What I Learned From Juggling Blogging, Work and Uni

Juggling blogging, and work, and uni, and other life commitments feels like a LOT sometimes. It’s hard trying to do everything. After all, there are only so many hours in the day, and we do have to spend a large chunk of them sleeping (as much as I wish I could be turned into a vampire and never have to sleep again). So if you feel a bit overwhelmed at times, you’re definitely not alone.

I’ve been blogging for almost seven years now, and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. People always ask me how I manage to blog while also having three jobs and doing a bunch of other stuff, and I never really knew how to answer that question. There’s been a fair bit of trail and error and seeing what works best for me. And yes, I have burnt myself out a few times by trying to fit waaaaay too much into a week. But finally, FINALLY, I think I’ve worked out the kind of schedule that works best for me.

But instead of telling you how to blog or what your schedule should look like (because everyone’s lives are different), I’m instead going to be talking about a few things I’ve learnt from my time as a blogger. If you’ve ever felt drained or overworked, I hope a few of my insights are helpful for you!

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10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

As my last post of 2017, I’ve been thinking back on my time as a blogger and what I’ve learned throughout those years. How long has it even been now? Four years? Five? I’ve lost count. WOW I JUST REALISED THAT IF I’VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR 4.5 YEARS OR LONGER, THAN MEANS I’VE SPENT A QUARTER OF MY LIFE DOING THIS. I can barely even remember a time before WordPress. Wow. That’s kind of scary.

BUT ANYWAY. Let’s move on before I have another existential crisis and stare off into the distance for three hours lifelessly. Help.

So today I thought I’d share 10 things I wish I knew when I’d started blogging. Just, you know, to look back on how terrible and embarrassing I was in my first few reviews. Well, more like my first 200… Nope, I’m still awkward and embarrassing. I’m not past that stage yet.

Yes, my first ever review is still on my blog. No, I’m not linking it here. If you scroll back far enough, you can probably find it. Or, if you’ve been following me from the very beginning, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Let me say something to those people: I’m sincerely sorry for everything I’ve put you through. Thank you for supporting me, despite my colossal spelling and grammar errors, constant forgetting of characters’ names, and unreliable posting schedule. You are the real angels of this world.

ANYWAY. Let’s get into my advice! Although my advice is usually dubious at best, I do hope this helps a new blogger out there. Blogging can be tough at times, but we’re all in this together. And please know that you can always chat to me or ask me anything! It’s so scary starting off, so please reach out if you have any questions or you just want to talk about your favourite books! I don’t bite. Unless you’re a red velvet cupcake, and then you should be very afraid. And you shouldn’t be reading my blog either — it’ll only make you feel bad about not having eyes. Or hands. Or the capability to read a book.

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Spreading Some Blogger Love

It’s undeniable that book bloggers do a lot of work to spread the awareness of books and promote authors. A lot of the time, bloggers do this without recognition and without payment. We do it because we love reading and talking about books, and most importantly, sharing which books we’ve loved recently and want others to read and fall in love with to. But what saddens me more than anything is when some bloggers feel like their thoughts don’t matter or that they aren’t recognised. So today, I just want to spread some blogger love.

I understand how disheartening it can feel when you spew your feelings into a discussion or a review and it doesn’t get as many views as you’d like – I’ve been there. I know how disenchanting it can feel when you think that no one is reading your blog or that no one even notices you’re posting. Sometimes the blogging world is a tough one, and sometimes you might feel like the voices of bigger bloggers drown out all the rest. But no matter what, you have to remember that your opinion matters. You matter.

Whether you’ve been blogging for ten years, or even more, or you just started last month, or last week, I believe that what you’re doing is important. It’s easy to get caught up in follower counts, and stats, and feeling like you’re not getting any recognition for the hours upon hours you spend on each post, and that’s normal. I can guarantee that every blogger has had those thoughts at least once in their life. No one ever said being a blogger was easy or not a lot of work, but we always have to remember the reason why we started – to share the love of books and discuss the issues in the bookish community that are important to us.Read More »

Book Blogging Basics // “She Says, She Says”

Hi friends! I’m super excited to announce that I’m starting a new segment on my blog called “She Says, She Says”, where I’ll be discussing certain topics with other bloggers! Today I’m lucky to be joined by Angel from Angel Reads — one of my absolute favourite book bloggers — and we’ll be chatting a bit about the blogging basics. We talked on Angel’s blog earlier about how we started our blogs, which you can check out here, and for part two on my blog we’ll be discussing the importance of book reviews and how to write a great review!Read More »