Love-a-thon Mini Challenge: A letter to my younger blogging self

The book blogger Love-A-Thon has a mini challenge that I’m taking part in, to write a letter to your blogging self.  Although I’m definitely still a newbie blogger, I feel like I’ve learnt some important things so far about blogging, and what works for me, so I’m writing a letter to my younger blogging self.  I think I might post a letter to my future blogging self sometime soon though, since I definitely still have a long way to go!

“Mini Challenge #4! Write a letter to your blogging self and post it on your blog at 4 P.M. For the blogging oldies, you can write about whatever you’d like – advice you would give your younger self, things you would tell yourself to stop doing, things you’d tell yourself to continue doing, or things you’d tell yourself to start doing. If you’re a newbie blogger, your directions are a little different. Write a letter to yourself in the future. Talk about the stuff you like so far and what you hope to accomplish in the future. Once you have this posted, you can link up on either of our sites and then go around and check out everyone else’s letters!”

Dear baby blogging self,

First off, congratulations for finally starting this blog after months of debating and wimping out.  It’ll be slow at first, and you won’t really figure out what you’re blogging about for a while (maybe a long while), but that’s okay.  Write what you want to write, because after all, it should be fun!

When you get downhearted about the stats, remind yourself why you’re blogging. You started your blog for FUN, not to take over the blogging community. The main aims of your blog are to give you an excuse to read more, to get to talk about books you love without boring your non-reading friends, and to give you a fun creative thing to do when the rest of the house are off playing sports. As long as you can do those things, anything else is just a bonus!

When you start to get into blogging, it’ll become exciting, and there’ll be a temptation to throw yourself into it wholeheartedly. Maybe too wholeheartedly. When you get swamped with review books, or don’t post for a while because you’re bogged down with uni work, you’ll feel guilty about it.  Don’t! Remember how the blog was supposed to be fun?! If you do feel guilty, post about whatever you fancy. Bogged down with exams? Post about how to cope with exam stress!

Try not to get too caught up in book hype. The book blogging community is lovely, but it’s also very enthusiastic, That’s okay, but try not to get carried away adding books to your TBR just because you see them all over the blogs.  You’ll go on to read some of those books, and be disappointed, so try to remember to take time for your own reading choices too!

I know that reaching out to the other bloggers can be scary, but I promise it’s worth it. Taking part in memes etc is great for getting your blog out there and discovering new blogs to follow, but actually talking to other bloggers is much better.  If you can talk to people on twitter and leave comments, you’ll form a much better connection with other bloggers, and that’s so much more satisfying.  Even though there are bloggers who are like whale sharks compared to your tiny little fish egg, that doesn’t mean they’re mean or evil, so be brave!

Don’t worry about the things that you don’t know or understand – at 10 months I still have a lot of learning and growing to do too, and that’s fine. In fact, it’s good! Have fun, and don’t be afraid to try something in case you make a mistake.  Just take blogging at your own pace, and enjoy it.  If you get really stuck, take a break or try a new direction – the blogging niche police will not come along and spank you for experimenting with your own tiny corner of the internet!  Eventually you’ll figure out what works for you and what doesn’t, and if you screw some things up along the way, it won’t be the end of the world, or even the end of the blog!

Your slightly older blogging self

P.S. Forget about Facebook, you’re going to screw it up.
P.P.S. Remember to thank the boyfriend once in a while, since he’s incredibly supportive of your blog and helps fund your book habit.  Buy him a chocolate bar or something. Just be nice!