After my recent hiatus I have decided to write a little post for myself to help me keep on blogging and think these may be helpful for some of you guys to:
- Find a Schedule and Stick to It: Make it obtainable. When I blogged last time I was putting up two posts a day. Yes I could do it (and I normally wrote in huge blocks on my days off) but I was putting huge pressure on myself and it meant I had to keep thinking of ideas. This gets hard when you get past 250 posts.
- Get a Blogging Notebook: Your blog may be digital but this notebook should be physical. This needs to be easy for you to refer back to. This can be done on the bus to work and you can let your inspiration run wild.
- Use Tags: Books tags are one of my favourite blogging tools. It is so easy to get in a review rut. Some blogs are purely for reviews and that is fine but if you want to share your entire book life this is the way to do.
- Keep Reading: This may seem extremely obvious but I don’t just mean books here. I mean other blogs, the newspapers, magazines and websites. These will inspire you This also can open real discussion on your blog.
Thank you for reading this and I hope some of these have proven useful. How do you keep blogging? What inspires you? Let me know in the comments below.
I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award, a huge thank you to Mischievous eyes for nominating me. My post will be coming tomorrow afternoon and you will be able to see all of my nominations and the answers to all of my questions but I thought I’d share a couple of answers with you now. Remember to look back to see my answers to the rest of the questions and my nominees!
What inspired you to start blogging?
I am not sure, I think I just wanted to write about all the things that really annoyed me and then my love for books started coming through and now it’s more book blog than rant blog.
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
Well I was young and grumpy and there was a lot of things I hated (and a few I loved) and that’s how it happened.
When I write a book review, I am always as fair as possible. I won’t review a book that I haven’t finished or a book that I really didn’t like. I always make sure that I have at least one positive thing to say and I am not interested in trashing authors and the reviews are my opinion not fact.
Somebody else might read the same book and might have a totally different set of thoughts on the work. All my reviews are honest (just as I would expect from anybody else reviewing a book), I also have no wish to cause anybody offense.
As a writer I am open to criticism and at no point have I claimed to be perfect. Surely being able to take constructive criticism or being able to appreciate other viewpoints is all part and parcel of writing, blogging and reading?
Recently I have been spending a lot of time reading others’ blogs and I have noticed by posts are considerably shorter than most. I tend to write posts that are around 150 words long. I do this as it means it short and sweet but can still have some real content.
A lot of blogs, though are writing pieces that are 500 plus words long, these are also the more successful blogs. Is this what people want? I personally get bored when there it too much read ( I am not very good at reading from a computer screen at the best if times).
I would love some feedback on this and to see what you guys think
Normally my posts are scheduled well in advance, but after a massive writing session on Tuesday, I just don’t have the energy for it. I also have no idea what to write about. Hopefully I will have something better up later guys!
I came across this entirely by chance, I believe I was looking at an art blog and Shared Blogg had liked it. This blog is open to contributors all you need to do in comment on the home page post and you will be added as a contributors. This is not only a great way to get people to read your blog who may never have noticed it before but also (and actually probably my favourite thing about it) a way to find new blogs to read and new bloggers to connect with.
You can find Shared Blogg HERE.
After having to go home before lunch yesterday I have now woken up to similar problems due to the snow. Why can’t we function like Canada? A foot of snow and the world has to stop. I’m sure I will be back at work Monday.
Being tapped though does give me some extra time to schedule blogs and even do some writing, which somehow I have managed to avoid for a number or weeks.
And also drink far too much tea!