The past few weeks have been my most productive blogging weeks ever. I planned posts, updated graphics, responded to comments in a timely manner, commented on other bloggers posts, and discovered some new blogs. I’m quite pleased with myself because I don’t usually have the desire to do anything when I get home from work. I’ve really enjoyed being more active. However, it takes up a considerable amount of time. Between graphics, writing, and editing, I easily spend 3-4 hours on each post. Since I like to keep it real with y’all, I thought I could talk about the effort that goes into it. Ready?
I wish I could churn out posts in 30 minutes to an hour. Reviews are my favorite posts to write, but they take the longest and get the least amount of traffic. My turnaround time for reviewing a book can span anywhere from one day to never. Hahaha. It’s kind of pathetic. As of this post, I have 5 reviews in my drafts. Will they see the light of day? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I also love writing discussions, weekly memes, and tags. Those don’t require as much time, but they still require planning, graphics, and editing. I also preview my posts to see what the formatting looks like on desktop, tablet, and phone. If something is amiss with any one of those, that means back to editing.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my blog aesthetics. I critic myself harshly (even in my personal/work life) so I’m obsessed with perfecting the graphics. Because I haven’t been actively posting on Instagram, I have to create my own review graphics. I still haven’t found something that works for me yet. Graphics for one post could take me hours with all the little changes. I’m a detail-oriented person so I don’t do it for followers. However, a perk of nice aesthetics is followers.
Part of blogging means promoting your posts on social media. No one wants to spend hours working on something and not get any engagement. That doesn’t feel good at all. It’s disappointing. We’ve all been there so we need to promote our content. I mostly promote my posts on Twitter. I’m sure there’s more I could do.
Why I Blog
Now, you may be wondering why I continue to blog if I find it that cumbersome. I actually don’t. I enjoy it. I started this blog because I wanted another place to talk about books. Instagram is a great place to talk about books, but there are limitations like the algorithm, captions, and taking photos. If I’m being completely honest, writing posts are a little easier for me than photos. It may not seem that way on the surface, but curating a visually appealing Instagram feed requires so much, even the sun. Blogging is different. I can easily sit on my couch or bed to write a post whenever I want. I can even use my lunch break if I’m really up for it.
My absolute favorite part of blogging other than talking about books? Community. Since joining this community, I’ve met some amazing supportive bloggers. I don’t think my blog or my Twitter account would have grown without their support. I’m tremendously grateful and enjoy engaging with the community.
Take Care of Yourself
I know that I’m not alone when I say that we pour ourselves into our blogs. And we do it all for free because we enjoy it. We’re full-time students, professionals, and people with other life responsibilities, but we excitedly get on here, talk about books, and promote other people’s work because we love it. Sometimes, that can be exhausting and that’s normal.
I say all of that to say this: Whether you have one follower or thousands, don’t feel discouraged. Don’t let others belittle your contribution. We give so much to the book community, publishers, etc. as readers and bloggers. Continue doing what you love and if it ever stops being enjoyable, it’s okay to do other things that you love.
How much time do you spend on your blog posts? What’s your favorite post to write? Let me know in the comments!