Written By Charlotte Book Blog
I started this book blog in January 2018.
I decided it was time to begin book blogging like I have always wanted to, and create blog within the niche that I like the most – Writing, and reading.
I have a lifestyle blog that I gradually became to neglect as it was something I found turned into more of a chore, than something I looked forward to doing.
With Written By Charlotte, I love writing about books, which means I read a whole lot more now too. I also enjoy writing about writing.
Currently, I am writing my first book, which you will have read about in my writing journey posts… (I have started again!)
There are probably lots of things I have learnt since starting this blog, but here are just three.
Don’t Force Yourself
The first thing I have learnt, is to not force yourself to like something, or do something.
I was writing on a lifestyle blog for a few years, before I realised that I found it very boring!
I didn’t want to let go of it because I had a few readers, and was getting an alright amount of views a month.
But in the end, I couldn’t force myself to love doing it anymore.
Instead I followed what I wanted to do.
I want to be an author, and I want to learn more about books, and reading, and the whole community.
So what better way to do that, than starting a blog dedicated to those things?
Now I have started, I am very happy with my decision.
I might post of lottiethings now and then, but this blog is my baby.
Overall I have learnt that you cannot force yourself to love anything, even if you once did.
Take the plunge and change, do something different.
Reading is Actually Fun Now
Books used to be something I had to help me get to sleep, or take on holiday.
Whilst I was in school, I read so many books that are supposed to be amazing, and I just didn’t like them.
I was not enjoying reading, I didn’t care about it because who was I going to talk to about this book I spent a week reading?
But now I have this blog! I can read a book and write all about it, and talk to people who liked it too!
I want to get more involved, learn about how the books are structured, the way the author portrays different aspects, creates dialogue, begins and ends their stories…
There’s so much more to books than just reading them to get through it. Reading is about developing your imagination, stepping away from your everyday life, living the lives of other characters.
The list of why you should read is endless – Maybe I’ll do a post on that soon.
I have learnt that reading is more fun when you want to learn more.
When you want to write your own book, and when you want to share your experiences.
There are so many classic books I hated reading because I felt like I had to, and they were a chore. So now I want to read them again, and feel the same way everyone else seems to.
(Jayne Eyre/Rebecca/How to Kill a Mockingbird, to name a few)
I have learnt a whole lot more about staying committed to something.
This point also comes into number one, because you also cannot force yourself to be committed to something if you dont love it.
I want to create posts every week, I want to read tons of books a month, and I want to write my own stories, and poems and reviews. Telling yourself daily where you want to be in your life, is an excellent way to stay committed, and focused. So eventually, you will get there.
All this wanting makes you feel way more committed.
Because one; you dont want to disappoint yourself, and two; you dont want to disappoint those who read your posts, whether that be on your blog, or instagram, or any other place you post your opinions or what you are doing.
Thank you for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it.
What three things have you learnt since blogging? Comment below!
See you next time!