What do you think about when you think about going beyond blogging or expanding your horizons? Is it a redesign of your blog? Have you branched out into freelance writing or even published a novel of your very own? Or, have you moved into a different venue like podcasts or vlogging? This is the day to tell us about how you have expanded on blogging in your own unique way.
When Krysta and I first began blogging, I had no concept of “the blogosphere.” I knew, of course, that other people blogged and that book blogs were in some sense “a thing.” Primarily, however, Krysta and I were doing our own thing within that thing, writing what we hoped we thoughtful book reviews, posting them to the blog, and being incredibly startled when someone actually looked at them or, even more strangely, commented.
Over the three years that Krysta and I have been rambling along at Pages Unbound, “expanding my blogging horizons” has meant opening up to the book blogging community. (After, you know, discovering it.) I still blog for myself, and I believe firmly that that is something every blogger needs to do in order to stay motivated. One should never feel pressured to read a book at a certain time or think that he/she has to read certain types of books or write certain types of posts in order to be popular or successful. Reading, and blogging, should be about personal enjoyment and development.
However, it is fun, and often rewarding, to consider what type of content one’s followers might like. One doesn’t want to grub for followers or page views, of course, but…well, most of us are ultimately writing for someone, even if in a casual sense. If we wanted our thoughts to be entirely private, we might have password protected websites or keep all our book reviews in private notebooks at home.
Once I realized that I, too, have an audience (once that follower count in the sidebar actually started going up!), I branched out into more types of posts. I started participating in some memes like Top Ten Tuesday, I interviewed authors and bloggers, and I came up with some unique features and events for Pages Unbound. I also started actually promoting my posts and my blog on social media and other platforms.
In three years, blogging has grown from something Krysta and I did essentially in private (despite having a publicly available and searchable website) to a real conversation with other bloggers and book readers. Interacting with others, and with others’ posts and features, has inspired a lot of new thoughts for me about reading, writing, and books, and it has been a great journey.