Over the course of the last month, I’ve tried really hard to get more involved and be more active in the blogging community, particularly on Twitter. I feel like I’ve succeeded in my mission as I’m making much more of an effort to share posts, chat with bloggers and find new ones to follow. Another thing that I’ve started taking part in are comment threads. For those that don’t know, comment threads are run by certain bloggers / accounts and basically gives everyone taking part the chance to share their new blog posts, discover new blogs and gain some comments on your own as well.
Blog photography has always been the bane of my blogging life. I’m not good at taking photos, period. No matter how good the camera or perfect the lighting, it’s just something I am not good at. I try my best and would say some of my own, personal photos I’ve taken for my blog are… satisfactory at best. But no matter how hard I try, they never compare to the perfectly laid out flat lays with the pretty copper and rose gold photos props in the perfect lighting which makes you envious of that particular blogger’s amazing skill.
The other week, it was my blogs 4th blogoversary! I don’t know where those 4 years have gone; it’s been an almighty blur and I can’t distinguish one year from the next any more. It feels like only mere months ago that I had my first ever blog design, I had a handful of followers and all I was doing is reviewing books. Before the time where I knew what a sponsored post was or what a product review would entail because things like that seemed so far fetched for a little blogger like me.
Around this time 4 years ago, Jenny in Neverland was born. 4 flipping years ago. First of all, I can’t believe I’ve stuck at something for so long; I was notoriously known in school for picking up a hobby, being totally engrossed for a month then the novelty wore right off. Flute, piano, dancing, drama, art – you name it. But this isn’t school anymore and this isn’t just a hobby anymore and I had no idea 4 years ago that blogging would become such a huge, important and vital part of my daily life. But it has and although it’s not been completely smooth sailing and there’s been a fair few bumps in the road, I still love blogging now as much as ever. So I’m here celebrating my blog’s 4th birthday and I’d love for you to join me!
Like any other creative industry whereby you “put yourself out there” in some way; be that through art or music or acting, blogging gives you a platform to express yourself, network and… be judged. If you’re giving a part of yourself to the online world, there are hundreds of thousands of other people all doing the same thing, all looking to each other for guidance or inspiration and there are some who look at others and will judge. I’ve done it. You’ve probably done it, too. It’s bad to judge but some of the things I’ve seen bloggers be “judgy” about, I don’t find intrinsically bad, at all. And those are the points I want to talk about today.
This March -slash- April -slash- May, I would have been blogging for 4 years, (I can’t remember exactly what month I started; I seemed to think it was March but WordPress tells me it’s May but whatever) so I won’t be doing any giveaways with this post, as I normally would, because I’d like to wait until my 4th blog anniversary and go completely and utterly overboard then but for me, hitting 2,000 unique blog followers (I say unique blog followers because that is just including WordPress reader followers, email followers and bloglovin followers – it doesn’t count twitter and Facebook) is somewhat of a milestone and I think it warrants a little blog post, mostly just to say a big huge thank you to everyone who follows and reads my blog.
A lot of bloggers start off using a free blog host when they first start blogging. There are a few reasons you might do this. For one thing, it’s completely free, so you don’t have to waste money finding out if you like blogging or not. They’re also easy to use, making them a great introduction for new bloggers. But once your blog starts to pick up some steam you also may wish to move to a hosted site. With your own domain and a website builder, you can have more control over your blog. If you want to move, here’s how you can do it.
Reasons to Make the Switch
You might be unsure about whether creating a proper domain for your website is the best idea. After all, you’ve already got followers on the blog you created. What if you move it and your followers don’t come with you or new people struggle to find you? But there are some great reasons to move to your own domain. You can have a proper website address that looks more professional. You’ll also have more control over what you do with your site, and you can learn some clever technical skills. You’ll also be able to monetize your site by adding adverts, sponsored posts, and more.
So we’ve made it to the end of blogtober and the first word that springs to mind is ‘phew’. This post is going to be a bit rambly, a bit ranty and a bit all over the place, as we’ve reached the end of October and probably my most active blogging month ever since the beginning, I have a lot of thoughts about blogging right now and about my own blog and just about how things are going that I’d like to write down and get off my chest. This post won’t be all miserable and ranty, I’ll try and include some good points, too.
I’ve been offering advertising slots on my blog for maybe around a year now and decided to do so after a lot of research into what other bloggers were doing, trying out some advertising packages myself and weighing up the pros and cons of introducing them to my blog. At the time I started offering them, it was the time where my blog had start to really grow and I wanted to maximise that the best I could and I thought advertising slots would be a good way to do that. I was speaking to someone on twitter who was interested in possibly offering her own but needed more advice so I thought I’d concoct a little blog post about the whole thing which will hopefully help and give some of you some guidance who may be considering it too!
Warning: Very personal post coming up so if y’all not into that sorta thing then clear off. The other day (haha I say the other day but it was literally a month ago now) I had a bit of a rant / vent on Twitter. I mentioned that although I love lifestyle blogging and writing about a whole bunch of different topics, I feel sad sometimes that I’m not known solely as a “book blogger” anymore. For those who might be newer readers and followers of mine, my blog started as a book blog and only after a year or so did I venture into other topics. I was constantly reading, reviewing and in contact with authors and publsihers. It was wonderful. And although I still am to some extent (aside from my blog touring business which literally revolves around books), I can’t help but feel a bit distant from the book blogging community now.