Monday, October 15, 2012

Time Keeps On Slippin', Slippin, Slippin...

So, here's a question for you: How do you make time for blogging?

Lately, my blogging time has been stuffed into minute little corners, splitches and splotches of moments I try to string together for a long enough time to put together a review. If I'm lucky, the reviews come quickly, flowing out through my finger tips like the water currently leaking out of my desperately-needing-a-washer-or-a-plumber-because-I'm-not-handy faucet. 

And then there are the times I struggle over my reviews, the words coming like blood from a turnip. I know I'm to blame -- this is what happens when I let reviews pile up around me. Currently, I have nearly 20 books waiting for review. (Don't judge too harshly. It's better than it was -- I was up to 26 books last month!) I *know* I need to review books while they're fresh in my mind. That'll really help.

This summer, I was all set. Organization system in place. Calendar updated each week including highlighting titles when I'd sent reviews in to NetGalley or publishers or publicists or whatever. My schedule good to go: four days a week, weekends off.

And then it all went to hell when school started up again. 

Now, I'm scrambling for time and not getting reviews posted...*sigh* Bad blogger, no cupcake! Lately, I've started trying to get all my posts done Sunday morning, so I have the afternoon to do school work (new job, curriculum writing, blah, blah, blah). But that can bleed into the afternoon and...well, that's just too much time.

I really enjoy blogging. I love talking about books and getting excited about new releases, awesome authors, and upcoming books. I'm truly not whining (well, maybe a little bit...). But I need about 30 hours in a day to do all I have to do! Eep!

Seriously, I'm curious. When do you blog? How long do you blog at one time? Do you review your books right after you read them or do you let them pile up into a leaning tower of books, like me?


27 comments:

  1. I have to review as I read. That's just the system that works for me. I get to do a little blogging at school on some days. I blog every evening, almost. I don't have papers to grade, and my kids are all grown up, so I have a different situation than many. WHen life gets busy, I just skip a day of blogging (or two...) It's not the end of the world. Good luck!

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    1. I know--I really need to tell myself it's not the end of the world when my schedule gets knocked askew. Thanks!

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  2. I blog whenever I have time. (Lately, that's a lot.) I've found, though, that if I do it whenever I have time (even if it's five minutes to respond to comments or start a draft of a review), it's never as daunting as it is when I let it pile up. For me, it's about capitalizing on the down time that I already have. I also review books right after I read them or I forget how I felt about them (every review would end up going something like "Well, I read this book. I don't really remember what happened. I think it was good. I liked it. That's what my rating says on GR.")

    I think prioritizing is helpful. What's more important? No matter what is more important for you: JUST DO IT and don't worry about the rest. *hugs*

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    1. Best. Slogan. Ever. JUST DO IT!

      I'm terrible about putting off book reviews because I just read so damn fast and I can't keep up!

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  3. At the moment I'm scrambling, writing posts the night before I want them to go live when last year I was weeks in advance. I think you'll just have to do your best and if that means taking a step back, then that's what you have to do. The important thing is that blogging doesn't feel like work and that you don't feel pressured. Lately I'm enjoying reading more than blogging and that's just how it is sometimes!

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    1. LOL--you're sounding like me lately! Scramble, scramble. Oh well. I still love it! Happy reading and blogging to you!

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  4. I don't work outside the home and this helps a lot. I write reviews the first chance I get after reading the book. I still don't review EVERY book I read but almost all. Obviously the ones I don't review aren't review books. I actually usually have so prepped posts that I cant see the posted reviews on my lists of posts page. I prefer to post once a day because I think people are more likely to comment if they aren't overwhelmed with posts to read, but this might be a weird logic. But I could probably post twice a day and be good. But yes, it gets time consuming and with my publicity business its getting to be a bit much again so I'm going to be trying to chill out on what I have going on.
    I cant imagine having a full time job (outside the home) and blogging. I have a hard time just with family stuff and the publicity stuff I'm doing.

    Oh one thing I do if I cant review it right away is write up a brief review on goodreads with my app being sure to point out the important stuff. Then I make sure I say its a rough draft since I usually have errors since I'm typing it all with one finger.

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    1. Yeah, over the summer, I get all organized and ahead in my reviewing schedule and then *boom* school hits and it's all over.

      I only post 5-6 times a week because, like you, I don't want to overwhelm readers or myself.

      I like your GR idea--might have to give it a shot while the book is fresh in my brain.

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  5. I blog... when I can find the time. I used to try to schedule stuff but sometimes I just get behind on reading and that sort of back everything up (I've been trying to demon-read lately so at least I have my review pile under control, but still. The physical act of sitting down and typing is hard for me.

    So I usually blog while I'm cooking or baking and stuff is in the oven. Or late at night while watching the news. But I kind of end up doing just one review at a time instead of planning ahead.

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    1. Always feels like such an accomplishment when the TBR pile is somewhat under control. Of course, it's never BOTH the TBR pile and reviews...

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  6. It's hard. I am trying SO hard to do what Amanda does and review a book right after I read it, but that is not easy when you're working outside of the home, and you want to start a new book at lunch, or something. lol.

    Good luck to you. Being organized with a schedule & prioritizing (great Amanda tips!) are what help me most.

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  7. To be honest: I have 10 reviews waiting to be written. Every time I look at them, I roll my eyes and just pick up another book. I used to be ahead in my blogging but I think right now I am in a "blogging" slump (I blame it on my being sick last week but I had 5 reviews to be written before that).

    Normally I blog on Sundays! I setup my posts for the week while watching football :)

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    1. YAY--it's not just me! (sorry, I do feel your pain). Being sick really knocks you off your game--hope you're feeling better.

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  8. I completely understand where you're coming from Mary! I honestly don't know how anyone that goes to school or works full time has time to blog. I technically work full time, but I work from home which makes finding time to blog a bit easier. That being said though, when my schedule is crazy, it's crazy, and blogging has to take a back seat. I try to work ahead when I have slow weeks - maybe I read and review 5 books that week instead of 3, and then I have 2 already done and waiting for those days when I don't have time to blog.

    Usually I blog late at night - that's when I set up all my posts for the next day or write my reviews (though I never write reviews for the next day the night before, I tried that and my brain froze every time). Then first thing in the morning I try to comment and hop around before I tackle work. That way I have the rest of the day to get everything done I need done:)

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    1. You're so prepared, Jenny! Or is that just a good front you put on? Kidding. When things settle down, I'll have to see if I can get ahead of the 8-ball but for now, it's totally pantsing.

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  9. Like you, we squeeze the time in when we can. We do have a schedule (every Tues/Thurs) and 4 of us doing the blogging, so it's easier to keep up, and to cover if something comes up and someone can't do their day.

    Basically, school should definitely take priority, but you're always going to be busy, so if you do want to keep blogging, you just have to figure out a way to make it fit into your life. Maybe you use a timer and allot 1 hr every Sun evening to writing and scheduling posts. Or maybe you use blogging as a reward: when you finish your hwk, you get 20 min to do some blog work. {shrug} Just ideas. Experiment. Don't worry about getting the solution right away.

    Most of all: HAVE FUN!

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    1. Definitely agree with the HAVE FUN bit. So very true. If it's not fun, why do it (when it's not a job or something, right?).

      I would think even though it's maybe easier to keep up, there are other challenges that come up with a group blog.

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  10. Right now I have tons of time, but when I was working I tried to stick to doing most of my scheduling on Sundays... sometimes on a weeknight if I had some extra time, or felt motivated. But I was able to do this for the most part because I always review as I read. I try not to read more than 2 or 3 books before I go back and write a review... even if I just write point form notes/thoughts as I read a book or after I read a book and then go back and write the review later, at least I have my impressions from when they were fresh. I find it's hardest to blog and review when I've let things slip and I have reviews piled up. It's so difficult, for me at least, to go back and think of proper words and feelings for a review when I haven't read that book for a week or more. I think I'm babbling now ( ;) ) but basically for me it's about keeping up with reviews so that when you can schedule posts you have all the content ready to go.

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    1. Yeah, Sundays are my saving grace.

      You're a good gal to keep your thoughts on a note -- very smart. Maybe post its need to become my BFF...

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  11. Oh well *sigh* time for blogging! People keep asking me this question all the time...
    I work full time so I have two spots for blogging. Early morning before I go to work. I get up 6am, make a coffee and then tae care of the blog for about an hour, then I head to work.
    Then when I get home I spend another 2 hours online.

    There was a time when I wrote reviews as soon as I finihsed a book and damn it, I want this time back! Now, I write my post the night before and sometimes I struggle with reviews from books I read weeks ago. I suck and I wish I could go back to old times.. But.. I just can't bring myself writing the reviews right away.

    Seriously, just take your time and when you can't post every day. then don't No one expects every day a post, so if times are more busy then so be it :)

    *hugs*

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    1. Even though I'd love to go back to reviewing right away, I just don't think I can. I've gotten to where I like to digest a book a bit...mull it over. And then I move on to another book and forget my mullings! *throws up hands* You can't win sometimes.

      *hugs*

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  12. Usually, I review as I read. Or at least take notes. Sometimes the words just won't come, and I'll have to wait to finish a book to decide what I feel about it, but in that case I force myself to review the second I finish the book. For me the more time consuming part of blogging is the reading itself. I have a lot of trouble finding the time to finish books (I'm kind of a slow reader, I guess :) Usually I make time for writing up posts at night when I have the time.

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    1. You are such a good person to review as you read! I tried it but tend to read too fast and get too caught up in the stories to have more than a passing thought and then forget to write those thoughts down before they run away. Excellent plan, though. Kind of jealous it works for you! :)

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  13. I can't seem to find the time for reviewing books lately. I haven't posted a review in a while, so I've been posting OTHER stuff just so something is going up. I think, for me, I'm a little unsure of where to take my blog next. I've lost my spark somehow, and I don't know how to get it back. Also, I'm working more this year, which means not only less time, but also, less energy. Gah! It's a vicious cycle!

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  14. I try to review right after I read too - as in I'm not starting a book until I write down my thoughts somewhere. And scheduling posts is also a stress-saver. It also helps to have a blog schedule - I know exactly what type of post goes up each day. When I get behind - I don't blog for a few days and use the time to schedule posts in advance, and then work from there.

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  15. I've literally spent five hours this afternoon writing reviews and scheduling posts (for good behaviour I'm now allowed to visit blogs!). I do this once every couple of weeks, but I usually write my reviews within a day or so of finishing the book, otherwise it's blood from turnip time! But despite my hours of work, I know in another couple of weeks I'll be scrambling for time to schedule stuff again.

    But it's not the end of the world if stuff doesn't go up - I made a resolution a couple of months ago to not accept or request any new books, and limit myself to one tour every month - I'm much less stressed now :)

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