I’m going to be completely honest: I’m feeling a bit deflated at the moment. When I started Girl, Reading last year I promised myself I wouldn’t spend too much of my time writing self-indulgent posts about the blogging process, but right now I feel I need to. I absolutely love having a blog, partly because I enjoy writing and partly because I get an enormous amount of pleasure from sharing my passion for books with others; but it’s incredibly hard to stay motivated when the words into which you’ve put so much effort reach so few people.
I’ve read some really lovely articles by other bloggers encouraging their fellow writers not to worry too much about how many people are reading or following their blog – but in all honesty it’s difficult not to! I’ve also read many pieces about increasing your blog traffic, and I dutifully spend the requisite amount of time choosing tags, including relevant images and so on. I certainly love interacting with other bloggers too, not out of a “follow me and I’ll follow you” mentality but because I genuinely love talking to other people about books and getting to know people I never would have known if it hadn’t been for our shared passion. It’s strange, then, that despite the great online chats, blogging can at times feel like a bit of an isolating experience when you put your heart and soul into a review only to see over the subsequent hours and days that so few readers have even found it.
I’d love to get my book obsession out there to more people to make it feel worthwhile, and some advice on how to do this would be most welcome! Everyone I’ve met so far through the blog has been utterly lovely, so I’m not afraid to ask you wonderful people for some help. I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my blog and who takes the time to talk with me about what I’ve written; it means the world, so thank you!