If you saw my exciting news this week, you found out that I was contacted by HarperTeen to join them as the “official live blogger” for the Dark Days of Summer tour stop for Milwaukee! This means that I will get to interview some amazing authors, tweet all of the happenings so my followers can get a glimpse of the event, take pictures and post about the night on my blog! After I got the request, I couldn't stop shaking. What? You want ME? Compared to the other bloggers who were chosen, I feel like a nobody…even sometimes inadequate.
I’m sure most bloggers feel like this, because we all have to work our way up from the bottom and sometimes that takes a long time. Whenever I check my email, I’m still shocked that I receive review requests, even though I have been for well over a year now. I don’t feel as though I have a large following, even though the numbers say the opposite. I've never stopped being grateful for those of you who do read my blog on a regular basis, because I realize how much time it takes just to scroll through your blog feed, let alone read each post that interests you.
I’m very confident in the things that I love to do, it just surprises me whenever I get acknowledged and it makes me realize how lucky I actually am to be noticed out of the hundreds of book bloggers that are popping up every day.
Obviously if I have returning visitors, a constant flow of new followers, and publishers or authors investing in my thoughts, I must be valued...but sometimes I feel like I just can’t compare. Many of us hear the phrase “quality over quantity” quite often. It’s easy to forget that when you’re scheduling posts, since most of us need to post at least every other day in order to maintain a successful blog. What else is crucial to maintain a successful book review blog? Reading! Some of you are reading machines and more often than not, I feel like I can’t keep up!
Finally, unlike some others, I tend to procrastinate and leave my posts unwritten until at least a half hour before it goes live. This doesn't always work out in my favor, because occasionally (especially lately) by the time I plan to type and post, I get distracted and end up pushing it back a day. I often look at all of the bloggers I follow and think, “Wow, how did they get to be so creative/ awesome/ incredible/ witty? Where do they find the time in their busy lives, and what do I have to do to be like them?”
Can you relate to this feeling as a blogger, reader, or human being in general?