Today’s blogger prompt from ABEA is all about Bogger development.
The purpose of the conference is to foster “blogger development”–and clearly, that development can go in a variety of directions! Today, we’re inviting you to talk about your approach. Have you branched out into your community? Do you partner with other bloggers? Have you gone “pro” or tried generating some income through your blog? If you’re a long-term blogger, how has your online personality developed over the years?
Tell us about things you’ve done to expand your blogging horizons, and the things you’d like to do but haven’t managed (or figured out) yet. Come back here to link up your post, and then go see what other participants have to say. Let’s foster our development as bloggers and learn from each other!
I guess this is where I differ from many other bloggers out there and even from myself of a few years ago. I have settled into a place where I realized that my blog is for me and if people think it is cool and want to come along for the ride, well, awesomesauce!
I know I have written before about how I feel about follower numbers and ARCs and I am sure that there are those who think it is sour grapes, but honestly, it is not. Once a blog gets to the point where I feel like it is all about the chase and not about the books or the love of reading I stop going back. For me this thing is still about how can love books more not how can I get more books. I have a TBR pile that is 500+ books long and a library which is full of books I have not read. ARCs while lovely are not a requirement for me to continue to blog.
I do monetize my blog. I have tried to be 100% honest about that. All of my links except for those buttoned to other places go to amazon.com. Have I made any money this way? Nope. Does it really matter to me? Nope. Would I like to some day? Yup. Enough to add ads? 100% honesty? Not yet.
That is not to say there are not things I could be doing better. One of my major downfalls is my failure to regularly review the books I read. Part of that comes from a fear of “the dumb” and part of the comes from wanting to move on. There are so many books to read. I am finished with that one why would I focus on it one more second.
Another “issue” is I let my favorite thing “Thoughts on a Thursday” languish. Honestly, I love doing it but with 2 active kids, one husband and a part time job and a million hobbies sometimes it just seems like my passions are being juggled and this is the ball that gets dropped.
A way to manage these things and something I am hoping to do this summer while I am home it really devoting some time to work on getting ahead and using the scheduler. Also I want to find a format for longer reviews which works for me. Prompts or something which will give me a format to use until reviewing is more habitual. 50 Word Friday has helped somewhat but I would like to be better at more thoughtful reviews than SQUEEEE!