Ten Blogging Confessions

July 8, 2014 Meme / Surveys 4

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is going up later than I wanted, but it’s one I had to really think about. Today’s topic is: blogger confessions and even though I haven’t done a top ten in quite some time I did want to participate.

In no particular order:

01. I’m backlogged when it comes to writing reviews. I’ve lost my review mojo along the way and while I’ve been reading, I just don’t have the energy to write reviews.

02. I sometimes covet the cool swag other bloggers are sent by publishers / publicists. Then I remind myself that I have no idea where to put said swag or what to do with it so it’s okay.

03. I miss having the time to blog. There are days when I come home from work and I don’t have the energy to turn on the laptop or fire up the tablet in order to work on a blog post. I have over a dozen posts drafted that may never get posted because I just don’t have the energy to revisit them.

04. I worry about original content or what is considered original content. For example, I want to change up review style, but worry I’ll be accused of copying another blogger who might do it the way I want to. I also want a way to highlight unsolicited books I receive for review consideration that I may not end up reviewing or reviewing.

05. I get annoyed when bloggers advertise their blogs in groups I belong to on Facebook or around the web. I think it’s because I feel like they are looking for followers and what better way to do in a group where a majority of people following x author is there.

06. I don’t request ARCs, etc. It’s rare that I request an ARC, but when I do, I always make sure it’s for a book I really want to read.

07. I’m jealous of the close friendships other bloggers have formed with each other. Where’s my blogging soulmate?

08. I judge bloggers that participate in a lot of promo blitzes. Partly because I don’t see myself as a promo machine and anything that does appear on my blog regarding promo blitzes is because I do believe my own followers would be interested (because I am). Truth be told, I know a lot of bloggers believe that having the blitz is at least content filler, but when you have x amount of blogs participating then it’s a bit oversaturated regarding promo. I’d rather not post than have a filler post just because.

09. I worry about my blog audience especially since I don’t receive many comments in general. I know a lot of bloggers say, “visit other blogs so you’ll get comments” in return and honestly? That doesn’t seem to hold true for me. In the past, I’ve visited over a dozen a blogs and not one has visited. I’ve been guilty of this in the past, but I always try to return the favor maybe a few weeks later.

10. Along the lines of a blog audience-I’ve been thinking of calling it quits. How do I know if anyone following likes any content when there’s little to nothing comments or interaction? It feels sort like I’m a store owner in a dead shopping center where all the other stores have closed and moved elsewhere, but I keep holding on because I believe the neighborhood can come back to life.

What about you? What are your blogging confessions?

4 Responses to “Ten Blogging Confessions”

  1. Megan @Love Literature Art and reason

    Agree with these sooo much. I hate blitzes, too. I’m tired of seeing nothing but flash and buzz over books no one is actually reading. And I wish I found my blogging soulmate, too. I have found more friends just instagramming about books, so I tend to do that more than blogging because it is so much easier and less time consuming. You aren’t alone, but don’t quit because of lack of followers. 🙂 keep at it and make it something for you and not others.
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  2. Holly U

    I think we all struggle, or have struggled, with 4, 9, and 10. I know I do. Also, I’m slightly jealous of everyone who has made good friends through blogging, too. I’ve made a few myself, but it took me a long time to put myself out there. And then I worry that I’m not socializing enough with commenting, tweeting, and using Goodreads. Sometimes it’s a struggle and it’s stressful, but I love blogging so much.

    I hope you find your passion for blogging again! I’ve been there before, but then I tell myself that this is for fun and that I love talking about books with other people. It’s disheartening when you put so much effort into posts and don’t get many views. But I say don’t give up!
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  3. Shirene

    Hang in there. Firstly, have you had the opportunity to go to a book convention? I seem to get a huge surge of energy feeding off other romance nerds. And I’ve met some other amazing bloggers that I still keep in contact over a year later even if it is only through Twitter or Facebook.

    Secondly, I love seeing your posts come up in my feed and have enjoyed them all.

    But when I have lost my review mojo, I have dicovered one thing helps me. Read a book or two just for pleasure. Maybe even something that is not in your typical area like a steampunk or Sci-Fi. I find I need to re-charge my reading so that my reviewing isn’t insert adjective here and tell a story there.

    Hope this helps and feel free to give me a holler if you need to vent. I’m a terrific sounding board.

  4. Dot Salvagin

    Oh my! I never thought my mind could be read over the www but you have done just that. So many of your TEN are my TEN. Especially #9. I started the blog hoping for some great dialog with readers of like mind and that hasn’t happened in three years even though I’m fanatical about responding to comments. I have read so many publisher ARC’s that feel like they are something I otherwise would have just passed up if I was spending $. Some I’ve really enjoyed but many have been tedious reads. I decided not to do promo blitzes or blog tours. I have some favorite authors that I might promo but that is it. I go through moods of giving up the blog but so far I’m still at it.
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