final Armchair BEA post is about the future of book blogging and how to keep up the passion. I'm sure I've covered this in years past during the previous Armchair BEAs but here are a few thoughts I have on this subject.
I've been doing this now for over five years. I think that says that somehow I've managed to keep up the passion. Even though I have many up and down moments I truly think I would feel so wrong without this hobby. I would miss it terribly.
So what keeps me going?
The love of books first and foremost. After all it's all about books, right? :) They are just too much fun to read and talk about! I think this is something that will never go away for me. At least I hope so, and as long as this book passion lasts, then the desire to blog about it and share the love will be there.
Also, I think the networking thing I talked about on Wednesday keeps me going. The connections I've made both in the bookish community and online are important enough to me that I hope to keep it up if nothing else then to just stay in touch with people.
Having no set ideas on what HAS to be done blogging-wise helps me too. There are so many things I see other bloggers worrying about that I've never bothered with, and who knows, maybe this isn't so good, but in the long run, I think worrying about those things gets you burned out! Which basically means just do what feels right for you and don't worry about what everyone else is doing. I need to take my own advice on this one a lot actually.
Another way to keep the passion for blogging strong is to change things up now and then. Start something new, change the look, bring up discussion topics, switch things around, meet new bloggers, etc. Just like anything else in life, try not to get into a rut!
As far as the future of blogging itself? I can't wait to see what happens! The past five years have changed SO MUCH, it's hard to imagine what the next five years has in store. People are sitting up and taking notice of bloggers, that's for sure and this fact still blows me away. I, for one, feel that I have no influence at all on the industry, but all of us taken as a whole, totally do. It's very cool. And it's fun to be a part of it.
That's about all I have to say about that! And not that I think I'm an expert or anything, but if you are a newbie and have questions for me... ask away!!! :)