the basic WordPress though so until I know exactly what I want to do and how I want it to look and learn more coding it’s not going to happen. This is a long term goal. I have an idea of what I want for my header but I want to know for sure before I decide if I need to pay someone to draw it or if it’s something I can do.
I had the hardest time with this when I started blogging. I used to write up a post after I went to a new country or at the end of the week but then when I switched to talking about books I didn’t have a deadline of when the experiences would be fresh in my mind. My second year blogging was such a slump.
I think the main thing is I don’t force it. If life becomes really busy or stressful I’ll take a step back and if I have free time I’ll work on posts. I try to get three posts up a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday but sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. Along with this I’ll switch things up. I’ll do fitness posts or motivation or if I visit someone etc. I like to keep things interesting. Also, I don’t generally write posts I don’t like writing. For example, I hate writing reviews so the only reviews I write are when I feel really strongly about a book or if it was given to me by the publisher.
Also just seeing the new interactions that come along with each post. I look at everyone’s blog that comments or follows and I actually love that I’m a small enough blogger that I can do that.
I’m actually doing my second blog series right now! I’m loving it because I can geek out about thrillers and mysteries. My first series isn’t really a regular posting, it’s just when I have ideas for it but the “I believe in…” tab up top. I know it’s cliche but my newest post is always my favorite.
Otherwise my favorite travel posts:
I believe in… Continuous Learning
Running my First 5k
How I Get Motivation for Life
Long term, as I kind of said earlier I want to redo the theme and upgrade etc. But content wise I would love to do author interviews and guest blogger posts! I love featuring other bloggers and authors instead of just constantly my voice because there are some pretty great people out there. I also want to host a readathon at some point.
I actually got into blogging just because I wanted to keep my friends and family updated on what was happening when I was going through the process of getting an internship and then that semester in London so they all knew I didn’t die. Then when I was at my internship I found out about book bloggers and started a second blog. They morphed into one a while after I got back because two blogs is a lot of work to keep up with and I was unmotivated to do anything with either.
Any other questions you have? Leave them in the comments!