Hello there. Remember me? It’s been quite a long time, partly due to exams, but also partly due to the little – or not so little – monster living under my bed called “laziness”.
I can count on one hand the number of book bloggers that openly say that they treat their blog like a job. They tend to be the efficient ones. The ones that post every 3 days, without fail. On the other hand, there are countless bloggers out there that repeatedly say: “blogging is just a hobby”, it’s just “something they like to do for fun”. I was one of them.
Treating my blog as a hobby has never worked for me, is not working for me, and never will work for me. I’ve recently figured that out, after having a look at my stats.
In July, when I first started posting, I posted 13 posts, most of which were just reviews. August and September were very similar: I posted 11 posts in August and 14 in September.
October was the month things started to change. I ditched posting only reviews, and went to posting discussion posts, other miscellaneous book-related things. My views exploded, verging on the border of 2000 and I posted 17 posts. I still don’t understand that month. Maybe it was the Halloween spirit or something.
Since then, my posts have steadily decreased: 13 posts, 17, 8, 7, 7, 6 and last month, 3 (in order of month from November 2015 to May 2016).
And that’s where treating blogging as a hobby comes in. As work started piling on and life in general just happened, it got harder and harder to post high quality posts, like how I used to. It took ages to make the header image – probably just as long as writing the post itself. Blogging always took second priority, because, you know, “it’s too hard to write a post” or “Photoshop takes too long to boot up and I’m just so tired”.
But the sad thing, I always had the time. It’s not like I was constantly running back and forth with responsibilities and things to do. I’ve always had time where I’ve whiled away hours just procrastinating: telling myself that I would write a review for this book and suddenly, I find myself watching Youtube. Or researching what to feed a pet snake (what the hell, I don’t even have a pet snake!) And then, it’s suddenly 10 o’ clock, I need to go to sleep, and “that review can wait another day”.
And it wasn’t until I realised that I posted three posts in the month of May (and they weren’t even really good ones. that I came to myself. What am I doing? Why am I not posting more? I love blogging, I really do, but this carefree, laidback “I can do it another time” attitude needs to go.
When I think of blogging as merely a hobby, I don’t do it. Because you always have tomorrow to do hobbies. But when I think of blogging as more than just a hobby – when I think of it as a responsibility I have to an absolutely lovely community that I think that I could contribute to – that’s when things change.
We’re getting down to the pointy end now, the one-year mark, and it’s around this point when the bloggers who care about free books and fans are revealed. It’s also the point when the bloggers who care about posting valuable content, and creating a community are revealed. Hopefully, both you and I can become the latter.
So here’s an open letter, kind of. It’s a pledge that I’m making and now it’s on the blog, I have no choice but to follow it. Thanks for reading, and thanks for being by my side, whether this is your first time, or if you were here when I posted my very first review. Goodbye, and hopefully, I’ll see you soon 🙂