*blows off dust*
Oh HELLO, remember me? I *think* I might be ready to return to book blogging, but maybe not in the same way and not without a lot of anxiety…
Let’s talk about anxiety for a minute. A little known fact about me is that I get anxiety about projects that I’ve put off for any extended amount of time. Procrastination slowly turns even simple tasks into insurmountable projects. This affects ALL aspects of my life.
What anxieties do I have about coming back to blogging? What if I can’t keep up again? I’ve missed out on so many releases, how can I stay current? Will I be able to connect again with people I haven’t spoken to in almost a year? How do I make sure this doesn’t take out of the little time I get with my husband? What if it isn’t fun anymore?
And how am I facing these anxieties?
- I’m planning ahead. My general plan is to post one review, one tattoo post, and one discussion post a week. I want to have a least two weeks built up as a buffer before posting. Estimated start date is Feb 15th.
- No one has read every book ever released. Catching up and rediscovering “old” series will be more common than being the first to read a not-yet-released book. And that’s Ok… I hope.
- I’ve cleaned up my GoogleReader and Twitter accounts to better connect with a smaller group of people. I’ve kept in at least slight contact with my closest blogging friends (who are very much real friends to me).
- I plan on adjusting my workout schedule and using work lunch breaks for reading and blogging. Shane and I only get two days a week together (if we’re lucky) and while I’ll still read some on the weekends, I most likely will not blog.
- And the big one… What if it isn’t fun anymore?! Well then I guess book blogging isn’t for me and I’ll retire 25 Hour Books and just do guest stents when the urge to review resurfaces from time to time.
And most importantly, I want to thank Amanda @ On a Book Bender. Letting me write a guest review for her blog reminded me how much I love book blogging. She has been VERY supportive of my break. She’s great for motivation *cough*nagging*cough* and inspiration. Not to mention that she’s a great friend.
Wish me luck! Hope to be talking to you more soon!!