First off, Happy New Year! Today marks my 3rd blogversary! I cannot believe I’m still here after three years. I honestly would have never thought my blog would make this far. But I’m really glad it has and I’m also glad that you’ve stayed by me throughout these three years. I really appreciate it.
I was trying to brainstorm ideas for my 3rd blogversary post but couldn’t really think of anything. I wanted to do a giveaway but unfortunately money is tight right now so I couldn’t do that. So I decided to share with you some of the things I’ve learned on this year from my three years of experience.
1. Read whatever you want, whenever you want.
In my first days of blogging, I remember seeing people reading hundreds and hundreds of books and I of course, wanted to do the same. The problem with this was that I often found myself in a reading slump or I’d find myself reading books that were shorter to make my goal. Could I tell you about those books now? Probably not because I read them so fast I can’t even remember them (thank goodness for Goodreads).
You should also read whatever you want. Don’t feel like reading that hyped book? Don’t. I actually try my hardest to stay away from hyped books because it almost never fails that book never lives up to the hype for me. This year, I plan to focus mainly on New Adult and Adult genres. I wrote a post back in 2016 about how I felt like I was outgrowing the YA genre and that feeling still holds true today. So from this point forward you’re going to see a ton of adult and New Adult books on my blog and very little Young Adult.
2. Blog about what you want, whenever you want, however you want.
As Told By Tina is slowly changing from pure book blog to a variety of things because:
a) I doubt I could keep up with two blogs. I can barely handle one (let us be honest now).
b) Reading isn’t just all that I’m about. Yes, I’m a reader but I’m also a mother, I also love to use planners specifically a bullet journal and these are some things that I’m going to be show casing on my blog more and more.
Secondly, I feel like sometimes I’m not motivated to talk about books because I’m confining myself to just one topic and I feel like that makes many bloggers feel burned out. I’ve tried to have a posting schedule (being the organized person that I am, you’d think I’d have one) but I don’t. Posting schedules are hard for me to keep up with so if I blog once a month, 30 times a month or don’t post for several months. It will still make me a blogger. Remember stats, views, followers, don’t define who you are as a blogger. You are a blogger as long as you want to be a blogger! SO POST ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO POST ON YOUR BLOG!
3. It’s okay to review the books you want on YOUR blog!
Like I mentioned in the first point, I stay away from hyped books like the plague because they typically fall flat for me. I also noticed that hyped books get more views on my blog compared to not hyped books. And that is okay. My goal for 2018 is to review books that I consider hidden gems. The ones you haven’t heard about that I discovered. Because lets face it, there are a ton of books out there that deserve so much love.
If you only want to review 5 star reads. DO IT. Want to post that rant on that book (you know that book that just came to mind the moment you read this, DO IT).
4. It’s okay to not have a ton of followers!
I found that blogging to gain views and followers was kind of tiring. No it was tiring. And I wasn’t being true to myself. I’m finally in a place where I’m okay with not having a super big following. The couple consistent followers I have make my day!
5. Comments aren’t everything even though they’re really nice.
Sometimes I blog hop and I can absolutely agree with a review or a post but I feel like I don’t have much more to add other then like “I totally agree with you”. More times then not, I don’t leave a comment but I do read the post! This is especially true with a discussion post, sometimes I feel like I can’t add more to a discussion then a super generic response so I don’t comment because I don’t want to clog your comments with a “I totally agree with you.” I really want to have a discussion with you and I only like to comment when I feel like I can add more to the conversation. Does anyone else feel the same way?
6. We all have that post that we were super passionate about but it didn’t get enough or even any love.
Don’t feel down! We all have a couple posts that we wish got a little bit more love then they did. Be proud of the content that you want to share on your blog! OWN IT.
In 2018 I’m thinking about opening up a linky at the end of every month so we can link up those posts that we wish had gotten more recognition. It’s just an idea I’m flirting with because I honestly feel like I missed out on some really good posts this year and I’d like somewhere to go to not only give these posts some love but to discover new blogs.
So there you have it! Some of the things that I have learned throughout my blogging journey thus far and I thought I would share with you on my 3rd blogversary.
I’m really excited for 2018. I’m planning on launching a #LetsReadIndie newsletter that you can subscribe here. I’m really considering opening up a linky on the last Saturday of every month so that we can share some posts we really want others to see and we can give love to. So be on the look out for that!