Good day mate! Here I am again kicking off the day with a blog post. My journey here on wordpress is a roller-coaster ride. It is definitely exciting and thrilling but it is also hard and somewhat scary.
I’ve been here for two years now but I am not an active blogger. I blog whenever I discover indie authors that is willing to trade me a review copy for an honest review. I only read ebook copy tho because I am from the Philippines and most of the authors I find are from the US so it will cost them money if they’ll ship a physical copy to me. I enjoy it tho. I enjoy reading ebooks because it’s handy and I also enjoy exchanging emails with the author or blog tour hosts.
It has always been a joy whenever I receive emails regarding a book and it’s media kit. I am very delighted to discover new genres of books that I never tried reading before. I love talking to blog tour hosts. But of course blogging needs hardwork, that’s when my problems and insecurities arises.
Starting a blog is never easy specially when you are not an established personality or when you don’t know a lot of people. When starting a blog, you gotta know your content, what you want to write about, that is easy for me to figure out because I made this blog so I can post book reviews. Secondly, you gotta know your target audience, this is the problem. I only made few followers/mutuals here because I discovered them in bookstagram but I don’t think they actually read my posts. Obviously my target audience are bibliophiles but they also got their own blogs so what are the chances that they’ll read mine?
The problem of growing my blog and reaching new audience is the biggest problem I am facing. My instagram and twitter accounts too small to even promote it. This is why I am amazed by bloggers that started small and made it huge in the blogging industry. (of course the content matters, theirs are magnificent, mine? Uhhh let’s not get into it *winks)
The other struggle is consistency. Posting a lot keeps your blog active and it will help you reach more audience but in my case, I only get 1 or 2 review copies per year so how am I gonna post? I know I can post reviews of popular novels but I don’t see why a small blogger like me will post a review of an over-hyped book. I know I can post anything related to books but I can’t figure that out yet besides I am not a good writer.
Well this seems to be a rant and I am very aware of the answers to all these struggles but it is good to let these thoughts out. Indeed, writing has always been an escape, an adventure.
To sum it up, the three struggles I am facing are 1) how to reach more audience and grow my blog, 2)how to post more content, and 3) how to stay active. The advises that I can give are 1)keep on writing, 2) find more blog tour host, 3) try to post once a month.
And with that, this ends the struggles of an amateur blogger. Thank you. Check out my instagram and twitter accounts both with the username of abookdevourer.