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So even though I've been blogging for a little over 1.5 years, I'm by no means an expert. I'll never be. In fact, I still have "I SUCK" complexes weekly. Just kidding...daily. But I think I'm better off now that I've learned (most of) the following:
1. Quit Trying to Make "Perfection" Happen. It's Not Gonna Happen.
The awesome thing about blogging is that nobody is perfect. Sure, we've all got role models, but there is no set right or wrong way of doing things. You've signed up for your own little corner of the internet and you can do whatever the heck you want with it. It's been said a million times, but you do what works for you. If that's not good enough for people, who cares? As long as you're happy with your blog and you're getting your feelings about books out there, that is what counts.
2. Find a Support System.
Now, not everyone may need this, but I've found some of the most amazing people through book blogging, who have become "real life" friends whom I talk to about everything. These are the people who are going to motivate you and those you can fall back on if you need to be told that you don't suck. Not to mention the people you can unabashedly squeal over books with and analyze the most minute details that no one else would ever think of. These people have become my rock.
3. Save the Drama for Your (enter name here.)
Honestly, drama is everywhere. If you want to partake, that is a personal decision. I try to lie low, mostly. And it makes blogging a whole lot more pleasant. If you need to unleash the beast and complain about this or that, please reference the previous number. Have bitch sessions with your blogger friends! You can laugh about it later. And you will. Because drama is silly.
4. It's Okay Not to Post Everyday.
No one wants to read filler. I try not to half-arse anything I post. If inspiration hasn't struck, sometimes I go a week without a post. Does this make me a crap blogger? Some may think so. But they always say: quality over quantity.
5. Blah blah blah, ARCs, blah blah blah.
Yes, we all get green eyes over those who gets hoards of ARCs every week. They're shiny and pretty and visually stimulating. But if you need to vent about it, do it to the proper party (AHEM, SUPPORT SYSTEM.) ARCs don't magically fall into people's laps. The majority of mine come from other amazingly generous bloggers and NetGalley, and I am eternally grateful. It's natural to be jealous. It's not natural to beg.
6. Don't Be Afraid!
Social Media is there for a reason. Don't be intimidated by other bloggers or authors. If they don't respond to you, that doesn't automatically mean they hate you. (I AM A HYPOCRITE! This is something I am still working on.) Just say hello. What do you have to lose?
So okay. I could only think of six things. I'm sure there's more, but they're probably redundant and would piggyback off the six things I just mentioned. What tips do you have for new bloggers?