Thursday, July 11, 2013

Blogging Game Plan

Thursday, July 11, 2013
I've been thinking a lot about The Page Sage lately- what I can do to improve it, what I can do to get more involved in the blogging community, and other things along those lines. Throughout all of this thinking, I remembered that Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner had done Blogging Manifesto. While I'm not going through a blogging slump, I thought doing a similar post- a Blogging Game Plan- would help me focus and reach my goals.

Bloggy Goals
1. Get over my self-consciousness
I have this issue where I'll write something and then stress about it. What if my blog readers don't interpret it the same way it sounds in my head? I'll think. What if it just sounds stupid or falls flat? So instead of thinking like that, I want to think, Well, what if, it just sounds stupid or falls flat? Would that really be the worst thing in the world? The answer is, of course not. This is also going to apply to Twitter.
   
 1a.. Don't be afraid to reach out to other book bloggers.
          While I'm usually pretty good at hiding it, I have a bit of a shy streak. Hopefully this game plan will            
          help me overcome it!

2. Comment on 1 new blog a day.
The blogging community is awesome! If I had the time, I would comment on All the Blogs! Unfortunately, there are some weeks where I barely have the time to write posts, reply to the comments on my blog, and comment on blogs I follow. So instead of stressing about how I don't comment enough, I'm just going to set a 1-new-blog-a-day policy, which I can definitely handle. (While still returning comments and commenting on blogs I follow, of course.)

3.. No more blog awards.
The fact that I've gotten blog awards from readers is beyond touching. I really, really appreciate it. But the last time I got a blog award, it took me three months to do the post. And then I never contacted the bloggers I nominated for it. It's not that I didn't care, but it was during the school year and things like exams, reports, and other homework had to come first. This was a tough decision, but I think it's one that will ultimately make me a happier blogger.


As the Beatles said, "I get by with a little 

help from my friends"

So now I want to hear *your* thoughts. What do you think I could do to improve The Page Sage? If you'd like, you can fill out the survey below, but you can just leave a comment. If you do either of those things, I'll A.) Really, really appreciate it and B.) Send you virtual hugs and cookies. But if you don't, I'll still send you virtual hugs and cookies, because I roll like that. (That last sentence is a prime example of stuff I would have deleted if I wasn't trying to get over my self-consciousness because I'd be afraid it would come across as weird.)



Bloggers: Do you have a Blogging Game Plan? 
Readers: Do you list your goals in order to help you achieve them?

6 comments:

  1. It's always good to have a plan and it's so helpful to figure out what's important to YOU when you're running your blog. I've gotten to the point where I know what I'm going to be doing each day during the week blog-wise (2-3 reviews, a Waiting on, and a goofy post) and, if I get to it, maybe something over the weekend. Of course, that doesn't always work but I try not to stress too much over it or numbers. Commenting is a big priority for me -- getting out there and commenting on other blogs as well as commenting on those who've commented on mine. It's a great community!

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    1. Keeping a schedule is definitely helpful! Some of my days are a must (Monday reviews, Tuesday TTTs, Friday Bookish Buys) because I want to keep my blog active. I try to post a discussion post each Thursday, but I keep it optional so that I don't overextend myself. It's hard not to stress sometimes, but it seems like you have a good system!

      The book blogging community is wonderful and so I love exploring new blogs and commenting. I always try to try to return comments, too. :)

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  2. Great blogging plan! I really have to make something like it for myself, blogging sometimes gets quite stressful.. Also filled in your survey:)

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    1. Send me a link if you do a game plan- I'd love to see it!

      Thank you so much for your survey answers! <3

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  3. Looks like a great game plan to me!! I totally identify with #1 and struggle with it!

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! I would have never guessed that you struggle with blogging self-consciousness- you're always so open on your blog. :)

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