I originally saw the idea for a blogging manifesto at The Perpetual Page-Turner. Jamie shared her reasons for blogging in general, and then went into more detail about how she wanted to blog. I loved this idea so much, that I launched my own blogging manifesto on Radiant Shadows.
Fast forward a few months, and I’m crawling out of the worst blogging slump of my blogging career. So even though I still love the idea of a blogging manifesto, a guideline to turn to whenever I begin to lose my way, I want to change it up a bit.
I was recently reading So Obsessed With and saw that, instead of a list of “shoulds” and “should nots”, Hannah decided to come up with things she wanted more and less of. I absolutely love this way of thinking, since it’s not necessarily a tangible thing that could be measured. If I can look back and think, “Yea, I did less of this thing I wasn’t happy with in the past, and more of this new thing that made me happy”, than I can consider myself successful.
So with Pretty Little Reader, here’s what I’d like more, and less of:
I think that, with Radiant Shadows, I forgot that I started blogging because I loved reading. It became about the self-induced pressure to post every day, which meant I turned reading into a chore; into an obligation. Instead of reading for fun, or because I really liked the sound of a particular book, I read because I felt like I had to. So with Pretty Little Reader I want to read more of what I want, and I want to read more because I love reading.