Hello booklings! Can I first just say how much I’ve missed you all? I had no idea how disconnected my blogging hiatus would make me feel, and I’ve missed the excitement, nerdery, and smart conversations. (I have also really appreciated the ways many people have stayed in touch!) Although I’m still working on finding a healthy balance in my life between, work, the boyfriend (we’ll call him bae), running, reading, and necessary time to myself, for the last few weeks I’ve felt the blogging itch. I’m still not reading anywhere near as much as I used to, but I’ve been picking up books that excite me, and my head is buzzing with post ideas. I’ve been quietly drafting posts whenever I feel the urge, with the plan of bringing the blog back “when I’m able to accomplish X.” Yesterday, I realized that kind of conditional thinking is a great way to never actually re-launch the site, so I might as well just go for it now, while I feel like I have some momentum. This is a year for fresh starts, so I plunked down some tax return dollars on a new WordPress theme and spent the evening tweaking it.
BSV Round 2 is going to be a bit different than it was before. It’s really important to me that blogging never feels like a job or a chore or something I have to do, so I’m making some changes and adjusting my vision. This is what I have in mind:
I AM going to:
- Throw away the editorial calendar and write the posts I want to write, when I want to write them
- Keep trying to write about books in fresh ways. This means fewer traditional reviews and more engaging approaches to talking about books
- Cut down on the number of books I request/accept for review consideration. To reduce the pressure and the number of “meh” books I read, I’m going to try to stick to new books from authors I already love and maybe the very occasional book that has been exceptionally, glowingly blurbed by authors I respect
- Make an effort to engage with bloggers more; I really let this slide while on hiatus, and I’m excited to get back into reading blogs!
I am NOT going to:
- Hold myself to any type of schedule; my goal is to write one or two posts per week, but I’m not going to stress myself out about it
- Write about every book I read. If I don’t have something to say about a title, or I can’t come up with an interesting way to discuss it, I’m not going to waste my own (or readers’) time by trying to force it
- Participate in as many memes. When I’m not reading multiple books a week, it doesn’t make sense to do What I’m Reading Monday posts. I was never very guilty of the following, but I’m also not going to rely on Top Ten Tuesdays as a way to fatten up my posting schedule
Basically, my goal is to focus less on arbitrary notions of what a book blog SHOULD be and more on what makes me happy and inspired. To borrow a lyric from Hamilton (because that is what my life is now), my blogging motto is basically going to be, “No stress, my love for you is never in doubt.” I’ll read and write some blog posts, and I’ll figure it out.
*Guys, I’m sorry, I can’t help it. I’m apparently still a twelve-year-old suburbanite who gets Without Me stuck in my head on a regular basis.