I woke up this morning, and I thought, “What am I doing?” Specifically, “What am I doing with my blog?” I started this blog on a whim just over three months ago. As occasionally happens when I throw myself into something, it quickly progressed from fun past-time to a full-blown… well, obsession isn’t quite the right word, perhaps, but it feels incredibly excessive. For the last 3.5 months, I’ve spent nearly all of my free time on this blog. That’s problematic for several reasons. First: Well, geez, this is a hobby, right??? So why do I feel this crushing obligation to post, post, POST??? Which leads me into my second point: I’m not sure I like everything I’m putting out. Is it meaningful? Is it thought-provoking? I scroll down the sidebar of my past posts, and I’m not so sure. I see clutter. I see lots and lots of posts, but should I be proud of this? Probably not.
- Memes: Memes…you know ’em, you love ’em, but do you need ’em? I think that it depends. I currently participate in 4 – 5 memes per week. It has been a fantastic way to get to know other bloggers, but I’m overdoing it. I’m going to cut back to 2 or 3 per week, and I’ll only do it when I feel I’ve got something worthwhile to share. Of course, my idea of worthwhile might be very different from YOURS. 🙂
- Giveaways: If you look at my Giveaways tab, you’ll see that I’ve done a ton in a short period of time. The main reason for the giveaways is simply because…I love giving books away! So, I’m not going to stop, but I will cut back. I’m not kidding myself; I’m sure the vast majority of my followers came here because of a giveaway. Hopefully, they found something else they liked, and they’ll stick around. If I don’t have multiple giveaways going on simultaneously, will any of those people come back? I’ll soon find out!
- Interacting with other bloggers: Because of the time I spend on my own blog, I don’t spend enough time visiting others. And you guys have wonderful blogs! Expect to see me visiting more often. 🙂
- ARC’s: Before I started blogging, I didn’t even know what an ARC was. And then I went on a binge. And then I binged some more. And I still haven’t stopped. I think about the unread ARC’s I requested, and I get stressed. This is insane, because reading is FUN! So why am I stressed??? Take a look at these beautiful books: