In November, the resplendent Tabby @ Orange Owl Diaries nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. If this is your first time hearing about this award, here’s how it goes:
In the Beginning…
Quite a lot of blogger tags call for the story of how your blog began. I think I’ve done two different award tags with the same story, so I’m going to change it up a bit.
As I’ve said before, The Literary Phoenix has been around forever. I started this blog originally back in 2010, and it has floated across other times and other platforms, ultimately to land here. But it hasn’t always been an active blog and it hasn’t always been an interesting blog. I have some days even now where I land less than 10 views per day. If you’re a blogger who follows stats… that’s a bit of a nightmare.
So I’m going to talk about what inspired me to rekindle this blog back in 2017 after it being most defunct for a long while, and give some advice about how to keep going on those days you only get 7 views.
Welcome to 2017.
Technically I aimed to rekindle this blog in 2016, but I fell off the wagon. It happens to the best of us. However, I am proud to say that I have been a consistent poster since July 2017, nearly a year. In the summer of 2017, I was an emotional mess. I felt abandoned by the universe, and trapped in a little room with just those closest to me. I felt like I needed a place to make my own, despite what the world saw fit to throw at me.
So I sought refuge. I sought refuge in the things that have comforted me the most since I was a child: the written word. In reading books, in writing books… in writing about reading and writing books. Somehow, I found a niche. Somehow, I found an audience. And I love you guys, I really do. You validate my existence here. I am am happy tone writing this, to have people to write to, and to have a place that is mine.
How do I keep going forward?
If I were to give two pieces of advice to bloggers who love their blogs but find themselves losing motivations to go forward, they would be this.
- Make your blog something you love.
I like coming here because I love the content and the graphics and I write about the things I enjoy. Sitting at my computer and writing my heart out is a wonderful experience to me, and to see those words translated to posts… the to have folks read them. That makes me happy. Writing reviews validates my reading of new books and books outside of my norm. This is a good place for me because I am the mistress of my own fate and I write how often as I want on whatever topics I want.
2. Give yourself permission to fail.
If your blog doesn’t make you happy, you can do three things. 1.) Continue on in misery; 2.) Make changes for how you want it to be; or 3.) Quit. All of these are acceptable choices, although for myself I would avoid the first. I’ve been in the blogging world a while. I don’t have all the secrets (I don’t have most secrets) but I have certainly failed. I tried a food blog that lasted three months. I’ve done lifestyle blogs and original writing blogs (bad poetry, mostly). I have failed spectacularly. And somehow, Ive landed here. It’s okay to fail.
Dusting the Stars
Perpetual Page Turner
This Northern Gal
Scorpio Book Dreams
Nut Free Nerd
Annie Like Words
I follow each of these tagged blogs and they have survived ROUNDS AND ROUNDS of cutting from my followed list. Please take a peek at them, they’re lovely people talking about interesting things… all with their own flair and experience to offer. Please note – there are lifestyle blogs mixed in here and a couple aren’t for the faint of heart. 😉
For the tagged: if you’re not interested in the award or have already received it, I completely understand! It’s deserved nonetheless.