NOTE: What I am about to address is my weird posting schedule that has been going on since Jan of last year. Almost every time I disappear for a couple of days I get an email asking if I am quitting (which is super awesome BTW–it is sweet that I would be missed). I realized that I had not really addressed this in a post and thought it was time. I also want to note that things I list below are my expectations of MYSELF, I do not expect this of the larger blog community. Also this is not a post on how to be a good blogger. In fact, random schedules are BAD if you are trying to grow your blog and increase your presence in the virtual world. Consistency, Content, and Personality are what you need there.
Hi y’all! So my blogging schedule has really changed in the last year and a half. Last year I even took a few weeks off here and there. I will probably do the same this year but I am not quitting. In fact, in a weird way I am going back to the reason that I started book blogging in the first place.
HISTORY: I started this blog in December of 2008 but before that I had a personal blog that I started in 2005. I am what you call a first adapter. I work in the tech world (as a job) so I like to stay ahead of the curve on new technologies. Let me rephrase that, new technologies that I want to use. I am not much of a video girl so YouTube, Periscope, etc not really technologies I stay up on. I try new social platforms but will quickly dismiss them if they are more work than fun. I like knowing though so that is how I got into blogging. Back then it was because blogging was starting to be introduced into the platform that I support (Sharepoint) and I wanted to understand the benefit of the service. I think it has been the technology that I have stuck with the longest. Well I have been on twitter since 2008 but that is just because it is like text messaging without the “have to” of responding.
To say that blogging has changed my life would be a HUGE understatement. I have made so many friends, learned so many things, and traveled to tons of different places all because of blogging. At some point though around 2013/2014, I started noticing that blogging became less fun and more of a job. Which would have been fine if that was what I was aiming for. I have gone to tons of blogging conferences on how to grow your blog, networking, branding, and such. You would think that was my end goal but honestly I just like to learn things. Plus, I thought if I ever went back to into personal blogging (which I kind of have but not consistently yet), that I might want to take that brand into that realm. I am still undecided on that but I like having the tools in my knowledge shed should I choose to go that way. Plus, blogging conferences are great because you get to see what is going on outside our book blogging world and learn tons of really neat things. In other words, I like to learn even if it is something that I won’t apply here on Geeky Bloggers Book Blog.
So about a little over a year ago I decided to steer my blog back into the fun territory. I dropped doing blog hops, book tours, and cut way back on review books. I stopped things that had hard commitment dates and started reading more of the stuff on my TBR. I started going to the library A TON and picking up books that sounded interesting. I started paying attention to my mood and just read where it lead me. I also started connecting more on a personal level to bloggers again. All of this makes blogging fun for me. I desperately needed that because if I would have stayed on that 2013/2014 course- I would not be around today.
However, one of my personal rules is (other than weekends) if I don’t have time in my day to visit at least 20 blogs then I don’t post. Why you may ask? One of my main goals is reconnecting with blogger friends/forging stronger bonds. When I don’t have time to visit other blogs, I feel like a bad blogging neighbor. So to cut down on the bad blogging neighbor feelings I just don’t post. This also ties into my balance my life with more things outside of books and giving myself a break when my job requires time from me. By taking off a few days here and there (or even a week), I feel better and my love of blogging holds strong.
Someone asked me once “How do you have time to do it all”? Truth is that I don’t have time to do everything that I would like. I work 60+ hours a week, rescue/foster dogs, have great family/friends, run bookclubs, work on my health, and love crafting. I would love to fit dating into that realm and have time to finish all my DIY around the house too. However, I have given myself permission to do as much as I can and fit the rest in when I can. I have learned (the hard way) that everything can’t be done RIGHT THIS MINUTE (or this week, month, year). So giving myself permission on this blog to feel the same has helped a ton.
So that is the weird schedule and why! The visiting is a personal thing as it was what made me love this community in the first place. It is not an outside influence or something I expect other people to do.
Bottom Line: Write down what makes you love blogging and keep it handy for when you run into a moment of “this is too much”. When you hit that point either adjust or change what makes you happy. Happy bloggers are the best. Changing as you change is also essential for long term blogging. Maybe one day I will read a similar post from you and be like yeah they are making themselves happy. It will make me happy cause that means you are still around!
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