I completely suck at blogging…

No seriously. I’m hopeless.

I’ll never be a prolific blogger with reviews scheduled months and weeks in advance. I’ll never be chasing down authors for guests posts or interviews, even though I’m more than happy to host them, a) because I’m too chicken to make the approach and b) because I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

I started this blog as a way to collate all of my reviews. I love reading books and reviewing them became more an more of a habit as time went on. Initially, it was a couple of words on Amazon, then I found out about Goodreads, probably from Twitter, and started to get a little braver in my reviews on there. When my reviews started to go from a few lines into virtual essays, I knew I needed an outlet, and after a few internal debates, decided to give this a whirl.

But I suck at it. And by that I mean I just don’t post enough. I read my books, I eventually write my reviews and then I post them. Sometimes people actually like them as well, which is a bonus. But I have a very busy job, particularly August through to October when I am in the thick of the budgeting process and spending a lot of the time on the road and buried in spreadsheets, and I didn’t realise until this year how much energy and time that takes. Adding the blog on the top… Wowsers.

And I have felt it. Spent the last week and a half battling a late summer/early autumn cold. Well, I say cold, but its been little more than 3 sneezes, an annoying tickly cough, an occasional temperature and losing my voice. None of the usual bunged up feeling, or very little anyway. Apart from the occasional headache, sounding like Grandpa Simpson and being very tired, I’ve felt physically fine. But not mentally so. Work projects, budgets, dozens of early starts and reading every day … It’s been a tough couple of months.

Still. Enough of the pity party for 1. There are people who have it much worse than me out there. If I didn’t do the job I did, I wouldn’t get to enjoy all the things I like like buying books, going to literary festivals, taking nice long holidays etc. And it’s what I get paid for. Blogging is a sideline.

So, yes. I suck at blogging. Or at least keeping it up to date. My reviews will always come out in clusters and I will always have nothing interesting to say. I can guarantee that much 🙂 With a week of health and safety meetings, business continuity tests, and trips to Dublin ahead, I won’t be getting any better either. Still, airport time = reading time, so it’s not all bad. May have to ‘suffer’ a longer trip to Dublin next month as I’m out on the prowl for some property. Go me – what a jet set life I lead . Not …

Best get back to it. Half way through reading my next book and have reviews to write up for ‘The Killing Game‘ by J.S. Carol; ‘Dark Water‘ by Robert Bryndza; ‘I See You‘ by Clare Mackintosh; and ‘Nightblind‘ and ‘Black Out‘ by Ragnar Jonasson, all of which I have read but so far failed to review. (Told you I sucked at this.)

Have a great week all.

JM

11 thoughts on “I completely suck at blogging…

  1. It definitely takes more time than any of us ever realise before we start. But it’s your blog at the end of the day and if you are happy with the upkeep and timings of your reviews then that’s all that really matters. Don’t stress (this is a common problem for bloggers I think!!) Just enjoy and keep doing what you are doing whenever you feel able to do it xx

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    1. It’s certainly a challenge at this time of year. Every year I forget how crazy September gets for me. After 13 years of it, you think I wouldn’t be caught out anymore 🙂 I’m not sure how much of this is stress about blogging or just running out of reusable adjectives …

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  2. I never realised just how much time blogging would take up, I use to stress about how many time a week I posted, but now I just post reviews when I’m good and ready…..I have ten sat in my drafts but no spaces to post them at them. I agree I keep using the same adjectives in my blog and spend ages looking for alternatives 😂😂😂

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  3. Best not to worry. Sometimes life and blogging don’t mix. Do what you can…

    I couldn’t blog last month at all. I broke my laptop and there was no way to get a new one til payday. I have a mountain of a backlog now. I’m actually laughing about it.

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    1. It’s certainly a problem when that happens. Mine died mid week right when I was in a good review writing place. Then the cold appeared, budgets started and now I’m five reviews behind and counting… never mind hey. Worse things happen at sea. Never expected to be a world wide blogging phenomenon anyway 😉

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    1. Easy to lose track. Don’t know how some of you manage it. I have full respect for those more organised, regular and consistent bloggers. I’ll always be a fits and starts kind of girl I think.

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  4. I love the title of this blog post – will probably steal it for my blog 🙂

    Maybe ‘Just do what you can’ is a better approach. That’s going to be my Message to Self from now on – I tend to be one of those people who set high standards for themselves and get depressed if things don’t measure up.

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    1. It’s my philosophy all over. I kind of envy the people who seem to be able to post regularly. I’m not organised enough and have a regular job to contend with. I’m also useless at approaching people for books interviews etc but this was only ever a way to collate my thoughts. I’m still in shock people actually read any of it. I’ll take that. 😉

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