Remember that post saying hey, I’m back? Then I kinda really wasn’t? Yeah…I think I jumped the gun. But seriously, I have my 2020 calendar printed out and I have blogs typed up and scheduled to post.
I AM BACK!
I did promise myself a few things that have helped me get here…
1) I am not going to go crazy over YOUR posts. You heard me right…YOUR posts. What I mean is, I would read all your posts and go CRAZY with my TBR pile. I would put my books on hold because all the books you were talking about sounded awesome…and they were awesome. I started to feel like I would be out of the loop if I wasn’t reading all these latest releases right now. I realize now, who cares? If I just read all the books everyone else is talking about then I’m not sharing any different books with the world and isn’t that the point of a book blog? To find great, different books? Sure, there will always be new releases I’m dying to read and that I will, but I am determined to shrink down the amount of books I have now stashed around the house and dwindle them down…and then buy more, hahahaha. I am going to promise myself to keep the books you all talk about on my TBR list and then get to them eventually. Seriously…it has taken a load off!
2) I am not going to kill myself over my blog content. There are times when I read a lot and times when I read a little. It’s called life. I wanted a post EVERY DAY. That isn’t going to happen anymore. Sure, it’s something to strive for and if it happens, great. If I go a day or two without a post, awesome. I’m not going to look at my stats anymore.
3) I’m going to dedicated a night, one day a week, where it’s me and my computer and work on the blog. I will use the app to give myself some ideas for blogs and read your posts, but my giving myself one dedicated night where that is all I do, phew, I feel good now. I get done what I get done and that’s that. I am behind on writing NINE reviews from last year…and I will get to them when I get to them. It was ten but I managed to sneak one in before this post.
4) I am not going to worry about reading books my co-workers give me right away. Before I would let them take place of books I had on deck. Now they go below deck and I read them after the ones I had planned to read. I always keep the book I’m reading and the next book I want to read on my stand and these books would plop right above the book I planned. You don’t realize how sometimes this can take the wind out of motivation to read. It’s crazy. And guess what…no one cares if I bring the book in 5 days or 20 days. We just pass them along in a big circle and they make it back to the original person in a few months. Why am I stressing? Stress no more!
It is amazing how sometimes so simple as a blog can make you feel so overwhelmed. I love reading and I love the book blogging world. To be fair, I was thrown back in to the middle of my work year with no warning and it took awhile to figure things out and get things to the way I wanted them to be…all the while I was like…books, blog, books, blog. Now that I’m settled back in, I’m ready. Truly ready after sitting down with myself and setting some new rules/boundaries. Side note: my Netgalley shelf is out of control and I am determined to shrink it. Talk about a whoops…haha…no more requesting until I get through it…now THAT is some motivation!! Haha.
Have you set any rules up for yourself or gone through something similar with your blog?