This blog post is brought to you from a has-been; or at least that’s what I feel like. Over the last year or so I’ve been really up and down with my feelings towards the book blogging community and couldn’t work out why. Then, in the last few weeks, I realised what it was I feeling: out of touch.
I used to go to events every couple of weeks and be tweeting all day with bloggers, publishing people and authors but in the last few years I’ve had to cut back on events drastically due to low funds and don’t have the time to always chat online. Initially I thought it wouldn’t change anything but I noticed a big drop in contact I was receiving from publishers and communication with the online community. It felt like I wasn’t part of the cool crowd anymore and so, had been dropped off the radar.
What was I doing wrong?
Hadn’t I joined in with enough twitter chats? Perhaps; but I couldn’t muster the effort every time one was going on after a long day at work.
Had I not done enough on every social media outlet? Again, maybe but I just can’t produce that much original content.
Was I “off-trend”? Quite possibly. I’m not a ‘teen’ blogger and I don’t always go over-the-top with retweeting the popular and on-trend books but I like to share things I’m really passionate about. I thought that was what was important. Clearly not.
I wonder if I’d used enough GIFs and had made enough pointless noise in the sea of all the sound going on about whatever book was deemed THE book of the moment that people would still view me as a blogger to watch or listen to but I’ve been voted off the list; I just hadn’t been told.
I’ve changed the way I blog about books and introduced more lifestyle blog posts which I actually enjoy writing but it almost feels like the backs are turned and no one wants to share things anymore or take the time with my little old blog. Some still do, obviously, but not like they did.
I wish I didn’t feel like this but all the evidence I see before me suggests I’m right.
I’m not quitting blogging. I’m still going to do what I do and hope people keep trusting my blog and my opinions enough to share posts, read what I write and keep encouraging me as they always have. I just hope that if I keep being honest in what I write that you, my followers and readers, enjoy what you see. There might be less posts, they may be at bit more irregular and they’ll likely to cover a wider range of subject matter but I hope you stick with it … and me.
These are all just my thoughts and I don’t like to point the finger of blame at anyone but I think I’m valid in posting this and hope it explains why my blog has changed its shape and why I feel the way I do.