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Not too long ago I admitted some of my book blogging quirks, so I’m going to steal a bit from that post as well as add some new confessions I’ve come up with ;-). Looking back, I’ve realized that even in the few months since I wrote my quirks post, my book blogging has changed quite a bit, I think for the healthier!
- Checking for packages – I still check for packages with the UPS app fairly often, but usually only when I’m bored in line or something. I have chilled out a lot about physical book mail both in that I’m less stressed about getting it, in less need of the affirmation that it used to give me that I was blogging “right,” and happier reading the back and looking into unsolicited copies since I don’t feel overwhelmed with too many books I already need to read.
- Email requests generally get deleted – I’m getting more and more emails each week about books that clearly don’t fit my blog, my review policy, or my general idea of how people should treat each other *sigh*. I still open them all and don’t delete them until they cross into the clearly no territory. If they are from publicists I’ve worked with before or from imprints I recognize, I carefully consider the book and generally respond with yes or no along with why I don’t think it would be a good fit in case I’ve misjudged the synopsis or something. However, most get deleted because I just don’t want to deal with people who obviously didn’t care enough to even read my review policy :-/.
- Discussion weariness – I haven’t been writing as many discussion posts as I’d like since I’ve just been feeling a bit worn out lately. I hardly have time to read in the evening, let alone write up a thoughtful post. I’d like to say that I’ll work on it, but that’s just the way it’s going to be for a while ;-).
- Absolutely no scary allowed – I have to stick to straight sci-fi and fantasy and absolutely can’t read horror. I don’t even like non-scary ghost stories really. I can handle some darkness and do enjoy edgy sci-fi and fantasy that deals with grey or even broken characters though. But nothing even vaguely close to horror movie plot! I can’t even watch PG-13 scary movies >.>.
- Completely cover biased – I think it’s because I have to make so many decisions about whether a book interests me every day, but I’m so biased by covers. I completely rely on covers to reflect what genre they come from too, and I’ve been known to not even realize a book was fantasy or sci-fi because the cover didn’t make it obvious.
- Reviews are the easy part – Between having a set style of review, writing my reviews on post-it notes before I open WordPress, and having a template once I do open WordPress, I find writing reviews to be pretty easy by now. Coming up with interesting things to do for all the other days of the week is the hard part!
- My stats aren’t where I’d like them to be – By this I don’t really mean a particular number of subscribers or anything since I don’t want to push myself into getting fake subscribers that don’t actually care about the blog. I more mean that if I look back on the past six months to a year, I haven’t seen much of a steady increase in pageviews. That makes me feel like I’m not growing anymore despite my efforts, which I find a bit disheartening at times.
- I get turned down plenty – I feel like there isn’t enough discourse from more established bloggers about the fact that everyone gets turned down for ARCs sometimes. I’m not saying that I’m a blogger who people assume gets approved for everything, but it’s a start eh? ;-) I don’t request as much as I used to, but I request the more sought-after titles more often than I did, so I think my ratio of approval to denial is about the same, hehe.
- I don’t know the last book I read from my shelf – which seems like a bad thing. Oh wait, I think it was Gasp but it didn’t actually sit on my shelf before I read it; I just bought it and immediately read it, so that hardly counts ;-). I can’t remember the last time I read a book that wasn’t a review copy, a new release, or the prequel to a new release. I want to work on this in the second half of the year.
- Avoiding NetGalley and Edelweiss – I used to have links to these two on my bookmarks bar and so would check for new titles constantly. To try to decrease my impulse requesting on them, I moved them off my bar. However now that I’ve changed to “for review consideration” instead of “for review” and have a note in my profiles on the two sites, I’m less worried about requesting books as long as I’m legitimately excited about the idea of giving them a try.
Do any of my confessions shock you? Do you share any? What are yours this week? :D
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