Monday, May 18, 2020

Blogging: A Dedicated Hobby

I have been pushing back this discussion post since January sadly since I haven't had much time to work with it, but here it is now. I thought I would do this month's discussion post on blogging.

I had no idea what blogging was until I read Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The main character talked about picking up books and ARC's and posting on her blog and it was like a whole new world (insert song here). Once discovered, it was like I found a whole new world of fun and amazingness and friends. Plus, all the new exposure to books.

When I started my blog I didn't think I would be getting any review copies that I gazed at longingly at my computer screen while other bloggers oohed and aahed over the stories early.

Then I did! I got one! And then soooo many more. It was a dream come true in so many ways and at times a complete nightmare. Not saying I don't love getting ARCs' because I do, but I think I didn't fully understand what it means to be a book blogger until some time after I started my blog.

So anyway, that's what this post is about. The different time commitments to blogging I didn't expect and the different ways I've learned to manage to post every day without going insane.

Running a book blog was 100% not what I expected when I started. I think I just thought you post reviews and about your love of books every once in a while and boom, people will flock to visit your blog in a second.

Yeah not so much. At least not all the time.

Planning: Posting, especially every day takes a lot of time and planning. A lot of planning that I'd had no idea was so intense. If I sign up for a blog tour I have to make sure to put it on my schedule right away and to schedule a time for me to sit down and read it, and then a time to write the review.

Reading: Finding time to actually read is also a struggle. Sometimes if work comes up or health stuff or I'm just not feeling the book I'm supposed to be reading at that time then I just struggle to find the reading energy.

DNFing: I usually get pretty deep into a story before I DNF but that's still time I'd designated to read the story. It also means I need to contact the blog tour promotion company to let them know I won't be reviewing.

Speaking of blog tours: I have to say sometimes I'll sign up for a tour or a slew of tours and then end up with several blog tours with book reviews due in one week. I think the max was 14 in one week and I almost cried.

Making it pretty: Making the blog and posts beautiful. It's a whole huge project.

I think I needed this post to just get out some of my frustration over the fact people assume blogging is easy or when I'm working on my blog that I'm not doing anything.

Did I miss anything? 
Do you get tired of people assuming that blogging isn't it's own huge project?

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