My answer to this is ‘A rubbish one!’
Let me explain this. This is purely my opinion due to how I go about writing reviews and other things which I will get to in time.
- I don’t make notes while reading! I make mental notes and while writing up the review it has all gone to pot! When I am writing either I end up with brain freeze or word fart as a result and as a result of both I don’t write overly detailed reviews.
- I am rubbish with my diary! I write in my diary the dates that have blog tours, review or whatever else scheduled but I don’t make a note as to when I should actually sort these things out, reading/writing, and end up doing it all last minute…well a lot of the time but not every time. I am intending to implementing a 2 diary system to deal with this.
- I don’t take part in memes! This one is simple – I can stick at something for a short period of time but I detest monotony.
- I don’t tell folk that I am a blogger! This one is strange because people just don’t get it. Even when I had my previous blog I just said I test products for companies. Now I say I read books and let others know what I think prior to release. I remember the first time I was introduced as a blogger and I thought how amazing this was to actually be called a blogger, it was like a right of passage for me. My husband tells people (who I don’t know) I am a book blogger and they ask do I have a Youtube channel so they can watch – he is very proud of me. Even with these reactions, I am still not ready to declare that I AM A BLOGGER because I don’t feel I deserve that title.
- I find interaction hard! Twitter intimidates me, all social media does! I seem to always need to answer and carry on and on and on and on……you get the idea! Face to face I come across as an extrovert but it is a case of I’m not used to interacting with people so I end up with logorrhea. I have to say that this is not a great quality!!
My list could go on and on but I will stop here for now.
We all are hard on ourselves and this is the norm! It is ok to feel that you aren’t a perfect blogger but it is essential that you learn to remedy what you feel to be an issue. How about you sit down and write your goals for your blog and how you are going to achieve this. Some people are able to post 3 posts 7 days a week and others have one post a week. Both of these are ok and if you are aspiring to match up to those who are able to have many posts in one day don’t push yourself to start this straight off, work up to it! We need to consider realistic goals. My posting schedule, in my mind, is Monday/Wednesday/Friday but I know that this can range from 1 – 5 posts a week rather than 3.
Maybe, like me, you are befuddled when it comes to your graphics. I reached out to a blogger who’s graphics blow me away and she gave me some advice. I didn’t have a logo and any images that I had tried to make were crudely put together. She advised Fiverr for a logo and Canva for the graphics. My experience with Fiverr wasn’t a good one but if you really look into your graphic designer and possibly get recommendations as to who is good by asking someone who has a logo that you like the style of. Others use PicMonkey and seem to enjoy it. Make sure that you use copyright free images and if not then be sure to give credit to where you found the image. I use Pixabay for my images but I have been known to search online for gifs and images.
From one human to another, DO NOT PUT PRESSURE ON YOURSELF!!!! This will stop blogging from being fun and what is worse, it will stop reading from being fun. We are book lovers above all else.
Like me, you probably started writing reviews purely to tell people about the books you read and it was never about hitting 20k followers and making a living out of it… Don’t get me wrong it would be fantastic for this to happen but let’s make one thing clear; making money off book blogging alone is very difficult. You could possibly run an Etsy site alongside your blog, organise blog tours, offer proofreading/beta reading services… the list goes on, but to just write posts the making money is unrealistic, yes you can have affiliate links but, in all honesty, you won’t make a lot from them. I was overwhelmed when I ended up with 100 followers (I’ve more now), I never expected that at all and I value my followers each and every one of them. Even if I end up with…actually I don’t know how many because I am just so touched every time I get a notification of a new follower…Where was I? Oh, yes! Well if I end up with a lot more followers I will still value every single one as I feel humbled by the fact they have chosen to follow and read my point of view, this was never about making money for me but I have given you some example of how to make some if you are interested! I am not saying that at some point I won’t offer services but given that I am rubbish at keeping on top of my diary at the moment there is no way it will happen anytime soon!!
Remember that this is your project, not anyone else’s so don’t try to be something you are not. If you need help/advice then ask for it, there will always be others who are more than willing to help. And most importantly, have fun. So what if you aren’t organised or post sporadically that is the quality, not quantity that matters!
Have a wonderful day folks and, more importantly, have fun!!