Fears and Self-Promo

Rationally, I know as a small start up-ex: blogs, freelance mua, designer, photographer-self promo is vital but it also takes a lot of guts to do. I would consider myself outgoing and real. I’ll tell it like I see it because life is too short to beat around the bushes. But as bold as I’m, one would assume that I mimic that attitude when promoting my blog.

Nope, I don’t.

Often times, I’m just telling my very small cirlce of close friends about my blog and my future plans for it. I get excited to announce the new camera I bought, the new books I want to buy, the YouTube channel I’m starting soon, and so on. You get the idea that I don’t let any details slip away. I’ll let them know everything about a book and the blog even though they don’t read for leisure as much as I do. But I still do not let others know.

I have asked myself why do I hold back on self promotion? Why don’t I shout to all my 300+ “friends” on Facebook that I have a book blog and want their ‘follow-ship’ (totally just made that up) ? Why don’t I post more often on my personal Instagram and give myself a shout out? And why don’t I tell some of the new people I’ve met since the blog opened up in June 2016 about my lovely blog??

I dont know.

I don’t have one particular earth shattering, philosophical answer that will make me sound deep. But I know that I’m shy about my work. In nervous about what others think of my type of art. I’m shy about the blog because it won’t be my first blog. It is my first blog with full on focus about books and my longest running blog (I believe). I think maybe I’m afraid of failing. I didn’t keep up with my previous blog because I lost interest in posting and made excuses. So my subconscious mind believes that if many people who knows me doesn’t know about the blog, then I won’t have to explain when I stop blogging. With that mindset, I’ve already started thinking this blog will fail. I’m creating a fluffly cushion to fall into if this blog doesn’t succeed and that’s the worst mindset I can have for something I want so bad.

I’m taking a step to stop myself from standing in my own way. I recently posted a picture of my blog on my a Snapchat story. I am going to revive my Facebook and reach out to my audience there and see if they want to support the blog. I’m going to open up to outsiders about the blog and how they can find a book for themselves or others on it. No more hiding from the crowd and limiting my chances.

I’m also writing this post because now I must do what I say. Its on the internet and it stays forever! 

Seriously, I’m happy that I can question myself and make plans. So here is a shout out:

Please FOLLOW the blog here On WordPress, on IG (@booksblog) and Twitter (@bookysblogtwitt).

Happy Reading,

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October, What it brought me and Book Wrap Up

Before we get to our Book Wrap Up, allow me to rant a little bit, please 😊

October 2016 is gone😳 but it was a great month to me. I learned that I was stronger than I thought I’m yet also very fragile. Stronger because I took on a new challenge in my life that I swore to avoid at all cost and I’m learning that with time, I will overcome my worries for it. I usually shy away from things I know or believe I might not be successful with and I realized that I’m selling myself short.I remind myself that I’m a very young woman in a ever changing world. I will grow, make mistakes and learn as each day goes by because I will not let my failures define me.

I almost let the same fear stop me from establishing my blog. I ask myself now “why did you wait so long to do this?” But you know what, atleast I started it.

I also noticed that I hide some of my feelings, tuck them away and don’t deal with it. I’m acknowledging this flaw but I have a long way to go to eradicate it from my personality.

November 2016, I’m welcoming you with open arms and looking forward to the growth you’ll bring forth.

Let’s get to my Book Wrap Up party which was extremely small! I only ready 2 books off my Oct TBR list and 1 book from my college class assignment which I fell in love with. Like where have I been without this book? I plan on doing a writing about the book but I need to give it my undivided attention.

Through To You ❤❤❤❤ Click Here

The Last Time Were Us ❤❤❤ Click Here

Woman at Point Zero ❤❤❤❤❤

Have you read any ? Any thoughts? Would you pick them up? Share your thoughts with me!

Happy November,

Lara Jean is getting a 3rd Book!!!

As I was doing my usual rounds on IG this morning, I saw a post from Jenny Han from 22 hours ago. (Curse IG and its new algorithm pattern)

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The rumors have finally been confirmed. Lara Jean will be getting another book and its called : Always and Forever, Lara Jean. 

It will be released on 4/4/17.

Her comments section is going crazy, filled with excited readers and bloggers, eager for the release.

And I’m not.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d like another LJ story and see what struggles she get through and more part from John Ambrose and Josh and Peter. But, I think the story was great the way PS I Still Love You ended. Somethings are just great to be left to the imagination and not overly played out. With both of the books Han have released so far, it resolved a lot of answers, matured LJ and it was great.

Most series need many books to figure out what Han have done in two, and doing a third book will extend from what we already know but is it necessary? Its is only prolonging something we already know and only getting done for monetary gain.

**✋✋Spoiler Alert.Spoiler Alert ✋✋**

In the third book, I can see Han tying the proverbial perfect bow on a present to a series by giving the father a full relationship with their neighbor, Ms Rothschild. She may stir drama between LJ and Genevieve again (which at this point is very tiring). And include more about John Ambrose not giving up LJ and maybe even throw in Josh in the pot of love concoction! These things can be included in the new novel or not, but I like where she left off and don’t think we need to actually know more of what LJ will be doing next.

Authors should trust the readers to be able to continue and imagine what’s next after such a great ending.

With all my hang ups, I know I’ll pick up a copy but I know one is not necessary.

What do you guys think?

Drop your comments below and let’s have a discussion!

Happy Reading,