Hey guys! Hope you have been well. I wanted to check in with you all about some changes that I will be making to this blog effective … pretty much now.
1) No more blogging schedules! As much as I like the idea of having a blogging schedule, I just can’t sustain it. I simply don’t have the time. Nor the energy. And keeping a schedule really wasn’t doing any good for me. Rather than feeling more organized, I felt incredibly pressured and rushed, to the point where I didn’t even care WHAT I posted about so long as I posted SOMETHING to keep this blog “active.” And that, to me, totally defeats the purpose of my blog. I have always maintained my previous blogs on an entirely voluntary basis. If I didn’t feel moved to write something, I wouldn’t. And that has produced more genuine, heartfelt writing than any rigorous schedule ever did. So I’ll stick to that. Don’t care how many professional bloggers tell me otherwise.
2) No more writing like the book reviewer I am not! It wasn’t until, like, earlier this week that I realized for the first flipping time that I haven’t been writing like myself. At least, not on this blog. I think part of it had to do with WordPress—which I never felt at home with in the same way that I did with LiveJournal—but I think the majority of the problem came down to me wanting to write like the bloggers that I admire. I don’t think there’s a problem with admiring people for the way they write. It does, however, become problematic when you—or rather, I—take that to the next step, and start trying to write like them … because you think your own voice sucks. Honing one’s voice is something all writers and bloggers struggle with at one point. But I think it was a particularly difficult task for me because I had, at some point, picked up the notion that to be a proper writer, or a proper blogger, or a proper adult, meant having to write in a certain voice. As a result, I went to war with myself, attempting so so hard to “fix” my voice so that it would sound just as polished and successful and cool as all those writers that I admire. What I failed to understand, all those years ago, is that being a proper writer AND a proper adult means writing exactly in the voice that you have.
So here’s to a new beginning—and to a doing away with trying so hard to be someone I’m not. I won’t ever write like the writers I admire, but that’s okay. In fact, that’s absolutely ideal.
3) In which I plunge into the world of … booktubing? Whoa, didn’t see that one coming, did you? Ha. I didn’t either. In fact, if you were to tell my former self that one day I would not only talk—on my own volition—into a camera, but also upload it onto the Internet for everyone to see … I would laugh in your face. Or spit coffee at you, depending on how early in the morning you decided to approach me. But here we are. Yes, this is for real. Yes, this is not a joke. Yes, I don’t really know where I will be going with it. But I’m excited to find out!
I’ve long known about this thing called vlogging—which I understood to be blogging … but on video—but I never, ever felt any interest for it. This all changed earlier this year, when I watched and fell in love with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Suddenly, vlogging looked … cool. Fun. And incredibly doable. This feeling continued as I got into Emma Approved, and intensified when I found out about Booktube-a-thon* and discovered that, lo and behold, there is a THRIVING community of bookworms on Youtube that absolutely rocked my socks off with their enthusiasm, passion, positivity, and inclusiveness. From there, it didn’t take much self-persuading to set up a channel.
I’m still in the processing of setting everything up, but once I’m done—namely designing and uploading a channel header that doesn’t embarrass me—I’ll share the link with you guys. I’m super excited to start my journey into booktubing, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter of my bookworminess with you guys.
And … that’s it! I’m excited for all these changes, and hope that you’ll stick around to see them in action.
* Thanks to Carina for the head’s up!