Taking a break from Novel Insights has allowed me to think afresh about what and how I want to post on my blog and I came to the following conclusion:
#1 goal; blogging must be enjoyable… for me.
You may be thinking that sounds a little ‘me, me, me’ (well tough it’s my blog) or that I’m stating the obvious (it’s surprisingly easy to lose sight of the fun side of things after nearly 4 years – yes my first post was in Nov 2008!)
In the spirit of not getting OCD about anything I’m going to keep away from strict rules and give myself the following simple guidelines:
- Post out of love not duty
- Try not to be too earnest
- Don’t over-structure
In practise, this means I’d like to bring a bit more ‘whim’ back into my blog. For example, I may decide not to post about every book I read and if I do it might be a full review or I might occasionally write a snippet on a subject related to the book rather than a review.
I was prompted to consider the point about not being ‘too earnest’ by the book I’ve just read – Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. Serena who writes for a university magazine, describes how she becomes more and more self-conscious about her writing and as a result she loses some of her natural style and verve. This doesn’t mean though that I plan to write insincerely or not be thoughtful in the way that I express myself and naval-gazing / waffle is perfectly allowed in my blog!
Finally I want to put it out there that although I love books, realistically I am a 1-2 book per month reader so posts might be sporadic (once a week probably) and I really am not going force myself to post unless I feel I have something I fancy saying. I can’t promise that there won’t be some other random un-book related fluff going up though – you have been warned!
If you are a blogger, have you ever reviewed your posting principles? What do you think of mine (be honest!)? As a reader, what are the things you look for in a blog? Do infrequent posts put you off?
So leaving you with those questions, I’ll sign off now before I get too earnestly introspective…!