Happy (late) Blogoversary to me!
I missed by Blog Birthday completely because someone May is already halfway effing over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but the first six weeks of stay-at-home issues dragged by, so I’m not sure where the last two weeks went. How did they blow by so fast? Anyway, thankfully The Orangutan Librarian (who I adore, btw) mentioned in her blogoversary post that we are blog birthday buddies and reminded me that it is, in fact, halfway through the month. Thanks friend!
Things are a little different here on Never Not Reading than when I started. Boy, how my life has changed. I’m at my fourth job since I started the blog, and starting a new career as a librarian. I am NOT reading anyone else’s blogs, which I hate but will hopefully change in the next week or so. I’m reading a lot more variety.
And, let’s be honest, I’m running out of blogging steam.
I don’t have three year’s worth of sage wisdom to offer you, but I have learned one VERY important thing. I started blogging to make friends and talk about books, which I did for a solid year and a half. But for the last eighteen months I haven’t been a part of the community. Not really. Being in grad school plus commuting plus being a parent, I just haven’t had time. And you know what? Blogging isn’t fun anymore. I enjoy writing posts and I really enjoy talking to my regular commenters (Davida, Becky, Kay, LA, Book Beach Bunny, Yesha, Jennifer, Dani), but the whole process was so much more fun when I was reading other people’s stuff.
Blogging isn’t about followers. It isn’t about creating cool content. It isn’t about ARCs. Not to me, anyway. Blogging is a conversation, and a conversation goes two ways. I see a lot of people advising new bloggers to read and comment on other people’s blogs to increase their own traffic. It’s good advice, it works. But the real reason to read and comment on other people’s stuff is that it’s fun. Other people are smart, and funny, great friends, and in all other ways amazing. I love my friends I’ve made blogging, and I can’t wait to go back to reading y’all’s content soon.
You know what present I would love for my blog birthday? Links to some great blogs to follow once I start reading again. In the comments. Go!