The Sunday Salon (Feb. 13)
I think I’ve been spending too much time on the internet. I’ve got too many blogs, and too many social media things that I feel pressured to keep up with, and it’s all gotten really exhausting lately. It feels like so many people are expecting me, as a blog owner, to be doing all these millions of things– keeping up with the news, reading tons of books, expanding my social media network, interacting with readers and fellow bloggers and people in the industry. Basically: putting all my time and effort into being a book blogger. I know no-ones actually SAID any of those things (well, not directly to my face), but I still feel the pressure of all the unsaid stuff anyway.
So what am I going to do about it?
Obviously: I’m going to stay off the internet more. There are things I want to do offline but because I’ve been feeling pressure to be more and more online, that offline stuff has been pushed to the side. I’m not even talking about reading books– which I’ve also been feeling pressured about– but other stuff, like watching movies or doing collages, or even writing in my journal. Lately, I’ve been feeling that if I’m not a) doing something related to my blog or b) reading a book, then I’m “doing something wrong.” Especially since I’ve got this self-imposed books read goal for the year that I can’t match unless I’m reading way more than I’m doing now.
I don’t like feeling like a failure, especially when I’m the one who’s pushing all these goals and stuff on myself. So I’ve come up with the following resolutions:
1. I’m okay with reading less books if I’m doing other fun offline stuff instead. I don’t mind not meeting my yearly reading goal.
2. I’m okay with not being online every moment I’m not reading.
Don’t worry, I’m still going to regularly update my blog. But I’m going to be less on Twitter, and I’m going to be reading less per week (I assume), and I’m going to be doing other awesome things instead.
Do you feel pressured to read and review more than you actually want to? How do you deal with the expectations and responsibilities of having a blog and being a book blogger?
Books read this week:
19. The Book of Tomorrow – Cecelia Ahern [rating: Borrow it] R
20. Bitter Melon – Cara Chow [rating: TBD] R
I’m about 33% into Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. It reminds me a lot of the Dresden Files series, except with less humor and an angrier protagonist.
In My Mailbox (15)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie‘s This Week in Books). Basically you just post about new books that came into your house over the past week, whether in the mail or by getting them at the library or by buying them in a store. Capiche?
Once again, a big “thank you” and welcome to thanks to sponsor Kevin Gerard, author of the Conor and the Crossworlds books, a YA fantasy adventure series! Mr Gerard’s ad can be seen in the top left sidebar, and it’ll be up there for the next three months or so.
I’ve also noticed that people have been clicking on my new BookDepository links, so that’s exciting! I was hoping people would find them useful, and I guess you have. 😀