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I’m not the trendiest apple in the basket. I don’t easily succumb to trend, no matter how ‘cool’ it is, if I don’t feel it, I don’t follow it. I’m also the type of customer even if you give me your most impressive sales talk, you will not make me buy the product on the spot—if I don’t need it (but I do find TV shopping ads entertaining). I’m quite stubborn that way, if that thing doesn’t float my boat, I won’t!

It’s the same thing with blogging. There are lots of trends I’ve been seeing in the blogging community. There are memes and then blog tours. I tried those two but it didn’t last. It didn’t represent…me. I feel uncomfortable getting prompted (by others) of what I’m going to post on my blog. I feel it’s…intrusive in some way. I feel so personal with my blog, it’s always what I want to post whenever I want. So the idea doesn’t sit well with me so I stopped.

But there are still book blogging trends that I haven’t done—yet? I’m not sure if I’m going to this anytime soon but I’m not closing my doors. These are IMHOO (IN MY HUMBLE OPINION ONLY), you are free to follow these trends if these fit your style.

Blogoversary

I’ve been blogging since 2010, that’s about 4 years in the gig. And while that’s a big feat in itself and frankly, deserves celebration, I still haven’t done that to my blog. Why? In my first 2 and half years, I didn’t think of it. It never occurred to me that I need to celebrate it. I kept doing what I’m doing and thought I’m doing a good job. Only when I saw others celebrating theirs made the idea crossed my mind. Would I be now that I know? I’m not sure, come back to me in October (that’s my blogoversary month).

Giveaways

(So I might’ve done this via blog tours but those weren’t my giveaways) I don’t oppose to sharing and giving. It just, it was daunting to me that I’m going to hold a contest and no one’s going to join (my network isn’t big); that’s what scares me. I also don’t join giveaways anymore; it’s a tedious task for me. (Hey, don’t stop doing giveaways. People love this stuff and the opportunity it brings. This all me!)

Read-athon/Read-along/Buddy Read

Problem numero uno? I’m a very fast reader. Problem numero dos? I’m impulsive and moody reader, so there’s no way I’m going to box myself in this thing. But I promise Emily that I’ll do one with her (so maybe I can cross this one off of my list).

Book Challenges

Like the one above, it feels limiting to read books in certain type of themes. I don’t think I can commit to that religiously. The only challenge I always join is Goodread’s; it’s just about the number so I can read whatever the damn I want.

Bookish Community Event

Yeah, I haven’t done those widespread events. Not because I don’t want to, I just…I don’t know. It’s not that I don’t have the tiniest desire to join but I never have that event that…speaks to me? When that time comes, I’ll join; so far I’m contended to be this casual observer of when the fun happens.

I know, I know, I sound like I’m a snub. But I don’t do this purposely. Or because I don’t want to do it at all. There are trends out there that I do. I just never have a good opportunity to do these. Plus, I’m pretty contended with I’m doing so far. My goals have always been plain and simple. I think even without it I’m still happy with what I have. There’s nothing wrong doing these, if it fits your style and you’re happy and comfortable, who’s there to stop you? Just do whatever you like, whatever trend it is. It’s your blog after all.

2014 / 05 / 14

34 Responses to Book blogging trends that I haven’t done—yet?

  1. I love challenges, because it makes me sometimes try new things and I like branching out. Plus, I find it very motivating and I’ve noticed that it increases my amount of read books :) I also like read-a-thons with low pressure, like the one I’m doing right now (bout of books) You can set your own goal and most of it is all about having fun and meeting new bloggers. I really like that. But, if it’s all not your cup of tea you should definitely not do it. You should feel comfortable with your own way of blogging! :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I tried new genres and books every now and then so I think I’m not missing a lot. The sheer pressure of reading a certain theme is what shun me from doing it. But I do get why people do it, as you said there’s definitely pros in them.

  2. Cayce says:

    I did blogoversary and a few giveaways (really just a few). I’ve also participated in read-a-thons (they are pretty fun at first, but after a while it gets boring/repetitive, imo) and I even did buddy reads :) I like to try everything at least once. Reading challenges are not for me though (for the same reasons you listed). Except the GR one (but that one is really not much of a hardship)
    And events? I quite like those. I’m really looking forward to Armchair BEA this year (and I just co-hosted LGBT Month, oh and I’m also thinking of joining Mental Health Awareness Month)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh, you hosted amazing events! I’m not good with challenges. I’m aware of it but to it feels restricting for someone who reads books impulsively.

  3. Shannelle C. says:

    I’m a fail at bookish events because I don’t even hear about them. And I’m just pretty lazy to do any of the above, like I can’t summon the interaction. I don’t think I make a good activity person.

    As for blogoversary or giveaways, I just don’t even know. I don’t have the money for the latter and I don’t know what to do for the former.

  4. I think blogversaries are awesome! :D (and if you don’t throw one for your next blogversary, I’ll help you, Mitchii. MUAHAHAHAHA xD) I can’t hold giveaways all the time either, because I’m a student and I’m paying for everything I send/buy >< But I do save quite a lot so… heehee. :P
    It's okay not to do these trends though! :D If you don't feel like doing it, or it's not really your jam, then it's fine! :D You just flow with the way you do, and what you're doing currently is awesome too! :3
    And definitely definitely looking forward to that buddy read ;D <33

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Aw, thanks. I’m still not sure with the whole concept of blogversaries (and I misspelled that one, too :X). I’m not the one to pressure myself into doing I’m not comfortable with, that will not change.

      Me too! >///<

  5. Sophia says:

    I’ve done a couple of challenges and readalongs – they help me during the school year when my free time is limited. But during the summer, I can see being annoyed at a readalong’s slow pace. The challenges, though, I find aren’t as constricting as they may seem, especially if they are yearlong. There’s going to be SOME point where I feel like reading that particular style of book.
    As for blogoversaries, I’m having one (my first!) on Saturday! :-) Though it’s just going to be one post, not a huge event. I wish I could do a monthlong extravaganza, but I just don’t have the time. Lesson learned: May – finals month – is not a good time for blogoversaries!
    Giveaways make me nervous for the same reason as you. I’m afraid no one will join! I’d love to do a giveaway, but I might wait until I gather a larger following.

    Hey, it’s your blog – you make the rules! :-)

  6. I have never posted a giveaway, my blog isn’t old enough to have a Blogoversary, and I haven’t done any read-a-thons either! You’re not a snub, I only take part in things that I wan to. There should be no pressure to do things that you don’t feel are right for you!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thanks Katrina! It feels like that because I tend to stay in my own bubble and quite scared to interact. But I don’t want to pressure for the sake of participating. :D

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I’m with you – a lot of these things just generally don’t appeal to me, so I don’t do them. I don’t see myself ever doing a blog tour, and to be honest I don’t have a clue when my blogoversary even is haha! And buddy reads are a problem for me for the EXACT same reason, although I did inadvertently end up reading the same book as a friend at the same time, and even though I finished first it was during a busy period so I didn’t finish it in one go the way I usually do and it was a lot of fun talking to him about characters and plot points along the way, so I do like the idea of buddy reads. The same goes for challenges and general bookish events – I’ve signed up for some challenges (but am terrible at them). And I never seem to find out about events in time to do them haha! But I do think it would be fun to participate in some because the other bloggers seem to really get to know each other and have a lot of fun, and there are times I feel really cut off from the blogging community because everyone seems to have bffs in the blogging community and I kind of keep to myself. So who knows, maybe later this year I’ll get out of my comfort zone!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I do want participate especially when I see people having so much fun. I just didn’t have a good opportunity to join one. But I will, I’ll put it on my bookish bucket list, LOL.

  8. I completely hear you on so many of those points. The challenges I really only prefer the goodreads number challenge as well. I did join that series challenge this year only because I want to try to finish off some of my series but the ultimately – updating it is time consuming and do I really want to add more work on myself when I could spend that time reading? I’ve joined some read a thons but I’ve noticed I don’t read any more or less than I normally do so then what is really the point? Ok other than meeting some new people. I’m not overly fond of tours because something has to be posted on a certain date and then I feel pressured to have the book read before then plus what if I DON”T LIKE THE BOOK!? aaaakward….

    Buck the trends I say =)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      There are definite perks when you do these, like you said meeting new people. This can be benefiting, in more ways than one but it’s certainly not for everyone. :D Thanks Tabitha.

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  11. Finley Jayne says:

    I do participate in two weekly memes-the Sunday Post meme because it helps keep me organized, and then The Top Ten Tuesday meme, which I’m using as a networking tool (I’m a newer blogger who’s really working on getting my blog’s name out there right now).

    I also enjoy doing readathons but limit them to 2-3 a year. I used to really be into reading challenges, but got burned out on them, so I’m not really doing any right now except for the Goodreads one, and then I am doing a summer reading program challenge through another blog. But it’s really low key/no pressure :)

    As for all of the other ones, at this point I don’t have a desire to do them, but who knows what will happen down the road :)

    Just found your blog and I’m now signed up for your email subscription :)
    Finley Jayne
    http://finleyjayne.com/

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m glad you’re trying some of them out; it’s good marketing tool if you want to broaden your network. Thanks Jane, I’ll be sure to check yours. :D

  12. If you are a snob, then so am I lol. I tried blog tours when I first started blogging, few months later that stopped. The pressure to have posts done and read a certain book by a certain time was exhausting. Bookish events, I pretty much never participate. It’s just not my thing. Maybe I’m just lazy? I ‘joined’ the LGBT Month and all I did was post the reviews I was going to post anyway xD As for challenges…I join them and then don’t follow them, cause again, the pressure. This year it’s the Goodreads challenge, Series Challenge and the NetGalley and Edelweiss. Again, I’ll just try to keep up with my ARCs but I won’t be committing to anything. And those update posts? Not happening either Lol.

  13. I’ve never celebrated my blogoversary either! I just never thought about it and frankly I don’t know when it is. I have only done 2 giveaways on my blog in all these years. Everything else I do and love!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I don’t exactly know when my blog started tbqh so I just rely on my very first post for the date but I think I started earlier than that. It’s really about having fun, if you enjoy it then why not?! :D

  14. Julie S. says:

    I find the more things I try out, the better I get to know the blogging community and meet new friends. I don’t always stick with things, but it is fun to try out every now and again.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m glad that you’re taking risk and trying this out. There are definitely on these trends so I’m happy that you had fun doing some.

  15. Haha, it’s kind of weird, but I agree with all of theeeese. I’m nearing my 2 years of blogging now (November baby here), but when I had my first blogging anniversary, it never really made me want to make a huge post or anything. I mean, yeah, I’ve seen others do it but I didn’t think it was worth the effort to actually hold one.

    I like making/holding giveaways (especially to my filipino readers), but I feel so damn lazy joining others’ giveaways. Is that weird? Haha. Like you, I find it tedious having to keep on joining pages, twitter accounts of people I don’t really want to follow, so I just don’t join. I rarely join one.

    Agree with book challenges. I’m an impulsive reader and my next read depends on my mood. I don’t want to be limited to certain books only especially when I feel like reading a fantasy and the choices are dystopian. Nooope. I’m sure they’re fun, though!

    I don’t think you’re a snob! We’re just lazy people haha (okay maybe I am the lazy one, I’m sure you have a different reason LOL!). Thanks for voicing these out! :)

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m lazy with giveaways especially those hard to earn points (why do they make giveaways so hard to do?). I don’t know what to do with blogiversary tbqh so I’m not sure if I giving in to the trends or just do some simple post and get over it, haha.

      I’m so happy to meet fellow Filipina Book Blogger. <3

  16. I’ve only done one of these (giveaway) and still haven’t done the others. I don’t feel a connection towards them, especially book challenges, since I have a huge tendency to read whatever I feel like. I might try out the bookish community event sometime in the future… Hm.

    Side note, I’m totally loving all the pictures that you picked for the graphic!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Me too, that’s why I refrain from doing it (I’m not doing it because most of ’em do). Maybe if there’s good opportunity, why not? Yay! Thanks!

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