So peeps, how do you keep yourself motivated?
Bookish Verbosity is a non-regular feature at AEROPAPERS where I talk about topics that are related to books, blogging, and the book community.
If you’re starting a book blog have you ever ask yourself why you wanted to start one. And if you’re already a blogger what made you do it? Do you see yourself doing it in a long time? What motivates you start and what motivates you to continue?
Excitement sometimes pushes us to do things immediately. Image © Matt Jones @ Flickr
Everyone has different motivation on why they started a blog. Me? I wanted an outlet. I haven’t signed up with goodreads then. I clearly remember that I’m still using shelfari as my chosen social media site during the early days but I’m too shy to leave my reviews there. And I’m desperately in need of an avenue for my thoughts so I decided to start a blog. And I love it. I didn’t promote it to anyone or anywhere. I just wanted my voice out there regardless if anyone’s reading them or not. And this is the internet someone is going to stumble across your site. I know that fact after years of managing small scale websites. It was an awesome hobby and still with that objective in mind I managed to keep up the momentum for years. And I think that kind of push is what I need to keep this blog running.
But once you’re over the newbie phase, the difficult and most important comes: maintaining it. Consistency is the key here. It’s not only about motivation but also commitment. For me starting is easy but how you remain enthusiastic about what you do is the hardest part. Just like a new relationship we have sort of honeymoon period, we’re on that chapter that we’re so happy on what with do. But are you going to feel that way? Like in 6 months? What about after a year? 2 years? Remember feelings might waver and it will influence the way you handle your blog. So if you are in that point when you’re confused and not happy anymore, it’s time to reflect and go back to your roots. Re-evaluate. What makes you decide to start a blog? Ask that again.
It’s your blog, you can do what or when it is convenient to you. Image © Keri Smith @ Flickr
In addition, never allow yourself to be overly obsessed with statistics. It’s nice to know that people read your blog. You give time and effort to write your content; of course you want to be appreciated. So for me I’m happy with what I achieved so far. I went in blindly with this hobby. I have no one to ask (yes, even wordpress was stranger to me). I’m self-taught in many ways (from designing, requesting eARCs, etc). I also hit book slump from time to time. I even have a month where I didn’t read anything. And it’s natural; don’t be afraid to accept that. Would you rather read a book when your hearts not in it? You’ll suffer more ways than you think. Just chill, temporarily remove yourself from it and find something else. When you’re ready you’ll know. In my own experience there’s always something, may it be a book or a new blog idea that will give you back the vigor to both reading and blogging.
But if you think it’s not working anymore. And you don’t see yourself doing it I think it is time to call it quits. There’s nothing wrong with that and no one will judge if you decide to do it. Your readers are perceptive they will know that you’re not happy with what you do. Whether you like it or not your feelings reflect on what you do. So it’s probably for the best to accept it and move on. Who knows you might be back.
I love what I do (blogging & reading) and the other perks of being a book blogger just come in second. Armored with bookish love and dedication, I always try to put my best foot forward.
Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.—Victor Kiam