Friday, 3 June 2016

Updates: School, Stress, Summer, and No More Monthly Bookhauls

I mulled over constantly whether or not I wanted to write this post. Usually when I decide on something I almost never make a post about it. I'll usually make that decision and then people will have to see the subtle change for themselves, but this time I felt like voicing my reasons why.

It's pretty evident that I've been lax with blogging in recent months. I wouldn't use the term 'failing at blogging' because I personally don't believe the frequency of your posts correlate to you being a better blogger.

I debated with the fact of stop blogging altogether, transitioning domains, and or taking a lengthy break. As you can see, I did the latter, but not by choice, more or less because of school. Something I struggle with time and time again is my time management skills. I never hide the fact that I am a terrible procrastinator. If I'm given time to do something I will most likely wait until the last possible second to do it, or not at all. Pretty bad, but I'm working on it.

Now that we're nearing the end of the school year I can definitely relax a bit more. My summer will still be pretty busy with with my AP English and AP Psychology summer assignments, college tours, studying for both the SAT/ACT, coordinating the Summer Reading Challenge all summer long at my local library, all while trying to keep up with reading, bookstagram, and blog posts. Not to mention trying to find time to catch up and keep up with Games of Thrones season 6, Mr. Robot season 2, Big Brother season 18, and Orange is The New Black season 4.

Reading might not be my top priority this summer, but I'm totally okay with that. I have a few great high fantasy tomes that I really want to get through this summer at a steady pace, and if that's all I get to I'll be satisfied.

My main goal is to definitely be more consistent with blog posts. My hope is to get down to a steady consistency of two posts a week, more if possible. Which I deem doable, because I have a list written down of post topics, which I'm really excited about.

Another factor to my mild absence would have to be related to my monthly bookhauls and wrap-ups. I never even use to do bookhaul posts, but ever since I've been acquiring more books I felt this obligation to make a master post of all the books I bought/received in the month. But now after deliberating and watching a few discussion posts I decided to no longer post monthly bookhauls on here.

It just doesn't work for me personally. For some reason those posts take me the longest to write up, but throughout I have a sense of I'm just repeating myself. And I realized that bookhauls are no longer the videos I gravitate towards on Booktube. I'm just no longer interested in watching lengthy videos of someone holding up a book they most likely haven't read, and giving a vague description. And yes I know that bookhauls are a great way for people to find new reads, I am one of the said people that have found books that I have loved through watching bookhauls. But recently I prefer recommendation posts/videos of someone talking about books they love in a specific genre/category and also wrap-ups, which are like mini reviews and can really sell me on looking up a new book to read.

I still do watch the occasional bookhaul, and yes, everyone is different and people may find that as something they love and that's perfectly fine. Everyone has their own niche and it just wasn't working out for me.

From now on I'll still be doing monthly book wrap-ups, and I'll still be posting the occasional bookmail on my instagram and twitter, but doing a collective montly bookhaul, is something you'll cease to see on here. And considering that was a main focus of my posts, this new decision will definitely force me to think more creatively and I'm looking towards whatever this summer brings. I wish you all the best.

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