5 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

Why, hello there, everyone!

I have been blogging for just under 8 months now. My experience here as been fantastic. Mid-November, I reached a milestone. I hit 200 posts published on my blog. Amazing, right?

To me, it really is amazing. Outside of books, I am one of those types of people who don’t stick with something for too long. I get bored and I move on. However, with blogging, it’s different. Now, I have wanted to write for my whole life; as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. I remember writing my first “novel” when I was camping with the family around age 12/13, maybe. I actually still have it; it has 24 chapters and it has just stalled. Maybe one day, I’ll return to it and see if I can make it into something. Until then, I’ll settle with short stories and my blog.

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That brings me to this point. Here are five things I have learned in these short 8 months of blogging:

#1: I have made many friends who encourage me to continue reading and continue on with great things. I am supported by all my followers, especially the people who like and comment on my posts. I love you all. You have no idea.

#2: There are many others out there who enjoy books as much as I do. Growing up, I was always the reader. I was always the bookworm; the girl who was never without a book. Hardly any of my friends were like that. I do remember one childhood friend, to whom I would lend books as soon as I was done with them. Mostly because I got her hooked on the same series I was reading. However, as some friendships do, it ended and I lost my friend. With blogging, I realized there are an abundance of people who share my love for books. In real life, I have maybe three people I can talk books to. That’s sad.

#3: Everyone is supported, no matter what. I have followed a couple people who have needed to take breaks, for their own personal reasons. But I have read the comments and even made my own on their posts, and it’s amazing. Every person was understanding and supportive. Sometimes, life just gets in the way and it becomes too much. We’re here for you when you return. Always. End of story.

#4: My TBR pile has grown. It seriously feels like it is never ending! In the best way possible, of course. All the bloggers I follow, always recommend books in their posts, or I find new books by reading book reviews.

This one is a little more on the serious side, and I am totally guilty of it. Just saying that upfront. Hahaha.

#5: It is not always about the stats. I look at my stats quite a few times during the day, and I have actually gotten a little better. When I first started out, I was obsessed with the daily views number. But now… I’m still a little gaga over it, but I realized that some days my views will be really low. Mostly, those are on the weekend, or when I post a random post. Or when I’m behind in my tags, since everyone else has already gotten to them. I’m just late to the party, which results in low views. And that is perfectly ok. I’m not in this to have crazy high views or to become famous. Sure, I love to see that number go up, but it is not something that is the end of the world if it doesn’t. I would be happy to know that even just five people read my blog and gain something from it.

I’m in this because I finally have friends that I can talk about books with. And it feels pretty damn amazing. I love it. Oh, and it’s fun as hell.

Also, these are just five things. I cannot even voice how much I have learned from all of you.

What have you guys learned from blogging? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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15 Comments

  1. carlalouise89 says:

    Love this post too – I’m a bookworm and I’ve always wanted to write. It’s why I started my blog, too. Yours is so interesting though – you write so very well!!
    (And I “wrote” my first book when I was like six or seven. It was mainly copied from a TV show I’d seen, so basically plagarised completely, but I even drew pictures and everything!)

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Your kinds words are appreciated!
      For writing, ya gotta start somewhere! 😉

      I think I wrote my first book around that age as well. It was a school project and it was about finding a dragon’s egg, and I took it home to make it my friend!

  2. 1.) I’ve learned that while you have to be safe on the internet, that doesn’t mean you can’t make good friends.
    2.) Like you mentioned, you can find a lot of support through blogging. I never knew so many people understood what I was going through in terms of anxiety. I also never expected so many people to read my blog!
    3.) People like my writing! I still don’t think I’m the best writer in the world and I’ve always gotten support from my family and some of my friends with my writing, but now I get people that I hardly know saying they like my writing!
    4.) I have a lot to say and people are truly interested in hearing about it! 🙂 Also, a lot of other people have important things to say!

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      Awesome! I like your point about being safe on the Internet. You can never be too careful. 🙂

      #3 is amazing. That’s so great!

  3. LorevaRaven says:

    Awwww…. this is such a sweet post! It tells so much about blogging! I learned that you should write for yourself and not others… you should write what YOU want to write and not to be let down by a negative comment but learn from it. ANd most importantly, I learnt never to give up. Even if there are no views or likes you have to keep putting up stuff! Do not give up! This was such a nice post!

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      Thank you! I agree about writing for yourself 🙂

  4. What a great post! 200 posts is a lot. It will be exciting when you reach the one year mark 😀

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      Thanks! It definitely will be exciting. I’m already thinking about something special for my one year. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome. Can’t wait to see what you have planned 😀

  5. anna@herding cats & burning soup says:

    Oh man. Yes blogging was brutal on my tbr pile. I probably add 10 books a day to my list while I visit blogger friends. At least. lol

    Hrms. What have I learned. I’m just about to hit my 4 year anniversary so it’s been a while. I think the biggies for me were…

    1. Do my own thing. Making posts unique and not feeling like I have to join in on memes or blog tours, or feature the “right” books was a bit thing for me. Much happier now.

    2. It’s okay to leave a negative review. As long as it’s not hateful it’s a GOOD thing to leave them.

    3. Stats were for me as well. These days I *maybe* look at them once every 4 or so months and that’s just when I’m updating NG or a publisher requests info from me.

    4. Visiting other blogs keeps me going. I love seeing what everyone else is up to and the friendships that can pop up.

    5. It’s okay to say no. 😀 For a review request or a blog post or whatever.

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      I agree about other blogs keep you going. It’s the same for me. I always want to see what others are doing, how their life is going, and maybe gain an idea or two. I got my 2016 Reading Challenges from you. 🙂 It’s always fun to check out other blogs.

      Definitely agree about negative reviews. As long as they’re not hateful, it’s ok to leave them. I can’t remember where, but somewhere, I read that while it is disappointing, authors like to see the below 3 stars review. It helps them to improve and also know that what they wrote isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I’ve had a couple books I wasn’t happy with, but I explained why I wasn’t happy and what went wrong, for me. Not every book review has to be 100% all the time. That’s one thing I love!

  6. Shivangi says:

    Hi Kendra… Loved the post. I have been blogging for eleven months now and I have around 180 followers.. This post voices my feelings. I love blogging and my blogger friends…stay blessed and happy writing!

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      Aww, thank you! 🙂

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