When I started blogging, I was looking for something to keep myself busy. I was stuck at home. My life was about getting up, watch hours tick by, and go to bed. I was going crazy and needed to find a way to use my brain. Books came back into my life, and the strange idea I could share my feelings about stories and someone might actually read about them began to appear.
Two years and two months later, my life has completely changed. I go out every day, I resumed my studies, I found new friends online and in real life, and I even got a job. The endless hours I had to blog and share the love has awfully dwindled.
How do I feel about it?
Happy, because my life actually sucked when I was saved by books and blogging.
Sad, as I can no longer indulge in hours of surfing the blogosphere.
But it is okay. We all feel this way. I have learned it through so many posts about this on Twitter or Facebook. Even blog posts! Still, it is hard to accept and sometimes I don’t know how to deal with it. So here comes my Sunday post about how being a Super Blogger is awesome and should stay this way.
It is okay not to be around for more than twelve hours
I don’t know how some of you do it, but with a 5.30am/9pm daily schedule, I struggle to find five minutes to check Twitter. Let alone visit blogs! But it is alright. We all have busy lives, busy days, lazy busy moments or whatever, and no one is behind your back checking how long you spend blogging.
It is important to remember blogging is a hobby
I consider my blog as my baby. I am sad when I can’t feed it with new posts or make it fun with silly stuff. Although the more I blog, the quicker I prepare my articles, it still takes some time to produce good content, this is why it should not become a job and should definitely not bring pressure. You don’t have to blog. You just should whenever and wherever you want. Maybe I need to tattoo this on my arm!
It is good to recall books are at the core of your blog
You don’t need to read to blog about books, but hey, it helps! :p I remember reading Cleo @cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com about how she had to remember to put books first and blog second. I totally agree with this. Yes, I post random articles like this one which did not require any reading, but the main goal of Chocolate’n’Waffles is to chat about books. Except if I spend my time blogging or worrying about blogging, when do I read???
It is okay to feel guilty. For 5 minutes only
I often read about how we bloggers feel guilty about not interacting as much as we would love to because life happens. I am guilty of feeling guilty, especially these days when I prepare and schedule reviews and take forever to reply to comments or don’t have the time to personally thank every person who shares my things on social media. I feel guilty because I was greedy and some ARCs have been waiting for too long to be read.
Whenever you feel this way, there’s a kind person to remind you not to be this way. Well, you are allowed to feel guilty, just don’t let it get to you too much. You can feel it for five minutes, be mad at yourself, be sad, be whatever you want, and then let go and start reading, blogging, whatever makes you happy instead of wallowing into a big pool of guilt! This should be another tattoo!!!
It is okay to miss posts
I have a hard time with this one myself. I hate missing posts, especially from people who always take the time to visit my blog and say hello. I see notifications and my heart melts. The happiness of connecting with other people sharing my passion is still fiercely present, but I can’t reciprocate the way I used to. But here’s the good news, people are nice, people understand, people don’t resent you, and no one is going to forget you! So, let’s breathe and check out blogs when we have time.
It is better to stay away from numbers and comparisons
Why did this post get so many comments and this one did not? Why are my stats getting lower? Why, why, why? There can be many reasons for any of this to happen but the worst is, they take our mind away from what is really important. The books. I’m not a popular blog, and I could not care less! I don’t get plenty of comments on every review? It is okay! The world is not going to end, and it doesn’t mean what I write is bad. Blogging is about what you want, not what you get (even when you get the best of friends!).
(just because I love this gif)
It is hard being a Super Hero. Harder even to be a Book Super Hero. But we are an army, and we spread love, not pressure, so don’t blog hard, blog for fun. Don’t write as if you life depends on it, write what you feel like writing. Feel what comes your way and let go. Just come back to us when you can!
This was a Sunday Love kind of post from the Ginger Super Hero trying to apply all of this to her own life!
Ps: If someone has a handbook about how to keep your online friendship going, let me know, I feel I’m letting everyone slip away and I hate it!!! I am amazed at people becoming so close when I struggle to keep a conversation going. This should be the subject of another post!