What I Learned From Three Years of Blogging

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!

Author Chat with Kate Evangelista + Giveaway

We welcome Filipina Author Kate Evangelista on the blog today as part of the second leg of the blog’s 2nd Blogoversary! Kate’s newest novel, No Love Allowed (check out my review here), has just been published last month!  So check out our short interview with Kate!

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? Can you tell us about it?

Yes. It was a gender bending story about a girl sent to a farm so she could learn how to be a girl and a boy who worked at the far who was so pretty he looked like a girl. I’m actually planning on expanding this story into a novel in the future.

Having books with paranormal and contemporary themes, which genre do you think is more challenging to write?

Contemporary, definitely. There are moments when I reach a point in a contemp book where I’m tempted to add a wizard or a vampire or something equally supernatural or magical. *laughs*

How do you usually find inspirations for story ideas or characters?

Inspiration usually just come. I have a ton of stories lined up in my head waiting to be written. The question always is: who goes first?

Filipino authors being recognized by international publishing companies is a big game-changer for literature in the Philippines. What advice can you give to aspiring Filipino writers like me?

Keep writing. Don’t let doubts and insecurities stop you from achieving your goals. There will be many roadblocks. It’s those who persevere who will make it to the end.

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Can you describe how you felt the night before No Love Allowed was released?

I was so nervous I couldn’t sit still. I’m always like that when a new book comes out. As a writer all I want is for readers to enjoy the stories I put out there. I believe that the stories of my characters deserve to be read, which is why I’m always at the edge of my seat for the readers who discover my novels.

Do you have any bookish news to share?

If you’ve finished reading No Love Allowed, first of all thank you! Second, if you want more? Don’t fret. No Holding Back, which is Nathan and Preston’s story, will come out October 18, 2016. Yes, that’s right! You only have to wait a couple of months and you get another Dodge Cove novel. If fact, you can pre-order their story already. Let them take you on a European adventure.

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Check out NO HOLDING BACK on Goodreads.

ABOUT KATE EVANGELISTA

kate evangelistaWhen Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.

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The Bibliophile Confessions Turns TWO!

Hey guys! It’s been a pretty long while! I know I’m not really that active nowadays because I’m focusing on my thesis but hey, this May, we are celebrating our SECOND BLOGOVERSARY! WOO!

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I seriously can’t believe my precious little blog has turned two already. I can still remember how I was such a noob when I set this blog up! Haha! Anyway, I am proud to say that I learned a lot of things when it comes to book blogging. I have grown so much in this community that I’m also very proud of being a part of. I have met new friends, fellow bloggers, and even authors who love talking to their readers. It’s such a happy community to be involved with.

I can also say that I grew more mature and really comfortable when it comes to blogging. Before, I was super anxious everytime I couldn’t think of a post. I was so keen on posting every other day that I grew really tired of it. Now, I’m blogging and reading on my own pace and I’m glad with how things are going.

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A lot of things has happened during the past year but the highlights were definitely meeting my favorite authors, building connections with different publicists and of course, being a Staff Reviewer at YA Books Central!

So as part of the celebration, I’ll be queueing up posts for the next days which will feature Filipino authors in the bookish community. I’m really happy that Filipino authors are getting known in the mainstream bookish community. YAY DIVERSITY! So y’all better watch out for these posts and for some giveaways!

Thanks for all your support! Hopefully you’ll continue to be a reader of The Bibliophile Confessions!

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