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.