Discussion: Finding My Roots

Posted November 21st, 2013 by in Discussions / 8 comments


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!



8 Responses to “Discussion: Finding My Roots”

  1. Bianca

    You are right it does take so much time. I am one of those people that didn’t really realize it at first but you are also correct it is so worth it! Love blogging. Glad you found your why 🙂

      • Alexa

        Without Bianca I don’t know what I would do. Just know that if you ever wanted to quit running your own blog and have less work to do you can always be a co-blogger on Pages of Forbidden Love. I was even thinking about asking you to join us but now I see you still love your original baby Once Upon a Chapter but if you ever want to join up with a group of bloggers we would love to have you.
        You are brilliant and don’t let anything put you down. You are worth it!

        • Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

          Aw! Thanks! There was a time when I thought about asking you if you we could do that. It’s just so hard to walk away from it and it is really worth the effort. If it still ends up being too much for just me, I’ll definitely take you up on that invitation. You’ve got a great thing going on at Pages of Forbidden Love!

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