Today, for some peculiar reason, I was itching to write a blog post, but not just a regular meme or book review. I wanted to go outside my comfort zone a bit and write something that I normally wouldn't post. I want to write a short article on how I blog.
Right, how I blog. I know you're rolling your eyes; Of course I know how you blog. You write posts, you publish them. You check comments, you reply. Sometimes you edit the layout and stuff of your blog. That's it. But boy oh boy, there is So much more to blogging than that, something I've just realized over the past couple months.
As a blogger, even a novice one at that, I get a lot of questions about how I manage a blog. Do I plan my posts ahead of time? Do I schedule my posts? Do I write out all my posts for the week? Do I do this, do I do that.
Question #1: Do you plan your posts ahead of time?
I do, in fact. I am not a very organized person and tend to forget things much too easily. At first, as a blogger, I would never plan my posts ahead of time. Usually, once I finish a book, my review will be up in 24 hours, depending on how busy I am. It was only a month or so ago that I discovered you could "schedule" posts. So therefore, on the weekends if I have time, I make all my memes and put them on a schedule so that they automatically post at the time I set for them. Usually I schedule them for 12:00 midnight, so that they appear all day. It's really helpful. :)
Question #2: How the heck do you fit in time to blog?
That's actually a really good question. Sometimes, I ask myself that question, too.
Question #3: When did you start blogging?
If you've been around long enough, you'd know that I started blogging in mid-July of 2012. One very, very hot, very very boring summer day. My parents were on a business trip (in July! can you imagine?) and it was just me, my sister, and my brother at home. I had been to a field hockey camp the previous week, and had gone swimming at least 40 times in 24 hours. I logged onto Goodreads, checked my updates, saw a topic in my group that said "Blogs". Clicked on it, discovered the wonderful world of blogging. July 13, 2012. My lucky day, my friend. My lucky day.
Question #4: Do you have any inspirations? Bloggers, or other blogs?
Of course. In fact, I am so inspired every single day from the several blogs that I read. For example, I love Lottie's witty, thoughtful reviews. I love Erika because not only was she my first follower, her reviews are awesome and I can't get enough of them. Whenever Erika posts a new review, I am the first to read it. ;P Delaney and Grace are other inspirations. I think that Emily inspires me the most, though. She was the first blog I EVER followed, and I wanted my blog to look just like hers (and...it does, I am a copycat). She also showed me how to do a bunch of things, like put a border around my summary in book reviews, and told me about ARCs, an idea I had not known about until Emily explained it to me. Anyway, she is completely awesome, so please check her blog out!
Question #5: What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Definitely the community.
I hope you all had a fabulous Monday! ;) I know I had a tiring one and have lots of homework to do, so I better get going. See you all soon!