*pokes head out* Helloooooo bookwyrms and everyone!
I’m hoping to get into the blogging swing of things eventually, but slowly and surely before going back into the storm again. 😂
Every blogging journey starts somewhere.
In February 2012, I took my first steps into the blogging world and created a blog dedicated to the game Wizard101. Nine months later in November 2012, I started Bookwyrming Thoughts, a blog dedicated to all things bookish.
Mainly I wanted to shout into the void and maybe someone will hear me.
And since then, the blog has undergone a lot of changes, from:
You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. I’ll just cut to the chase then:
Let’s talk about signs your blog is evolving.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my journey as a blogger and how much the blog has changed. It’s very much like life – you learn, you make mistakes, you grow, you gain new insights. And when you’ve been blogging since 14, it’s definitely like life because it’s been almost half your life. Blogging just becomes a part of you then. But how do you know your blog is evolving, or maybe?
You’re writing content in other categories more frequently.
Sometimes, I want to talk more about the books that I read or the games that I play. I want to talk more about the movies or TV shows that I watch. Sometimes I want to go beyond life updates or blogging insights.
Maybe I want to experiment with my writing and see what else I can write about and make interesting. When all you’ve done for nearly seven years is talk about books and creating content about books, it sometimes feels that’s all you know to write about. Broadening your writing horizons might be scary because what if you mess up?
But the thing is, when you have your own blog, you can experiment all you want and simply learn from it. It’s a lot less pressure than if it were for a job or internship. You’re not really putting anything at risk (especially if you’re doing it as a hobby), and you’re not getting graded for how often you post or what kinds of posts you’re writing. Writing content outside of your norm occasionally is perfectly normal and happens, but it’s when you start doing it regularly where you might have to wonder if there’s something to it.
you want to talk about the other stuff you’re passionate about and share it with the world.
I found myself writing articles about the discbound system and enjoying every second of it.
Not that I’ve published it. I’ve also found myself writing why I started an accomplishments journal. I’m thinking about other topics that I could write about that scream ME! and still fits the tagline of “musings from bookwyrms.” At the core, I’m still a bookwyrm. I’m just vocal about more than books sometimes, and I definitely have more interests than reading.
You’re creating new categories and rearranging posts on the blog.
You’re not just writing content from other categories a few times and then shoving them in a generic category with a tag. Instead, you’re creating new categories because you have more than a few posts and want to write more that fall in there. You’re going through and making sure all of your posts will work out with your new categories.
While it’s good to cleanup your blog every once in awhile and update categories, this feels more than just a cleanup. You feel like you’re setting yourself up for something more.
You’re making massive changes to the layout, design, etc.
It’s a blogging truth universally known that you’ll undergo a few design changes over the years – I’ve definitely been through a few makeovers since starting in 2012. Most of mine were made up until 2014, but it’s not until around 2016 I kept a consistency in theme. While there may be consistency, there might adjustments – perhaps some are minor like an adjustment to the header or sidebar, or major like overhauling the whole theme.
But sometimes you not only overhaul the theme, you’re overhauling stuff like pages and menus. It’s when you’re going beyond the occasional makeover when it’s likely your blog is evolving.
You get tired of writing the same pieces of content.
Back in January, I confessed I sometimes don’t like writing reviews. I started out the blog writing reviews often. There are times as a veteran blogger now that I don’t feel like doing anything related to blogging. It only makes sense I experience burnout?
But sometimes that’s not the case at all. Sometimes it’s more than that – more than writing book reviews and getting tired of saying the same thing. It’s a lot more than that.
You’re changing the description of the blog
I think this may be one of the biggest signs that tell you if your blog is evolving because almost everything else is a normal part of blogging for so long. The moment I changed my About Us page, tagline and SEO page description was the moment I realized Bookwyrming Thoughts is becoming more than just books. Sure, most of the posts are about books, but “musings from bookwyrms” kind of gives off a message there’s more posts beyond.
For some reason, changing the tagline felt more freeing, so I guess that was when the realization was made.
It’s okay to write content outside of your usual topic.
The most important thing to remember is writing other content is perfectly okay. Maybe you started out talking about books or a particular game or the recipes your family makes. Maybe you feel it’s time for a change.
But blogging at its core, especially when it’s a hobby, should be for you as a blogger. It shouldn’t be a chore and it should be fun for you. And chances are, your audience will enjoy getting a glimpse of you as well. If they truly enjoy you for your content and not just for the one topic you post about, they’ll stick around with you. They’ll not only stick around for your new content because they genuinely enjoy what you have to say, but they’ll be there for you for all the ups and downs. And honestly, those are the people that should matter most.