The struggles of an amateur blogger

          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.

11 thoughts on “The struggles of an amateur blogger

  1. Rachel says:

    Totally understand where you’re coming from. Growing a blog does take time and a whole lot of patience. Just keep on it.
    Also, you can try sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss. While international bloggers likes us (I’m also from the Philippines) only get digital galleys from those two sites, it’s still a big help. There are a lot of books there for you to request and review. šŸ™‚

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  2. Justine @ Bookish Wisps says:

    I know what you mean! Blogging was a daunting decision for me. Especially with my VERY VERY shy persona. It was a struggle indeed. That is true, getting review copies physically may be a hassle bc of shipping costs. But NetGalley and Edelweiss has been really helpful. Not perfect but still, helpful. Keep on writing posts you want to read. (That’s what I’d been told.) And don’t be too hard with yourself on content. We’re going to get there soon. šŸ˜Š

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    • abookdevourer says:

      Thanks for the encouragement. Indeed it needs hard work to succeed but as long as we enjoy doing it, then I think that’s the biggest compensation that we can get. Hope we always find joy in reading and blogging!

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  3. Clo @ Book Dragons says:

    Hmmm I mean even if your twitter is small, if you use the right hashtags you stand a chance of people stumbling across your blog. But also, in terms of content you could try posting book tags or discussions, there’s a ton of blog post ideas out there to help if you’re struggling. If you want people to try and find you, then you need to engage in the community. Comment on their blogs, a few will eventually comment back.
    Make friends in the community, just sort of…embrace the community and don’t limit yourself to just blog tours because whilst they’re good. The majority of people you’re looking for probably won’t come on over to your blog, if you’re mostly posting blog tours. The more you blog hop to other blog posts, like and/or comment the likelier it is for a few of those people to hop back to you. ā¤

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  4. BeckieWrites says:

    I’m relatively new to blogging as well. I hope you keep writing! I really enjoy readjng book blogs. I enjoy reading and talking about books, but few people in my “real” life are bookworms. It’s fun to connect with other bookworms online!

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