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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.


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2017 Reading Goals - Update

Now that we're more or less halfway through 2017, I decided that it's about time to do a little update on how well Em and I are doing with the reading goals we made for ourselves at the beginning of 2017. We didn't make our goals extremely specific. All we did was choose a number based on how much we wanted to read and what seemed reasonable based on how much we knew we had read in 2016. And now it's time to reflect on those goals... oh boy.

I honestly don't think things are going well for Em. When I asked her if she remembered her original goal, she had no clue. (It was 50 books!) But, after a few months with only one book finished at the end of each one, she had lessened her goal to a more reasonable 30. (She couldn't remember this number, either!) Drawing knowledge from my experience with my monthly goals for Reading is Inevitable, I don't think that you can do all too well if you don't remember your goals. And it looks like this is true for Em as w…

Denik's New Layflat Softcover Notebooks - Review

Hey there everyone! If you've seen our bookstagram recently, you would know that we got some amazing new Denik notebooks! Now if you've never heard the name "Denik" before then I think it's time that you know, and after you read this post go check out their website, okay? (They actually came out with a new website design, too. It's amazing.)

Denik is so much more than just a notebook/sketchbook-selling company. The word Denik describes the whole community and cause that surrounds the company, a "grassroots, artsy-eclectic bunch", as it is so beautifully described on their website. The designs displayed on the covers of their products are made by artists around the world, no matter who they are or where they come from. With the income from the notebooks and sketchbooks they sell, Denik gives some to support these artists and to build schools for children around the world. The whole idea that Denik is built upon is that, together, art and people can …

All the Books I Own But Have Not Read (Part 1)

As of Wednesday, June 21st, summer is officially here. Ah: summer. That season when the sun comes out and kids get off from school. And, yes, while this does sound nice, this also means that it's going to be really hot and you're going to have so much time on your hands that you won't know what to do with it. Lucky for me, however, I also happen to own a whole bunch of books that I haven't yet read.

That's reasonable, though, right? Us bookworms find it a little hard to buy just one book when going to the bookstore, and since you kinda have a reputation for loving books, there's a good chance that you'll receive two or three books around holidays and birthdays. And you don't even want to get me started about book sales. Therefore, the books just start to pile up a bit. And while you'd love to read them, school and/or work and just life in general gets in the way.

However, the school year ended quite a bit ago. Summer vacation has begun. I finally h…

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.)