Trust me I have been there and I am still trying to figure out The Blogsphere of a book blogger, I haven’t been in the game that long but so far, I have come across some minor challenges. I think we can all agree it isn’t easy especially for those who dare to dip their toes and put their thoughts out there to be judged or even go unnoticed
“If you show someone something you’ve written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.”
I am going to share a bit of my experience on book blogging and just blogging in general thus far. Hope it will be insightful or relatable
Isolating (At First)
It can be a bit lonely when you start, I felt like I was shouting into a void, hoping that by some miracle anybody would answer me.
But it did get better, I have heard a fair amount of interaction in some of my post and that has made the experience less Isolating. If you feel like a wallflower, I would definitely urge you to step out of your comfort zone and reach out to other fellow book bloggers, after all, it’s such a welcoming community. It will encourage you to be more active
Anxiety Inducing Experience
I was super terrified when the blogging idea sort of popped up in my head absolutely terrified
I had to really push myself and commit to it for 6 months before it normalised itself. From grammar mistakes to time management and everything in between it was so crazy and my anxiety was through the roof but once I calmed down and decided to have fun with the process everything flowed smoothly.
So just be yourself and have fun
With any new field, be it photography, writing etc. You will always find experienced and well-established people who are way better at it and you might feel like an underdog. At some point, you might ask yourself “what is the point” trust me I have been there. I always remind myself that
Your contribution towards the topic at hand is valuable because we all have very different views regarding various subjects especially books. So rather than treating yourself like an underdog, just chime in and be yourself, seek inspiration from the experienced bloggers and produce content that shows your true self.
This one that really gets out of hand on extreme levels, apart from blogging I am a student, I have a list of TV shows to catch up on and I tend to lack the motivation to do anything other than lounge around. It is one that definitely needs discipline.
I read somewhere that once you start blogging it never stops and I can definitely see why that is true, to find the time to sit down to compose a post with all the life distractions can be a real challenge so I always set an hour a day to compose or to come with ideas for blog post and then I just jot down points and schedule them to make sure that I actually post on the day I’m supposed to post. It has taught me to be discipline, organise my day to day life and utilise every moment. Especially when you have a million books to read
Here is an important article you should check out Importance of Time Management
Lack of Words (Writers Block)
I generally post bookish post, books I have read, books I want to read, recommendations etc. But sometimes I just lack the words and it can be so annoying.
Example you just finished this book and you have strong feelings surrounding it (be it positive or negative) so you open the laptop and when you are about to type your mind just goes blank
It is a challenge and I tend to have short term memory so If I don’t compose a book review a day after reading the book, I forget major points and my reviews suffer. I have been trying various things to help me remember small details like jotting down certain points while I read or book tabs but I always feel a certain pressure when composing book reviews. I would also suggest reading other people’s reviews to sort of getting inspiration to compose.
Yes, it can be intimidating and has more challenges that I haven’t covered
Another Blog Post on the subject
I am still learning even after blogging for a year, still far from calling myself an expert. If you have any urge to start a book blog or any blog for that matter go ahead start it, share your thoughts be true to yourself and just have fun because at the end of the day books are meant you unite and form strong connections.
What are some of the problems about blogging that really grinds your gears?
So until next time stay Bookish 😉