Collaborating with the lovely Poulami: The Pros and Cons of Blogging

Hey there! You may or may not remember my invitation for collaborations on my blog a while back (you can refresh your memory here).

Now, I’m super glad to say that the lovely Poulami @ DayDreamingBooks and I have come together to create an awesome collaboration about the Pros and Cons of Blogging.

Poulami is the creator of the monthly feature “Daydreaming Discussions” where she talks about very relatable blogging/reading topics. Go check her out ASAP! But first…

Take a look at what we came up with:

(Aargh! I love lists so much!)

 

PROS-

The community – I love how friendly and welcoming everyone has been since I began blogging. When I first started, about a year ago, I read a few blog posts about trolls and people who simply had too much time in their hands leaving rude comments on people’s blogs, but my experience has been the complete opposite! And I love my followers for it! Everyone has been so supportive of my (sometimes silly) ideas, that they drive me forward and encourage me to keep coming back to this little URL which I like to call my own.

 

 

Keeping up to date with book releases – My Reader feed is filled with new and exciting book reviews… EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! So when there’s a big book release coming up all those wonderful book bloggers will keep me up to date.

Being able to give your opinion on all things book related – It’s not often that you can say exactly what you want in life, but when it comes to books, the blogosphere is like a giant stage and the mic is in your hands. Just let it all out. Here you can voice your opinion on something you’ve read, no matter how controversial your opinion might be. Your blog is YOUR stage. You set the rules.

Giveaways! – Aaaahhhh! Enough said… haha!

 

 

Fangirling- Oh the joy of meeting people with the same book taste and gushing about it together. It is simply the best feeling and definitely one of the best parts of book blogging! Before blogging I had nobody to share my bookish love with but now… 🙂

 

 

Getting Recommendations- One of the major plus point of blogging is getting recommendations every other day. Whether it is a new release or an old one, you are never short on the matter about what to read next.

 

And now, for the not-so-great side of blogging…

CONS-

Pressure to post frequently – I don’t know if it’s just me or does anybody else feel pressured into posting as often as possible? I used to post a lot more frequently before I started working, but now there’s so much going on that I don’t always have time to post, and that’s ok. As I said before: My blog, my rules 🙂

 

 

The importance people give to stat numbers – Now, I’ll be the first to raise my hands and admit that yes, I do look at my blog stats on a daily basis. I’ve always kind of liked numbers. They just make sense to me. So blog stats seem like a logical unbiased way of measuring how your blog is doing, right? WRONG! You don’t need high stats (AKA thousands of views per month) in order to be a successful blogger. If you do what makes you happy, then you are successful. It’s that simple. Even if you want to turn your blog into a business and earn a living from it, you can still do it without those super high stats. Just down go down the same route everyone else is taking. Be creative! Be you!

 

 

Blog envy – Haha! Yes, I’m guilty of having “blog envy”! Let me explain, I think envy in general is an ugly thing, especially when it comes out as a vicious act or poisonous words. But if your blog envy is more like a sense of admiration and awe towards other bloggers then it could actually be a good thing! It can push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to come up with brilliant ideas on how to improve your own blog!

 

 

ARCs (Advanced Review Copies)- We can’t deny the fact that one of the biggest parts of being a book blogger is that we have access to advanced review copies. As much as they are a boon, too many ARCs hamper the joy of reading as well, especially when we have to review it by a particular time limit.

Time Consuming- I really wish blogging was a super easy job. Yes, we love it so much but nobody can deny that it’s pretty time consuming. It takes loads of time to format the posts, find accurate pictures and gifs and then there’s the actual writing.

Blogging Burnout- When all of the cons get too much, we suffer from blogging burnout. During that time, inspiration doesn’t come easily and there are times we just want to give up on blogging. But it is important to remember why we started blogging in the first place, for our own self, because we love books and love gushing about it and it makes us feel happy. And in the end that’s what matters the most.

 

(PS: Can you tell who wrote what in this post? I realized how similar our writing styles are after seeing them side by side! Brilliant!)

 

 

 


Poulami’s Bio:

Poulami

Hey there, I’m Poulami! I’m a student and book blogger from India. I love YA and NA and my favourite genres are fantasy, science-fiction, contemporary and anything with a healthy dose of romance in it! I’m also a Potterhead and slightly (okay massively) addicted to Supernatural. I love to dabble in writing and hope to become a published author one day.

 

You can stalk Poulami on:

Blog- https://crazyinsomniacbibliophile.wordpress.com

Twitter- https://twitter.com/DaydreaminBooks

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/daydreamingbooks/

Pinterest- https://in.pinterest.com/poulamig3/

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/_daydreamingbooks_/

 

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If you want to jump on the collaboration wagon as well, just give me a shout on:

admin@mysterydatewithabook.co.uk

I’d love to hear from you!

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11 thoughts on “Collaborating with the lovely Poulami: The Pros and Cons of Blogging

  1. grumpytyke says:

    Some fascinating stuff in this post though basically I’m not that interested in the basis for much of it (ie reading books).
    I agree completely about the blogging community, generally so different to the Facebook community which is mostly superficial and so often just nasty.
    First I should say that I’m not too interested in contemporary literature and, with rare exceptions, read only novels and stories written by bloggers. I guess I just burned out having been an avid reader (of fiction) from 3 years to around to around 60. The exceptions are usually things I’ve read many times before.
    I agree completely that there is no need to post frequently and that stats are unimportant. Of course WordPress would not agree.
    I don’t find blogging so time-consuming; because I only write about what motivates me at the time, the words, as I said in a recent post, “pour out like blood from a stuck pig”. What is very time-consuming is following up likes and comments, which I try to do, even if only to go and have a look at the liker’s blog. Of course this means I never suffer from ‘blogger’s block’ because I only write a post when there’s something I want to write about. The same is true of poetry and my short stories (75 to 1,500 words) but I’ve found recently that I have been ‘blocked’ a time or two writing what I call my first ‘long short story’ – 20,000+ words. I’ve been ‘rescued’ by other bloggers, often unaware, and members of my local writers’ club (there’s only one other member who blogs in the sense we mean and not on WordPress).
    As I said, a fascinating post.

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