Monday, 4 February 2013

Me as a Blogger: How I Roll

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 ( 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!


  1. Great post! Funny thing is that I have never really been asked any questions as a blogger. Except for the time I help a girl make her blog :P Which is a good things because I am a terrible at answering questions.
    I am so happy that you consider me an inspiration and that you think my reviews are witty(I never really saw them as that before...). I also think of you as an inspiration! You were one of the first teenage bloggers that I have known about and I thought that if you could do it than so could I :) I love your fangirly but also thoughtful reviews! They are so fun to read!
    Are you going to start accepting ARCs now? Just wondering :)
    (After reading this comment over I have realized that I use smiley faces a lot.)

  2. I love your post! We started blogging around the same time! Love you and your reviews too Anne and you're an inspiration to me too :D I almost always read all of your reviews when you post them too :)
    I love the blogging community too. Everyone's so nice!
    I should probably start planning my posts since I tend to forget to post things because this thing called school keeps getting in the way.

  3. Thank you guys so much! you're the best!

    @Lottie- I might, I am not sure yet. I will have to talk to my mom, which might take some time.

  4. So I was just perusing your awesome blog, looking for a cool post to read, when I see this one and think "hmmm, this looks interesting". Then I'm reading the questions and answers and I see your inspirations section...and then I saw my name...then I freaked out. It makes me feel so awesome that I helped you! Thank you so much for mentioning me, it really is an honor. Honestly, I don't think I'm that inspirational, but if you think so, THEN I LOVE YOU!!!!! <3. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! I got so excited I even called my mom at work (lol I'm so weird, but she gets excited when I tell her someone actually noticed my blog ;P)

    And I see that we use the same system for doing our posts, more or less. I always write my posts on the weekends and schedule them so I don't have to worry about them. And omg you're so right, blogging is much harder than it looks lol! We're like athletes...only we sit in front of a computor screen. But we have really strong hands from doing so much typing.

    And btw (last thing, I promise) I really love you're blog! And thanks again for featuring me!!!!!!!! <3

    Hugs & kisses!!!!!! :D

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf


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