Before I was a blogger the world was filled with wonderful things; constant happiness, matching socks and fictional characters that always lived. But oh, how the tables have turned.
I’ve been blogging for quite awhile but have only recently noticed how, because I’m a blogger, everything is different.
So, I’ve compiled a list of how my life has changed since I began book blogging (and I’m hoping and praying I’m not the only blogger to feel these things).
My only source of recommendations before I blogged were staff at bookstores, (which was great, don’t get me wrong) but being on the blogosphere has opened my eyes to a whole new world of books (and when my favourite bloggers are excitedly shrieking, talking and writing about books I find it near impossible not to read them, which means that my TBR list is in a constant state of growth).
Speaking of which…
MY TBR IS HUGE
Seriously, my TBR (to-be-read) pile is almost as high as Mt Everest. I have a ridiculous amount (400 dd) books on my GoodReads TBR list at the moment and, roughly 35 physical books on my shelves that I have yet to read (that isn’t even counting all the ebooks I have and the books I plan to ‘borrow’ from my parents).
My TBR has gotten enormous since I started blogging. I swear it’s like a teenage boy during puberty; it’s just not going to stop growing. *sigh*
I’VE TURNED INTO A FUSSY FLAMINGO
I used to hand out 5 star reviews copiously (I was a crazy five star flinging, cupcake tossing book lover and shoved high reviews and cupcakes AT EVERYONE). And, I don’t know if you noticed, but I pretty much just throw cupcakes around now days…
Not because I’m cruel, but because I’m a lot pickier with which books I grant a 5 star review to. This is due to various things but mainly because I READ SO MUCH MORE, hence, there is a lot of competition when it comes to books battling to the death and winning high ratings.
MY PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS HAVE IMPROVED
I feel like photography goes hand in hand with blogging (am I the only one who feels this way?) because almost all book blogs have an element of photography in them.
Do you know what I mean? I’m not talking about that whole ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ thing, I just mean that HUMANS LIKE LOOKING AT PRETTY THINGS.
And because HUMANS LIKE PRETTY THINGS – not blurry pictures where they aren’t sure if that thing is a book or squished potato (don’t ask how a book could ever possibly be mistaken for a potato) – my photography skills have improved in my attempts to take pretty pictures of books.
I’M ALWAYS BUSY
I spend A LOT of time looking at, thinking about and doing blog stuff. Granted, I never ever thought so much of my time would be consumed by blogging.
When I was a 12 year old blogging novice (who am I kidding? I’m still a novice) I was all like, “this looks like such a fun little hobby!” and that’s how it was for a month or two before I realised that if I wanted my blog to get ANYWHERE I had to put effort in. Like, actual work. When I reached this realisation I was like, ‘bring on the cupcakes and let’s turn this thing into a way of life’.
Because, that’s kind of what blogging is (a lifestyle, not an excuse to eat cupcakes). It is hard work, time consuming and heck, I need a boat load of cupcakes to get through a single post.
Don’t get me wrong, it is fun sharing opinions, writing and posting reviews, chatting about things I love and making friends but blogging is also difficult sometimes. If I had a book for every time someone (from the outside world) said, “oh that’s a fun hobby.” I swear I could build an entire house out of books.
I’m not, by any means, saying that running a blog is like performing open heart surgery, okay? (It’s not.) I’m just saying that it isn’t all rainbows, sunshine and baking the millions of virtual cupcakes I hand out to everyone.
(this is kind of like the previous point but shhh)
Because I’M ALWAYS BUSY I’ve found myself (recently) spending less and less time with my family and friends. I don’t know why this started happening (?) because I’ve been blogging for years and this has never been a problem, but since the beginning of this year I’m always doing blogging related things.
It’s not that I’m complaining but, let’s face it, when I’m not thinking about, reading or writing blogging related things I’m a) talking to my cats about blogging, b) counting down the days to Christmas, c) eating or d) thinking about how I ought to be blogging. I feel like I’m always in front of my laptop these days. *waves goodbye to family*
It wouldn’t be fair for me to make this list and not include the many opportunities blogging can provide.
(I’m don’t want to include this point to tell you about the opportunities I get from blogging because I don’t want to sound like a horrible boasting beetle but, generally) blogging can provide SO many wondrous career/growth opportunities related to reviewing books, getting published and more.
I’VE MADE SO MANY FRIENDS
Oh, how I love friends. Especially friends who have the same interests I do. Blogging has introduced me to some wondrous people and oh my gosh – it amazes me to think about all the friends I have all over the world. *virtual hugs to everyone*
I STRUGGLE DEALING WITH PRESSURE
I like schedules. I like planning, highlighting and keeping my diary updated on all the things but, frankly, blogging sometimes causes me to FREAK OUT and not so subtly shove three cupcakes into my mouth at once.
I have a posting schedule, which is good because consistency is important, but this means that I sometimes find myself really pressured to have posts written, edited and ready for the right days and times. If I don’t I kind-of-sort-of think that all my readers will abandon me and never look back.
(Am I the only blogger who feels pressured about scheduling and posting regularly?)
(MY CATS MISS ME)
(I asked my mum for a suggestion as to what else I could add to the list and, apparently, my cats have been getting less attention since I started blogging? I disagree because, who does she think I discuss fictional deaths with (?) but I decided to include this anyway.)
I LIVE IN PYJAMAS
I sleep in pyjamas, write books in pyjamas, eat in pyjamas, go to school in pyjamas, read in pyjamas, blog in pyjamas; I live in pyjamas.
The truth of the matter is: I love pyjamas. When I wake up in the morning I have a shower and then get dressed into other pyjamas, partly because I’m homeschooled and can get away with it but also because most of what I do (blogging/writing) lets me stay at home all day where I can be in pyjamas.
It’s wonderful (especially in winter).
I’M kind of MORE CREATIVE
As Cait, so accurately put it, being original is “harder than doing backflips on a dragon during the Autumn equinox while eating an apple and building a model pirate ship”. All bloggers want to be original (with so many of us around we need to be unique to stand out) and being different is DIFFICULT. It takes a lot of hard work, creativity and motivational cupcakes.
And although I’m not the most creative cat out there, blogging has increased my creativity a heck of a lot.
So, there we go!
That’s how my life has changed/how blogging has influenced my life.