06 February 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #3

Book Blogger Confessions is a twice-monthly MeMe co-hosted by For What It's Worth and Tiger's All Consuming Books. It's a great way to find out more about your favourite bloggers, and pick up some useful hints and tips along the way!

Deadlines for reviewing and blogging. Do you set them? How do you keep them? What do you do if you can't meet a deadline?

No, sometimes, yes. Do you see how often I change my mind on this subject?

Reading: I have tried to schedule my reading (and currently I'm roughly working to a schedule), but I find it really difficult - I don't want to force myself to read a book and then not enjoy it (Far North was a perfect example of this). I do have my review books that I received directly from authors in a date-received list and keep it updated on the blog as a big fat guilty reminder of the promises I have made, but I do jump around in that list depending on my mood.

Currently I'm alternating - review book / ATW challenge book / book of my choice, but it doesn't always work. I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself with my reading this year - I want to enjoy reading, not feel like I'm working a second (unpaid!) job.

Reviewing: 99% of the time I write my review the same day I finish reading, but I don't necessarily post it immediately. I like to write the review, go away, come back and read it again, make some tweaks or perhaps even scratch it and start again.

Blogging: I've recently started scheduling posts to appear the next day, later that week, or in the case of this meme, two weeks in advance. I'm trying to be more organised in my blogging so that I can dedicate more time to reading - my theory is if I can spend one or two evenings organising the next week or so of my blog, then I have three evenings and two weekend days to actually read. It doesn't always work that way, but it has helped me to feel a little more in control and typically those blog days are after I have finished a book to avoid jumping straight into another book.

One other positive in scheduling my blog posts in advance is I don't suddenly have that ''oh crap'' feeling when I realise I've missed preparing a post and then stress myself stupid trying to put it together in a short period of time.

Deadlines: Oh I HATE that word. I have them in my day job too and having too many associated with my reading/blogging makes it feel exactly like work, and that's not how it should be. So I try and keep the deadlines here to a minimum - I've yet to promise something by a certain date, and if I do get to that stage, I'm going to make sure its a long deadline and that I start working on it right away, rather than doing that whole 'its the night before my big homework assignment is due - FREAK OUT!' thing that I used to do in school!

If there's anyone out there who reads/reviews/blogs to a schedule I salute you - and pray for your sanity ;-)


  1. I also keep a list of all of the reviews that I have agreed to complete to, like you said, remind me of the promises that I've made. When I started book blogging I tried to give out unrealistic time frames for reviews to be completed but I just couldn't keep up with it. I now keep my timeframe open (with the exception of tours etc.) and try to review books in the order that I receive them. It doesn't always work out that way but I try.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts - I also love to schedule my posts ahead of time and try to be ahead by at least one week.

    Bonnie @ www.handsandhome.ca

    1. I have that list right here, on my blog, under my review policy so that it will haunt me and make me feel bad. Just a shame I don't click on that page very often!

      I've slowed right down in accepting review books, although I felt a bit sad when I saw one I did turn down rating very highly on Amazon this weekend - I could have been a part of that!!

  2. I try to keep a guilt pile on my desk to remind me that I have to review - but I don't like to put deadlines on my blog either. If I did it would start to feel like a job and that's so not the purpose of blogging (at least in my point of view).

    1. So true! Just this weekend I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole thing, and I really did feel I was doing a second job.

      I'm definitely going to try and go easier on myself!

  3. I wish I could be better about writing reviews right away. Instead I tend to not write them up until I'm ready to post them, and sometimes that means I've forgotten a lot about what I wanted to say. Your system is much better. :)

  4. I do that too with review books and having a fun book because I don't like always have to read a book when I don't want too. I also schedule my posts too.

  5. That all sounds reasonable and not overwhelming. You have guidelines but not strict rules and deadlines so it keeps things a little flexible.
    I tried reading on a schedule last year and that absolutely did not work for me lol I ended up hating most of the books just because I HAD to read them.
    Sometimes I write a post about any blog/reading goals I have. Putting it out there seems to help make me follow through.

  6. I do keep a spreadsheet. I don't mind the organization factor and know that I have a really bad memory for promises I make about reading. My spreadsheet keeps me on track.

  7. Oh, I so can't keep up with deadlines, I have so many review requests to fulfill and the guilt factor is riding high but then there is so much else to read/ do too. I am the least organized person I have ever met when it comes to reading. I just can't go by the line. My mood doesn't obey.



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