Saturday, 23 February 2013

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon: Mini Challenge 4 (#LoveAThon)

We're heading towards the end of the Love-a-Thon now. Here's challenge number 4:

Mini Challenge #4! Write a letter to your blogging self and post it on your blog at 4 P.M. For the blogging oldies, you can write about whatever you’d like - advice you would give your younger self, things you would tell yourself to stop doing, things you’d tell yourself to continue doing, or things you’d tell yourself to start doing. If you're a newbie blogger, your directions are a little different. Write a letter to yourself in the future. Talk about the stuff you like so far and what you hope to accomplish in the future. Once you have this posted, you can link up on either of our sites and then go around and check out everyone else’s letters!
Dear Claire,

It looks like you've made it through a bunch of Love-a-Thon challenges today! Go you! Here are some tips to help you keep up this streak:

When it comes to blogging, it's really easy to get overwhelmed which is why you need to schedule more posts in advance. So it means you won't be posting as soon as you've read a book - so what? It is pushing you waaaaaay past your limits trying to read and post like that and as awesome as blogging is, your health is more important.

Don't worry about gaps. The more you get used to scheduling, the less gaps will bother you because you will choose when they are. You can't change the past so let those past gaps go and move forward with a positive attitude.

Start keeping a closer eye on your review backlog. Yes that review backlog. The one that is almost at 20 books. Start chipping away at it - you've read the books, so organize your thoughts and get them all typed up. This will also help you with the scheduling thing!

Keep a closer eye on your comments - they are there, they are awesome! Respond to people who've taken the time to comment, and try and comment back on their blogs more whenever you can.

Try to tweet more. You've met some incredible bloggers on twitter so try using it to connect. Plus if you're having a bad health day/week/month, twitter is a quick and easy way to let people know you are still around.

Above all, remember why you love blogging!


  1. Yes, I need to tweet more too. I'm a bit intimidated by Twitter even though so many people enjoy it so much!


    1. Maybe we should form an intimidated by Twitter club lol :) Thanks for stopping by Dana!

  2. Omg! I blogged for a while before learning about scheduling. Everytime I did, I did it wrong! So I would set an alarm to wake up and post! Lol!

    And I am just getting more into Twitter. It is so fun to use to personally interact with other book bloggers!

    Really enjoyed reading!

    Christine @ Oh, Chrys!

    1. I was so confused by it! I couldn't get my head around it at all until someone explained it for me using lots of small words lol :) Now I adore my schedule button.

      Thanks for stopping by Christine!

  3. I love scheduling posts, it makes the blogging experience much more enjoyable. Which means I get to comment/discover great blogs like yours!

    1. I totally agree about it making blogging more enjoyable! Thanks Whitney :)

  4. I LOVE this post. And need to remind myself of these things - OFTEN :) And I love thos love-a-thon because I get to discover new awesome blogs! like yours!

  5. I have been blogging for over two years and am just now getting used to scheduling! I think it is going to work out so much better when I get the hang of it though. You had some pretty awesome blogging advice!

  6. Great letter! Scheduling is so helpful, and I love how you mentioned that once you start scheduling, you won't mind the gaps in posts, because you've planned it that way. So true!

  7. Scheduling posts is my angel saviour and the evil devil! I am the same as you, reading and then posting straight away because I don't have time, don't have anything else scheduled, etc. I have scheduled a full week of posts in advance TWICE and it took a whole WEIGHT off my mind for those two weeks so I know I need to do it more but finding the time is hard, isn't it?

    You've given yourself some great advice there Claire and I couldn't agree more. And, always remember to have fun, don't let it become a chore or work or it'll no longer be a good thing to keep going. <3

  8. Lovely letter, Claire! I am slowly getting back in the swing of scheduling posts. I was doing really good, then the move to self-hosting threw me off my game for awhile. Scheduling posts is definitely a live saver!

    And YES. I am SO bad at finishing several books in a row, then waiting to write my reviews. Then I'm all foggy on what I liked about them. One of my goals is to get better about that!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue


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