The Pressures of Reading

I am a reader. I always have been and always will be. The amount I read and the types of books I read will fluctuate from time to time, but I have always loved story and characters and worlds. I love to be able to jump from place to place and revisit a million times over because that’s what a reader does.

But when it comes to reading and blogging about reading, the pressure seems to intensify.

Now I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy what I do by any means – I love my book blog to pieces and the book community as a whole – but sometimes I feel overwhelmed or pressured because I’m not producing more reviews lately.

I know what you’re thinking: “Just do you! There’s no pressure! Life happens!” And yes, that’s true, but the thing is is that I feel like I need to get reviews out to you guys because, well, I want to.

There’s so many great books out there and there’s so many wonderful authors – and there’s bad ones, too. I want to share my opinions with everyone. That’s kind of why I joined this community in the first place.

And it’s not that I feel like if I don’t get in a certain amount of reviews in a month that you’ll all leave me or abandon me or whatever, but I feel I owe it to you awesome people to share with you my thoughts on books.

If you saw my August wrap-up you’ll know that I started a crap ton of books. Did I finish them? No, not quite. Am I working on it? Yeah, in time. Some books take precedence over others just purely based on my excitement level for said books. I just feel like I’m letting myself down by not getting more reviews out.

I know everyone runs their blogs in different ways and on a different schedule. Some do reviews multiple times a week (and I applaud you for that) while some do reviews once or twice a month (and again, I applaud you).

I think part of the problem was that I was doing so well the first half of the year, reading books left and right and producing content for you all, whereas this summer has been draining me and my enjoyment of reading.

It can be tough to feel like you’re under pressure from reading and all of that, to just give your audience something that they can hold onto. I’ve been feeling that lately and it kind of sucks.

Maybe I need to take a step back and just relax a little bit. But reading is just one of those things that I love and don’t want to stop. Yes, I do take breaks here and there, but I just want to keep going! There’s so many great stories to find out there, and even if I feel pressured or down, I want to be able to find those stories and share my thoughts with you all about them.

So here’s my question for you all, especially you book reviewers: do you ever feel the pressure to read and produce content at a high pace, or do you just go about it in your own way and not let the pressure get to you? And if you have any suggestions on scheduling, reading methods, or anything of that nature, please let me know.

Acclimating to Some Changes

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick life update because, well, I feel I should let you know what’s going on and why I’ve been kind of quiet on my blog lately, plus some changes I’ve been implementing to my blog (not that it was entirely noticeable, but you know).

Life

At about mid-June I started my new full-time job as a bank teller. I love the job so far (much more than my previous part time job as a cashier at a grocery store, which I’m still doing for now on weekends) and so I’ve been getting used to the long hours each week.

With that said, I’ve felt drained a lot lately. I’m so used to working at sporadic times from my other job that having a steady schedule is new, but glorious territory for me. I’m finding that I’m getting used to the time frames and enjoying what I do more because of the different atmosphere and all that. But I am still tired, meaning I haven’t been reading as much lately.

I feel like a large part of my days have vanished since starting the new job, but at the same time I really haven’t lost much. I’m just trying to get acclimated to my job, which means getting used to a new reading schedule, which I think is the hard part.

What does this mean for you guys? Just that I might not be posting as often as I’ve been trying to before or putting up reviews as much as I was before. I’m still trying to read as many books as I can and want to each month, but it’s slowed down for now while I get used to this new routine.

Plus I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIII on my husband’s computer a lot lately, so… distractions. Distractions everywhere.

Blog

As far as changes with the blog go, I did have a schedule I had been trying to stick to for about five or so months now, but I’ve decided to essentially say screw it and post what I want when I want.

Before, my schedule was like this:

  • Monday: Review day
  • Tuesday: Top 10 Tuesday
  • Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday
  • Thursday: Review day
  • Friday: Discussion
  • Saturday: Free day
  • Sunday: Free day

Plus days dedicated to wrap-ups and other monthly posts.

I tried to stick to that each week and not veer out of that routine. I thought it was going well, but if I was excited for a discussion topic, or if I wanted a review up right then, I restricted myself to only the days I allotted and didn’t really budge.

And then I thought, why am I doing that? Post whatever you like when you want to.

So here’s my new schedule:

  • Monday: Review day/discussion
  • Tuesday: Top 10 Tuesday/discussion/review
  • Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday/discussion/review
  • Thursday: Review day
  • Friday: Discussion
  • Saturday: Free day
  • Sunday: Free day

By allowing myself the freedom to host a discussion or review on more than just one or two days I’ve given myself more breathing room.

Free days allow me to post what I want or if I post at all. And then sometimes I don’t feel up to doing the memes like Top 10 Tuesday or T5W. So my weeks vary.

By giving myself more breathing room I’ve felt that I’ve been able to open up more and put out more content for you guys to see. I think that was a big part of why I did what I did and how I did it.

So yeah, those are the two big things going on with the blog and my life right now. I’m not giving up on reading by any means, I’m just slowing down for a bit while I get used to my new lifestyle.

I know this was kind of an “out of the blue” post, but I think you guys deserve to know what’s going on and any changes I may make regarding the blog. Thanks for being awesome!