The first thing that might be weird is the fact that I don’t use a schedule. Every post you see is randomly picked that day. I like to write many posts and reviews in advance, so I can choose what I feel like posting that day. I’m not saying that you should throw your schedule out, especially not when it’s working for you, but when you are feeling down it might be smart to loosen up. Nobody is going away because you haven’t posted a few days, take your time. It’s about quality after all.
It’s one of the reasons why I don’t participate in blog tours/cover reveals/promo’s and whatever they are called. I’m not interested in them, but I think it also adds new stress to your blog. So if you are in a slump, try to accept less of them or even stop participating in them for a while.
I love reading ARC’s/eARC’s, but I also like the freedom to read my own books. It’s important to keep a balance in what you read. Having a spreadsheet is the only thing I use to keep to my blog in order. You can see these amazing posts from Debby if you don’t know where to get started. I use Excel and here I collect all the information, like publication dates and source. I use my Google Calendar to mark all the dates. If you are slumping, try to cut back on requesting/downloading from NG/Edelweiss; read your own books instead!
This is part of the spreadsheet:
Another thing is that I don’t review every book I read. Sometimes it’s because I don’t feel like writing a review for it or I don’t feel like I have much to say. Keep in mind that it’s not an obligation to review all of them. (I'm talking about non-ARC's)
I love to write my posts in Windows Live Writer. This is a free program and it’s a perfect addition if you use Blogger/WordPress. You are able to draft posts, sent concepts or publish your post right away. It’s easier for me to put tags on my posts or to save ideas for different topics. I also write notes in a special notebook, which helps me when I write my reviews. Most of it is already handwritten.
Letting go of blogging fears has been an important change. I’m still insecure, sure, but it’s less frustrating if you remind yourself why you started to blog in the first place. I've also learnt that making blogging friends isn't always about commenting on each other blogs. I always thought that leaving comments was the most important aspect. I sometimes takes things too personally, so I always thought I did something wrong, but since I'm more active on Twitter I know that's not true. Blogging is also about interacting on other social media – and that is how you really get to know someone on a more personal level.
You might have noticed that I’m not bad when it comes to commenting. What I like to do is incorporating it with my daily schedule. I first mark every post I’m not interested in as ‘read’ on Bloglovin’. Before I write a review, I will visit some and comment. Then I write my review and after it I do the same. By leaving a few comments every time you’re doing something, you will see that at the end of the day, you visited a lot of blogs.
And the last thing I want to say is: don’t try to change yourself for your blog. In the beginning, I always felt like I could be a better blogger. My reviews could be funnier, my discussion posts more challenging etc. Once you let go of that feeling and accept that the way you blog is enough and unique, it’s so much more fun!
Let me know: what are your tips when it comes to blogging? Any handy program you use?