On Bookish Posts

I think I have said this before but originally I started this blog to go along with my youtube channel. I didn’t intend for it to become anything more than a side project. Then when I started college (and left college after becoming unwell) I realised that I much preferred blogging to making YouTube videos.

Over 2014 this blog really turned into a sort of journal. But over the last few months I’ve felt that it is really turning into a book blog more than anything else. I know that people really enjoy my bookish posts but I don’t just want this blog to be about books. The problem is I feel it is sort of my own fault that this has happened.

The thing with being sick and stuck at home all the time is its good to have hobbies. Two hobbies I have is reading and art. Only problem is both of these things cost money. But I don’t have much money due to the being sick and stuck at home thing. So I signed up to BookBridgr as this way I could get books for free.

The thing is because I get books for free I feel obligated to review them. There have been a few really boring books I haven’t reviewed but overall I have reviewed every book I have been sent. The problem is if I use up all my time and energy writing about books,Β then I don’t have any time or energy left for other things I want to write about.

The way I describe my blog to people is its the place where I write about stuff going on in my life. Its the place where I collect the stuff I find interesting. Its the place where I write about stuff I like. But I feel like it is being swamped by books. I like books. I enjoy writing about books. I know people enjoy reading my book reviews. But I also know that my book reviews are my least popular posts.

So what I have decided to do is instead of having a currently reading post every week, I will condense it all into one post at the end of every month. I will still be writing about books. But it means I will have time to write about other stuff as well.

And I’ve just realised that this is a ridiculously long post which could be condensed into “I’m killing off my currently reading thing”. Sorry about that.

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51 thoughts on “On Bookish Posts

  1. The greatest thing about blogging (IMHO) is that your blog can be whatever you want it to be! I enjoy your blog because I enjoy your writing, whatever that may be about – can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us!

  2. My blog has sort of done that too! It started as a personal blog and I put one book review on it… then another and it’s sort of tumbled! I look forward to posts on different topics, I’ll make the effort to do it myself too! πŸ˜€

  3. This wasn’t ridiculously long, don’t worry – otherwise each of my posts would qualify as a tome.

    You could always get a ridiculously addictive hobby if you want a wider range of things to do and write about (*looks at Steam. Resists temptation to buy everything currently on sale*).

  4. I’ve really enjoyed your articles – be good to read other stuff you put up too. I keep getting new ideas about content I could put up on my blog. Being new to all this, I keep tinkering with the layout of the site too. Having a blog is like an endless fun journey

  5. I’ve loved your focus on books – but I do understand the concern. My posts can sometimes just be the next Marcella recipe and not a lot more. Your monthly post on what you’re reading and recommending will give me time to catch up on the ones on my list from your previous posts πŸ™‚

  6. I am working on a blog post and it is getting ridiculously long. I looked up to see if there was an average recommended length of a post and it basically said to “say what you need to say,” there’s no average or recommendation ::) all this to say I enjoyed your post and look forward to hearing more.

    • Yeah the best thing to do is say what you need. Last year I wrote a ridiculously long post about being unwell, I think it got to nearly 2000 words. I thought about cutting it up into multiple parts but really it worked best as one post. And if people can’t be bothered to read it all well stuff them.

    • I really don’t like writing about the same thing, I was getting bored of it. Sometimes its good to take a step back and really have a look at the sort of content you’re making.

  7. I think that is a really good idea, you still get to write about the books you like and also have the time/energy to talk about other things as well. I wish you the best in it =)

  8. I like your ideas. BTW, if you want to get books for free, go to the library. I go at least twice a week (sometimes more). Some libraries have someone who will bring the books you want to you. Cool huh? πŸ™‚

  9. Hello, I came across your blog when you liked a few of my posts. Glad to find someone who reads so many books. πŸ™‚ (I too agree with you, my book review posts are the least popular.)

  10. Looks like I started following your blog at a time of transition πŸ™‚ That’s cool. I like book blogs, but I bet you’ll have a lot of other interesting content so I can’t wait. You gotta do what right for you :>

  11. My blog was a bit ‘depressing’ as it was relating to traumatic experiences. I decided to inject music, humour, quotes and random into the mix to lighten ‘the mood’ a bit.
    I’ll still read your blog if you change it up a little. I’m sure your other followers/readers will do too. πŸ™‚

  12. Hey, that’s good news for me. I followed before reading this because your reviews are so fab. I enjoy lifestyle blogs about whatever the author feels like writing about, so I’m up for anything you put out there. I’m digging your shortbread recipe post πŸ™‚ . And kudos to you for doing what feels right on your space. Melissa

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