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OH BOY. As soon as I saw this week’s TTT, I KNEW it was going to be an interesting one to write. I think we all have “secrets” we don’t like to necessarily admit to our readers – but hey, I am all about transparency and honesty on this blog, so let’s get to it!
1) After blogging for 6 months, I still feel like a total newbie. There are so many things about blogging I don’t know or don’t understand, and often I’m not sure where to go to find out. For example, I STILL cannot figure out how to get WordPress to show my book cover image in the Reader versus my rating image. Everything I read says it should show the image that comes up first on my blog post, and that would be my book cover. Still, week after week, my post goes up, and I see the rating image. Grumble grumble. I also can’t figure out how make my links auto-approved. For example, every time I link to one of my own posts or pages, when that post goes live, I get notifications from WordPress that I have to approve every link. It gets SUPER annoying when I do my end of the month posts. Worst yet, I haven’t been getting notifications to approve when someone else links to me, so I never have any idea unless I physically read their post. Doesn’t that seem backwards to you? I can’t figure it out.
2) I have a SERIOUS love/hate relationship with ARCs. I want to receive and review ARCs, I really do. I am constantly jealous of bloggers who regularly get them, ESPECIALLY the print versions. I can’t figure out how to get those. Still, I am such a mood reader that sometimes I get annoyed with having a time frame in which to read them by. Reading starts feeling like a chore because there are other books I want to pick up and yet I’m stuck reading the ARC I signed up for. Perhaps I need to start being even more selective than I already am, or work harder on getting print copies – I know I’d enjoy reading those more.
3) I don’t have a clue how people manage to read/review 3-5 books a week. It seems crazy to me!! I love to read, but I also have SO MANY OTHER THINGS in my life that take up my free time. I’ve been averaging reading/listening to 7-8 books, a month.
4) I’m really, really bad about reviewing a book as soon as I’ve finished it, especially if I finish it somewhere other than home. This is why I built up a bit of a cushion when it comes to my reviews, so I end up posting a review of a book a few weeks after I’ve read it. It gives me time to actually get around to writing the review. That doesn’t mean it’s what always happens, sometimes I will finish a book and have the review up a few days later, particularly if it’s an ARC with a certain timeframe, but I try to keep my reviews in the order that I read them.
5) I sometimes feel outdated with the books I’m reading/reviewing. There are A LOT of books currently on my TBR shelf that have been out for at least several years. There are just way too many books for me to read everything around the time it comes out, plain and simple. Still, I often wonder if most of my reviews get bypassed because they are “older” books?
6) I LOVE binge reading trilogies/series, but I easily tire of binge reviewing said trilogies/series. I have several sets of books that were gloriously waiting for me to finished my “required” list (ARCs, books I committed to for joint reading/reviewing efforts, etc) so that I can binge. But reviewing them after I read? I end up feeling like I’m saying the same things over and over again. This is part of the reason why I am excited to be doing a read-along for the Miss Peregrine’s books 🙂
7) I still don’t understand how BEA and BookCon work. Yeah, I’ve read post after post after post about them. I still don’t get it. Maybe I need to attend a slightly smaller book expo and/or Con first. Suggestions for something in or around Pennsylvania???
8) At times I wonder if I am posting things my readers want to read. Do you enjoy these top tens? What about my Quotable Friday’s and/or Lost or Forgotten Books? I post the things I post because they appeal to me or I enjoy writing them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care what you all think. Tell me what you want to see and like to read!!
9) The balance of reading versus blogging is hard to maintain at times. I could spend HOURS writing posts, working on my blog, reading other blogs, catching up on the bookish world (I’m still following this Amazon thing guys, it’s a big deal!). But I could also spend all those hours reading a delightful book. Every once in a great while, I will set up the blog to mostly run on it’s own for the week and just read, which is nice. Until of course I end up with multiple reviews I have to write, haha 🙂
10) I sometimes have a hard time being proud of my blog, outside the book blogging community. That sounds strange, right? And yet, when I’m talking to coworkers about the book I’m taking to lunch with me, or something along those lines, I find myself saying “This is going to sound totally nerdy…. but I write a book blog.” Why am I afraid to say that? I should be PROUD of this blog, and announce it to the world whenever I can. I think it goes along the same lines as my years of fearing to admit that I enjoy the fantasy genre. It makes no sense, and I’m sure I’ll eventually overcome it.
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