Hello folks! How are you all been? How is this week treating you? Mine is as always, tedious and boring. So, today I opened my blog for writing a post and I realized that today is the 2 month anniversary of my blog (if that is even a thing 😛 ). Wow! That felt great you know. I never thought that I could have pulled this so far in spite of my busy schedule. But yes, here we are. I know, I know, you must be thinking CUM’ON, IT’S JUST 2 MONTHS, not 2 YEARS! But believe me, it felt as if I have already lived 2 years with it 😀
Being a blogger, we surf social media sites for many hours on the daily basis,
as somehow it seems required to maintain the network. I usually surf many blogs for taking inspiration from them and ideas to make my blog better. While I was surfing one such blog today, I was kind of jealous (don’t hate me here folks 😀 ) because that blog was new too and yet it has a far large number of followers than I have. I know, it shouldn’t matter much, but yet being a book blogger I don’t think that there is anyone out there who don’t like the orange star or message symbol at the top of your special account when you log in. RIGHT? So this kept me thinking when I will get the audience that large?
Surely, like many of the other bloggers, I do have many concerns of my own, being a newbie here. So today, I want to discuss such concerns, while I can consider myself new (Yes being just 2 months count, right?)
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1. Blog engagement
So this is the number 1 concern for every new blogger (at least for me). I mean, who creates a new blog just to write stuff when there is no one or are only a few persons to read it? Well, at some point everyone wants some recognition and appreciation, RIGHT? I know, it’s only been 2 months since I have started this blog, but it kept me thinking where am I doing wrong that people are not connecting, while there are hundreds of followers to other accounts. Right? I guess I will come to know that as the time progresses.
I am a very impatient person in general. Connecting with every people that I follow is very difficult for me on the daily basis. I mean, I do have another job, right? I know, how much the networking is important especially when you are a new person on the block, and trust me I try to do as much as I can. But I can’t-do that like, 4-5 hours daily! Look, I am not trying to defend myself if it looks so, rather I am telling that this can be the reason for less engagement on my blog. Because I AM NO SAINT! But with this, I am really really thankful to those, who actually follow me and encourages me to keep this done. Thank you to all 🙂
2. Managing the blog with full-time job
Well, I don’t know how many times I have already said that I actually am too busy in my day-to-today life. I have a regular job of 9 hours a day, 5 days a week. This is already tough, right? This only leaves weekend to me and you know weekends are always busy especially if you are married. But then too if you are a blogger and that too a new one, you try to achieve your blog goals on weekend. Every weekend I think that I will manage to schedule 3-4 posts for the coming weeks, but let me tell me, I HAVE FAILED MISERABLY! Yes, I always end up doing nothing. I think that I’ll post at 9 AM next day, but still, I always manage to post when half of the day is already over sigh. I guess that can be a pretty good cause for my reason 1. And let me tell you, my initial plan was to post this when I completed one month, but see I kept pushing it aside for a complete month!!
3. Reading vs. reviewing speed
I am a slow reader and I know it. Whether this is just because of my original reading speed or maybe the lack of time, can’t say exactly. Where generally the bookworms read 2-3 books per week, I can hardly finish a single one? But in my defense, I have things to say here:
- I just find time to read at night after coming from office and doing house chores.
- Sometimes I am too distracted by social media (you know its another job to check out your social networks on the daily basis, right?)
- Some reads are just tough (you have to agree with this) and take more time than an easy and breezy read.
- A few story just start slow and didn’t pick up that fast in the starting as you expected and you have to just drag yourselves to the better part.
While my reading can be slow at times, I am even slower in reviewing the books 😀 Yes right. I think this is a problem with most of us book bloggers. While I try to write a review post for each book that I read immediately, at often times it doesn’t become possible. Even at times, I could have multiple books pending for review. And the thing is, I am even slower in writing the reviews. I usually spend too many hours writing a blog post and spent specific time on each minute detail. And when you work on your post with so much attention, then obviously your mind goes back to point 1, right?
4. What to post
Another big problem that each one of us faces often. So we are book bloggers, OKAY? And I guess it is primary to post reviews? I know this, but sometimes, you just don’t feel to post the same thing again and again. If you want your blog to grow, you can’t just post reviews, right? Your followers expect to see some different, versatile posts and I couldn’t agree more (while I am lacking in this department currently). But the problem is, what should we post? Well, I try to gather various post ideas that I can share with you all (yes I am working on them slowly 😛 ). In my opinion, Pinterest is the best source for such inspiration posts.
5. Blog esthetics
Well, I don’t know about all of you, but this is a really important aspect for me. By blog esthetics here, I mean the basic blog design and how it looks. I am a software engineer and basically, some part of it involves working on websites. Technically, I don’t design websites, but I develop them. So I have seen many good website designs. But trust me, when it comes to a blog, the things are really different, especially when it’s your own. Before starting this blog, I searched for various themes which can be suitable. Literally, it took me a lot of time to find this theme, and yet at sometimes, I feel I am not 100% into it? Well, it’s okay for the time now, I guess (what do you think?)
If any of you noticed, I have changed my blog header a few days back and now I like it better. But now the thing is, I have to match all the other graphics as per the header and it’s a big task (and I haven’t yet got time for it 🙁 ). But this is killing me right now, as I am lacking behind.
6. Possibilities to earn from blog
I am not sure if anyone of you has ever thought about this possibility or not, but I am thinking about it at some point. I have even considered making it a full-time thing at some point in my life (obviously when I’ll become that famous 😀 ). But the question is, what are the possibilities for it? How can I really monetize it? I am using the affiliate links but what else than that? And will I be able to income that much like other bloggers too? I know this is in the long run, but sure it bothers me sometimes.
2 months of blogging- Reasons I am perturbed: * Blog engagement * Managing the blog with full-time job * Reading vs. reviewing speed * What to post * Blog esthetics * Possibilities to earn from blog
What do you think about these concerns? If you are new to blogging, do you feel perturbed too or do you have different concerns? But if you are not that new, did you had these concerns or any specific ones? If yes, what did you do to overcome these things? Please let me know in comments.