Becoming A Better Blogger is a new series at Once Upon a Prologue; it's a combination of my feature If I Could Writer A Letter To Me, (inspired by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner) and my own thoughts on a chilly winter night. Becoming A Better Blogger is about the things I've learned while blogging, the advice I've received, and about shedding lesser versions of myself - from the first growing pains of becoming a new blogger, to where I am now, and all the growth I hope to do. As always, discussion is encouraged and welcomed!
Becoming A Better Blogger - #4: Finding Balance
Part of the lure, and the problem in the book blogging community is there's more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done - oh wait...
Anyway, point is, there's a LOT out there. Memes, discussion posts, review, giveaways, surveys, blog tours, NetGalley. It's easy to get overwhelmed, trying to focus on it all, trying to be everywhere. It's hard to be active at Goodreads, Facebook, your blog, Twitter, Tumblr, and NOT resort to holding yourself up in your room, blinking harshly at any form of light other than your computer screen, holding a cup of coffee and Poptarts and mumbling about "my precioussssss."
So what's the answer? Can you keep all those balls in the air, juggling, and not eventually drop one? I know I can't. So for 2013 I'm making some changes. I'm reading more "for me," which means that after this month of crazy reading, (I'm writing this post in January), I'm slowing things down - reading more from my personal TBR, and only accepting ARC tours and such by invite. I'm going to be requesting a few galleys, but NOT overwhelming myself.
Twitter will be more for having fun. I'll do some blog promotion, but I'm not going to kill myself. I am going to make a huge effort to interact more on GoodReads, comment more, and keep my reviews there up to date. I'm being more interactive on my blog's Facebook page, too, but I'm moving to WordPress soon, and going to be ME. It's scary, losing GFC. I will probably panic the day it happens. But my readers will make the jump with me, and I'm looking forward to getting out there and meeting new bloggers.
Balance is difficult. Sometimes I feel like everything I do isn't enough, while there are days that I devote 8 hours to scheduling blog posts - some of which are hits, some that get no comments, when I feel like they deserve to be seen and loved as I love them. I have to find a happy medium, so that's for 2013 is for me and blogging. Balance. Being present, without trying to be everywhere. Reading books I want to read and NOT over-committing like I did last year.
So, who's with me? What are your blog goals for this year?