Every once in a while my thoughts drift towards this little gem of a blog that I’m struggling to keep alive and what I’d like to do with it. Given infinite time, there are endless possibilities. But being tied down with work and the responsibilities of being a fully functioning adult equate to very little time spent doing the things I love. Here in this post I’m letting my imagination run loose and listing all the ways I’d like to see this blog grow, but can’t yet bring to fruition. Perhaps when I do finally find the time, this can become my guiding compass.
1. Have a thousand followers
I see many of my peers achieving this number without breaking a sweat and here I sit pretty in double digits. Of course I’m happy for those who are making it big, but I want to be one of them too. I don’t mean to say I’m jealous, it’s just that I sometimes wish I was one such blogger who had a huge following, lots of comments, likes and views on my posts and a pretty blog that everyone loves to read. There’s a long way to go before this one comes true for sure.
2. Get approved for ARCs
Ever since getting into book blogging, this magical acronym has taken over my world – be it on Twitter or WordPress or YouTube. ARC stands for Advanced Reader’s Copy for those of you new to this term. ARCs seem to fall from the sky into the hands of the worthy. Unfortunately, I usually fall into the category of the unworthy. Declines on NetGalley are quite frequent and it is especially frustrating that e-copies cannot be distributed worldwide. What is the point of digital books if they are not accessible to anyone and everyone? Sigh. Getting physical copies of ARCs is nigh impossible, even in my dreams, so I’m modestly hoping that my NetGalley approval rate increases.
3. Become an ambassador for a book subscription box
There is no dearth for subscription boxes these days. But I find that they are mostly way out of my price range. Yet they all seem to have detectable goodies that steal my heart. I wish I was one of the fortunate people who find these boxes in their mail on a fine morning and get to showcase them to the world. This is the sort of dream that has very slim chances of translating into reality, but as long as I’m dreaming, why not?
4. Get to interview bestselling authors
You bet I have a list ready on the tip of my tongue of the authors I’d love to have on here. I’d like to be part of blog tours and such, get to host giveaways and contribute to the hype that surrounds the popular books. However, what with this blog being a toddler and me an ultra-shy book nerd, this one is probably far, far down the road.
5. Make money from my blog
Just to clarify, I’m not blogging just to make money out of it. I do it because I’m passionate about books and I want to share this with the world. However, if I could blog full-time, making money from it is a logical side effect as it would then become a job. It’s not impossible and it’s not wrong to want it, but I can’t imagine it happening any time soon. I’m not even sure how a book blog could make money, especially as a blogger in India who may not have access to the latest and greatest in the publishing industry. I might need the help of a pixie dust for this one, so if you have a spare bottle lying around, consider helping a friend in need.
That’s it for my list of all the things I want but can’t have at the moment. What is the one big thing you want to do with your blog? Let me know in the comments section below.