Friday, May 27, 2011

Armchair BEA: Things I've Learned About Blogging

Well, it's the last day. Participating in Armchair BEA has been a freaking blast. I did love living vicariously through all our blogging friends via tweets and photos, but it's nice that we had our own little networking thing going on here at home :) Thanks for putting this together, Armchair BEA.

And another thank you to all my amazing blogger friends who seriously made me feel like I was there with all the photos, frequent updates, and maybe some RIDICULOUS HeyTells.

I've been blogging almost 9 months. While it doesn't feel like it's been that long, it also feels like it's been forever. Like I've been a part of this community for years. And damnit, I should've been. But I'm making up for lost time now and I can't even imagine my life without blogging at this point. When I first started out, like everyone else, I had no idea what the frick I was doing.

You kind of make it up as you go along.

Fellow bloggers will always be there with tips and tricks, but it's up to you to make it your own. I used to stress about posting everyday. Honestly, I have way too much of a life to worry about that. It's my blog and I will post when I can, if I can. It shouldn't be about the ARCs or thousands of followers (key word: shouldn't), and this is not my job. I've already got a full-time one, not to mention full-time school. It's something I do to relax myself, so I'll never make the mistake of being stressed about it again.

There are always going to be people who do things in a way that you wouldn't or that you think is wrong. I see stuff that makes me roll my eyes ALL the time. I've mentioned things that piss me off. But you know what? It's not worth the drama. Everyone blogs differently. Just ignore the person. Or hey, UNFOLLOW them. That's the beauty of the internet. In a world (wide web) where everything is accessible, you have the absolute ability to shut them out as well. It's a handy little trick.

Mostly, I've learned that blogging isn't something that I ever want to quit. It makes me happy to write and post reviews, discussions, random crap. It makes me happy to read others' random crap. So even if I post once a YEAR one day when I have 22 kids and a job that multiples the grey hairs, I'll always be a book blogger.

It's been real, you guys <3