It’s been almost four months since the lovely Jenna and Aila joined me on Happy Indulgence! While I was super nervous about the decision to co-blog based on my past experience, I have had the best time blogging with these two – not one day passes where I’m not thankful for their help with Happy Indulgence (thank you SO MUCH to Aila for her cute drawing of the banner!! It’s so perfect!)
Today I chat with Jenna and Aila on what it’s like co-blogging together and what happens behind the scenes!
OUR CO-BLOGGING PROS
Jeann: So what has co-blogging been like for you? My favourite part is definitely our fun chats and discussions and your constant support on everything in life! From Jenna’s daily cake rituals to Aila’s constant extra-curricular activities, it’s been so much fun getting to know you guys.
I don’t know how I blogged by myself for such a long time, because now I have time to do things other than constantly reading ARCs, blogging and commenting all the time. I have time to read books for me and there are days that go by where I don’t even check Happy Indulgence, because I know it’s in good hands. I have a pretty busy life, and having co-bloggers definitely helps to maintain that balance! I just can’t thank you guys enough!
Jenna: *munches on cake* Co-blogging with Jeann and Aila is the best experience of my short blogging life! I love our daily chats about books, work and life in general. Aila always sends us super cute motivational gifs when we’re feeling down and they seriously make my day! She also does super cute drawings of Jeann and me, which like make my YEAR. We also have really different tastes in books and I love getting recommendations from Jeann and Aila. I’ve read so many books that I wouldn’t normally read because of their recommendations.
I especially love being able to do posts together. Our Carry On and Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club discussion reviews are two of my favourite posts that I’ve contributed to Happy Indulgence. It feels so awesome to be able to discuss our thoughts and fangirl about books together!
Aila: Okay so imagine you’re having a bad day, and you’re just feeling “URGHHH” and “BLERGHH” and *tears streaming everywhere*. If you’re anything like me, then experiencing those kinds of tumultuous emotions is pretty common. Our Happy Indulgence chat is the thing that always manages to brighten my day up, no matter what. Having Jeann and Jenna’s support is such a blessing, and every time I visit this beautiful site, I silently thank the day I joined this amazing team.
Omigosh our conversations about tentacles are the best things ever though (see Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club discussion review to get in on it). The chat is filled with hilarious inside jokes, each one of us supporting the other, and just fangirling in general. Our differences in reading choices make for great variety, but we also have a bunch of books that we can all get together and love. It’s pretty much the perfect balance.
OUR Co-Blogging Challenges
Jeann: I’m so excited that you guys enjoy our daily chats – the motivation is definitely something that I rely on so much! I love Aila’s positivity and Jenna’s hilarious view on life. For those wanting to co-blog, I think one of the reasons why Jenna, Aila and I work so well together is that we’re not just contributing to a blog together. We’re building a place which we all want to be a part of. It’s not just about our passion for books, although we do flail and rant about books all the time, but I think getting to know your fellow co-bloggers (and blogger friends in general!) is really important.
While things have been a blast, what has been the biggest challenge for you guys so far? I think for me, it’s learning to pull back and not posting at the frantic rate like I’m used to. For instance, I have around 20 written drafts in WordPress (I’m not kidding) and finding a time to schedule them all in has been challenging. On the one hand, I want to post it all, but I don’t want to overwhelm readers with posts everyday. It’s a good thing though, because it forces me to slow down and focus on other things – which is why I decided to co-blog to begin with.
Aila: In the beginning, it took me some time to get on my feet with blogging on two different blogs. I remember one time I didn’t schedule my post until about two hours before it was supposed to be posted. (So anytime you feel terrible about scheduling/posting in general, remember that little scene hehe.) But after actually sitting down and scheduling things, I ended up getting posts up to the next four months! It’s honestly the best feeling in the world.
Surprisingly, it was really easy for me to write under Happy Indulgence’s review format since it’s so organized and similar to what I do. I adore sharing my thoughts on different platforms, and the Blogger Chatterbox posts have really encouraged me to write more discussions!
Jenna: I think the biggest challenge for me at the moment is replying to comments promptly and commenting back. I’ve hit a bit of a commenting slump recently and it’s been a huge struggle for me to reply to comments on my own blog and Happy Indulgence in a timely manner. But I also know that they will be all replied to at some point, so I try not to stress about it too much. It also helps that with the blog hopping and commenting back, I can rely on Jeann and Aila when I’m feeling particularly swamped (which has been really often lately, but I’m getting back on track).
The pros outweigh the cons for me though. I’ve met so many new bloggers who are readers of Happy Indulgence and I’ve had a great time forging friendships with them. Co-blogging also makes me a bit more organised with my posting schedule. We all need to be on the same page with the schedule, which makes me plan out what I want to post in the coming weeks.
OUR ADVICE FOR CO-BLOGGERS
Jeann: As you can see, becoming a co-blogger requires a fair amount of organisation skills, especially if you’ll be blogging on multiple blogs, but the friendship and support network makes it worth it. If you’re thinking of looking for co-bloggers, it definitely has the benefit of relieving that pressure, but also realise that it’s an extra load on others as well. And most of all, relax, have fun and get to know your fellow co-bloggers and build an awesome support network of books and fangirling!
Just to wrap up, what’s your advice for those who are thinking of co-blogging?
Aila: I’d say that if you’re on the lookout for co-bloggers or are thinking of co-blogging, be prepared for new responsibilities – but also loads of fun! Also never hesitate to speak up, whether you’re listing what you’re looking for in regards to co-bloggers or how you would be a great addition to the team. Honesty and communication is so crucial when you’re working as a team. Looking back, it’s kind of scary how great we click at Happy Indulgence. What can I say? I guess in the end, love of food and books trumps all. 😛
Jenna: I completely agree with everything Jeann and Aila said. There’s a huge thrill that comes with co-blogging and sharing your content in a different space, but it does require a lot of organisation. I used to post on my own blog in an impromptu manner, but now I’ve got a strict schedule so that I’m sure I have enough content for both blogs. Co-blogging does take a little while to get used to, especially if you’re not used to the formatting style, but don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed! That’s what co-bloggers are for! Most importantly, just have fun.
Are you thinking of co-blogging or do you have a co-blogger? Tell us below!