I can’t even count on my five ten fingers and ten toes how many amazing, awesome sauce people I’ve met during this blogging journey. I shan’t name them now but if we’ve been chatting for a but on blogs and in social media just know that you guys, each and every one of you, have touched me in a very special way. I’ve only been doing this blogging thing for about five or six months and it’s been a journey so far!
As the crazy part about it is that we don’t have to talk everyday to still be friends. We have our lives and it gets super hectic and busy but you never forget your blogging buddies. ♡ I heart you all.
Blogging is now a part of my life as all of YOU GUYS reading this now.
I think the blog is made by the author BUT it’s made by the people that form the community AROUND IT: The interaction, the love, the commenting, the networking, ALL make or break a blog.
Some things I’ve learned:
♥I even read a boxed book set on my Kindle. (This is news because I never knew you could do that and truthfully wasn’t even aware of a WHAT THE HECK a boxed set even WAS.)
♥I now know what an ARC is all about (and what the acronym stands for) and how to actually get one. (Shocker) Although I have to say I kind of went overboard because I requested sooooo many at once and now I have a heaping pile of them.
I shall now tell you of my nightmare with ordering a wee bit too many ARCS….
I have at least 15 I STILL haven’t read yet and it’s been a little over FIVE months or so? I’m sure my grade(or whatever the equivalent to “progress” Net Galley uses to critique the review process) is so low. No one is going to want me to review their books. ‘Tis a travesty.
And….I am certain they despise me. DESSSPIIZZZEEE MEH.
♥The blogoshpere is such a friendly place and at first I was terrified of finally hitting publish on my first post, making my blog go live for the first time. I’m naturally an introvert but an extrovert sometimes, if that makes any sense?? I literary waited a month before pushing that publish button.
YUP. A. WHOLE. FREAKING. MONTH.
Believe me. Keionda was not amused.
During that time I told myself that I was doing it because I wanted to make sure everything looked okay and things were organized. But REALLY I was just procrastinating which I discovered I’m really, really good at. And it took me an additional month to start commenting on other blogs. This was due to fear and the fact that I had no idea how to start nor where.
So, I would like to take the time now to say thank you for being so nice and welcoming for this community. I still have a lot to learn but I’m taking things each day at a time and telling myself that a small amount each day will amount to something HUGE in the end. I like I belong somewhere even if we’re only just talking about books, hawt book boyfriends, and rants.
With blogging I’ve been seeing myself changing, reaching out to people and being… well, MYSELF. I don’t have to pretend to be anyone else because I’m becoming more and more comfortable in my own skin. In high school, I wasn’t the “popular girl,” [Whatever this means anyway because I don’t believe we should be ranked according to social statuses and what not.] But in college that was where I really branched out and found myself. Joined some organizations and become one of the leaders of the university.
And now, I’m jobless hobo and in desperate need of one. Sigh. Life is cruel. C.R.U.E.L.
Over to you:
How has blogging changed you? Have you been changed for the better? Do you feel this community is super open and welcoming TOO?