It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on the blog. 2020 wasn’t anyone’s year, and despite my best plans, everything fell to the side. As you know, I lost my cousin at the beginning of the year. That, and not being able to go home to see family for the anniversary is weighing me down a lot. Moving forward is the only way for to set my mindset on something other than grief. With that said, I’m really for those who are still with my blog; thank you for your continued support and your presence. To those who reached out to me, I appreciate you so much.
With 2021 in two weeks, there are some profound changes I would like to make in my blog. I do believe I’m ready and I’m really looking forward to it. First, I recently got hired as a content writer. End of the day, I am too tired to sit in front of a screen to write again. It is not suitable for my eyes or my mental state. While I will still continue to keep my blog, I am planning to slightly revamp it and make changes to accommodate my Youtube channel.
Yes, I said it. I am in the works of starting my own Youtube channel under the same name. I already have my first video in the plans and let me warn you in advance of my awkwardness! While filming, I found that I really enjoy speaking about books; I found myself more expressive and freer when compared to writing for a blog post. A booktube channel might just be the creative outlet I need. In addition to booktube, I am also working on a podcast dedicated exclusively to author interviews and discussion with bloggers. I discovered podcasts last year and have grown to love the platform, which then inspired me to start my own.
So, the changes that will be happening in 2021.
Though I love sharing my thoughts and excitement for books, I have been doing it the wrong way. Rather than producing content that was personal to me, I let it remain in my drafts because I was afraid it wouldn’t draw much attention. Shealea has written a fantastic post about being intentional with the content we create. After reading it, I took a step back to assess my blog. I understood then that my burn out and dissatisfaction was because of my own lack of excitement for my posts. Eventually, I understood that I was posting content for the sake of posting.
To tell you the truth, I am excited to take this step back. There is so much more I could do for my blog, and the plans I have cannot rely on mindless churning out of content. With this in mind, I will be posting less on the blog, sticking to posting content once a week rather than my usual attempts at twice to thrice a week. By doing so, this will give me time to work on posts close to my heart. I want to ensure that each and every word on the page is personalised.
And thus, we arrive at the newest change. Oof. Did I already mention how nervous I am? For years, I have toyed with the idea of starting a Youtube channel but was too scared to take that step. The recent change with my employment situation has made Youtube a viable option. Currently, I work as a full-time content writer; I do not want to spend my evenings in front of a laptop to write a blog post. Enough time is spent on my work and my novels. Exerting myself any more would lead to a worse burn out and deteriorating mental health. So, I’ve decided to move some of my content to a Youtube channel.
Would Youtube give me the mix of spontaneity and structure I am craving? Considering the amount of time I spend writing a review before publishing, I want to find out how well I can do with a video review. In addition to book reviews, there will be chatty discussions, read with me vlogs, book recommendations and other fun things! You can obviously tell I am looking to Booktube despite my nervousness.
At the moment my plan for Youtube is to post once every week or every two weeks. I am still experimenting with how I present myself in front of the camera and researching content for my schedule. My first Youtube video is in the works and will be posted in January.
Podcasting is a new venture I’ll be dipping my toes into. I’m looking for a chill platform where I can do monthly episodes of themed discussions and talk about whatever comes to mind. Other bloggers will be invited to join in the themed discussion episodes so that there will be a broader range of book recommendations. Another plan is to host author interviews on the podcast – their writing process, their journey as a writer and some titbits on their books. The podcast is going to be my most laidback platform so that I’m not taking on too much.
With all of these changes, my Patreon page will also be changing. I have not done well with Patreon; because it didn’t receive much support, I gave up on it but now, I want to do better. I have goals to go self-hosted one day, and being able to save the money from Patreon would help me a lot with that goal. So, tell me, what Patreon benefits would make you subscribe to it.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Please don’t feel pressured to sign up to my Patreon or to send a gift my way. We are all going through a difficult year; I want you to know that your encouragement and good wishes do not go unnoticed. I am so grateful for having you a part of my life.
If you still would like to support my work, here are some ways.
🌸 Get 60 days of free membership with Scribd when you use my affiliate link. By using my link you gift me with 30 days of free reading.
🌸 Use my Amazon affiliate link when purchasing from Amazon.
🌸 Help me with a one time tip via Ko-Fi!
🌸 I have an Amazon wish list of physical and Kindle books I would love to own.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!
🐈 How have you been doing? What books have comforted you during this year and what are you looking forward to in 2021?
🐈 I would love to know your opinions: What Patreon benefits would you find worthwhile? What Booktube videos would you enjoy watching?
🐈 Are there any bookish themed discussions you’d like to hear on my podcast?