*tap tap tap*
Is this thing on? Clearly, I’ve been a terrible blogger as of late, but I have answers. ANSWERS!
In my life (and, thus, blog):
I think it’s been three weeks since I last provided my readers with an update. Truth be told, I haven’t been feeling well and decided to take some time for myself. It felt really nice to just sit back and watch Lost all day when I wanted to, or to pick up a random book to read without feeling any obligations. I feel like that’s what the blog has become to me: an obligation.
Don’t get me wrong, I love book blogging and the book blogging community, but when I read through my last discussion on how much we do as book bloggers, I felt overwhelmed. At that point, I decided I needed to cut back — drastically.
Blogging is still so much fun for me and a great hobby to have, but I feel like I’ve been stretching myself too thin, escaping to read my books when I could be spending time with my husband or my dogs, or just taking time for myself withOUT a book. Now, I love to read and will ALWAYS read, but the book blog has turned me into one of those monsters. I look at my desk now and see piles of ARCs and review books I need to get to (and will — in time) and decided that I will NO LONGER be accepting or requesting review books.
I miss the days before I restarted the blog in 2011 where I would spend days reading (mostly books from the library) and then spend days doing other things. I didn’t feel it necessary to read 300 books in a year. I would also pick up whatever suited my fancy. So, I feel like it’s time to rethink about what I do on the blog and cut back so it’s easier for me to maintain and more fun for me as a reader.
I know that my page views have gone down in the past days and I’m okay with that. I love everyone who takes the time to read my blog and will try to provide content at least 3x a week. I’m going to rework my schedule a bit and hopefully I’ll still have some devoted followers. 🙂
Right now, this means:
- I won’t be on Twitter all the time. I have set times where I like to go on, but it’s a HUGE time suck where I could be doing other things. I always check my favourite people on Twitter, so hopefully we can connect sometime!
- Discussions will now be once a month.
- I will only post 2 reviews a week.
- Book Hoarder’s Selection will still be every other week, at least, for the next little while.
- Weekend Library Read’s will happen off and on.
- I would love to be able to fill all the gaps with content for you all, but it’s just not possible.
So, I am still here, but things are definitely changing. I hope that’s okay with you all!
(In other life news, I was in the newspaper the other day, talking about blogging and the Edmonton Book Bloggers — go have a read!)
In books (& reading):
You might be wondering why I decided to flip back to Sunday Reads, since I’ve been doing Clock Rewinders for the last long while. I decided to do this earlier in the week when I realized I haven’t been binging on books, and I haven’t been BUYING books. Instead, I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants. I felt like I had to have books coming in constantly, and maintaining my Goodreads was becoming kind of a hassle. Also, seeing that number of books that I owned and had to read was very intimidating. I also feel like this way of updating is a lot easier for me — I would love to share lots of links from my blog and yours, but I just haven’t had the time. I’m sorry for that!
So I’ve decided to STOP buying books — at least, go back to how it used to be, where I’d read books in my collection, take advantage of my library and only buy a book once in a while. I’m a terrible person when it comes to saving money, so I need to start exercising some control. I do love supporting my favourite authors, but will continue to do so by either buying their book (when it’s something I desperately need — like Neil Gaiman’s newest) or getting my library to buy their book. I am going to be a lot more pickier when it comes to opening my wallet!
Anyway, in the past three weeks I have been reading some. I fell in love with Beth Harbison’s writing and read Hope in a Jar, and am currently reading When In Doubt, Add Butter. I also fell in love with Lisa Kleypas and read Crystal Cove, the fourth book in her Friday Harbor series. I can’t wait to read more by her! Last month (which seems like forever ago!), I read Half-Blood Blues by Canadian author Esi Edugyan in preparation for the 2013 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture, which book blogger Laura and I attended. It was a wonderful read! I also listened to Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden, which was a very informative and disturbing read — and recommended to me by John Green! Well, not personally, but sometimes I feel like he’s only talking to me in his vlogs. 🙂
Like I mentioned above, I do have a ton of review books to go through and I will get to them, hopefully sooner rather than later. The world is out there waiting to be discovered and spring has finally touched down in our city, so I plan to take it easy and just do what strikes my fancy.
How was your week? Have you read anything good lately?