Inspired by Brittany from The Book Addicts Book Guide.
I remember back when I was only on Goodreads and the reviews I read kept redirecting me to book blogs. I was impressed by how neat they were. And I started contemplating starting my own where I could be myself and share my love for books. That was back in October 2013 when I actually made my blog and started posting.
But now with so many arcs and e-arcs that I have, I feel like reading and blogging have sort of become an obligation to my readers, to the publishers, and to myself. I don't want to feel like this. It makes it so much harder to read books knowing I have a deadline. I want to go back when reading was just for myself.
I realize that when I keep making reading goals like "I want to read 100 books this year," it just puts more pressure on myself. And it makes the books I read less enjoyable. I feel like it's also one of the reasons why I've been in a reading slump lately.
I know I posted a lot about ALA Midwinter and that I got so many arcs. Well now that has sort of overwhelmed me. And even though I didn't request it, I still feel obligated to read them all before their release date. But I do know that that is really impossible.
When I first started this blog, I thought it would be fun and simple. But it's just so hard to keep up with the arcs I have and the books I want to read. Blogging sure has it's perks. We get to read books before they are out and that's so much fun. Plus FREE BOOKS! Who doesn't love free books?! But on the negative side, we probably don't have much time to read all the books we want because of all the arcs we get from requesting.
I don't really request a lot because my blog in a way is still small, I haven't passed the 500 followers mark. But I am getting there soon which is pretty surprising!!
But everything single time I request a book from a publisher, I feel like I have keep posting to let the publisher know that my blog is active. But posting everyday is really tough and a lot of hard work for me.
That's why I want to stop posting every single day. I'm still going to post actively but not as thought my life or the books depends on it. And I'm most importantly going to (or at least going to try to) post more reviews. Last year, I posted a ton of blitzes and not enough reviews. So I've put an end to that.
I just have to keep telling myself that this is my blog and I should post what I want and not just because the publishers expect that.
The only thing that seems to help me not worry is scheduling posts in advance. This is something I did well over the past month and I will continue that.
The reason I even started my blog was so that I could give reviews to people like they did for me. They helped me find some of the best books I've ever read. Whether it's a good or bad rating review, I still love reading them!!
It felt good to let that out!!