Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Paperback's Pondering's: Blogging Things I Need to Work On
Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week's topic is about what I struggle with blogging.
When I started blogging, I knew nothing about how to put up a design, the requirements for ARC recommendations, and commenting etiquette. While I think that I have most definitely improved in these things, there are still things that I struggle and stress over daily when it comes to my blog.
My design has been a generic template from Blogger for months. Now recently, I customised the fonts and widgets of my blog, but I still can't seem to grasp an eye catching header and background. I do like my colour scheme, but I have no idea what to do with it or how to do it. I did take a graphic design class, but I wouldn't say that it's something I've fully grasped the concept from. I am no artist.
Another thing that I've found troubling is ARC's. Most bloggers get them, but I have no idea how I can put my name in for one. I understand that there can be a lot of drama surrounding them, but I feel like having one would be so cool! I feel like my blog is a bit small to have one, but I really want to give it a shot. But how?
I see bloggers with perfectly organised giveaways, but I don't really understand how they operate. Twitter ones would be fairly easy, but what about one through the book depository? I'd really love to look more into how they operate, so I can give back to my fellow readers :)
The last thing that I really want to improve is my layout. I feel like it's so jumbled and there's too much writing. I want to have a more creative rating system, some nice links, and get rid of all the unnecessary things. I have tried my best, but most things require coding which is something that grates on my nerves!
Thankfully, there has been some development to my blogging woes. For example, bloggers Mishma & Jillian over at Chasing Faerytales, have created a feature called Learnt It The Hard Way, in which they invite bloggers to share tips over different topics. This has helped me out tremendously, and I advise you to check it out if you haven't already.
I do love my blog and all the possibilities, and I know and work with my skills. I think I just need a little practise, that's all. Practise makes perfect.
Do you struggle with any of these things, or do you have any tips? Let me know!
Emily @ Paperback Princess