For some reason, I still can’t bring myself to think that I’m actually blogging. It still feels a little unreal when I think about the friends I gained, the books I’m getting, and all the people I met throughout the process.
It’s true that blogging is not a joke. At first, I thought that this was going to be an easy deal. Just writing reviews here and there, but the first thing I learned was, as a blogger, you get to have complete creative freedom with the content you’re creating and this was truly refreshing! I enjoy reading different feature posts other than book reviews from my favorite bloggers. I even created my own features, even though I totally failed at maintaining it. Don’t worry though, I’m sure they’ll make a comeback at some point.
Another important thing I learned was getting free books isn’t everything. It’s true! This is a point that established bloggers are always trying to get across to younger bloggers. Your blog and your legitimacy as a book blogger isn’t going to be measured by how many publicists you get to talk to and how many ARCs you’re getting from them. I know how exciting it is to get bookmails. I have to admit that when I first started, I was requesting way too many books than I can read so I always end up getting buried with a lot to catch up. Now, I’m only requesting the ones I’m really interested in reading, because at the end of the day, these books will end up at your local bookstores’ shelves one way or the other and you can always buy them.
I’m truly grateful that I discovered the hidden gem that is #romanceclass. I’m sure you have heard of it at one point. If not, then you are missing big time. The #romanceclass community consists of Filipino authors who write about romance, and they are really good at it. I’m really happy that I came across the #romanceclass community because honestly they are my happy pill. I’ve read a number of books from the #romanceclass authors and they’re all delightful and totally swoon worthy. I’ve also attended a couple of their events and the authors are very friendly, the activities are fun to do, and the live
readers readings!!!! They’re so much fun to watch!
The book community is very supportive, that’s another thing I’ve learned. I know that we deal with constant shit and we see them on Twitter but I’m glad that more people are getting aware and more educated about issues, such as diversity and representation. I feel like we just need to do our part to make the community better. We need to listen and boost voices of the minority. People need to acknowledge that we are part of the community too. Speaking of diversity, I’m so happy that more diverse books are getting picked up! I’m seeing Filipino authors being published by the big five. I’m also really happy that books are getting Asian people as cover models such as I Believe in A Thing Called Love, When Dimple Met Rishi, and Lucky In Love! Just yesterday, I saw a physical copy of I Believe… in my local bookstore and seeing the cover just made me really happy!!!
The most important thing I have learned is that it’s okay to take a break. When 2017 started, I had a huge blogging slump. I post sporadically, and have noticed that I don’t read as much as I did back then. One of the reasons for this was because I was getting a little tired of blogging. I felt like I wasn’t putting out enough creative posts so I did, what I could. I took a break from blogging. Sometimes, I just post some reviews and book hauls here and there, but there wasn’t any original content. I was also on my last semester from Uni, so I focused more on studying. And I have to say that everything was worth it! Two weeks from now, I’m finally graduating from Uni!!!
Throughout this journey, I get to meet and mingle with a lot of people. For two years, a bunch of us bloggers were able to organize reader meet-ups. I met a lot of readers and bloggers because of this and I’m excited for what we have in store for you! I also met lovely authors, both local and international, that have inspired me more to read! I’m thankful for all of this! I can’t wait to experience more things as I go through another year, and more!
As part of my blogoversary celebration, I have an ongoing giveaway on Twitter so check that out!
RT + FOLLOW to win a book of your choice (up to 15 USD). Open anywhere as long as TBD ships. Ends July 6th (my birthday!!!)
— Inah 👩🏽🎓🎓 (@inahreads) June 5, 2017