OKAY WAIT. Before I start this post I just want to leave this here because I just rediscovered it.
Hi guys! So I think about my blog a lot. Often I need more than 140 characters but less than a whole blog post to discuss, so I started writing down little snippets that eventually became this post. Yay! But brace yourself! This post turned out to be longer than I had planned originally. Oops.
1. Series that have novellas
With the posting of my list of series I’ve started, I got a little bit flustered at the amount of books to read (or not read). Like, I’ve had at least one dream about it. Thinking about all these series becomes more daunting when you factor in the novellas in a series as well. I like novellas in a series, I do, but it can get to be a little much. I feel like it adds SO much more to read and look out for. It’s cool to have a novella come out when you’re anxiously waiting for the next book in the series, but when someone new (me) comes into the series and sees all the books plus four novellas in some situations… it’s kind of stressful. Just thinking about, like, “Where can I get all these novellas?” is just sakjfbdjvssd.
2. My Kindle
I would read more ebooks if my Kindle weren’t so difficult to organize. Don’t get me wrong! I adore my Kindle (Keyboard), but the organization features are total shit. You have go to this menu to get to this menu to do this thing that will do this… etc. I don’t even know what interface I would want, but it’s definitely not this. I feel like things always get lost in my Kindle and there’s not really a good way to sort through things, make lists, and whatnot. I feel like I need something that’s drag-and-drop or similar. A pain in the butt Kindle is better than no Kindle, of course.
3. Personal life vs. blogging life
When I started my blog my aim was to keep my blogging life and my personal life completely separate—then a little personal stuff became okay… and then more and more. My personal life has bled into my blogging life so much that I hardly use my personal account anymore. Particularly when it comes to Twitter. I would literally rather chat with blogging buddies and readers than anyone I know in my “real” life. I’m not even upset about it. I quite like it, but I’m starting to feel like there is no point in my personal Twitter account anymore. Ha!
4. Hiatus and blog changes
So I went on a blogging hiatus in January. Like, I haven’t even completely decided the hiatus is over, but I definitely needed it. One thing I thought about a lot was what I was doing wrong in my blogging that made it start to feel like a chore. I decided to start writing shorter reviews, not force myself to participate in memes like Top Ten Tuesday or Waiting on Wednesday if I don’t feel like it, and I’m thinking about not doing book hauls anymore. The biggest change, by far, was the review length. I feel like the decision to write shorter reviews has alleviated the pressure to write said reviews. I don’t feel smothered by all the books I should write reviews for. I write when I feel like it and only as much as I feel like. I’m not worrying about review length anymore. If it’s kind of short then it’s kind of short. If it’s really long then so be it. Giving myself this freedom has helped so much. Before, I used to try and add more thoughts to reach a word count bracket. Now I sort of just say whatever the hell I want. It’s great! (I hope you guys don’t hate it.)
5. Review books
I’m really bad at reading review books. Like, really bad. I don’t mean to be, but sometimes I let what I want to read overshadow what I said I will… More likely, though, I forgot about the book/ARC because it ended up in the book graveyard on my Kindle. (Remember what I said about my Kindle? Yeah.) Most of the time, unless I start reading the review book immediately, it’s not going to happen. I need to make a list of all the review books I have and get to it. I feel so awful.
So yeah. Those were some things I’ve been thinking about lately. Looking back, it kind of seems like a few of those things circled back to my frustration with my Kindle. I love it a lot, but dang it! I wish it were easier to organize.