THINGS I’VE LEARNT SINCE BEGINING MY BLOG
So its been just over a year since I started my own blog and to say it was a steep learning curve is an understatement. However, it has been a good experience and I feel I have learnt a lot. So here is a list of the things I have learnt.
- BLOGGING IS A COMMUNITY:- With social media, you hear a lot of horror stories about intimidating blogs or people being hostile. I’ll be honest; being the newest kid on the block was a bit scary. However, I have found that others are nothing but friend, welcoming and will quickly lend a hand should you need it. I’ve made some new friends online and have learnt a lot from them.
- SCHEDULES ARE A GOD SEND:- I have a full time job and blogging is a hobby for me. Having a calendar to schedule post and keep in mind deadlines have helped me lots. I will sign up for blog tours or reviews and they will slip my mind, but now I use a WordPress plugin to help me trying to keep organised. That’s not to say that I still may miss a post, but I am much better than what I used to be.
- NEVER BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW: – I can roughly read about one book a week. Coupled with real life and my job, it can be difficult to try and juggle everything. I’m still trying to get the hang of this, but I’m getting better at not agreeing to do too much. This is very much a work in progress
- KEEP AN OPEN MIND:- Before, I was anxious about reading anything that was self-published or has started off as fan-fiction in one form or another. After attending a book event, along with getting requests from some unknown or lesser known authors, I have found so many new genre’s and authors.
- TRY TO HAVE FUN:- Reviews shouldn’t be a chore. They should express how a book makes you feel, but at the same time you have to realise that this is a labour of love for someone. This has been my aim from day one in expressing my thoughts and feelings about books I love or dislike. Everyone likes different things and life would be boring if we didn’t.
I’m still on a bit of learning curve and no doubt I will make some mistakes, but I feel I have learnt lots in the last year and I am really enjoying this hobby.
To celebrate my 1 Year Anniversary, I have FOUR BOOK BUNDLES to give away. Unfortunately, since I live in the UK, the completion is only open to UK residents. The Competition will be open until 30/05/2015. All winners will be chosen by random.org. If you win, you will be contacted by email and the winners will also be announced in May’s Cosy Catch UP. You can also be assured that your details will not be used for any other purpose other than for this competition.
Hopefully, there will be something to take your fancy. All books are paperbacks, The Books that are up for grabs are:
Firebrand (Rebel Angels #1) by Gillian Philips (Signed)
Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
Son of No One (Dark Hunters #13) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J R Ward
Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs
Garden of Dreams & Desire (Crescent City #3) by Kristen Painter
Thoughtless (Thoughtless #1) by S C Stephens
Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S C Stephens