Blogging, when it comes to digitally posting it so that people can see it, is a fairly straightforward process. There are lots of ways to blog and I don’t always sit down in front of the computer. I can just grab my phone and start typing anything I want, wherever I want.
Just pick a topic and go.
For approximately a year and a half I have been making posts about books – both writing and reading – because it’s a topic that I like. There’s not really a lot more to my choice than that. Plus, if I occasionally stray and talk about other creative topics that I’m interested in it’s nice to know that I have the freedom to choose what I’m blogging about.
Sometimes it can be tough to pick a topic for a particular post because I know that I want to blog every week. That was the schedule I chose for myself when I started my blog and (most weeks) I like sticking to it.
When I’m trying to think of a new post an idea will usually occur to me when I’m nowhere near a pen which is pretty similar to the moments when I’m drafting my fictional stories. However, unlike fiction, I never draft out a blog post in my head beyond the first couple of paragraphs before I start writing. I’m happy to edit until my heart is content but I like how it feels more natural to type without analysing every small sentence before I begin.
It’s not always easy but, my blog means that I’m writing something every week even if it’s only one post and I get to talk about a topic that I love.
I love doing my regular posts but I’m also really enjoying writing my book reviews every two weeks. For starters, it’s been a great way of catching up on my to-read list. I’ve also borrowed more books lately and that’s great in it’s own way because I can share my thoughts with someone who already knows the story before I write anything down. After reading a book that I’ve really enjoyed it’s nice to talk about it afterwards.
Before I added book reviews to my blog I didn’t write them. In fact, the last time I had written a book review was for a class at college.
Writing the book reviews was (is) a learning curve. However, I’ve noticed that I am pretty consistent in a few things. I never like to assume that a person reading my review has read the book. By trying not to reveal any ‘spoilers’ I worry sometimes that I’m not always reviewing the book properly but I give my honest opinion and I hope that counts for a lot. I try and start each blog post in a similar way to add some consistency and including a image of the book covers helps make the pages more colourful.
When it comes to blogging, I really like that I can be casual in the tone of my writing even if I’m not casual in my schedule.