HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY TO ME!
This actually a late post so, yeah, total bummer because I missed my first anniversary because it was supposed to be last March 13. 😛
But hey, it’s not too late right? So, to commemorate this historical moment in my internet life, I am going to share a few things I’ve learned and had to learn in my first year of blogging.
- It’s totally fine to rant and ramble your brains out on Goodreads.
I’m an avid user of little post-it notes and book journals. Bloggers whom I’ve met in person know very well how much I use sticky notes. I was so reluctant to post every reaction I had whenever I read because then I thought people might think I’ve mistaken Goodreads for Twitter. But after some “encouragements”(Meaning, seeing my bloggy friends constantly ranting everything they think/feel on a book. Yes, this is you Faye. :P), little by little I started to do the same. And it’s good, more than good actually because by doing so I get to interact more with people.
- Never let the fear of book and blog slumpin’ keep you from doing what you love.
I had a terrible case of reading and blogging slump in the last few months of 2014. It was so terrible I had an unintentional hiatus from blogging. My mind went blank whenever I think of something to post, and it was a struggle to review a book. I was so worried if that slump was the end of my blogging life. BUT I WAS WRONG. I’m still here! I may not be posting everyday or reading as many books in a week like before but it’s okay! What matters now is I’m back, active, and motivated. All it took was a break, a planner, a big calendar, and chick lit books(thank you Penny Reid :D).
- Don’t be shy, make friends.
When I first started blogging I was so timid and I envied those who have their own group of friends in this community. Interacting or commenting alone was a struggle for me because I’m not the type of person who would initiate a conversation, so you see Twitter was a nightmare for me. But what made me change? A book event. I hate waiting in line, actually no, I hate waiting in general that’s why I never go to any event before. But the thought of meeting these people who urged me to come was stronger than my inability to wait that’s why I went. I saw it as a chance to make friends and socialize so I grabbed it. After that I became more confident in socializing with new people that in turn gained me new friends. Friends who are not just there to give you good book recommendations but also to help you in times of need, especially if you have no idea how to tweak your blog. ^.~
- Planners, big calendars, and holidays are your friends.
I was never a person who plans ahead. I just put a reminder on my phone whenever I have deadlines for work, sometimes I just write every deadline I have on a sheet of paper and post it on my bedroom door. That’s why when I went back to school, I was a mess. There are even times when I can’t enjoy school holidays because I have to utilize even that day so I could make it before deadline. That’s when I decided to use a planner, and oh boy, it was an eye-opener. Now, I can read almost everyday and blog every once in a while. I can read without worrying because I have schedule to follow on when to read leisurely and when to study.
- Be honest, be weird, be YOU.
After the excitement of planning my blog subsided a lot of worries entered my mind. “What if someone disagrees with my opinion?” “What if it turns into an ugly argument? What do I do then?” “How do I make my own individuality?” “What if publishers and authors gang up on me because of a negative review?” (Yeah, I was bit paranoid then. I worry too much.) So you see, even before starting I was already thinking of what’s the worst that could happen. But what inspired me to push thru blogging was by reading book blogs, specifically this one book blog that made me start it all. These group of bloggers weren’t afraid to be frank and direct. They may dislike a book but their review will never reek of negativity. They do it for the love of reading and sharing it to everyone and they are doing a very good job. I understood that I can never please anyone, what matters is that I am sharing my unbias opinions in a courteous way. So girls if you’re reading this, thank you for inspiring me to be my weird honest self.
- It’s not a task if you do what you love to do. But hoarding is a no.
This was the best lesson I’ve learned in my first year of blogging. There was a brief moment when I felt pressured because I realized I’m only reading books for the sake of writing a review. That realization hinted my slump. I suddenly lost interest in reading and blogging because it turned into a task rather than a hobby. It was partially my fault because I overwhelmed myself with new releases and ARCs. Now, I’ve learned my lesson. As much as we love hoarding, try to avoid it, it’s bad. Even food hoarding is not good, so hoarding is bad. But let me make myself clear, hoarding is bad but not shopping. Okay? Okay. ^.^
Anyway, after getting over a terrible slump that’s when I said to myself no more pushing myself to read something just for the sake of reviewing. I’m doing this to release myself from stress from school and so it should be. In addition to that, try to remember other things you love doing. Watching tv shows, going out with friends, travelling,
stalking your crush, or other hobbies you might have. Sometimes doing the same things over and over again can wear a person out, so go out, do other things, stalk. 😛
- Appreciate the people who appreciates what you do.
What better way to appreciate people than to say thank you, right? So, THANK YOU! To readers, bookstores, authors, publishers, publicists, blogger friends, followers, fictional characters, and everyone I’ve met and will meet through this blog. If not for all of you I wouldn’t be where I am right now. I know I still have a lot of bridges to cross but without you all, this first year wouldn’t have been a blast.
And to show my appreciation to everyone who sticked to my weirdness and constant ramblings and swoons I’m having a GIVEAWAY!
- This giveaway is open to Philippine residents only(sorry, I only had hours to prepare that’s why)
- All entries will be checked. I have the right to consider your entries void if your entries are not completed
- Winners will have three days/72 hours to respond to my email before another winner is chosen.
- All information needed (email addresses, shipping addresses, etc.) will only be used for shipping and contacting purposes and will be deleted once the giveaway is over.