Hi guys and happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is a Thanksgiving freebie, and since I did a post on blogging lessons I’m thankful for in 2015, I’m doing a similar topic this week. This will also likely be my last regular TTT post — doing these lists has been SO much fun, but I’ve felt a little stale lately — so I thought it’d be nice to do a throwback. 😊
In any case, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year — time flies, and I am super glad I can be here and share more of this stuff with you guys. Here we go! ✨
1) Make it a habit.
Blogging can be hard. It can take a lot of time. It can be tiring, and there can be so much to do. What I’ve found, though, is that once I made it a habit, it becomes so much more natural and easy.
Nowadays I “blog” roughly two times a day, in the morning and at night, and almost not at all during the weekends. In these times, I write my posts, schedule them, and read and comment on others’ blogs. I’ve fallen into such an easy routine that everything just feels effortless. 👌
2) Time away is necessary.
As I mentioned above, I don’t really “blog” on the weekends. I might have several posts scheduled, comment on a couple of posts, tweet a couple of things, but most of the time I stay away from blogging on Saturdays and Sundays. 💤
Doing this, I found, has allowed me to “take a break” without really taking a break, and every Monday I come back feeling refreshed. I think it’s also helped me not get burned out so quickly the way I used to.
3) Take note of your ideas.
I have a Google Doc where I list all of my random ideas. I haven’t been the best at following through and actually writing them, but they’re there, ready for me to tap into, the moment I’m ready. Some of my most successful discussion posts have been simply one-word ideas at one point, and now they’re… well, more. 😎
4) Comment when you can.
This I found has been the best thing about blogging that I hadn’t expected. Some of my best discussions about books, blogging, and even life have sprouted from comments — whether it’s me commenting on someone else’s blog, or them commenting on my post. If you’re not reaching out, you might be missing out. 😛
5) Self-promotion is not shameless.
The term “shameless self-promotion” honestly boggles my mind. In my experience, there is nothing shameful about self-promotion — you wrote or did something great, something that you think would be useful or entertaining to others. Why wouldn’t you want to share it? 🤷
6) Do what you want.
For a lot of us, blogging is just a hobby — it doesn’t make any money, it’s not a career, it’s really just a fun pastime. In fact, if you’re a big believer in the whole “time is money” adage, you’re technically paying to blog by investing your time in it. So, you know, do what you want with it.
Don’t want to read a very, very popular book? Don’t do it. Don’t want to post this week? Don’t do it. Why turn something that’s supposed to be for fun and entertainment into something… well, not? Unless, of course, you want to. In which case, do that, too. 😉
7) Comparison is the thief of joy.
This is actually something that I have to work on every day, mostly because I do it with almost every aspect of my life. I have a personality that’s very prone to comparison, and I’m not going to lie: it’s really easy sometimes to look at my blog, and look at someone else’s, and wonder:
Where the hell did I go wrong? What am I doing that I’m not as successful?
Sometimes — and I’m not at all proud of this, mind — sometimes I even wonder:
Why not me?
In all honesty? It’s not easy. It can be really hard, and really discouraging, to see what someone else has accomplished and what you have yet to accomplish. I might have found some ways to deal with it, but some days I still really struggle. 🙈
8) Some people are not going to like your blog.
Just as you don’t love every blog you read, not everyone is going to love what you put out too, no matter what you do, how many hours you’ve spent on it, and how much blood, tears and sweat you’ve spilled. People are different, their tastes are different, and sometimes, they just don’t jive with yours.
But. But. But really, it’s okay, love. It’s okay that you don’t like some blogs. It’s okay that some don’t like your blog. You can’t please everyone, and you really don’t have try. 🙆
9) There are ups and downs.
There will be months where writing comes effortlessly, months when your blog gets more traction than ever, months when you don’t feel like you’re working hard but getting tons of results… and then there will be months when no matter what you do, it’s just not going as you want.
No one is reading your blog. No one is commenting on your posts. The discussions that you thought would do amazingly well? Zip, zilch, nada. And in fact — gasp — some people even unsubscribe. 😱
But you know what? It happens to everyone, and I mean everyone. No journey is a straight line (I don’t think), and believe it or not, the downs make the ups that much sweeter. In the words of Dory… just keep swimming. 🐟
10) Cherry-pick the advice that you get.
I’ve once read an advice saying that the title of your post should be something like “Magic! Mystery! Intrigue!” instead of “Book Review: Title – Author”. Now, I’m in no way condemning or disproving the former, but I’m definitely more the latter type because I like things to look uniform and neat… and I think it works for me.
My point being: Everyone has their own list of ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s. Yours might not be the same. Find out what it is. 🍒
What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! 💗