So, on December 19, 2015, I started this blog. It’s been six months, and it’s been a real blur. This has been a total learning experience (and will continue to be–I’m winging it here), so I’m still figuring things out. However, I have gained some expertise when it comes to myself and my blog.

1 This is MY space, and I can do what I want with it

There are times where I would find myself asking others if I should do something with this website. I’m not against double-checking or getting a second opinion, but I have to remind myself that I’m in charge here, so it’s up to me if I want to add a new feature of change the layout or post on a certain schedule. It’s a feeling of freedom, but also responsibility. I like it.

2 Don’t be afraid to give a book a low rating/bad review

For some reason, I started out this blog very hesitant about giving low review ratings. As I’ve progressed with Books For Julia, it’s gotten easier to become more critical of books and know what I’m looking for as I read.

3 Just because I have a blog doesn’t mean I have to read all the time

In the beginning of this year, I found myself putting reading on my checklist of things to do during the day. Reading is one of my favorite things and helps me calm down and escape, so forcing myself to read wasn’t helping me at all.  I’ve realized that in making myself read, I don’t enjoy it as much. It’s okay to be in a slump or not want to read sometimes.

4 I should always read my drafts over at least 1 time

I’m not perfect, so I obviously make spelling and grammar mistakes when I type. That’s okay. I try to avoid them as much as possible, so reading things over is always helpful. Plus, reviewing and editing my posts ensures that I make sense in my writing, which is easier on you guys!

5 Don’t be discouraged by small amounts of blog traffic

Follower/like/comment count doesn’t matter to me, obviously. It’s just a number. However, it is disappointing to work really hard on a post and then only have a few people like or see it. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a large number of followers, but I’m not worried about that. As long as I’m happy with what I’m doing, it’s good.

6 Interacting with other bloggers is probably the best thing about the internet

I love talking to other bloggers! I may follow you, or have no idea who you are, but it doesn’t matter! Talk to me! Chatting about books is one of my very favorite things (I’ve already said this but EMPHASIS) and I think it’s even better when the person you’re talking to is a blogger as well. Fellow bloggers, let’s talk sometime, okay? 🙂

I’m so happy that I’ve been able to do a lot of cool stuff because of my blog in only six months, and I’m sure this website will continue to provide me with many new opportunities. Thank you to all my readers and everyone who has supported me, here’s to many more great months!

Happy reading,

Julia 🙂

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