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.
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).
(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!)
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).
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.