You know what is hard to believe? I have been blogging for six months. That doesn’t seem like a long length of time at all (especially when you think about how there have been people blogging for like, six or seven years), but to for me that seems like forever. I normally don’t stick to side project things like this, but blogging has become such a big part of my life I can’t really foresee myself stopping. We will hope I don’t.
Anyways, since I’ve been doing this thing for six months now, I thought it would be fun to share some things I have learned and also gush about some of the things I appreciate about blogging.
Four Things I’ve Learned
I. Blog hopping is like, something fun I should do
When I was in the middle of my college semester, I barely blog hopped. And by that I mean I would read the posts that popped up on my twitter feed and posts done by bloggers who I absolutely love. I would occasionally sit down to try and full on blog hop, but I would either end up remembering a homework assignment I needed to get done, get drug to Chick Fil A by my friends, or just get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of unread posts in my feed and quit. Now that summer is here, however, I have started blog hopping everyday or every other day (with rare exceptions when I have work back to back and just Suffer) and I have remembered how much I love it. I love reading others work, it is constantly inspiring and motivating. Blog hopping also means I can comment on other’s posts and get to interact with new people. It is just an all around good time and fun thing that makes blogging even better.
II. Adding pictures to my posts makes me happier
This one is kind of ironic given that this post won’t have any images other than my featured image, but whatever. When I first started blogging I didn’t add any pictures to my posts. It wasn’t because I didn’t know how, I did, I just didn’t for some reason? But then I noticed that a lot of other people did so I started doing it and I realized I liked my posts better with pictures. Probably because I have a short attention span, so when I get a break from reading to look at a pretty picture, it is very appreciated.
III. I can do memes or tags, nothing is stopping me
For some reason, when I started out, I thought that I couldn’t do Top Ten Tuesdays or Top 5 Wednesdays or any other memes. I thought that I couldn’t do book tags unless someone had specifically tagged me in them. I don’t know why I thought those things, but I did? Anyways, I have now learned that I can basically do whatever. Like, it’s my blog? I should write the posts I want to write? I don’t know why this was such a wild concept for me to believe but it is true.
IV. Not posting on a day I normally post is okay and nothing to stress about
This is one I am still working on making myself accept, but missing a day or taking a break is totally acceptable. While I was at college I probably missed three or four posts and I felt guilty about it for way too long. Most of it was my brain, but also my therapist and doctor asking me if I was still blogging. Either way, I’m putting this on this list in the hopes that it helps me accept it as a fact, but taking breaks is 100% okay for me to do and if I miss a day that I usually post it is not the end of the world.
Four Things I Love About Blogging
I. Getting to gush about books!!
I am basically the only person in my friend group that reads. One of my friends read Percy Jackson in middle school and we still talk about those books a lot, but before blogging I didn’t have anyone to talk to that understood what I was talking about. Like, don’t get me wrong, I still talked to my friends about the books I was reading but they were very confused. On here, even if the people I am interacting with haven’t read the same books as me, people have a general love of books and I just get to gush about them with other people. It is still kind of surreal to me, but I love it a whole lot.
II. Getting to make such amazing friends!
I have made so many friends while blogging. I don’t want to name too many names because I am terrified of forgetting to list someone and then feeling really sad about it when the final post goes up. However, I will talk about the first two that pop into my mind whenever I think of “blogging friends.”
The first is none other than the amazing Brianna. She is on hiatus right now, but I do not have the words to describe how amazing she is and how much I appreciate her. I talk to Brianna basically from the moment I get up to the moment I go to sleep, she honestly knows me better than most people I see face to face everyday. She is one of the sweetest and most compassionate people I have ever gotten to know. Also, Brianna is the first person I ever came out to. Like I said, I cannot explain how much our friendship means to me.
The second (but just as amazing and lovely) person I think of is Brittany. While we don’t spend all day messaging each other, we interact on each others posts and on twitter a ton. We did a buddy read what felt like forever ago (also Brittany if you’re reading this, we should do another soon. I will do my best not to fly ahead this time). In general, Brittany is just one of the most supportive people I know in the blogging community and she is such a gem. I appreciate her as a person and our back and forth interactions a whole bunch.
Like I said, I don’t want to keep going because I am scared to forget someone, but there are so so many more people I could and would love to gush about. Actually, would anyone want a post where I just recommend other bloggers? That sounds like a lot of fun and I would love to just gush about all of the amazing people in this community.
III. Learning about so many books I have never heard of!
I cannot count the amount of books I have added to my goodreads TBR or just flat out randomly ordered because of other blogger’s posts. I actually read The Miseducation of Cameron Post, my favorite book of all time, because a bunch of bloggers and booktubers were talking about it on twitter prior to the movie release. I don’t know where I would be without that book, so I am forever grateful to all of those amazing people.
IV. Getting to see other people’s opinions and hear about experiences different from my own
I feel like I talk pretty often about the fact that I am from a super small town. One thing that means is that in my day to day life, I mainly only get to see and interact with people who are very very similar to me. That means I don’t really get to learn more about other people’s experiences or cultures. On here, however, I get to read others posts and learn about their experiences and how those experiences have shaped their views on books and other things. I love getting to read others posts and learn about their perspectives, it is amazing.
Okay, I could go on and on about what I love about blogging but maybe I will just keep doing that when I get to one year lol. What about you guys, what do you love about blogging? Would you be interested in a post all about recommending bloggers to follow? Let’s chat in the comments!