Today marks my 50th post on Words for Worms (applause.) I’m not a licensed Joy-ologist, but, um YAY! Right?! This post is going to take a look back, because I want to celebrate and I can’t think of an appropriate book for my 50th post.
10 Things I’ve Learned Since Starting This Blog:
- Shoosh Already! Save some ideas for later! My early posts were chock full of bookish goodness. So much so, that I chewed through an awful lot of what could have been great reviews in hastily compiled paragraphs. Some of the early posts reviewed a ton of books all together. Had I more foresight, perhaps I’d have saved some of them to discuss later. C’est la vie.
- Gaining an Audience is Harder Than it Looks. I’ve tried to whore out this blog on all sorts of social media platforms. I have a facebook page (like me, please!), a twitter account (@katiebelle1121if you are so inclined), Stumbleupon, Pinterest… I was even blacklisted from posting on Reddit because nobody was reading anything I posted. I have like, negative Reddit karma. Or something…
3. A Lot of Bloggers Are Nice! Seriously, they are. I mean, I’m sure there are plenty out there who are sucky douche canoes, but the ones I’ve engaged in conversation with have been really awesome. Special shout outs to my gals Lauren at Filing Jointly…Finally (for not being creeped out by me and giving me my biggest blogging opportunity thus far) and Joules at Pocketful of Joules (for being my personal Blogging Yoda and answering all my how-to questions and, um, Twitter solidarity.) And obviously, my real life butter-churning-best-friend-from-a-past-life, Chrissy from Quirky Chrissy. Oh! And Lyssapants! She was my first follower I didn’t know in real life, and writes a pee-your-pants funny blog called Psychobabble. This also doubles as my Oscar acceptance speech.
4. Even Super Famous Bloggers Are Nice! So yesterday, you may have heard a screech somewhere around 10:15 am. I’m quite certain it reverberated from the mountaintops and onto the moons of Jupiter…That was me, squealing because The Bloggess followed me on Twitter. The Bloggess! She writes books and is dripping in awesomesauce. She gets like MILLIONS of views per month, and she’s following my stupid rants on Twitter. I’m… Flummoxed.
5. I am Not Going To Make Zillions of Dollars Blogging. And that’s okay. Because it’s FUN! I like to talk to people about books and make lame jokes about them. Now, I have the ENTIRE INTERNET to talk to. I hope you love me, Internet, because I love you!
6. Jim Kelly Thinks I Should Blog About Him Exclusively. He really does. I watch him sometimes and I can see the gears moving in his head to come up with something hilarious and quote-able. He’s also been really supportive of this whole venture- he’ll even listen to me read things aloud and make suggestions. The suggestions are usually things like “it needs more absurdism! Throw in the video of the Tro-Lo-Lo guy just to confuse people!” He watches too much Family Guy. While he’s watching it, he makes suggestions to the TV for gags. He’s something else, that husband of mine…
7. I Think I’m Part Bear. This has nothing to do with blogging, but it’s worth mentioning. Every fall my inner cavewoman comes out and DEMANDS that I pack on some fat for the winter. I am hungry ALL. THE. TIME. It’s annoying, especially this year, because I’ve been trying to lose weight and was feeling pretty successful. Until the bear in me decided I needed to consume every calorie I could find in order to survive my winter hibernation. As if dieting wasn’t hard enough, BEAR! You just had to show up and make me want to eat the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Jerk.
8. I’m Bad at Blog Hop Etiquette. I’ve mentioned how it’s hard to build an audience, right? There are MILLIONS of bloggers all trying to build audiences at the same time. A lot will hold “blog hops” or “follow for follow” events where a bunch of bloggers post their blogs and they all follow each other. It sounds cool in theory, but like, I don’t really want people to follow me if they don’t like reading books and/or find my jokes amusing. Similarly, I don’t want to follow a blog that doesn’t interest me. I don’t like the idea of being forced to ‘like’ each other. It seems disingenuous. That said, if you are reading this and we found each other on a blog hop, then yay for us! Because if you’re ACTUALLY reading one of my posts, you’re the follower I want to have. I love you to tiny blogging binary ones and zeroes!
9. I Have No Idea What I’m Doing. I’m pleased that I’ve managed to fool people into thinking I have even half a clue.
10. Just Because I *Know* My Blog Won’t Make Me A Zillionaire Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Wish That It Would. Truth.