I’m blogging again, yay me! Over the past couple of years, I’ve really struggled with blogging; I’ve switched sites a bunch of times, changed the name of the blogs a million more, quit a lot and started up again. This time I really hope I’m in it for another long haul (the longest I’ve blogged consistently is 5 years), but I have a lot of fears and worries about blogging again, so I’ve decided to purge them by sharing them with you in this post.
- Freaking out over stats. I wrote in my first post how I quit the last few times because I got really, REALLY low stats. Actually, I’m not sure how low they are compared to other bloggers because people don’t often just throw their stats out there unless they’re a celebrity blogger (yes, I think those are still somewhat of a thing, though most have quit), but I imagine I’m on the really pathetically low end of things for the most part. I really don’t want to be bogged down by my fear of stats this time around because I know I should be blogging just because I like to. But stats are important to me because they’re validating and I want people to read what I write! It’s all well and good to say “blog because you love it,” but you also blog because you want people to see it! I just am very worried about letting my fears about stats overtake me again and prevent me from doing something I love doing.
- Maybe my blogging time is just up. Since I have been so on and off with blogging lately, I’ve wondered if maybe it’s just time to throw in the towel and quit altogether. However, I really don’t think most of the time that I’m ready for that. Blogging has been a part of my bookish identity for so long and I always miss it when I’m not doing it, so I think I still have some left in me.
- Book blogging is irrelevant. There have been a smattering of discussions about this lately from various people, and I have to say I definitely have this fear as well. I’m not really sure where book bloggers fit in with book twitter, booktubers, and bookstagrammers anymore. booktube and bookstagram in particular are really taking off now, which freaks me out because I am not a very visually inclined person, even though I do have interest in experimenting with photography. But, most of the original celebrity bloggers have quit, and I’m having trouble finding new, exciting people who don’t just mimic the styles of other famous blogs. And, if book blogging is irrelevant, what is the point of doing it even if I love it?
- I’m really not that great a blogger, and my voice isn’t interesting enough. I’ve always considered writing to be one of my strong suits, and personally I really like what I post and think it fits in well with the blogging community. Still, I worry that my style isn’t super fun or engaging enough or young enough because I do like a somewhat more formal style. I do have a sense of humor and sassiness for sure, but I often worry that my posts don’t have as much character as other bloggers, and maybe that’s what makes my blog stay so tiny and unknown.
I know this is kind of a downer of a post, but I’m hoping that maybe I’m not the only blogger with these fears? I used to be a lot more confident about my blogging before I quit for the first time in 2016, but after that, I started letting my doubts consume me, and honestly, they still kind of do. If anyone has any tips on how they fight their fears about blogging, please let me know in the comments, because I could really use them!