I’m Back! + Blogging Manifesto
Well, hello again, friends! I’ve missed you all so much!
I had a blast participating in NaNoWriMo last month. It was my fourth time to participate and my first time as ML (Municipal Liaison–basically the person who organizes meetups and stuff) for my area. The job was much more demanding than I realized, but it was tons of fun! And while I didn’t “win” NaNo this year (“winning” means writing a 50,000-word novel in the month of November), I did get to 25,000 words and I’ve started a cool story that I hope to continue to write in the coming year.
So that basically kept me busy all November, which is why my blog got a little behind. Actually, I’ve been busy since about the beginning of September, so certain parts of my blogging life (like commenting and reading other blogs) have been behind for a while.
So that’s why I’ve decided to make my own Blogging Manifesto. I’ve seen several other blogs make these, and for a long time I felt like I really didn’t need one. But I was wrong. I think I really need it, and if you don’t have one, I suggest you make one as well! I think it’ll make me remember what this blog is all about and why I blog in the first place, and it’ll remind me that no, I don’t have to post all the time, and yes, this is a fun hobby that I enjoy and should not cause me stress.
So here it is, my Blogging Manifesto:
I started this blog to review the books I was reading, and to share my thoughts and opinions on said books to the book reading and blogging community. It is a hobby, and it is something I absolutely love doing, so therefore if I don’t love it, I should take a break.
I DO NOT have to post on a regular basis. I think it is pretty ridiculous that bloggers are sometimes expected to post every day. Does this leave them time to do anything but read and write posts? I don’t think so. No wonder we get burnt out. I love my every-other-day schedule that I’ve (mostly) maintained since March of 2012, and I strive to meet that schedule, but I will not be upset with myself nor feel guilty if I am not able to do so. I will also not feel guilty if I need to change that schedule in any way.
I DO NOT have to be the Comment Queen. I love leaving meaningful comments on lots of blogs, but I should not feel like I have to do this all the time, and I should not feel guilty if I don’t comment on every single post of my favorite blogs. They know I love them, and as long as I comment somewhat regularly they’ll continue to know I love them. I don’t expect my blogging friends to comment on every single one of my posts, nor do I expect them to comment very frequently on my blog. So I shouldn’t feel like I’m letting them down when I fail to comment so frequently. So as of now I’m going to choose one day a week to sit down and comment as much as possible. I can comment other times as well, but as long as I get a good amount of comments in on that one day a week, I’ll be happy.
I’ve never been extremely worried about my stats, because I love my readers and I’d be happy with just them for the rest of time. Of course, I love when new readers discover my blog, and I’m happy to have them, but if I start to obsess over how many followers I have, I need to check back on this post and remember that this is fun, and not a competition nor is it imperative that I have that latest ARC from NetGalley.
I will continue to give my absolute honest opinion in my reviews and other posts, but I will also continue to be as kind as possible. I will also continue to strive for quality posts and reviews, because even though my reviews (and posts like this one!) are long-winded, they are thorough, and I believe in quality over quantity.
Overall, I will have fun with this blog, and I will not worry about what other blogs may be doing or not doing, and I will keep this a fun, kind space where I share my love of reading with others.
Thanks to all of my followers for sticking with me for so long, and for just being awesome! I’m so happy to be back!