Starting this blog seven months ago, I did a lot of things that I regret and here are them. To all new book bloggers, I hope you don’t make these terrible mistakes, too!
I should have started sooner like, three years ago.
Back in 2012, I wanted to start a blog I just don’t know what it will be about. I thought of starting a book blog but I refused to do it because I thought reviews were hard to write because they should be very well-written. I tried to start a personal blog on Tumblr but it just didn’t work.
I just thought that if I have started three years ago, I would have been in this amazing community longer and talked about all bookish things with a hundred other people. I only had two friends who read books before.
I should have read book blogs then.
Once again in 2012, the blogs I read are mostly fashion related. Why???!! I mean I don’t even dress like I’m a supermodel yet all I read and I look at are those gorgeous photos of very sophisticated teenage girls and women.
If I had read a lot of book blogs then I might have joined this wonderful community three years ago or even just commented on your lovely blogs and talked to you on Twitter.
I should have explored more blogging platforms.
Blogger was the first blogging platform I used when I created The Bookish Angel. It was okay at first but I got frustrated because I didn’t know how to make my blog not look like a non-Blogger blog. If you get what I mean. 😉 So I moved to free WordPress with the impression it has more design options but it was even more limited than Blogger.
I just wish I had taken the time to learn everything in Blogger and that I haven’t given up on it so early. But look where I am now: on self-hosted WordPress!
I should not have posted a gazillion promo posts.
When I discovered these awesome blog tour companies, I immediately signed up to all book blitzes they are organizing. In my point of view before, I thought posting promo posts was a good way to recommend books to readers when I should just review and actually make book recommendations instead of posting those books I didn’t even read. I’d rather recommend a book I didn’t like to you guys than recommend a book I didn’t even read or try to read/finish.
I should have interacted with other bloggers more.
In early 2015, I was wondering why no one ever comments on my blog and why it has such low traffic. I didn’t know how to interact with other bloggers because I’m just a really shy person in real life, too. When I started regularly commenting to blogs I noticed that other bloggers comment back and that other people find my site through those blogs.
I should not have requested a bunch of review copies.
What are your blogging regrets? Have you done any of mine? Because if you haven’t done #6 when you first started book blogging, let me praise you and give you a rainbow unicorn.