Hello, everyone! I thought I should put up an helpful post about blogging and at first, I thought ‘what about some blogging tips?’. But I quickly brushed it off because I’ve been blogging for 3 months and while I might have some blogging tips, I don’t think I’m qualified enough for such a post. Buuut please do check Marie‘s because she’s the queen of blogging tips and everything else, too.
So, here I am, with another subject (I hope it’s just as interesting) – reasons to make a blog. This post is mostly directed to my fellow readers that don’t have a blog yet because of reasons. I want to tell you that I’ve been hesitant towards making a blog for years. Actually, I created this blog in December (almost one year ago) and I haven’t been active on it until August/September. You know why? Well, because like you, I had my doubts.
But at some point, I just said ‘whatever, let’s see why everyone thinks blogging is that awesome’ and started becoming active and writing. And it was a great decision. Why? Well, let’s get into the reasons.
Reason #1 : The community
You will meet many people that share the same passion as you do! I’ve been on Goodreads since 2013 and there are some people there that always like my posts and my reviews and I like them back. But making friends on Goodreads never worked for me, sadly. I suppose it’s because the platform always felt very impersonal to me. You can write your review and most of the time, people will like them, sometimes you will be lucky enough to receive comments, but that would be it. Or so it was in my case. I know people that have amazing friendships on Goodreads and that’s okay.
But blogging meant for me engaging with the bookish community in a way that I haven’t been able to experience before. It’s nice to write something, be it a tag, a discussion or a review and have people comment and engaging with you and then coming back for more posts in the future. It’s something else for me. Because I really feel like people are genuinely interested in what I’m going to write next, in what I thought of certain books. I’ve had people tell me that they like my post ideas, that they like my bookish tastes. All I can is that I felt very welcomed here in this community. (Please note that I’m a shy person, so this is a big deal!!!)
Reason #2 : You will find your voice (and feel good about it)
What surprised me the most about blogging is how much I love writing posts about anything, really. I just adore being able to voice my opinion, to share my likes and dislikes, just show the world who I am and what I have to say. I’ve found out that I have many things to say and also that I love brain-storming for blogging ideas. Right now, it’s a normal part of my weekend. Every weekend, I plan new posts and I sit and think ‘okay what should I write next? what are people interested in hearing? what do I want to talk about?’. I think this reason is important because as readers, we get so captured by other people’s voices, that maybe we forget about our own voice.
Reason #3 : Recommendations
I love finding new books to read, books that are out of my ‘comfort zone’, books that I usually read, just books. And blogs are amazing resources of book recommendations because everyone has different book tastes, even if you’re checking only ya blogs, you will still find various recs. And it’s pretty awesome, I’ve found out about so many new releases via blogs, and let me tell you that it’s the best feeling in the world whenever somebody reads a book you recommended or you read a book that someone recommended and then you can fangirl with each others. Best feeling. #bookwormsforthewin
Reason #4 : It’s easier to request and be accepted for ARCs
Blogging isn’t all about ARCs, but they are a bonus and I know that looking from outside the blogsphere, you think that’s the best part – receiving ARCs. I won’t lie. I love them, I also despise them (especially when I can’t finish them before the deadline). But let’s be real, it’s easier for bloggers to get them. Even if we’re talking about Netgalley, they still give ARCs more often to bloggers.
Reason #5 : It’s very rewarding
I’m proud of myself for starting this blog, I’m proud anytime I receive a very positive comment, I’m proud of myself whenever I write a good post, it’s just amazing. Like blogging is this nice activity that makes you pat yourself on the head and be like ‘Congratulations, you’ve managed to schedule those posts. You’re a winner.’ , blogging makes me feel good about myself because I talk of things I know and love and for that, I receive nice comments and pats on the back from people that love the same things as I do. Doesn’t it sound like a great thing?
Also, let me clear the air on any doubts you might have :
- I don’t have enough time. – That’s okay, most of us don’t have. The blogging community is pretty forgiving on hiatuses and everything else. You’ll be fine.
- I don’t think anyone will read my blog. – They will, trust me! You’re unique and you surely have something new to say in this community. Actually, if you do make a blog, link me to it, I’ll be happy to read your blog!
- I don’t read popular genres/new releases. – That’s also okay. I’m very bad at reading new releases too, people are forgiving. They like to read my reviews on books they’ve already read 40000 years ago and fangirl with me nonetheless.
That’s it, I really hope my post will make you re-think your doubts about making a blog. And also, to my followers – that already have a blog (of course), I hope you like this post too.
What makes you most happy when it comes to blogging? And what would you tell to someone who is reticent to making a blog?