Blogging Overhaul: What I’ve Learned So Far

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I’ve been blogging for a few months now and it’s been pretty eye opening for me but also a lot of fun. I’ve thought about a blog for a long time but I wondered if it would be too much work, if anyone would be interested in what I had to say, or whether or not I would have anything to say. I knew I could add reviews since I’ve been writing them for about 2 years on Goodreads, but could I put the rest of my thoughts about books onto the page? I finally worked up the nerve and dived in with a free WordPress account.

I had no idea how much I would enjoy having a blog! But I also had no idea how much I would agonize over how the smallest thing looked, or getting just the right header for my blog, or finding the right layouts and themes. I thought I had overcome most of my teenage perfectionism but boy was I wrong. This whole process has been a learning experience and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts so far.

I’m a perfectionist

As mentioned before, I used to suffer from this much worse in my teenage years. But as life has changed and become busier, I’ve let go of the need for things to be perfect. There’s just not enough time for it. But with my blog, I’ve found that it’s come back with a vengeance and it’s a constant battle to not let it get in the way.

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Themes are way too much fun

I spent soooo much time trying to pick a theme I liked and then I ended up changing it several times. A lot of this was because I made changes to content and that meant I needed to change the layout. So figuring out my purpose and plan for the blog was a big step toward finding a theme that worked for me.

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A schedule is important

The more I got involved with my blog the more time I spent creating and modifying the content, reviews, layouts, and graphics. And then I realized I was barely spending any time reading. I unfortunately suffer from the inability to stay up past like 10pm and this means that by the time I get home, make dinner, eat, and spend some time with my husband I don’t have a lot of time left before I’ll inevitably fall asleep on the couch. I plan to work on scheduling time on my blog to make sure that I’m still getting time to read and instead working on the blog only a few nights a week.

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The blogging community is amazing!

Everyone I’ve interacted with in this short amount of time has been really wonderful — friendly and helpful. I’ve learned a lot about setting up my blog by seeing what seems popular on other blogs and I’ve enjoyed the interactions I’ve had. I’m a pretty insular person and tend to have a only a close circle of friends in my day to day life. But being about to talk with all these other book lovers has been so great and really enriched the book community for me.

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What things have you learned since you started blogging?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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