Today my blog turns two. If I am honest, and I usually am, I have no idea how I lasted this long. I typically lack the attention needed, or the drive if truth be told, to stick at things for that long.
I started my blog as a way to collate reviews in one place with no idea of it going anywhere or anyone actually following it. I had no concept of free books, I had no idea about blogging Facebook Groups, or finding Twitter friends, and I certainly had no bloody clue what a blog tour was.Fast forward two years … and well things have changed a little. I still feel far from an expert at blogging. In fact I have no clue what I’m doing half of the time. But between me and Mandie we have created nearly 900 posts of all varieties, including a run of 14 months of posting at least once every day. That was a killer.
I am very privileged to have the opportunity to read many books in advance of publication, not just via Netgalley, which was my only outlet back when I started, but through direct approaches from authors and publishers. I am in nowhere near as high demand as many of my fellow bloggers, in fact if it wasn’t for one or two of the tour organisers I doubt I’d get a look in at all. But I’m okay with that. I read what I can when I can and I am in the privileged position that I can buy everything I want to read. I do suffer book post envy at times (dont we all) but do not begrudge my fellow bloggers their good fortune. I am content with my lot.
So what if I can’t even reach 500 followers on my Facebook page? Does it matter? I never expected even one. 480 is a nice number. So what if I’m only a smidge over 5000 followers on Twitter? I had only 100 when I started so that’s not too shabby an increase. So what if I don’t get sent all the books … I work full time. Very long hours. Most days when I get home I am exhausted and I cannot keep my eyes open, let alone contemplate reading a pile of fifty new books. The fact I manage even three or four a week is a miracle and I really don’t have the space to hoard. My kindle already contains around 900 unread titles that I’ve purchased. Add about 150 physical books on that pile too – yikes !!!
Somehow, with my little blog and my extended essay posts, I have snuck my way to being number 313 in Amazon’s reviewer table. Don’t ask me how as there are much more prolific reviewers than me out there but clearly someone likes what I do. I have been named in a few top blog lists and apparently am the second funniest blogger at the moment (sad but this is what happened. I’m actually as funny as having a boil on your bum).
So yes, I’m permanently exhausted and yes, most publishers and publicists and a large number of authors (ie most) won’t have a clue who I am. I care not. One follower or five thousand I am having fun, and those odd moments where an author expresses their true thanks for my review – well they are why I started this gig in the first place. This is what makes blogging all worth while.
If you ever feel in doubt about what you are doing as a blogger and why you are doing it then just take a step back and think about why you started. If you still tick that box and you are enjoying what you do then the rest of it can all go bollox.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way and all those lovely folk I have met and have yet to meet. You make blogging special.
Have a wonderful evening all.