This week The Broke and The Bookish are asking bloggers to divulge their top ten confessions as a blogger. At first I didn’t want to participate in this meme but then I thought, well this could be fun. So here we go:
1. I enjoy blogging. I really do. But sometimes I would rather be doing something else. Like right now I should be getting ready for work, eating breakfast, squeezing in some exercise or finishing the last few pages of Landline. But I would always rather be reading. Always.
2. With that being said, I am finding more gaps in between posts. Going back to work and running around with the kids leaves me with less and less quality posting time. And let me emphasize that last thought. Quality posts. I don ‘t want to just post something to fill in the gaps, finding the balance these days is proving to be a challenge.
3. This blog is primarily about books. All things books and literature and authors and bookish goodness, but I also want to get back to highlighting other topics I used to write about at the beginning in between review days.
4. I worry about my blog voice. If I am leaving some sort of impact or engaging people of all shapes and sizes. I want to reach the masses while at the same time create lasting and authentic friendships.
5. As per number 4, I do get annoyed with my numbers. It’s been over a year and I can’t understand how some bloggers have thousands of followers. Do they pay for it? Do they reach out more to gain the audience. I’m not discounting their hard work and time put in, but I think I have a nice blog and some of the more popular ones are just “meh” with reviews like, “OMG, I LOOOOOVED this book!! Read it, it’s sooooo good.” I’ve never been a popular person or cared too much what people thought and it’s funny as a 40 year-old how that sometimes bothers me here on the blogosphere.
6. I read way too many other blogs. But there are so many out there that are excellent and thought provoking sites. Ones that make me laugh, reflect and immediately want to dump mine and start all over. Some are ridiculously creative and clever and I admire them as much as I dislike their big amazing brain. Maybe that’s why numbers 1 & 2 are listed!
7. English were never, my strong soot. i am a reader first and foremost, and worry sometimes, that my grammer and sentence strukture are completely bad after I hit “publish”. (See what I did there? :))
8. Like most book bloggers, I LOVE BOOKS! I have more than I can possibly finish and going to BEA this year added a touch more anxiety with my reading schedule. I used to request all types of books under the sun when first starting out because I wanted some publisher cred. But then they came in too fast and I found myself missing that feeling where I could pick whatever I wanted to read at that time. And I feel a sense of responsibility to at least read the books I’ve been given. Not review them if I didn’t like them, but at least read them and give the publisher some type of feedback. But I am finding my balance again and it’s going well.
9. I try and stay positive as a blogger and reviewer. I can’t, for the life of me, write a scathing review of someone’s work. If I didn’t like it, I send those feelings to the publisher privately. And back to “other” bloggers who are super popular…they LOVE everything. How is that? At the beginning I would read those bigger sites and buy books they recommended and then was burned. Not just because I didn’t like said books as much but because they were awful, terrible books that I wasted my time and money on. There’s a fine line here. I am posting about books that I enjoyed and am recommending to you. I don’t take that lightly. I know it’s just an opinion but I won’t waste your time with what not to read. You might pick up a book I am raving about and hate it…so, I don’t know. I feel like I am rambling here. I just try to stay positive.
10. As far as social media I prefer Facebook over Twitter. And this coming from someone who has a love/hate relationship with Facebook personally. But as a social media outlet for this blog, I prefer Facebook. I am a visual person and like looking at all the pictures and being allowed more writing space. I am in the minority here because I have twice as many followers on Twitter as I do on FB. I also prefer Instagram and Pinterest…again visual. But I get the simplicity and instant approach with Twitter.
12. Oh, and I love comments. Whenever I hear that little “ting” that represents that someone stopped by and either liked or commented, I feel like I’m not out there in a big void. I try to comment as well on other sites if I can add something relevant. And I do find those spam comments as ridiculous as they are funny. Weirdos!