1) It might be the best thing you ever do: Starting with a little obvious one but blogging has been one of the best thing I’ve done. From having a logo created, to buying the domain to my blog, along the way how much this all means has become stronger and stronger. All I wish is that I started it earlier.
2) It might mean your TBR list becomes so long it’s inconceivable how it will ever end. I no longer have a TBR list because there are so many written on it that I can’t imagine ever getting through all of them. There are so many books out there, and almost every time I read a review I place another one on the list. It’s a constant battle but I wouldn’t have it any other way
3) It might help you improve your writing: Now this one is definitely true for me. My writing, I think has gone through the roof in terms of its complexity, its fluidity and its readability. I feel so much more confident and that’s opening a number of other doors for me as a writer.
4) It might make you discover books and genres you never would have tried before: Before I started blogging I never thought I would become a lover of YA fiction but blogging is something that has turned that around almost completely. I will now try (almost) everything and even though I still find fantasy and science fiction books sometimes difficult to get through I have read some stunners in the past year which I would never have experienced before
5) It might make you re-evaluate what you want in life: during university I decided to myself that publishing and editorial was the only way for me, it was that or nothing. Working in marketing and moving from internship to full time job blogging has filled that publishing gap that I wanted so badly to fill. It’s not that I’ve lost that dream but blogging has filled it a little and continues to every day
6) It might not be perfect: There are days when I’m scrolling through other blogs and I feel a little something called jealousy; the green eyed monster you might say. There will always be a blog out there that makes your gut feel a little heavy. I’m the same because I can never decide what mylittlebookblog should ultimately be and I’m constantly changing my mind as to what I really want. Right now I’m pretty happy with it but ask me again in three months and I have no idea what it’ll look like
7) It might not be an overnight success: Bloggers such as Sprinkle of Glitter and Zoella have become almost household names because of their blogs, and seem to have come from overnight success but I can almost guarantee that’s not the case. Hard work, consistency, time and a passion for what you’re writing about will reap rewards. For me it’s been a long slog to this point but it’s always been about my reading and that’s not going to end any time soon
8) It might make you a new friend or two: The people I have met blogging have made this the best part of being a book blogger. I can’t believe how many exceptional people I’ve met who have given me the chance to be part of something much bigger. Podcasts, reading festivals, shortlisting, blog tours, cover reveals, editing, critiquing, I’ve done it, and more. To anyone who’s spoken to me, commented, liked or even just viewed and enjoyed even if only a little, thank you.
9) It might not be number one: I have learnt over the last twenty four months that blogging can sometimes get you down and this is especially true of the past ten months. Since starting a full time job blogging has taken a little bit of a backfoot. It’s not that I’ve wanted it to but it’s something that’s had to happen. I’m working my way back to getting a little more balance in my life and that includes how many weekends I travel back to Silvy. It’s a constant balancing act and right now I’ve got a million things spinning in the air but blogging will always be a constant need and want to do; it’s a big part of my life even if every so often it has to take a second space
10) It might just well take over your life: blogging is everything, I have days wishing I was snuggled up in bed blogging, reading, writing, reviewing, brain storming ideas, posting, tweaking. My mind is a constant hive of activity, playing with new ideas, new reviews, and new posts. I recently started making all my own images to post to try and get a little consistency it’s an endless and overwhelming constant in my life but it’s the best thing. Really it is. It’s given me authors that I would never have heard from, books I would never have read and a new found love of reading that has festered into something that I’m kind of unsure how to control. I find it difficult to put into words what mylittlebookblog has given me at the best of times but I’ll try. It’s given me confidence in my writing, it’s given me something to talk about, something to be truly proud of and something that I can’t ever see myself giving up.