Blogging is hard. It’s not as everyone thinks. At least, in the case of a reviewer it isn’t, though I don’t consider myself a professional but merely a learner as I go.
This is a week, or even less days, before the 1 year anniversary of Boricuan Bookworms blog that Marianne and I started for fun, and also to get to read free books. It was a good trade.
I like to tell my friends of what we do as bloggers. How we receive advanced copies both physical and electronic from indie authors to some much more known. I consider this my night job, though it also takes a lot of my day time too. I love doing this, and both Marianne and I often wonder if we could take this as our adult jobs. It’d be a dream come true, to go to BEA each year, to visit different conferences and meet great authors, publishers, and the tons of books we’d have. We also dream of styling the blog more professionally. But mostly, we just like to keep doing what we enjoy.
Yet this is no easy task.
Maybe it’s just me, both of us, or everyone around, but doing this is hard sometimes. It’s not just read, review, post, and prance around the grass to repeat the cycle. Here I will list some of the ups and downs of having a blog and reviewing…
We have to format the blog (Thank You Marianne for this… <3). I don’t know how to work well with HTML, CSS, and anything else of coding. I only know the basics, like how to bold, italic, and add a link. The rest I copy and paste it from notes I have scattered in my desktop. And Marianne tells me what to add here or there, but I always end up copying what she does. One of the reasons why I don’t always look forward to doing the book memes of Fashion by The Blog and Waiting on Wednesdays.
When you create a Netgalley and Edelweiss account you are doomed. You might start by only reading the ones available to everyone, and requesting one here and there. You get a few rejects from your request, but you see light when you get approved by some. This slowly begins to create a high effect on you as if eating a whole chocolate store. It gets addicting, until you see the ratio you’ve worked hard to raise begin to descend. And each time it rises, it gets down again. And the books you have to read keep pilling with the ones you own…
Some of the books you used to love before don’t make much sense to you now. You read in a different way from before where you scrutinize a lot of the details you might have ignored before. Slut-shaming, whinny characters, insta-love, that stuff seemed like it didn’t exist much before, but now it’s plaguing a lot of your approved titles.
This can result in some readers and authors hating you for your very honest and unbiased review and opinion…
Yet not all hope is lost! There are perks too!
You meet awesome readers, bloggers, and authors who instantly become your friends. You all share the same addiction not all people can empathize with you in the real world.
There’s free books… Need I say more?
There’s also the satisfaction you feel when you help promote a book you loved, and the gratitude authors give to you is gratifying and nice <3
Being a blogger and reviewer is awesome. You might have a lot of work sometimes and life might get in the way. Some people might comment weird stuff to you that have no relation to what you’re talking about. You are not payed to do this with money, but in the gratitude and satisfaction of helping both readers and authors, plus share your opinion with a community of bookworms that understand and like to discuss this. I’m grateful every day when I stop to think of all the things that have brought me here, to meeting Marianne and having that weird as heck idea of creating a blog. We had no idea how it would be. We had our doubts of anyone reading it. We didn’t know if we’d last more than 6 months, even more after summer ended and we had to deal with school and college. Yet here we are, a year later. It’s been a hard and worthy road we’d both take again and again, and deeply hope it continues on.
How is blogging for you? Have you gone through the things mentioned above?
Do you know more ups and down I forgot to mention? Let me know on the comments sections below! 😀
PS. This is my way of procrastinating on doing a review… shhh… xD
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