When I decided at the beginning of April to turn my personal blog into a book blog, I had no idea how difficult it was going to be. It’s been two weeks now and WOW. I can’t believe it hasn’t even been a month yet…I feel like I’ve been doing this forever. Not because I’ve become so experienced, but because it’s been such hard work! I’ve met some great people and learned TONS of new things about books, blogging, and even life.
Book blogging has become my second job – only it’s one I actually enjoy doing even though I’m not getting compensated financially. Some days are harder than others, like today…when I’ve spent hours gathering information and then I really have nothing to show for it here. I’ve made mistakes – like forgetting to let people know that my first giveaway was really only intended for US entries because I’m poor and can’t afford to ship a print book outside of the country; or setting the giveaway to end a day later than it really should have and thus severely shortening the amount of time that winners will have to reply to their emails (YIKES!)…
But, all part of the learning process right? I’m just thankful to have, however few, some loyal supporters who keep me sane. Much thanks to Octavia over at ReadSleepRepeat for being my partner in wine and keeping me laughing with funny gifs and cleavage shots. Also to River at Innocence Walker for sharing the book blogging newbie pains with me. And to my wonderful hubby, Jason, for encouraging my
madness efforts, letting me spend money on giveaways and design help, and watching one of my favorite anime with me when I need to relax and laugh.
Two weeks. I’ve been up and I’ve been down and I’ve already felt like giving up – but I won’t! It’s going to take a lot of hard work and maybe even a long time for me to achieve my goals for Twilight Sleep, but I haven’t felt so passionate about something in quite a while and I’m not going to let that go just because it’s taking a while to get established. I’m learning to be more patient with myself and with others, and there’s no way that can be a bad thing.
So thank you to you too, you who are reading this. Every single one of you is a special part of my journey and I’m so glad you decided to come along for the ride. ♥