Friday, May 27, 2011
Armchair BEA: How I Decided Where My Blog Fit in my Life
I've been a book blogger for over a year, but I've been blogging regularly since April, 2000. I've had a blog almost all of the last eleven years, with the exception of a few months here and there. I honestly don't see myself stopping blogging anytime soon!
When I started blogging, I was envious of bloggers who received a lot of books and my goal was to have a book blog of high quality so I could receive books as well. After a few months of having my blog as a top priority I decided that I couldn't continue that way as the practice was becoming joyless, and it was also taking away from my writing time.
I now have a love for my blog because it doesn't overtake my life. I've talked about how I blog before and how planning ahead works well for me. If I didn't blog that way, I don't think I would have continued to blog if I didn't schedule things ahead.
I also stopped worrying long ago about my stats, comments, and whether I'll be placed on a publisher's list. I don't begrudge those that care about those things, but I just don't. I can only worry about so many things in a day, and whether my blog is popular or not just isn't one of them. I know I will focus on networking and things like SEO at some point in the future when I want to use my blog as a networking tool for my writing, but for right now, I'm just going with the flow.
I blog mostly for myself, to keep up with my reading and to press myself to reach my reading goals, and to discuss my progress through my writing journey. That others want to read what I write is thrill enough for me.
How do you maintain your joy for blogging?