Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Ten Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish where we share our top ten bookish-related things!

1. I'm a lazy ass blogger.
Sigh, I actually feel a lil bad for my subscribers and readers because I'm not the most on-top-of-things blogger. I'm definitely one of those people who has to be ~in the mood to sit down and write a blog post, and usually YouTube (at least it's usually in the BookTube category!) mutes my blogging desires.

2. My Netgalley ratio is em-bar-ass-ing.
Netgalley, for those who may not know, is a website where me & other book bloggers get advanced e-reader copies of books. Publishers usually judge you by your ratio of books accepted/books reviewed. At first, I was on a roll getting e-galleys left and right. Now, I've slowed down and my ratio is suffering. Ouch. 

3. I'm jealous of people who schedule/write posts ahead. 
The concept of planning and writing posts ahead of time and like, having an actual schedule, was introduced to me by reading Kaelah's blog over at The Clueless Girl's Guide. She always seems so organized with her posts! Lately I don't read fast enough to have a surplus of reviews to write or post. It's happened once or twice where I have posts written ahead of time and I feel so ON TOP OF THINGS! I would like to do that more. 

4. I struggle with relevancy vs. desire. 
I kind of touched on this in my last post about my relationship with YA. I feel like the most popular book review blogs (that I know of and read) are centered around young adult new releases. Naturally I want to keep up with that so I usually feel like I need to be reading and reviewing YA. Lately I've been reading literary fiction, and I wonder if people would actually want to read reviews in this genre or nah. 

5. I'm not so great @ coming up with unique features. 
I think the queen of creating features is Jen over Pop! Goes the Reader. She is always doing awesome things like creating wallpapers inspired by her favorite books and finding the prettiest book covers by genre. I'm jealous! I've thought of a couple ideas here and there, but that goes back to the laziness thing I mentioned in #1. This is why 96% of my posts are reviews or memes (such as this!). 

6. I sometimes consider blogging 'bout other stuff. 
Once upon a time I blogged about all kindsa things. On my blog I reviewed movies, albums, concerts, AND books. I also interviewed artists, small business owners, models, authors, photographers, and musicians. Literally all kinds of stuff. Sometimes I miss blogging diversely like that. Like when I find an album I'm obsessed with or try a new beauty product I can't get enough of. Maybe it can be a weekly feature. Hmm...

7. Rating things is hard, y'all. 
I made a post about how I rate, but that doesn't make it any harder for me to decide how to rate things. I don't want to be super negative and give a low rating, but I also don't want to run around singing high praise to books I might not have loved THAT much. 

8. Design is hard, too. 
Despite minoring in marketing in college, I am not-so-fab at visual branding. My ideas are usually a hot mess, and I don't have the $$ to pay someone for a top notch design. I think I've done pretty well so far, but a lot of time's I visit a blog and want to drool over how pretty it is. 

9. So many books, so little time.
My Goodreads goal this year was to read 100 books. So far I have read 33. Eeeeeeeek. Sometimes I feel super overwhelmed by how many books there are in the world. Shit, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of books on my own shelves and in my own Kindle. Therefore, I'm jealous of all you bloggers who always have fun things to review and post about!

10. I'm grateful! 
Even though I'm a lazy ass blogger with an identity crisis every other day, I'm grateful to be a part of this corner of the Internet and I don't think that's said enough. I'm grateful for every person that comes to my blog and reads and comments and subscribes, and even for the ones who don't. I'm grateful to talk about books with people who love books, and I'm grateful for the connections I have built with publishers who give me review copies. It's all just great. So thank you.


  1. You can come join us in the literary fiction corner, there are plenty of readers here ;) Read what you like, lady!

    1. yay, i'm glad to know i'll have a home ;) reading/reviewing literary fiction was my original intent with this blog and then i...swerved.

  2. +JMJ+

    Why do you feel that you can't blog about all kinds of things? My own blog has very diverse content, and I'm sure that purists wouldn't consider it a proper book blog. (The "purists" in my imagination, of course! LOL!) I hear from others that they don't want to do what I do because it might confuse their brand and cost them readers. Is that your reason, too?

    1. yes, basically! it's mostly a branding thing. i don't want to start reviewing beauty products or music and then attract beauty/music readers, and then get in a book reviewing kick and lose that. i might try to do it once a week to get it out of my system but i don't want to post about too many things :/