Holy crapola it has been a whole dang year since I started this blog! Hooray to me for making it! I can definitely say that blogging about books isn’t quite what I expected when I first sat down and happily punched out a little review for Fates and Furies. So let me share with you what little wisdom I’ve gleaned from blogging and the bookish world.
1. This is not an idle hobby, no matter how much I want it to be.
You’ll hear this over and over again from other book bloggers. I wish I had realized what a HUGE TIME COMMITMENT blogging was going to be. You don’t just get to start a blog and that’s it. Followers aren’t going to appear by magic. If you want followers you have to WORK YOUR BUTT OFF for them: twitter, instagram, connecting with other blogs, etc etc. It was exhausting at first, and it was truly non-stop. Now, I’m not quite as intense as I had to be in the beginning, but I’m still on social media so much more than I ever thought I’d be (so much more than I ever wanted to be!).
2. The bookish community is perfection!
Well, for me at least it is. I manage to stay out of all the bookish drama (and guys, sometimes there is A LOT of it) because I legit barely have time for book blogging let alone bookish drama. So I can safely say that I LOVE MY BOOKISH FRIENDS! It’s so fun to be able to fangirl about books I love with other people and to commiserate about bad books/sad books/books that ripped our hearts out, etc. In fact…
3. How will I ever stop blogging?
I can’t even imagine discontinuing this hobby. I would feel so empty to finish a book and have NO ONE to talk to about it. OMG HOW DID I EVER SURVIVE BEFORE BLOGGING!?!?! I NEED YOU BOOKISH PEOPLE TO KEEP ME GOING!
So THANK YOU my bookish friends for giving me so much joy that I managed to stick with this a whole year! I plan to continue on as long as this is fun for me, which I think will be for a while yet.
As a show of my appreciation for all of you and to spread the joy of reading, I am hosting an awesome giveaway: A 3-month box subscription of YOUR CHOICE. Open internationally so long as I don’t have to sell a kidney to ship it to you (we can discuss further if you win)!
Let me explain something about the giveaway:
As a book blogger, I don’t make any money (and that’s okay, I have my job for that!). The biggest perk of being a book blogger is having the opportunity to read advanced copies of books or getting books for review. I love this! Here’s the thing, while sometimes they come unsolicited (and what a lovely surprise that always is!), sometimes I have to request the books. You know what matters when you request books?
Your follower count.
So to enter my giveaway, I am asking you to keep doing what you’ve done so well already, support my blog so that I can continue to receive wonderful books and share them all with you! Tell all your bookish friends about the blog! And if you don’t already, follow me on my other platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Goodreads), because every follower helps!
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