Back in 2016, not long after I’d birthed my blog, pushing it out from between the folds in my brain, rendering it an actual thing and not just an idea bouncing around my head, I’d morph into a green-eyed monster whenever I looked upon bloggers who snagged ARCs, or participated in blog tours for the latest releases. Sure, I received and reviewed ARCs during those first few months of blogging. Hell, I even became part of a favourite romance author’s official review team.
But despite this, I wanted more. Why weren’t authors asking me to participate in blog tours? Why weren’t publishing houses mailing ARCs out to me?
Looking at other blogs, I quickly realised that the issue was me. I wasn’t putting in the time needed to put I Swoon Over Fictional Men (then I Swoon Over Fictional, Non-Human Men) in the same league as some of the bigger blogs. There are some bloggers who post multiple times a day. There are some bloggers who have made books their career and good on them for doing this. I honestly admire the dedication it must take to do that.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m dedicated to my blog. It’s my baby and I’m insanely proud of the fact that I’ve somehow amassed 800 followers. I’ve done various features – Date Nights (which might be making a return. Romance fans, watch this space!), the short-lived literary podcast A Cup of Tea and a Chinwag with Jazz and Troublesome Tropes – and I plan to do many more features. I’ve had people write guest reviews. I’ve met (well, virtually anyway) some incredibly interesting people, from book bloggers to authors. In short, I love blogging and have enjoyed every moment of it so far.
Which is why, five years on, I’m no longer overly fussed about being sent ARCs or being asked to participate in blog tours. If these things happen, awesome. That’s great. But if they don’t, I’ve still achieved a lot on my blog and I’ve had and continue to have fun with it. For me, that’s what’s most important. I work full time and outside of reading, I enjoy art, playing video and board games, writing and baking. I’m not saying that bloggers who post daily content don’t work or have other interests, but for me, personally, I don’t have the energy or attention span to juggle multiple things at once. If I want to draw, I’ll spend the day drawing. If I want to blog, I’ll spend the day blogging. You get the idea. If I started posting daily content just on the off chance it might up my chances of being sent ARCs or being asked to participate in blog tours, it would be to the detriment of everything else that I enjoy and, ultimately, this would make blogging a hell of a lot less fun for me. Obviously, I’m not saying that bloggers who post daily content are only motivated by the thought of ARCs and blog tours, but if I started posting daily, that would be the only reason and it would kill my love for blogging.
I may only post a few times a month, but I’m happy with that. I’m happy being a casual book blogger.