Saturday, May 28, 2011

Celebrations and Wisdom

It’s official! My one year blogoversary is here! *throws conffeti* *dances*

Birthday Cake
(Image Credit: Birthday Cake by Will Clayton)

First of all, thanks are owed. Thanks to my family, who have been unrelenting supporters of this blog, and to all of my in real life friends who’ve paid occasional visits. I would also like to thank everyone who has ever stopped by, left a comment, followed this blog or written a guest post for me. You guys make blogging infinitely more enjoyable! And of course, a shout out to all of the wonderful publicists and authors with whom I’ve worked. I’m always excited to hear you are interested in working with me!

To keep things from getting too sappy, I’ll cut my thank yous short there. Instead, I’m going to share a little bit of advice that has made me a happier blogger.

1.) Operate On Your Own Schedule
Some bloggers post every day, where as others only have one or two posts a month. Do what works for you. There are no blogging police that will come pounding on your door demanding posts if you’ve got nothing up on a particular day. You won’t lose followers, and people will still comment on what you do post. The quality is always more important than the quantity of your posts. Plus, no one expects you to think exclusively about blogging. All of the bloggers I know have lives outside of their blogs. Sometimes you really need to take a nap instead of blog, or just disappear out of cyberspace for the weekend. Remember, blogging is supposed to be fun!

I also think this philosophy applies to reading. I consider myself a somewhat slow reader, which is why my reviews are sometimes few and far between. Reading would be no fun if I felt burnt out on it.

2.) Be Nice
We all learned this lesson in kindergarten, right? THEN WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH IT?!?!?!?!

In seriousness, though, be nice. Everyone gets mad every once in a while, and everyone needs to vent. However, think twice before you go posting or tweeting hateful and angry things. Contemplate whether or not what you’re angry about is really important. If you’re angry about Wesley Scroggins claiming that rape is pornographic, yes, that may be worth posting about. However, if you’re a blogger who’s mad because someone dissed you or an author who’s frustrated with a negative review, maybe that’s a situation where you should think twice about posting. You may be so angry that your post will just look poorly thought out. Or if you just plain old have something mean to say, consider airing it in a private forum, or just keeping your mouth shut.

As an aside, I’ve made some awesome friendships through blogging. Most people don’t want to be friends with someone who is mean and nasty, so that’s another reason not to engage in that kind of behavior

If you think I’m wrong, feel free to totally disregard my advice. I find most of the blogs and bloggers I read abide somewhat by these rules, and it works out well for them.

Thank you all for reading Consumed by Books over the past year! I have lots planned for the future, and I hope you will all stick around.

10 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary! Congratualtions! :)

    I think all of that advice is great!

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

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  2. Happy Blogoversary, Liz! ^O^

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  3. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! Here's to an awesome year and, hopefully, another one coming. :D

    And I agree 100% with your tips, though that doesn't stop me sometimes from getting carried away on the boat of anger... I'm working on it. xD

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  4. Congrats on your blogoversary! And some good advice there :)

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  5. Happy Blogoversary!! <3

    Definitely some good advice to keep in mind. =)

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  6. Happy Blogoversary! I completely agree with your advice :)

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  7. Happy Blogoversary! I've really enjoyed following you both on your blog, and on Twitter!

    Here's to another wonderful year! *clinks fake glasses*

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  8. Yey, Happy Blogoversary! <3

    I'm glad that I've found your blog (you're one of my favorite bloggers) and I hope that you stick around for at least one hundred years more!

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