Good morning everyone, happy monday, and happy Easter! I hope you had a great weekend! Today I’m back with the last few days of the Blogging Extravaganza… and sharing with you some secrets about my ways of blogging.
I have been blogging for a little more than a year now, and I never, ever thought it would come with such commitments. Blogging takes time: scheduling blog posts, thinking about those, trying to make up new, interesting stuff, commenting back on bloggers, making new friends…it’s all very fabulous, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
But, there are days, like any human being getting tired of staring at a computer screen all day long, where I am, well, TIRED. Tired of commenting back, tired of thinking about Top Ten Tuesdays when I feel like I always come up with the same books, just, TIRED OF EVERYTHING. But then, the people, you people put a smile on my face, and I go on. Okay, I need more than just one smile to make me keep going, I’m not a sloth. So, this post is about sharing our little blogging secrets, let’s get to it!
✏️ Scheduling RULES. Seriously, this just might save my life now and a while. There are days when you feel in a slump, there are others when you’ll feel like writing ALL of the blog posts. This happens to me, and when it does, I schedule. I have special days for special features, but when I find something new, like THIS blogging extravaganza, well, I’ll move everything up a bit. CHANGE IS GOOD, it makes you feel all new and have a fresh perspective on things.
✏️ Other bloggers BEFORE MY SELFISHNESS. I don’t know if there are a lot of bloggers doing this, but I am. Every day, I remind myself that I love commenting back on blogs, and other days, I feel like it’s a struggle, and I just want to see if people love my post, THAT IS ALL. In order not to get behind on others’ blog posts, I try every day to comment BACK on bloggers, before checking my comments, AND after, for the ones I didn’t know and need to get to know more. When I am lazy, I put up a like, I admit it. But commenting makes my day, because I know that some people are making my day afterwards, when I check my comments. And just BEING NICE, it’s kind of nice, no? BOOK PEOPLE ARE THE NICEST PEOPLE EVER. #ruletoliveby
✏️ WRITE, WRITE, WRITE. You don’t know when you might get an idea for a cool blog post, a new feature or anything. I got my idea for Souvenirs From Across The World in the shower. I sometimes read a book and a discussion post comes up in my mind. Write it on your phone, in a notepad, anything, just, remember it.
✏️ LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Blogging IS a job. It’s almost a full-time job. Blogging takes time, commitment, and it doesn’t give you money –well, it doesn’t to me, and I commit almost two full hours a day after my full- day to my blogging. On weekends, I spend easily half a day working on my blog. It IS A JOB, but it is NOT PAID. SO REMEMBER: DO NOT FORCE IT. If you need to take a break, DO IT. It’s okay, and no one will be mad at you, or forget you.
What you need to remember, and I always try to, is that blogging is a hobby, something you do to make you happy. If you ever feel the slightest pressured because you don’t have that usual blog post up on the right day, or can’t answer all of the comments that day, or just, can’t keep up with blogging, then, don’t force it. NO ONE ever gets mad for an hiatus. Take some time off, take a breather, READ A BOOK. And just LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING, NO MATTER WHAT.