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5 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Blog

Hello, everyone! As you may or may not have known, this blog has been going on for almost six months now! I have actually been blogging for longer, as I had another blog with Em before we started this one. So, yeah: I guess you could say that I have a good deal of knowledge on blogging.

Blogging is definitely fun and I would recommend it to anyone who was interested in starting a blog, but there are a few things that I think you should know before jumping into the blogging world.

Sure, you probably already knew this, right? But when I say that blogging takes time, I mean that blogging takes a lot of time. Between actually writing the posts (and then revising and editing and adding pictures), taking pictures (and then editing and watermarking and uploading them to the computer), and promoting your blog, there really is a lot of time that you will need to put into your blog. I have spent whole nights working on posts and doing research for our blog, and yet there is still more that I can do. There is always something to do when running a blog.

You are all set to start your blog. You have a topic idea, a few posts to get you started, and even the perfect blog name. Well, guess what: your perfect name is taken. This happened to Em and I (yes: "Reading is Inevitable" was certainly not our first choice). Even if your name idea isn't taken with the blogging service that you use (ex. Blogger), it might be taken with other services or on the social networks you planned on using. Finding a name that is available on every one is difficult. (Unless, of course, you do something personal like "Julia and Em's Bookish World".)

A lot of us seem to have fantasies in our heads, little daydreams and wishes that we hope will come true. One idea about blogging is that, "Oh, I will run an amazing blog with tons of interesting content and it will be popular and everyone will read it and -" No. It's not that easy, because, truth is, there's a lot of blogs out there. In other words, there's a lot of competition. Sure, maybe you already knew this, but when a post only gets one view after five months of blogging...? It hurts a bit.

If you have a schedule for posting like us at Reading is Inevitable (we post every Monday and Friday), having a post ready can be difficult. Eventually, you're going to start running out of ideas, and while you could just decide not to post some days, then your blog will be (I don't know what other word to use so here I go) dead.

I'm not saying that it will never be fun again. No, there will be times when you find blogging to be quite enjoyable. But if you are sticking to a schedule and are slowly running out of post ideas, it will get less and less enjoyable and more and more stressful. Thoughts include, What should I write about?, Shoot: the post pubs in four hours and I still don't have anything! (yes: this has happened to me), and Why is no one reading this post? Especially if you have a job or, like me, school that will be taking up most of your time.

In the end, there's a lot to consider. But if you really want to go for it, do it! Blogging can have a lot of pluses, including being an enjoyable activity and giving you planning skills.


This Month's Popular Posts

Quotes: Audacity

As some of you may know by looking at my posts on our social media page (@readingisinevitable on Instagram), I am currently reading Audacity by Melanie Crowder. It is a beautiful book written in free verse, and follows the life of Clara Lemlich, a female Jewish immigrant who came to America in the early 1900s. (For the full summary of the book, click here.) I absolutely love books written in free verse, or any type of poetry, in fact! This book is so lovely that I have decided to dedicate a whole post to some of my favorite quotes or parts! (Note: I am only on page 294, and there are 366 pages, not including the extra content at the end of my local library's copy.)

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre: Realistic Fiction, YA Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
Reviewer: Julia

Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself. 

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other — and the power of their friendship — can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side. the book's synopsis

Dear Readers - I'm Taking a Break

Hi, everyone. I guess you've read the title by now, which means I've got some explaining to do. As you may or may not know, I've been writing on this blog for somewhere around a year and a half now. In the beginning, I was very involved. I hadn't had an active blog for a few years, and the whole thing felt new again. I started out by writing book reviews on books I had recently read, and from there had time to finish other books and write reviews on them. And things were going well in the beginning. Even though Em dropped out after a short bit of time, I still kept this blog going. 
And then something happened. 
I just... started getting busier. I had less time to write posts and I had less books to review as I started reading less. I started to take these unannounced breaks where I'd just disappear for a bit. During those times I wasn't even sure myself when I'd come back to blogging, but I'd always come back at some point. Usually I'd be bored on…

September 2017 Reflection

Happy Friday everyone! How was your September? Good, I hope? What about your October? Can you believe we're already in October, and that we're even approaching our first complete week of it...? It's now the sixth of October and the first Friday of the month, which means it's time for yet another monthly reflection, in which I pretty much just ramble on about what happened this month as well as what's to come. Oooo... be excited. (It's okay you do whatever you want to do!)

Looking Back Into September The Blog Blargh. Blargh blargh blargh. So, the blog. It didn't do horribly, but things could have been better. (At least it was better than the bookstagram, but I'll get to that in a bit, heh heh...) I had to switch over to my school posting schedule, even though I would have liked to try to keep up two posts a week for at least one more month. But, alas, school is just too much. I mean, I couldn't even handle posting once a week. That's right, I mi…