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  1. I totally empathize with the interacting thing! I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and at the beginning I was SO bad at interacting with anyone. Actually, I only feel like I’ve become any good at interacting with other book bloggers in like the last two or three months. It’s such a struggle.

  2. AH. THE LAST ONE. YES YES YES. When I first started I felt so pressured to write content that I thought other people would want to read/what other people were posting themselves and then it started to drain me, I was so bored of posting the same stuff and in the end it felt like everything I was writing was the exact same so in the end (unfortunately this was only recently) I started saying no and writing things that I wanted to write and that I was happy to post.

  3. Oh my god yes the last one! I was the exact same but now I just blog about whatever I want. Most of it is still related to books and writing, since those two things are just very important in my life, but if I want to blog about a tv show or anime or music or games or whatever, I just do it! Great post! 🙂 AND YES THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY IS THE BEST

  4. PRAISE this post, honestly!! I’ve been blogging for more than 4 years now and I’m just now figuring out some of these things. I honestly do whatever the heck I want with my blog, whenever. FREEDOM FTW. And it’s so funny because I almost did 0 interaction with the community for the first year. Bad Jen.

    Love this post though!
    xoxo,
    Jen

  5. I love this post, Xan!

    I also requested SO MANY arcs on Netgalley when I first started and I still have some I haven’t read. It’s awful, I know. I also wish I knew what exactly to do when I first started blogging. I literally had no idea the book blogging community existed, I didn’t know about arcs, I didn’t know what YA meant because I had mostly read middle-grade books until I started blogging, I LITERALLY KNEW NOTHING. One day I was just like “Let’s make a book blog! Even though I have no idea what to do!” SO YEP. Looking back at my first posts (the gaudy colour I used in my posts, the terrible writing, the layout, the posts themselves) is just…so embarrassing. I’m tempted to take them down but then I compare it to now and I’m like “YASS! IMPROVEMENT! MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!” And it makes me happy that my blog posts no longer resemble the hot mess they were haha!

  6. Really important lessons if you ask me 🙂 Blogging definitely takes a lot of time, but it it so worth it! I still can’t believe all the friends I’ve made through my blog; they are the best! Commenting/interacting is so important for blogging and YES, it is YOUR blog, so do whatever you want with it.

  7. YES TO ALL OF THESE. Blogging is such a commitment, but at the same time it is so rewarding too. It takes a long time to comment on other people’s posts, write reviews, and respond to comments, but the community is so loving that it’s totally worth it. And I agree – commenting and interacting with others is what makes the blogging experience so special. Thanks for sharing Alexandra and, as always, fabulous post! ♥

  8. These are so accurate. Blogging really takes a lot of dedication and focus. I can see why it becomes sort of a chore for people because it takes effort. Everything you do with a blog is great though because it’s new sets of skills you’re putting to use.

    I am still learning not to get too crazy with arcs. It can be super overwhelming. I need to repeat to myself that arcs aren’t everything, and that the book will be out soon. I already have a huge TBR pile, so I should focus on that? There’s so much awesomeness with arcs though.

    Your last point is so important. You do you. You write whatever you want, design it however you want to. Don’t let people tell you what to do.

  9. No one believes how much time book blogging takes! All of the reading, and the scheduling. Oh boy.

    The book community is awesome and is the main reason I wanted to book blog besides wanting to read more.

    Great post!

  10. Commenting and interacting is SO SO important in blogging. It took me a month or two to figure it out, but I made many blogging friends through it 🙂 OMG the ARC thing is SO true. I still overload, and I don’t even request anymore xD Blogging is totally time-consuming, but it’s also a lot of fun too 🙂 The community totally is the best. They’re so wonderful and supportive!

    Lovely post <3

  11. I just started my blog and the thing that’s stressing me out the most is getting my blog out there. Trying to get people to notice and follow. I’m liking it so far, I mean I only jus started it and have 0 followers, but still, I like writing the posts!

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