I’m tentatively stepping out of hiatus and explaining where I’ve been. Answer: reading but not reviewing. Dnf’ing and not finishing. I’m struggling to figure out how I want my blog to go. While I like wrap ups, tbr updates, and new book releases it feels repetitive after a while. I grew tired of posting what felt like the same shit different day. It’s nice owning my own website name, but the little amount of traffic I get doesn’t feel worth it. Part of why I blog is to be heard and it feels like I’m not reaching that I want to reach.
That’s issue #1. Issue #2 is that life’s busy, I’m bored (not of reading but of staying home due to Covid), there’s a lot of those who wrote the same sort of reviews that I do…a list of complaints isn’t something y’all want to read, but that’s basically what I feel. Issue #2: it doesn’t matter what I do, my work is barely making a difference for the community.
But! See, I know that’s not true. Every review matters for authors. That’s always been how I operate: read, review, share sometimes purchase if it’s something I truly enjoyed or feel I must have. The book community is amazing and resourceful and helpful, kind and encouraging. I grew from a pitiful 10 followers to an amazing 300 followers. I’m wanting to seriously increase that number but #3 STOP F*CKING PROCRASTINATING!!!!
I’m whining and bored, but I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered. I’m aiming to (once again, damnit) change that so that I’m more frequent about posting. I want my blog to grow and to do that I have to post content.
Even if I hate it, if I’m bored, I gotta post content AND STICK TO A SCHEDULE!!! I’m awful about scheduling. About posting reviews on time instead of months/years later. I have a hell of a backlog to go through and I need to get up off my lazy butt and get to it.
In total, I have roughly 400 books on Netgalley to review. Yes, I’m not being paid for those books. But I got a book for free and I ought to show my support somehow. I am not even going to talk about my owned tbr, my library of new things, and the list goes on and on.
But reading slumps. Those things ought to leave us all alone but they aren’t gonna. We need to push through the damn reading slumps and get ourselves to be focused. It’s hard. In that we especially don’t feel like reading at that moment. Is that depression? Anxiety? Or just plain laziness? Whatever it is, I plan on ignoring reading slumps as much as I can from here on out.
I want to read, and I want my blog to grow. My reviews to matter and be something different and not repetitive. I’m hoping to change all that.
Will you help me out? Can you encourage me into posting more frequently? Share just this one post and make it stretch far and wide. Encourage all those with reading slumps: what you do for this community f*cking matters. Whether it’s book reviews or blog hopping, buying or promoting. Good job book community. Keep up the amazing work and stay safe in these troubling times.