I just finished a great book that has changed my attitude towards blogging. For the past few months I have been rather apathetic towards Once Upon a Chapter. I’ve considered closing it down multiple times but didn’t want to give up the work of almost four years. I changed up the way that I blogged thinking that would help. It really didn’t. I’m not complaining but rather trying to explain where I’m coming from. Blogging is hard work and I bet that 75% of people who start hobby blogging for the first time don’t realize how much work it takes. I was one of those people. I’m here to tell you that it takes a lot but it is SO worth it.
In reading this book (which I’ll be reviewing next week) I was asked why I started blogging. Well to be honest, I was talking with this woman who we had crazy similar tastes. We were firing recommendations back and forth for a few months when I thought it would be great to start a blog. I loved the rush that I received when she would read a book that I had recommended and she enjoyed it. I wanted that for people who didn’t have other bookish people to talk to. I wanted that so that I had other bookish people to talk to. I didn’t sign on for this to get notoriety as the best blogger of the universe with super high follower counts. I didn’t sign on for this to get free books. For me it was all about making meaningful and lasting connections with other people who enjoyed the same books that I did.
For awhile, I lost my why. I got distracted, I compared myself to everybody else and what they were doing. I lost the person holding me responsible for getting my stuff in order. I could go on and on with excuses and what not but I won’t because it isn’t productive.
What I Want You to Get From This Post:
I have found my why. I have remembered why it is that I wanted to do this. I can’t stress this enough: it is worth it. I am worth it. You are worth it! This is something that I enjoy. I just need to remind myself of that more often. I’ve done some planning, I’ve made some goals and lists (of course!), I have set up time for Once Upon a Chapter weekly. I plan on being a part of (which means actively participating in) the awesome community that is the book blogging community.
I don’t expect anything from my readers right away, if you’re still out there, because I have to earn that back. I can’t promise daily posts. I can say that there will be at least one review a week and probably a meme or two. If I can end up posting more, I will. I want you to read quality here, not just content. Your time and mine is more valuable than that. I hope that you’ll join me on this journey. It’s going to be great!