Armchair BEA: Blogger Development

Entering the world of blogging, no matter what topic you are blogging about, can be a scary experience. When I started blogging back in 2011 I felt like I had entered grade nine in high school all over again. I was in this strange new setting, I knew next to no one, I felt awkward in what I was doing, panic gripped me at every turn and I pretty much prayed I would make it through those first few days/posts unscathed. It was a total culture shock to me in a sense. I am a terribly shy person and jumping into this virtual world of blogging only seemed to increase my shyness. I may have looked at other book blogs but the idea of commenting on them scared the crap out of me.

Don’t even get me started on the fear I felt when I actually wanted to post something on my blog. A million questions floated through my mind, most of them were quite negative. What if people don’t like what I say? What if I post something and no one even visits my site? What if I say something and someone comments on it and shows I didn’t put the correct information down? These kept me from posting much in the beginning and so I was a very erratic poster. On top of this there were all these new terms to learn. What is this meme people keep talking about? A blog tour, what’s that?

I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since then. It’s taken me the better part of a year or so to feel comfortable in the blogging community. I have gained a lot of confidence both on and off my blog, which is a huge thing for me. I went from erratic posts to a fairly regular schedule of posts, which was my first major step in the right direction. I spent a lot of time visiting other blogs to learn about layouts, what should and shouldn’t be added, book recommendations and just to experience how other people were doing things. This blog has also allowed me to greatly expand my reading bubble to include just about every genre out there.

Now there are some things that I haven’t done yet. I haven’t partnered with any other blogs. I’m not sure if I will do this in the future but at the moment I’m fairly content at being an independent blogger. I haven’t gone “pro” or generated any money from this blog and that is something I don’t see happening either.

Have I branched out into the community? Not entirely, no. I’m still working on this. While I visit a lot of blogs my commenting on them is still very minimal. I sometimes find I don’t have enough time to reach out to others, or my old awkwardness rears it’s ugly head and I decide it’s best to keep a quiet presence among the other bloggers. This also applies to the various social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. I have a Twitter account and I use it somewhat regularly but I have yet to connect with many other bloggers out there. There are a few people I talk to on a relatively infrequent schedule but it is a start. I don’t use Facebook so that part of the community isn’t really available for me.

I do plan to continue to develop and improve this blog and my presence in the blogger community. It will take some time, but I am willing to put in that time and effort so that I can truly get to experience all aspects of the book blogger world. The main thing for me is to enjoy what I’m doing here and not stress over the small things.

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12 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Blogger Development

  1. Indeed!that’s why I put up a flag counter and stuff to check if there’s any visitors to where ever I still find it really amusing as I’m learning a lot on this whole process as well.And as they say Keep moving forward! BEA DAY 2 is very interesting! thanks for sharing your exp.

    • Ah good idea. I’m definitely getting more traffic due to this event than I do normally but I’m happy no matter how many people visit my blog. It really is a learning process and there will always be new features or ideas to test out.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great reading week.

    • It’s the same for me, I’m kind of intrigued by the idea of it but no idea where to start. I suppose just emailing the person would be the best way to go at it.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great reading week.

  2. Like you say, the main thing is to enjoy reading and blogging and don’t stress! I too feel awkward commenting and interacting via social media – I’ve written something and then deleted/not posted it more times than I can count. But I’ve only really ever had good experiences when I’ve tried to connect with others, so I’m taking a slow and steady approach and trying to keep it up.

    • Exactly. I’ve done the exact same thing with going to comment and then deciding against it, it’s happened plenty of times but I’m certainly getting better with it. I don’t think I’ve had any negative experiences in the blogging community either. Slow and steady is a great way to approach it, the main thing is do what you are comfortable with and then you will be able to expand from there.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great reading week.

  3. I think it does take time to get settled as a blogger, and to really get a sense of what you want to go. I’ve been doing this for five years and sometimes I don’t even know quite what I’m doing or where I should be going. I do think posting regularly is the first step, so it’s good you’ve been able to do that!

    • I definitely feel more settled into blogging than I did a year or more ago. And I think no matter how long we do this there will always be times when we hit something new and unknown and find ourselves stumbling along once more, but it’s all a big learning experience and I’m glad to be a part of it. I only figured out the regular posting part a couple months ago but I’m glad that I did, give me a more definitive thing to work with.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great reading week.

  4. I’ve been blogging two years, and I occasionally still feel like a bit of a recluse, as well. For one thing, it’s sometimes hard to find time both to post and to comment on other blogs. I also use Twitter much more than Facebook. Essentially I use my Facebook page to autopost my new blog posts, just to give people one more way to follow. (So many book bloggers are on Blogger and were using GFC to follow blogs, and WordPress.com won’t support it!)

    • Yes, finding the time can be daunting. There are just so many things to do with our own blogs and thing outside of the internet that some days it feels almost impossible to take twenty minutes to view and comment on others. Ah, that’s a good use for Facebook, I’ve been considering getting a Facebook to link up to this blog but haven’t yet. It’s really the major downside to WordPress is their lack of things like GFC, Rafflecopter and other valuable resources that bloggers can and should have access to.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great reading week.

    • I know. I certainly open up more online than I do in person but shyness is so hard to get over even in the virtual world. It certainly takes some effort to not let it hamper my growth but I’m working on it.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great reading week.

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