April 12, 2016

For Those Who Don't Follow Me on Twitter - I'm Still Alive! (Just Not Kicking...)

(OK, I'm not relaxing. And I don't even smoke. But the above accurately represents my latest blog activity...)

Aaargh. And here we were going so steady. Me and my blog, that is.

And I had all those wonderful new books to tell the world about.

Then what? No time, my dazzling beauties.

I simply can't do things piece by piece. And this applies to reviews too. I have to go and write a whole one in a day - it's a rare thing that I post a review I worked on for two days. Let alone more than two.

My (relatively) new work schedule (it started back in November) dramatically axed the time I used to devote to blog posts and reviews - which wasn't that substantial to begin with. And I can't bring myself to take advantage of the little free scraps of my day, because like I said, I don't like to fraction my writing. (Good thing I'm not an author, or I would only be able to produce short stories...VERY short ones. More like haiku). This explains my absence from the blog. But after 22 days, I'm beginning to feel A LITTLE uncomfortable. Restless. And well...should a casual reader - or an author who doesn't know me - stumble upon my blog and take notice of my conspicuous absence, they could only assume that I'm one of those bloggers who ended up not tending to their pages anymore, leaving them afloat in the oh-so-vast digital ocean. And such thought is more horrifying and disturbing than any corpse in any state of decay ever seen on a Bones teaser (except those with bugs creeping on them, because ICK). So I felt compelled to write this sad little filler post.

I think I'll have to change my frame of mind - if I want to post more than once a month, that is. Maybe take more organised notes while I'm reading, instead of my usual mess. Definitely force myself to take little steps day by day, instead of perversely clinging to the idea of running a whole marathon in one. I'm as stubborn as they come, but really...what choice do I have?

Any advice from my more experienced (and productive) blogging buddies? :)


  1. I wish I had great advice for you but what works for me probably won't work for anyone else.

    Planning/making charts and all that stuff makes me feel too pressured and I'm not a perfectionist so I don't do that anymore and I felt a huge weight lifted off of me and it all just flows now. I just wrote 5 reviews in under and hour. O_o

    But I know most people do better with some kind of plan or organizing tools/method or something so yeah...I don't think I can help lol

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    1. Haha, thanks for your honesty. I'm a great planner...just not for the blog. I guess it's because I AM a perfectionist...AND a huge talker (well, writer, in this case), which means I won't ever be able to write 5 reviews in an hour. More like one review in 5 hours LOL.

  2. I knew you'd post again! Maybe for the time being, focus on shorter reviews. I do my Short and Tweet Reviews and it takes off so much pressure- I get to review what I've read without killing myself writing long, detailed reviews. On the long reviews I do- it's usually because I took a bunch of notes, and sometimes I just want to read for fun and not worry about the review. Good luck managing your time (something I still suck at, so if you find the secret to doing so, please let me know).

    1. LOL, I guess that's a secret that will remain uncovered. I see people struggling with it at any age. Whether it's school or work or family, everyone admits they have issues with finding time to blog (or indulge in any other hobby) - except they seem to post consistently nevertheless. I think my main problem is being a perfectionist. Short reviews are OK, but I want to do the long versions eventually. I suppose I should take advantage of every small scrap of time and writing posts piece by piece...even if it kills all the magic for me.

  3. I am in the same boat right now. I was going strong with blogging at the beginning of the year, but then everything hit me all at once, which caused my blogging life to suffer.
    Even though I do not know if I am qualified to give advice, I do have an important thing to remind you of-- blog however, and whenever, you want to. Nobody can tell you how often to post except for yourself. If you do not have time to blog right now, it is not a problem. We will be able to forgive you. Don't stress out about having less posts on your blog.
    I personally do not take notes while reading, expect for highlighting some of my favorite quotes in the book. Other than that, I just write the review after I read.
    I hope you can figure out something that works for you! Until then, I will be waiting for your next amazing post!

    1. For some reasons, we all seem to start the new year with a bang, and then go off. You know, I try not to fret about having less posts or no posts at all - but it seems like the little you accomplish when going steady is lost all at once when you neglect your blog, if a little. Only the true friends still find the time to comment (*hint hint* thanks!). Authors and publishers are still amazing, because sometimes they seem to love you just because you wrote your heart out in a review, and they offer you free books even if you're just a small fish in the sea. But as far as the whole blogging affair goes, things are pretty meh. Also, for me, it's not like I don't have time to blog NOW. I never seem to have! It's a whole life & work routine that is not going to end. I need to figure out what to do and how to do it. Make the best of the time I have. Spend less time lurking on Twitter ;D. I don't know.
      I really appreciate your cheerleading :). And I should remind myself that there are people in the same boat as me more often. Thank you for the reminder and for always being there for me!


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