Top Ten Things I’d tell my Newbie Blogger-Self

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today my blog is exactly one year & one month old, here are a few things I’d like to tell my newbie self.

Dear 1-Month-Old-Blogger-Self,

Authors are not Unicorns!
They are not mystical and magical beings you can’t talk to. They are people, awesome people but people. You can approach, trust me.

This is a second job, you’ll spend hours every week working on your blog in some capacity. You think you read a lot of books now you have no idea what is in store.

Variety is the spice of life they say.
So say yes to books outside of your comfort zone. Some of the best reads of 2012 are books you wouldn’t have chosen before. You’ve been missing out but you are allowed to say no. At the beginning you’ll struggle, declining a book feels so wrong. You can’t read everything and there are some stories you just know will never be for you. Bingo Playing Vampire Aliens for example.*

While we’re on the subject, there are books you won’t like. Reviewing books you don’t like is scary but DO IT anyway.

Have holidays.
You know how I said this was a second job? Well you’re the boss. Give yourself time off. Have weekends of no reading. Instead catch-up on all the TV shows you used to watch but keep ignoring in favour of the next item in your TBR shelf. They stack up, I see whole weekends of The Big Bang Theory & Supernatural in your future.

Be social.
I know you’re not a people person but the really great thing about this community you’ve just joined is that they understand. Rearranging your bookcases, hugging books, knowing the stock of your local bookshop – all of that – so read blogs, comment, go meet them!

I think you’re ready for me to tell you. Don’t scoff and call me crazy but by the end of the year you will have your own eReader. I know, if it helps you don’t buy it. It’s a gift and you get to sign up with Netgalley & Edelweiss so that’s a perk. It’s not as evil as you think.

Organizing is a great plan, it rarely works.
I still plan reviews and what I’m reading but so far it’s never worked. That really big day planner is a really good idea though, you’ll cross out so much stuff you’ll need the extra space.

Don’t force yourself to read a certain book.
One of the best thing about your new job is that you’ll be given books to review. The aim is to read these by a certain time but don’t make yourself read one if you’re not in the mood. Read what you want. You’ll resent the one you’re making yourself read because you want to be reading something else.

Your slightly older & wiser blogger-self.


*I really hope that story doesn’t exist :S

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Things I’d tell my Newbie Blogger-Self

  1. Fab list with some great tips! I still haven’t got used to reviewing a book I don’t like, but I hope that’ll come soon. I’m only 5 months old 😉

  2. Great list! I totally agree about saying no. I’ve done that more recently and it’s really for the best. I have also reviewed books I didn’t like! It is a little scary at first, but it gets easier.

    My TTT post

  3. Great post! Definitely buying an e-reader. I started book blogging a while ago though, way back when e-readers weren’t all that popular but definitely I should’ve stopped resisting them when they started getting popular.

    Organizing my posts and planning them on somewhat of a schedule has been a definitely helper all these years. I usually try to do weekly things and then use an agenda, which I use to write down all my non-blog related things as well, in order to remind me about what blog related things I need to do as well.

  4. Fantastic post, love it! I can relate to each and every one of these. When I first started out and an author would retweet me I would actually save the notification email in a folder called “Pretty Snazzy Stuff” LOL. Imagine my shock to find out they are normal human beings. Wish I had known some of these as well, especially the second job one! Everyone says it’s just a fun hobby-HA! Takes over your life, I say. 😉

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