Book Blogger Love-a-Thon: Mini Challenge #4
In this fourth mini challenge, we’re writing letters to our blogging selves! I’m a relatively newbie blogger (I just had my one year blogoversary in January), so I’m going to write to my self in the past, as well as write to my future self!
Dear Past Andrea,
Pace yourself. You’re new at this, and that is OKAY. You love to read, and that’s why you’re doing this. Remember that. You don’t have to have a perfect blog, and you don’t have to be the comment queen. If you write good content, they will come. ;) And remember how you feel about your IRL friends? (Yes, I just wrote IRL. If John Green can say “IRL” in his vlogs, I can type it.) Anyway, you feel like you’d rather have just a few great friends rather than tons of acquaintances. That’s how you should look at your blog. It’s better to have a few great readers than tons of followers who don’t even stop by! The numbers can be enticing, but just ignore them. Be grateful for every follower you have and know that you will make some awesome blogger friends along the way. Blogger friends that you will come to think of as actual friends, even if you’ve never met them IRL. And that, frankly, is the best part about this whole thing. Give yourself a break every once in a while, and above all, have fun!
-Andrea in Feb. 2013
Dear Future Andrea,
I hope you’re still blogging. Because in early 2013 (and all of 2012, for that matter) you loved it. It was more than a hobby. It was a part of who you were, and part of who you wanted to always be. You made so many great friends through blogging, and found so many wonderful books that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
If you have stopped blogging, I hope that maybe you’ll look back at this blog and this letter, and realize how much you enjoyed it. Yes, it was work, but it came with its own wonderful rewards: the community, the camaraderie between other book bloggers and fantastic authors. And I hope that you can think long and hard about how different your life is now without it, and maybe consider coming back to it. I’m sure you miss it.
If you’re still blogging, way to go! Please continue to make this a part of your life. Take breaks if you need to, read a few books just for fun, and make sure to spend lots of time with your family. Remember that this is a hobby, but also remember that it’s more than that–it’s one of your passions. And DFTBA!
-Andrea in Feb. 2013
So what did you guys write to your blogging selves? Leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by and check it out!