Monday, July 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly countdown meme, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

I haven't done a "Top Ten Tuesday" post in a pretty long time, but what a great topic to kick things back off with! It's time to take things personally, with a post about my Top Ten Blogging Confessions...

1. I never have felt comfortable telling people about my blog. It usually ends with me devaluing the very things that I care most about... "Yeah, I write about books and stuff, I like to review things, I know, I'm such a nerd."... inevitably leaving me guilty.

2. In fact, I'm more likely to bring up my College Fashion column more often than the blog I've been writing for four years, because I feel like it's more "real" or "legit."   

3. Layout has been a constant battle for me. I just went through a major revamp in style and format just over a year ago, and I'm still not one hundred percent on it. 

4. If you comment on my blog - especially if it's not a meme-type post, like if it's a review or something - you have completely made my day. It's easy to feel like what you're doing, as a blogger, is just kind of shouting into the abyss, so to get a real response is incredibly satisfying. 

5. I get extremely intimidated by other peoples' reading habits and schedules. Like, if I've read three or four books in a week, that's a pretty good week for me, especially if I'm juggling things like school work, sorority life, writing for College Fashion, and my own journaling as well, but if I then go on to Goodreads and see one of my friends has been racking up major reads in the past week with some heavy page counts and impressive subject matter, I get embarrassed. 

6. I have definitely had my dalliances with blog adultery... Sure, I had this book blog first, but since getting it, I've not only been writing for CF, but have had brief affairs with a lifestyle Wordpress, and several personal Tumblrs. All in all, I still like the Blogger format the best. 

7. I have a really hard time judging what kind of personal information to put in my posts. One of the things that I really love about the book blogger community is how you really feel like you know people, but I'm also incredibly protective of my privacy, and sometimes have a hard time figuring out where that line is. 

8. I thought, when I began writing this blog, that I wasn't just going to do books exclusively, but also integrate other things I love, like fashion, cooking, school tips, and later on, sorority life, etc. into the subject matter, as well. I've kind of wedged fashion in as well as I could, but not bringing in some of those other things is something I'm still working against. I want to broaden my scope. 

9. I'm a very visual/organizational person. I will or will not pick up books based on covers, and same goes for the blogs I follow: if your blog is bright with minor color in undertones, with a clean layout, nice header, and interesting format in your posts, then I will most likely follow you. 

10. This blog has the most longevity out of any project I've ever undertaken, even with its fits, starts, and stalls, and I am incredibly proud of the work I've put into my little corner of the Internet.

What are your Top Ten?


  1. I have the same thing with my blog being one of my few long term enthusiasms. I go through such phases normally... I can't imagine having enough time to run other blogs too, though!

    My confessions.

  2. Love your list :)
    I don't tell people about mine. It's all girly and pink and everything.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  3. +JMJ+

    Getting a comment can make my day, too! =) There was a time when I wasn't getting many and shared my frustration on a message board for bloggers; someone replied that I shouldn't be blogging to get validation from others but to please myself. It made me feel a little ashamed for being so "needy" . . . but I eventually realised that blogging is both a personal achievement and a social activity. The person who replied to me might be the most emotionally self-sufficient person in the universe, but that doesn't mean that he's the standard everyone should aspire to. I blog for myself and for anyone out there who might be interested, and I'm at peace with that! =)

    The longevity of my blog is one of my proudest achievements as well. I like to say it's my best long-term relationship. ;-)

  4. I'm not sure how many people I know realise I blog! But in my country blogging is massive...sooo, I think when I say, "Yeah and I blog" they don't even know what that is. >-< I had to explain to my mum what "vlogging" is because I don't speak very clearly and apparently she thought blogging/vlogging were the same word. But that's my fault! Haha!
    My TTT!

  5. This was delightful!
    I don't read a lot of books, and I don't spend too much time considering fashion,
    but I do so enjoy your writing, and look up to your commentary on life.

    For what it's worth, your personal touches and sharing of passion is what keeps my eye on your work. Thank you for sharing your light :)