The new year is the perfect time to consider how you feel about being a book blogger. We’re already thinking about things we might want to change in our lives and setting goals to better ourselves.
Recently I made big changes. Moved my blog to a different address, slimmed down my content and focused my priorities. I’m not saying that to brag. My blogging career has been a roller coaster of good and blah moments. Sometimes I’m soooo passionate that I create new features and feel like a brand new blogger again.
At other times I feel like quitting.
When things became challenging in my personal life I seriously considered just that. Quitting. You might have felt this way too. The words you need to write about a book you love just won’t come. You can’t force it. It just doesn’t happen. There is no post that day. And maybe not the next day either.
Yet after 4 years of blogging I’m still here. But how if I’ve struggled as much as I claim?!
You have to find your book blogger flow.
What is blogger flow?
Blogger flow is that zone where our creative ideas stream onto the page, we use the time we have wisely to create a post we feel happy to be posting.
When we’re in a flow we forget our doubts, we’re focused on the thoughts we have to share and we don’t worry about what our readers are going to think or what our stats will be that week.
We go about life satisfied with the time we spent on our blog.
What keeps us from our blogger flow?
We don’t even enjoy what we share in our posts.
Lack of Time.
There’s never enough to get into the writing zone.
We have no idea what to write about.
So how do we get into our blogger flow and love blogging again?
Using these tips keeps blogging fresh. It inspires you to make changes so you want to continue to write. It helps you to mange your posts in the time you have.
Find your focus.
When I first started my blog it had an inane name (the first thing I could think of) and because of that I was all over the place. When I finally settled on Perspective of a Writer I felt like I had a direction to pursue, a goal to share my perspective. Even through my recent changes my focus has stayed fixed on sharing my perspective as a writer.
“The purpose of goals is to guide and clarify your thinking.”Here is a Very Simple Method for Success by Benjamin Hardy
However I did shift my focus to fangirling about storytelling rather than talking about books in general. Thinking as a fangirl reminds me to talk about what I’m passionate about instead of what others expect. This has improved my reviews and made me realize I needed to shed ideas that weren’t adding to my perspective.
This is the benefit of focus.
Prioritize, it’s your blog.
In 2018 I got really caught up in writing involved posts every month. I had a TBR post at the beginning and a wrap up post at the end. And a keep or skip it post in middle.
It left no time for the discussions I’d made a goal to write. I soon became overwhelmed!
Prioritizing is really hard because every day we’re inspired by other book bloggers who are writing and sharing incredible ideas, thoughts and discussions. We want to be like that too. Remember, we only have so much time. That means we have to rank posts in order of importance.
- Does the post give me joy?
- Does this post get the kind of attention I want for my blog?
- Am I excited to talk in the comments about this post?
- Do I have time to write the posts that excite me?
If the answer to any of these are NO, then we need to prioritize the posts we say YES to.
Try new things.
I love k-dramas. Manga is a story form that I enjoy even as a grown up. I am a total fangirl about these forms of story and you can probably affirm that fact if you’ve ever read even one of these posts on my blog.
When you feel emotionally committed to what you are creating you in turn become more creative and gain insights into everything you do. We feel charged to forge ahead.
We are more than just a book blogger.
Keep at it. The more I posted the better I got at sharing and others took notice. It wasn’t clear at first what was working and what wasn’t. I had to put in the time and effort to learn what others connected with.
If a feature gets boring, change it.
After about a year of blogging I found I really hated my reviews. They were rambling messes and it took me a ton of time to get to the damn point already. So I changed how I approached them. I focused on a broad idea I thought about as I read the book. Words flowed better and I found I loved my reviews.
But they took soooooo long to write. 3 hours long.
So I changed how I set them up. And that served me well for a couple of years. Recently I realized that reviews were the central focus of my blog. So I changed things up. Again. There are no rules saying you have to do book blogging the same way.