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Like the folks say, the only constant in this world is change. And I feel like doing it here!

I was going to name this post, ‘reassessing your brand’ but it sounded so professional and this was anything but. But I was doing some deep pondering for the last few weeks about the direction of this blog.

I think I’m feeling a bit of falling off with book blogging. This is far worse than me being a little bit behind on reading. In my almost five years of book blogging, I never thought I’ll be less enthusiastic to blog. But the atmosphere of the blogosphere before was quite different from what it is now. There are so many blogs out there; I’m just this teeny tiny voice who offers nothing new. Nothing refreshing. Nothing innovative. :-|

But when I began this shindig, it was solely about me putting down my thoughts on books I read and nothing more. Sometimes I wish I remained stagnant to my ideal, and real purpose on why I blog because it was simple and easy to conform. But I also sought maturity because I do want to see improvement in me, whether it’s on my writing or my taste in books.

I never desired popularity but I don’t want to be another face in the crowd as well. I don’t easily succumb to trends. I don’t want to be follower yet I never liked to stand out either. I feel so conflicted because I’m really, really uncomfortable with strangers that’s why I’m satisfied with what I have right now. But it’s not what I want anymore. It felt everyone’s doing something similar and since everyone’s doing that, opting myself out will not leave any dent anyway and with that I made myself rethink lots of things.

I want change. I yearn for it. I want to be more than what I am now but still true to myself and what I am comfortable with. It’s not about being unique but real representation of the things I like. And with that I’m sorting things out, planning stuff and eventually execute these wild ideas in my head. I need it unanimous. I crave harmony. I want to see this in reality soon. :-P

Now, I just need enough time to implement this! (but first, catching up with Kono Oto Tomare!)

Your turn, are you satisfied with how you blog? Have you ever thought of changes, the drastic ones? Care to share your thoughts about it? I’ll listen, promise! 139006qjfyqa7cqv

2015 / 07 / 22

10 Responses to Reassessing Your Identity.

  1. I think if you want change, then definitely go for it, Mitchii!

    I think a lot of the time, as book bloggers, we confine ourselves to reviews and bookish talk so strictly that we don’t realise we can branch out and do whatever we want, and still be a book blog.

    I’ve seen quite a few bloggers doing that recently, and I think it’s awesome!

    I am pretty satisfied with how I blog. I don’t think Ill ever be one of the big names that stand out in the community, but I have loyal readers and commenters, and they are what matter to me. My blog has come A LONG way since I began, and I’ve added things to my blog that I think are true to me as a person, and unique to me, too. Maybe one day I might want to change things up even further, but for now I am pretty happy with what I am doing! :D

    I cannot wait to see the changes you have planned for Aeropapers, Mitchii! <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thank you, Chiara. I want change. I feel somehow suffocated with how I blog & the atmosphere the blogosphere had become to.

      I’m glad you’re satisfied with what you’re doing. I think, if you feel that, it’ll give you the motivation to continue. And perpetually enjoy what you’re doing right now. Nice to know as well that you’re not closing doors to changes. Changes isn’t bad, right?

      I hope, it’ll be ok. I hope you guys will stick around despite the upcoming changes.

  2. Angel says:

    I feel you! I don’t want to be unknown in this community yet I also don’t want to stand out too much. I’m thinking of adding some personal posts on my blog but I’m not too sure about it because hey it’s personal haha. :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think adding some personal touch is great. It make you stand out in a way that it represents you. Something no one can duplicate becasue that is you. You’re unique!

  3. Marisabel says:

    Oh boy, I just did this! I also feel conflicted about what I want with blogging. And I often find myself feeling guilty of not wanting to post so much. I post about 3 times a month or so. Depending on how much reading I do. So I basically moved all my “book related” posts to a new blog, redesigned it and cleaned it up to remain with a book blog which is purely around books. I wanted quality not quantity, quantity was getting stressful and non enjoyable.

    So much I took out all pictures and drawings that would distract readers from my reviews. I even took out dates because it does not matter to me. I don’t want to judge my blog for how often I post, I think this has been the most drastic decision as most blogs do show a date of post. You can still see the date on the URL, but it helps me relax on timing and focus on my books and writing about them instead of trying “to please” an audience.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes, it so easy to drown yourself from the pressure of blogging like everyone else; or to please our readers. To be quite honest, the blogosphere today feels so different. I don’t know how but it feels like it changed.

  4. Ashley says:

    Go with what you want! There’s nothing more horrible than thinking you belong in a certain box and you have to stay confined to that box. There are no rules or “must-dos” — you can do whatever you want!

    The one thing I do have a problem with is my design. I get the itch to change it ALL THE TIME and I’m constantly having to pull myself back. And I know that if I follow my previous advice then I should just do whatever I want and change it every day if that’s what I want, but at the same time, my blog is more than just my blog. It’s a funnel into my business. So I have to worry about possibly degrading the visual aspect of my brand (and thus hurt my business) every time I change the visuals.

    Then there’s the trouble of having to redo all graphics (business cards, etc.).

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s really fun when you’re happy with what you’re doing, not because you’re conform to do like everyone else. HAHA, that’s true. It’s probably harder for you since it’s also part of your business and brand is very essential to it. But urge is quite hard to ignore. ;D

  5. Kezia says:

    I think it’s normal to wish for change. In the two years I’ve been blogging, I also wanna see improvement with my writing. It is now much better than when I first started out blogging, but I have always felt that it’s not as eloquent as other bloggers’. I know that I don’t use difficult, SAT worthy vocabs so it makes me really happy whenever someone says they love my reviews. I still feel satisfied about my blog though! It has come so far and I deserve to be proud of it :D I think the biggest change I ever implemented on my blog is changing my blog name and moving to selfhosted WP. I’m glad that even after more than a year I still love Chapteriosity hahaha. And with the move I’ve wanted to make my blog not strictly limited to books. I want to post more about my life and movies and anime and manga and any random stuff but I’m always having trouble with that. Sometimes it crosses my mind that they’re not post-worthy so who’s gonna read them anyway…. ><

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Compliments in any form especially towards the thing we strive the most mean a lot. At least to me it does. Although I’m still not good at handling compliments due to my extremely shy personality. Actually, I don’t want to restrict myself on what I want to do with my blog. I want to do things freely, it satisfies me. This is a hobby after all & I want to enjoy it and not feel pressured anymore.

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