Topic suggestion by the lovely Christina over at A Reader of Fictions
All the Things I Do Not Love!
I actually cringed at titling this post as such – Least Favorite Part of Blogging – because we should all love everything about our hobby, right? Well if you’ve been around for a little bit, you’ll start noticing that it’s not always unicorns and rainbows up in this hood. Let’s see what I don’t particularly love about blogging. I was initially going to list in bullet points my least favorite aspects, but then they sort of all blended together under the same element. Safe to say it all comes back to expectations, pressures, and competitiveness of being an avid reader (who knew?)!
Expectations as a blogger come in many forms. From publishers, authors, and other bloggers alike. It’s also hard to list off since many expect different things from us. Like, publishers send us books we’re expected to read and review on time for their release. We’re not expected to review only positively, however we’re sometimes treated as bullies or debbie-downers if we have a streak of negative reviews – especially if, like me, you don’t hold back in pointing out the books’ flaws, sometimes sarcastically (hey I can only hold back so much of my true nature ). Still, sometimes I wish I could read nothing other than me-books, and I always wish I did not have to press send to that 1-star review going out to the publisher (I usually do it with eyes closed – for real!).
Furthermore, my blog readers have come to expect a certain amount of post quality and content – while most of the time I love having the ability and time to offer such content, sometimes I’d love to just go on a blogging vacation for 2 months without it affecting my readership. Same goes with social networks, we’re expected to show our faces on there regularly – though I spend a lot of time on Twitter regardless, I feel like if I’m absent for a few days I’m being a bad “anti-social” blogger… or something. Being active on 283874723 social networks – which is a means to get your blog face out there – can sometimes be overwhelming. Likewise, writing reviews for every book I read can feel like work. I generally don’t like have having things I need to do. Though once I get into the groove of a review I do like it – who doesn’t enjoy spewing their opinions once in a while? Still, hats off to those who read twice as fast as me and in turn review double the books. You’re rockstars!
Then all those should-never-have-been-posted blogger do’s and don’ts lists are, in actuality, expectations, albeit from solitary – or shared by a measly few – standpoints, these all add up to expectations from certain people in every single element of blogging from how we run our giveaways to how often we post certain types of content. In turn, this can easily make a blogger feel inadequate. You don’t quite have the general (from what you heard from such and such) expected amount of reviews per month, or views, or followers, or your design is not as nice as that design, or your STS is not as ARC-filled as that STS, or you dared post a promo post too many. With that said, the competitiveness in this community is definitely something I include in my least favorite part of blogging. Often, I have to remind myself that I started blogging for me, and no one else should expect me to do things any other way than the way I want. Our blog is our turf, and I’ll be queen bitch of my own internet hill! >.<
I do have days I want a break, but I could not see myself not blogging. It was so unexpected, how it became such a big part of my life. It's more than just a hobby for me, it's part of who I am! A reviewer. A book blogger. A part of this wonderful community. Despite any "least favorite parts", they're a grain of salt compared to what I love about it!
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