Straight to the Topic
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of this blog. Where is it going? What am I doing here? How can I change things?
Basically for the past week I was at war with myself on how to continue this blog, and a few thoughts kept nagging at my mind.
For the time being: no. Whenever I though of taking a break, it would always result as a long one. About three to five months long. Yes, this has been in consideration for a while (for a long while actually), but I don’t think I can really take a break from blogging. I have reviews scheduled up until late March, and I still have some unfinished posts/reviews I’ve been needing to finish. So it would seem taking a long break wasn’t really an option.
Not only that, but I check my blog every day *nervous laughter* and I can’t really part from it no matter what. I love interacting with all of you, and I like seeing that little orange dot appear now and then (aka the notifications). Many of you are very positive, and I just love blogging because of it!
Still, I’ve had some inner controversy with myself. Some days, if I were to be honest with all of you, writing a simple post felt exhausting. It felt like a chore on a couple of occasions, and I’d like to avoid associating my blog as “work”.
I’ve been falling in and out of YA ever since summer ended, really. And I wanted to create a better blog where I could have a lot of fun on, and discuss other topics I really liked.
Should I Make a Second Blog?
The topic I wanted to expand my blog to, was anime and manga. If you checked my Goodreads, most of the books I’ve read since the beginning of 2017 is manga. I still really love YA with all my heart, but I’ve been struggling to catch up on so many things and I kept falling out of reading it. And all of my posts are centered around YA so much, I realized that I didn’t include many other types of books that I said I would discover. So the idea of making a second blog, not a main one, went through my mind.
I know what your thinking, “Problem solved! You can just make two blogs on separate topics and go from there!” The problem: time. If you know me very well, then you know I’m awful at time management. Just, completely awful at it. Making a second blog would double the posts I make (I try 4 a week [I write them all on Saturday and Sunday, and each post is about 2 hours at most to write]). So that idea was shot down.
Should I Incorporate Other Things Into My Blog?
I’ve been hopping around Anime/Manga blogs on WordPress and I really liked looking at all of them. Only a few also talk about YA, and almost all only just Anime. So would it still be okay to make some sort of duo blog, with Anime/Manga and regular books as well? The answer: yes.
There is somewhat of a problem though. At first I thought maybe incorporating new things into this blog was a good idea. I could meet so many new people who also enjoy all the things I’m in. Also I had a few ideas for posts that I was really interested in making. But how could I balance YA and Anime/Manga on my blog.
I tend to drop a lot of things, for example I used to do questions on my blog where I just talked about random bookish things (aka “Polls & Qs”), but I suddenly stopped writing those. I’ve dropped a few things too, like series or shows, just because they were no longer my style. So I was afraid of maybe dropping YA entirely and focusing on Anime/Manga. Or maybe even reverting back to YA, but loosing interest on Anime/Manga; which is not pretty good either since I’m writing this whole post about it and worrying just so I can include it in my blog. (I also fear reading multiple books at once because I could like one book better than another and DNF it, which I try to avoid.) I would have no balance and I would go back to where I started again.
Now What’s My Plan?
I have no idea.
I could take a long break, which I don’t think I really could (but still might do), so I can have time offline and maybe come back in later. (It’ll be even more difficult coming back in if I take a break.)
Or I could make a second blog based on random fangirling otaku moments (even though I’m SO FAR from being one) (I am still new to anime, I barely know what I am doing, I don’t think I’m a qualified otaku yet).
Or I could try and center my blog on not just YA, but other types of books like maybe Graphic Novels, Light Novels (still have yet to read one), Manga, and even Anime.
And honestly if doesn’t just have to be YA vs Manga on my blog. I could have lots of other new things on here. Sure I can’t really think of them at the moment, but I’d like my blog basis to expand and grow.
You can probably see my point as to why I’m so confused as to what to do. You’re probably thinking I’m fretting over nothing. But I’d still really like your opinion on how I should continue on my blog and what’s the best step. I value the reader’s opinions as well as my own, so please comment what you think! I’d love some advice!
I probably might end up changing nothing if it ends up suiting me better, but I just wanted to share some ideas I’ve had. I do really want to change up this blog a bit, and include new kinds of posts, but I’m still confused which direction I should go.
Thanks for reading, it was a pretty long post; hope I didn’t babble.