"Do what makes you happy" is a line which has been said to me a lot over the years, and it's a line which I've said to other people too. It really does seem like the key to a good life. Obviously, there are going to be times where you can't do what makes you happy, but if there's ever the opportunity, do it. I left my old school in the middle of an important year, even though I knew it would mean leaving my friends behind and having to pick new, less-awesome subjects for my exams. I quit my old blog which I'd had for years to start this one. They were both huge decisions, but I have never regretted either of them.
When it comes to blogging, other bloggers will probably agree with me when I say we love getting feedback. Chances are you've seen lots of us doing surveys where we get to know what you really think. I did too, and the results were really interesting. Most were positive, there was one extreme negative, and a few pieces of constructive criticism. Most of the constructive criticism was really helpful, but some really wasn't. For example:
"Your reviews are too short. You should make them longer."
I appreciated the feedback but I don't want to flesh out a review with unnecessary words just so I can reach a certain word count. How boring would that be? I can just imagine someone sat there reading it and thinking, "Come on, get to the point." Similarly, if anyone has ever told you your reviews are too long and you should make them shorter, don't listen to them! If your reviews are long you clearly have a lot of thoughts on the books you read, and that's so helpful when trying to decide whether to buy a book or not. Basically, write how you like - that's the important thing.
There's also a lot of pressure in the blogging world to join in with memes or have your own feature, but you never have to do these things if you don't feel like they're for you. You never have to do anything in book blogging and no one should be forcing you into doing posts about this or reviewing books like that. Just do what makes you happy, write about things you would like to read about yourself, and have fun doing your own thing. Who cares about doing what's popular, or what someone else thinks you should be doing? Any awesome person will respect you for doing what you want to do, and being yourself means you'll get completely like-minded people reading your posts. Yay for like-minded people.
Now this post has a Friends GIF and a Dan and Phil GIF, I think I can wrap this up. Primarily, you are always blogging for yourself. It's freaking amazing that other people decide to read your opinions on things too, but if you're not writing what makes you happy then you're not going to have a good time. And this post doesn't just apply to blogging, either.
I just realised how deep this post turned out to be, so here is a random cactus to inject silliness because now I feel awkward. I don't know if anyone else will agree with what I wrote but hopefully it will resonate with at least one person.
And now I'm going to go, because I've rambled.