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Let’s Talk About Blogging and My Plans

I want to thank Destiny over at Howling Libraries for having a great discussion post which made me really think about how I want to handle my blog and enjoy it. This was an issue I have been having the last few days, and I am thankful to some other people as well. So, check out the post that helped me out a lot.

The other thing which helped me was a comment from A Voracious Reader on Twitter. I said I did not know what to do about my blog and this is what she said:

I’ve been on the free Blogger platform for 9 yrs & never had a large following. I’m ok with that. I started my blog for me. I like looking back at what I’ve done & if there are some readers who have picked up a book because of one of my reviews then yay! Bonus unlocked.

This also really helped me out. I realize I do love my blog, and I am going to keep doing it to have fun. Instead of complaining and being negative, I am going to do what I can enjoy this blog because it is a passion of mine. I have said a lot of times I was going to do this for fun, and I am going to listen to what I had been saying the whole time. Let’s talk about my plans for this blog:

I think about my blog all of the time, but I think I tend to be too hard on myself. I think I should be like this person or that. I should write reviews this way or do that. When I should just be having fun. I am like why am I not like this person or that, too. Because they put work into their blog and have a passion for it, that is why. I want to be the same way, but I need to do it on my own terms. I do not need to take a break and avoid my blog, I need to approach it in my own way and have fun like I have been wanting to for so long.

When I started, I would do those memes. They were fun, but they became work. I know I am not going to be doing those. I have been tagged to do things, but sometimes I do not want to do those. It is a hard line to walk sometimes. I have fun when I write reviews and do blog tours and cover reveals. I also like doing the author q&as when I can. Those all are a lot of fun for me, and I think just making posts I like are fun. I have also thought about doing wrap ups and talking about books I really love. There are also the Facebook groups for books I am in, and it would be fun to talk about those as well. I have a lot of things I can talk about, I just need to actually do it.

I do not think I have a set schedule, but I will bring you reviews on books I am enjoying from NetGalley and publishers (because I have started to get books from publishers and it is awesome).

What else have I been working on?

I am slowly working on my list for NetGalley. It got a little out of hand, and I am doing my best to get it under control. I am currently at 95 books to read and 40 pending. I know this seems like a lot, but this is a good place for me to be. They are all books I want to read and review. Even though it may be a bit slow going, I am going to working on that review backlist and also the books I have been sent from the publisher as well.

I am not going to be accepting any more review requests for awhile. I have a lot of books, and I am sure there are some I have forgotten I need to be reading. The stress of too many books can be horrible, and I am trying my best to not lose all of my motivation to read. I do not have any full set idea of what I will do, but these are my tentative plans.

  • Avoid requesting anymore books from NetGalley
  • Decline any future review requests for now
  • Stop using BookSirens and other sites, too many is killing me
  • I do not plan to read any books I was asked to review before this year anymore

This makes me feel better about where I am, and I think I can do it with my Kindle and my voracious appetite for books. It means a lot of books I have had can just go, and I can focus on the books I really do want to read. This is a nice feeling.

I do not feel bad for doing this. Why not?

  • I promote all of the books I get on Instagram and Twitter, these have around 2K between them. This means someone has seen these books and has maybe read them. I know it does not mean a lot, but at least I am doing something for the books?
  • I do read all of the print copies I am sent, and I have been working on my eARCS. I am trying to avoid being tempted by my auto approvals and the emails I get for books to read. I just need to focus on what I have at the moment. I am sure when I am a librarian, this will be an issue again because then I will have all of the books. But I will come to that when it happens.
  • I am not getting paid for this, and I need just focus on doing books I enjoy. Otherwise it will not work out. So why should I be freaking out when I am not being paid? I do work as a beta reader, and that pays me. But this review thing is free.
  • I have a toddler and am in grad school. Life happens… I need to just enjoy the books I have and not stress about some of these review books anymore.

And that is what is going on with me.

That is all I have, and I hope this is a good thing I am doing for myself.

I will be posting reviews for the ARCS I am loving, but I do not think I will be talking about adding new ARCS or doing anything major for them. I am just going to work on the ones I have and try to get my ratio up someday. I am kind of hoping the ones I have pending will get declined, but we will see what happens.

I have been reading a lot more thrillers lately too. I will be possibly be doing a favorites for the year.

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3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Blogging and My Plans

  1. I’m so glad my post helped! I was so nervous posting that so hearing that it helped makes me feel like it was worth putting myself out there. I love your new blogging plans! Taking the stress off is so important. You don’t get paid for this and life is chaos as it is! Especially juggling parenthood + grad school, I know all about that and that combo alone is a nightmare some days. I hope this helps you and just know I’m rooting for you all the way!!

  2. This a great discussion post. I think so many bloggers get stuck in this limbo and it’s important to reassess what your motivations and goals really are. It’s so easy to get swept up in popular goals like having tonnes of followers.

  3. It’s really nice to read a list of blogging goals that actually involve doing ~less~ of something. Saying ‘no’ to stuff is just as important as agreeing to things. Thanks for reminding me of that!

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