Sunday, November 20, 2011

Will I ever be able to post regularly? No, don’t answer that question.


According to a blog post I read last October, the best way to get more followers is to post DAILY. I thought, “Hey, I could do that. Tons of bloggers work, take care of their kids, and post daily.” So, I decided to post daily, and realized that, no, posting daily isn’t as easy as it looks. It’s actually pretty hard.

I kind of burned out. In this case, burn out = staying away from classics like the plague and completely running out of ideas for posts. I forgot that I started this blog because I wanted a place where I could babble about classics as much as I want to and to have FABULOUS conversations with people who love books as much as I do.

After taking a little *ahem* rest from blogging and classics, I think I’m finally ready to get back into the swing of things. I’ve thought about this blog, and what I really want to do with it. The main thing is this: I want to record my thoughts on classics and to talk to people about them, exchange ideas in case I ever have any.

I’ve also decided to stop being so uptight/OC about this blog. There are so many things I’ve wanted to talk about, but I forced myself to put a cork in it because a post would already be too long. There have also been times when I didn’t have much to say about a particular book, but I forced myself to write a full review on it that ended up boring as hell. So, I’ve decided to be a little more relaxed.

And to stop buying so many books.

Here I am, apologizing once again for my sudden absence. I’ve got a couple of posts lined up, and I still hope to post a vlog in the future. Just not today.

P.S: Have I mentioned that you all look great?

18 comments:

Kathmeista said...

Yay! You're back! :) Pffft to the people that say you SHOULD post every day. If you want to and do, awesome and well done but if not? No sweat. I was reading an e-book lately on attracting and retaining readers but you know what? The most important thing I gleaned from it was that your blog is your house. You do what you want with it and what you want in it. Which made me also feel a whole lot better about not posting a got lately, which ironically got me back into the swing of things.

Zibilee said...

Glad to see you back, Darlyn! But seriously, blogging should be fun and not stressful, so do it however it works for you. You don't need to post everyday, or stick to one kind of post if that's not what you are comfortable with it. It's your place, and you own the show. I hope to see more of you, but I want you to have fun doing it! Have a great week over there, my friend!

o said...

See, it is nice to have lots of followers because there's more potential for a good discussion in some respects, but you're right: I've been there with the 'lots of followers' blog (not millions, but let's say I had a 'respectable' number of hits / comments / subscribers etc (not on my current blog, one from years back). And it became a nightmare, for reasons you've just outlined, among other things. I stopped blogging for two years because I was so fed up with it all! It's far better to just do what you do, write about what you want, and not worry about numbers. I'm FAR happier now blogging the way I am now, and I think, speaking for myself, I'm much more real and genuine, I don't have any obligation to write things I don't particularly want to write about or maintain a persona that people had come to expect of me.

o said...

(I should add that I REALLY like and appreciate the followers I have, they are important, what I meant to say was I think now that the individuals who follow me are important, not how many followers I have. Not saying at all that's what you were suggesting, just telling you my experience with blogging and numbers :))

Jillian said...

Yep, I'll echo what o said. I've tried writing to the crowd, and it's nerve-racking. Write for yourself, and disappear whenever you please. Post long, post short. Post for you. :-)

Caro said...

Posting daily may be the best way to gain followers, but it's also the best way to turn blogging into a chore. Your blog is great and I'm so glad I found it- even if you don't post everyday.

Shann said...

I can't imagine being able to post daily on a book blog. It may work for different subjects but even on my fluff shopping blog, I couldn't post more than 4 times a week and I couldn't maintain that for long. There is so much thought that goes into each post of a personal book blog, as a reader I don't expect a daily or even weekly post, I'm just glad when one pops up. Anyway glad your back, looking forward to your relaxed posting ;)

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

Posting daily is something I could NEVER do, and it makes blogging, which should be fun, into a chore and a routine. My own posting ebbs & flows depending on how busy I am, and I'm sure that's the same for most people.

Glad to have you back :)

Allie said...

Whenever I get blog panic, I like to take a step back and remind myself that I do this for me-not for my readers. Of course, I love having open dialogue about classics, reading, and bookish things, but if I get overwhelmed, I just step back and come back to blogging when I feel it is right. It works for me. :)

But, I am glad to see you back. :)

mel u said...

Post when you want to post-as Sam (Tiny Library) said, blogging is meant to be fun and imposing a daily post on yourself takes the fun out of it-

mooderino said...

I think you should post what and when you please. People may prefer some posts over others, but I don't think anyone is going to storm off in a huff if you go off on an occasional tangent.

mood
Moody Writing
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Aarti said...

Um, can I put in a VERY strong vote for NOT posting every day? I cannot describe to you the panic I feel sometimes in seeing a Google Reader that, after only two days of not checking it, is somehow in the hundreds. And then I see what (no offense) I find to be pretty useless posts clogging up the reader that then often overwhelm the posts that I would find really interesting and useful, but that I never get to because I just give up and Mark All as Read.

Susan Bennett said...

I don't know how anyone keeps on top of everything they're supposed to do either. I suspect they don't. It's probably just a fantasy we have about other people.

Christa @ Hooked on Books said...

Post when you want to! It's your blog and you should do it because it makes you happy.

Plus a huge follower count isn't what's important it's all about blog readers!

Kristi said...

Good to have you back! I've taken a break for a few months and have felt really guilty about it, but once I started posting again, I still had most of the same readers there. Don't stress it. If people enjoy your blog (which we do), we'll be here whether you post daily, or only once every couple of months. :)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

You definitely don't have to post everyday. Your followers enjoy your posts whenever they're up, but they don't have to happen everyday. Just post when you want to and we'll be here!

Trisha said...

I am a big proponent of doing what you want, when you want with your blog. Unless you are getting paid for it, or you want this to be a full time job, you are better off not stressing!

simplerpastimes said...

I don't think I can add anything better than what's been said above. Just do/write what makes you happy. Blogging is supposed to be fun, so it's better not to get in your own way!

(And welcome back!)

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