For a little while now I have felt that I’ve been forcing this blog to develop too quickly, and to a point where I’m forcing it. By this I mean, I’ve recently introduced blog featuring/advertising and its great in its own way because I love helping other bloggers out, and to begin with I have offered it as a free service and found myself overwhelmed by everyone wanting a space on my blog. I mean it wasn’t surprising because its free and who passes up on something for free right? Well then I decided to take a leap of faith and create a new package that charges £3 for the entire month, again I’ve had takers and it’s all fabulous. The main reason behind doing this is so I can be that person who does great giveaways and can afford to attend blog events.
Ultimately this blog is for me to share my love of books, and encourage others to read too. As an aspiring publicist this is like a portfolio for me to record all of reviews and interactions with readers, publishers and authors alike. I want this blog to look good as well as have content that people want to read and interact with. Being part of the wider community of blogging is important to me, as it sparks inspiration and I get to become friends with some truly incredible people. I miss giving more time to these bloggers because at the end of the day they’re my friends and support me an awful lot.
So instead of trying to “improve” and “change” everything to make my blog “valuable” shall we say, I need to re-open my eyes and realise that progress doesn’t just appear over night it takes time and effort. Therefore, I’ve upped my game with regards to the quality of my reviews, sharing new book content/extracts/Q&A’s/giveaways etc. I want to revert back to this blogs grassroots and do things better, and in a way that isn’t going to stress me out but make me want to give even more to the community I love and aspire to be a big part of. That sounds like I’m going to take over eeek, no I just want to be more involved and be a lot more supportive to my fellow bloggers.
I have missed taking part in Top Ten Tuesday again and other various memes I enjoyed participating in- they’re fun and a great way to meet new bloggers!
Participating in the blogger community is more important than creating hundreds of posts, because without interaction you’re not going to draw readers in because you haven’t made the effort with them either. I think that’s one of the most important lessons I’ve learnt in blogging.
You could say I’m “going back to basics” with this blog and the direction its heading, and I don’t feel like its going backwards at all I feel like this is the way forward to enjoy what I’m sharing and to bring back what made this blog enjoyable for myself.