I’ve always loved books and it was only recently that I started blogging and in my opinion, I thought I was starting it too late. Everyone else had been doing it for years and I was still this amateur who tended to babble in her reviews than write systematic fangirling rants – Emily @ Loony Literate TEACH ME YOUR WAYS.
I realised something at my first blogger’s event – that I was probably one of the youngest in this community. I’m still in high school, I’m not a university intellectual or a Mum who enjoys the genre or even a professional in the literary world.
I’m a sixteen year old girl with more books in her room than the amount of students in her high school. Yes, my school is that tiny.
But being a young blogger is really weird because I’m not a big, successful blogger with business cards for their social media but neither am I a stable adult with a blog and a large following. In short, I am such an amateur. I feel uncomfortable going up to bloggers I recognise at events because a) I’m not a recognisable blogger, b) what happens next? And c) general social anxiety.
I know that being part of the community even virtually should be enough but urggghhhh, it requires so much effort. Commenting requires time because I still have school work and stuff and I ALWAYS forget that I should be commenting and interacting with other bloggers. I’ve heard being active on social media is important but a) I don’t have Twitter and I don’t know if I want it and b) I ALWAYS forget to post photos on Instagram. Every other form of social media I just use to re-post reviews.
Even having to email publicists, I get this little bout of worry because I’m so young and these people are so professional in their field.
I also keep putting off deciding to have a co-blogger because it’s like saying, this blog is serious and professional. I’m pretty scared of that because then what started as a hobby can explode into something serious. It’s the same with choosing to self-host and perhaps hire a website designer. All this comes with the pressure to actually build a professional and successful blog that has to turn into some sort of business.
In summary, I have no freaking idea on how to be a pro blogger.
But that’s fine, right?
You’d think so but when you see all the other bloggers and booktubers with their shit together, you can’t help but think if I should be doing the same.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
DO YOU FEEL AS MUCH AS AN AMATEUR AS I DO?
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH BEING A YOUNG BLOGGER?