Four years ago today, I published my first ever post on this blog. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging here for four years, and that I started this blog back in 2015. Nearly three hundred posts and sixty book reviews later, I thought it would be fun to celebrate my blogiversary by talking about four things I’ve learnt after four years of blogging!
It’s so much fun to review a book before it’s published, and to be a part of that process, but you’re not a lesser blogger if you’re not constantly receiving ARCs. For a while I actually steered clear of them completely – I’m a mood reader and I very easily fall into slumps, so reading books that I wanted to when I could, without the pressure of needing to review an ARC within a certain time period, was what I wanted. There’s no point forcing yourself to read something you’re not going to enjoy, just because there’s that pressure to be reviewing ARCs.
Topical content will get you page views, but blogging about what you enjoy is more important. If those two things happen to cross, that’s brilliant. But don’t force yourself to write posts you don’t want to just because it’s what other bloggers are doing. Write the posts you want to, and your audience will find you.
I love writing book reviews – it’s my most favourite type of post to write, but also sometimes the hardest one. I don’t manage to read a lot of books a year anymore, so I can’t publish a lot of reviews on my blog. I remember when I first started blogging, I was convinced I needed to be reviewing books all the time to be successful. But honestly? I’ve never found that book reviews are even the most popular type of post.
Over the past few years, there have been a few times when I’ve lost the motivation to blog. Whether it be I can’t find inspiration for posts, I’m in a reading slump or life is getting in the way, sometimes blogging just isn’t possible. It’s absolutely fine to take a break away from blogging if you feel like you need to – and if you’re worried about losing your audience, don’t be: the book community isn’t going anywhere. Do what’s best for you!
Four Years of Blogging Has Taught Me…
The overall message I’ve learnt after four years of blogging is don’t put pressure on yourself. If you’re blogging as a hobby, make sure you’re enjoying it! Your blog should be what you want it to be – whether you’re posting every day or a few times a month, do what makes you happy.