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December 8- Advice for new bloggers
When I started blogging I was SO EXCITED! I wanted to read everything and I had the time to read just about everything, but not quite. I saw books as shinies and did not want to say no to anything so I read anything and everything that I could get my hands on because FREE BOOKS RIGHT!?
This is what it feels like to get free books:
So, I’m sure you can imagine, the second an author came to me requesting a review, I would have to say yes!
Sadly, this gets overwhelming very quickly. I needed to read to fill my blog with (hopefully great) reviews but the more I read the more frustrated I got with reading. I was pushing myself to read two books a day and my calendar was chock full of requests due. My orgasmic fun came to a screeching halt when every book I picked up felt like I was slowly reading myself to death. I was stressed, underwhelmed with the stories, and instead of being grateful about these books I started getting jaded. This was only a year in!
First, I learned how to say no.
I realized I did not have to have my blog FULL every single day. What I would have done differently, and try to do now, is to give myself a cushion of reviews and posts, sort of like this one, that have nothing to do with sitting down reading a book. It’s faster, I still get to talk about books, but these are less stressful. I prefer to have a month scheduled so I am not having to sit down the day prior and type something out super fast and hopefully, something semi-intelligent! Having that cushion makes life much easier, especially when life gets stressful and I can’t get to the blog!
Then I learned what I liked reading and started saying yes to authors of the genres I loved. This has taken me a while. I ventured out by trying other genres every once in a while and found out things about my reading style that I had no idea at the beginning. My advice here would be to try new genres and styles because you never know!
So, in short, my advice is:
- Do not overbook!
- Learn how to say no.
- Make a cushion. Choose a number of posts that works for you and your lifestyle.
- Read what you enjoy, BUT try new genres.
Then you can go back to feeling like The Martian.
Feeling awesome. Being awesome!
What advice would you give?