So, it has been nearly six months since I started this blog, and as I look back, I realize just how much more aware I am about the book blogging world now. Book tours, ARCs, review requests, the whole social media promoting, giveaways … whew!
2015 has been an amazing year for me … a life-changing one. I got married and moved to another country nine months ago. A new life, new environment, and well.. quite a lot of free time. Then my husband introduced me to the awesome library services here. And that is what prompted me to get back to reading which I had sort of neglected in the past few years. And blogging is an extension of just expressing something I love doing.
During my initial days, I didn’t even think much about having my blog seen or liked by other bloggers. Then Bookidote liked and commented on my post, and it was then that I started checking out other blogs more carefully. However, it was weeks before I seriously started revamping my blog, adding a Review Policy page, indexing my posts and setting up an email account for contact. Because I thought it was such a great way to discover and read different books.
I wish I had discovered the awesomeness of twitter earlier in the year … I went a bit nutty trying to enter every giveaway that was being promoted for Christmas and New Year :p .. No, but seriously, I didn’t know there were so many bloggers, publishers, editors and new, aspiring authors who are so active in encouraging each other’s work and checking out different blogs. I had heard terms like virtual tours, book tours, tour hosts but never dug into it to fully understand how it works.
So when I finally did, I did feel like I missed out on some opportunity.. but oh well, I probably wouldn’t have gotten picked that early anyways..
So signing up for blog tours is definitely something that I would try in 2016. But more than anything else, more than review requests or giveaways or tours, or even stressing over page count or frequency of blog posts, I think my main blogging and reading resolution for this year is to just enjoy the whole process of reading, blogging and discovering new books, trying different authors and genres.