Let’s Discuss…Blogging

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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?

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The Work

Posts
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.

Graphics
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.

Promoting
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.

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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.

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How much time do you spend on your blog posts? What’s your favorite post to write? Let me know in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss…Blogging

  1. Wonderful post, Merline! Congrats on having a super productive blogging week! It always feels so amazing when we’re able to engage with other blogs and schedule our posts in advance!

    I love what you said about why you blog, I find that I blog for the same reasons! The community is so wonderful and it’s so important for us to remember that our opinions are so valuable even if we might not have the biggest follower base!

    Great post! ❤️❤️

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  2. Productivity when it comes to blogging can be SO rewarding! I have those periods as well and absolutely love them. It’s when I get a ridiculous amount of blog prep done as well since it keeps motivating me to do more and more, hah. As you said, though, it’s very time consuming but as long as we love what we’re doing? Why not!

    I feel you on the review-drafts. There’s been a time where I had 10+ reviews ready to be edited / worked on and I just didn’t know how to do it anymore. I ended up fixing it but it took me quite a while to get through them all – not to mention schedule them so they didn’t all pop up in the same week, hah.

    The bookish community is a lovely one. ❤ I've met so many wonderful people through blogging who I'm now calling actual friends [including birthday gifts and Christmas gifts and everything!]. It's added so much more to my life than simply an extra reason / excuse to read books. 🙂

    Lovely post, Merline!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Kathy! A part of me feels like the time has passed for the reviews in my draft so I should start fresh by focusing on reads from this month only. The prep work is cumbersome, but as you stated it’s really rewarding.

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      1. You could always make a post with a couple of mini-reviews in them. That way you don’t feel as if you’ve thrown them into the trash AND it’s easier to just state in short what you liked / disliked. [I sometimes do this and have seen others do this as well. Feels like a nice solution to our draft-problem, hah. 🙂 ]

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  3. Thank you for this. I feel the same way. Some months I am ON. IT. Others, not so much. I will spend days or even weeks thinking about a post. Start a post. Finish a post and then delete the whole damn thing because it doesn’t seem to be “right”. And this is all after I’ve found an uninterrupted hour in my week to sit down and right.

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    1. I’ve been there before! I have so many posts in my drafts that I’ve started and not finished because I wasn’t happy with it. All that time and effort gone.

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  4. Great post! It really can be a ton of work keeping up with things. I think we all have to keep in mind why we’re blogging. If we’re trying to get stats then it’s a grind, but if we’re doing it to just have fun and talk about books then the work feels more fun. It still can be a lot sometimes though and it’s so easy to let yourself get overwhelmed. 🙂

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  5. This is such a great post. Promoting is definitely the hardest part in my opinion, some of my posts get excellent interaction and some drift by without so much as a like. I try to keep to a schedule so that I always have content but it’s harder than people think!

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  6. Aw 🙂
    I always say (mostly to myself) that as long as you are having fun, blogging is awesome.
    I feel the same way quite often when it comes to productivity. I love writing reviews, but they take ages, and i have drafted many that might never get posted. But oh well. I guess i don’t feel as strongly about them as i thought i would.

    The part about engaging with other people… Yess 🙂 I love it too 🙂

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