It’s top ten tuesday time. I felt kind of stumped when it came to coming up with blogging confessions, but I put my thinking cap on and came up with some confessions of being a book blogger. Let me know in the comments what strange/interesting blogging confessions you have of you own!
- I check my blogs stats way too much: I wish I could be one of those people who says they never look at the stats page or are just in it for the fun of it, but I’m not. Even though there is no monetary gain, I definitely get excited when the views are high. And I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what kinds of posts and subjects get the most readers.
- I like to buy local, but I also use Amazon a lot: Even though there has been a lot of controversy about using Amazon (which I understand!) I just can’t quit it. I’m in too deep with the kindle. I promise I still buy from my local independent bookstore … and Barnes and Noble … and having been using the library more and more. I love them all!
- I don’t preschedule posts as often as I should: I have grand dreams of being at least one week ahead on the blog, but more often then not I’m staying up late or waking up early to write a Marry Date or Dump post or book review.
- One of my favorite things about blogging is the friends I’ve made: I started blogging to stay in touch with a friend from college. Now I’m blogging alone, but I’ve seriously made such good friends just from reading and exchanging comments with other bloggers and writers. Seriously thank you, Kate Brauning, Jackie Lea Sommers, and Betsy Cornwell for all your advice about writing, publishing, and querying.
- Before I started blogging about YA books I thought I knew the category really well: Now, like Socrates, I know how much more I have to learn/read/come into contact with.
- I’ve discovered several new favorite authors through this blog: John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Maureen Johnson, Stephanie Perkins, my future teacher David Levithan… I could keep going.
- I also think it’s made me take my writing more seriously: Even though I’m not published (yet!) I’ve definitely started viewing this blog as a part of my future career as an author.
- The posts I’m the most nervous about are usually my most successful: There are things I’ve written about and opinions that I’ve shared that have felt really personal and controversial. Almost every time I’ve thought Maybe I shouldn’t post this and hit submit, I have gotten lots of readers and a huge wave of supportive comments.
- But I’m still figuring out how much to post about myself: I have a hard time knowing how much to post about myself, my life, my writing. I think I should probably do this more, because I love it when my favorite bloggers do … at the same time I worry about boring people.
- I am planning some changes to the blog, but I haven’t worked them all out yet: I know certain things I’m doing (posting on Sundays!) aren’t working and I know that moving to New York next month, working and going to school means that I will probably need to pull back from the blog a little bit. I still haven’t figured out exactly how that will work, but I’m planning on asking for your opinions later in the week!
Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme.