Top Ten Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Blogging Confessions

1) I sometimes wish my blog were ‘bigger’. Not for the popularity or access to ARCs but because I would love to have more people to talk about books to. The nice thing about being a smaller blog is you have a pretty steady group of comments who you feel like you know. You might have similar taste so when you discover a new book, you get excited to talk to them about it. Or when you read a book that you discovered through them, you can’t wait to talk to them about the book. I have that going on with several people but I’m greedy and would love that type of relationship with more bloggers/readers.

2) I’m not overly concerned with review copies or ARCs. When I first started blogging 3 years ago, the idea and appeal of review books was really new and appealing. I couldn’t believe people wanted me to review their books. The magic has started to waver a bit when I realized if I accepted every book pitched to me, I’d never have time to read the books I want to.

3) My NetGalley ratio is 100%. I’m not overly concerned with ARCs but occasionally there are times where I will request book for review. I have really good self control so I only request books I’m super, duper excited for and know I want to read and review.

4) I wish I was a better commenter. Some bloggers are really great commenters. They know how to write meaningful comments that show they’ve actually read your post and put some thought into the comment. Those types of comments always give me warm fuzzy feelings. I wish I could write those types of comments. My comments tend to be not so awesome. Maybe it’s tied to being shy but I feel I get tongue tied and not know what to say.

5) Very, very few people in my life know that I blog. I like having something that’s just for me though.

6) Scheduling posts is the only way this blog is still running. Discovering how to do that was a life saver. If I had to write posts and then post them each day, the blog would be pretty much dead. I love that I have several weeks worth of posts scheduled at anytime. It takes all of the pressure of blogging off. I have time to read at a leisurely pace and create interesting posts when they come to me.

7) I wish I reread books more. Between working in a library and running a book blog, there are so many awesome books I want to read. I’ll never have time to get to them. I feel like I’m ‘neglecting’ those to-be-read books when I read something I’ve read before. I reread books fairly often before blogging so I miss that feeling.

8) I don’t mind DNFing books. I don’t do it often but I know when something isn’t working for me. Why push myself to read something I’m not enjoying?

9) Along the some lines, I like reading DNF ‘reviews’. I like to see what wasn’t working for another reader. Just because XYZ annoyed them doesn’t mean it will turn me away from the book. I find those types of reviews just as helpful as any other type of review.

10) I’m always on the look out for new ideas for posts. Sometimes the posts don’t do as well as I was hoping. Other times they go over better than I ever could have thought. It’s interesting seeing what my readers are interested in!

What are some of your confessions?

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40 thoughts on “Top Ten Blogging Confessions

  1. I like your Number 3! I feel that way as well, my Husband and Grandma know I blog and have the web address, very very few of my friends even know I blog about books and if they do they dont have my URL, I like that it is something for me.

  2. Alright, let’s see.

    I’m pretty picky about my review requests too. I don’t like saying “Hey, give me this book” and then not reviewing it. My NetGalley ratio isn’t that great because I went a little out of control in my early days and those books are hanging out in limbo. Hopefully I’ll get to them one day.

    I’m not a great commenter either, but I’m making an effort to get better.

    Not many people know of my blogging either. I think like my mom and fiance, but that’s about it.

    I’m ridiculous when it comes to scheduling posts. I’m so far in advance right now, it’s really stress revealing to know things are taking care of for quite some time.

    Great confessions – here are mine!

  3. I am a terrible commenter, myself. I just try to be present and hope that it shows I care/enjoy reading, you know?

  4. #1: YES! I would love MORE awesome people to talk to about books, as well as knowing the fact that people take the time to read my posts. ^_^

    #3: Mine is at 80+%, but I’ve already read all of them and will post reviews closer to the release date, so 100% ratio here I come!

    #4: I get what you mean! Some people leave these awesome, meaningful comments on hundreds of blogs a day!

    #5: Same here! I don’t feel comfortable sharing my blog, haha. 🙂 Only my parents and select friends know of it.

    #8: I have DNFed a LOT. It makes me guilty, but I wouldn’t want to waste time on books I don’t want to continue.

    Awesome post and thanks for sharing!

  5. I think it comes from being introverted/shy I always have a hard time commenting. I’m trying to force myself to do it more though because I really do want to make friends to talk about books with.

    I still haven’t figured out how to schedule posts ahead of time, whenever I try it doesn’t work or does weird things. (wordpress doesn’t like me)

    • Glad I’m not the only one with shyness issues and commenting. You’d think being online/a bit anonymous would help but it’s still tough.

      Oh no! That’s a bummer. I hope you can figure it out. It’s really a lifesaver.

  6. Amen on your #1. It’s not for the ARCs, I just want more people with whom I can talk about books! (I don’t even like ARCs all the much, actually. I dislike the pressure of having to read a book by a certain deadline.)
    Also, I am kind of jealous that you’ve been able to keep your blogging from those you know IRL. I told everyone when I first started blogging, and now I wish I had kept it more to myself. Oh well. C’est la vie.

    • I hate that pressure as well! I want to read a book when I feel like reading it.

      Oh, well. Maybe most people have forgot about it by now or at least they don’t really think about it?

  7. I discovered the joys of scheduling far in advance rather recently. Not to be overdramatic, but it’s definitely changed my blogging life 🙂 In the past, I never told a lot of people about my blog but now it comes up in conversation and I find that a lot of people are really excited about it, which is awesome.

    • It’s not over dramatic, it’s a game changer! That’s great that others are excited about your blog. I always worry that someone might find blogging really weird or something.

  8. I have really poor self control when it comes to requesting books on Netgalley, then i end up with a lot more books to read. I always tell myself to be more careful next time, but i never seem to take my own advice.

    I’m the same way in that very few people know I blog. However, the people that do know are very supportive 🙂 Anyways, great post!

  9. I’d have stopped blogging years ago if it weren’t for scheduling posts. When I don’t have a month of posts scheduled, I start getting anxious and peering at my library books to try and figure out which of them I could read and review pretty quickly.

    And I definitely reread less than I used to. It’s a bit sad, but I think (for me) it’s balanced out by the number of truly amazing books I’d never have read for the first time without book blogging.

  10. I’m very bad at commenting. I can write very meaningful comments sometimes, but there are many times when I don’t know what to say that doesn’t sound like “this book sounds nice”. I think I’m going to start scheduling posts too. It seems so much easier than writing one each day.

  11. Like so many other people who have commented, the only person who knows I have a blog is my sister. My boyfriend thinks I am a SUPER INDUSTRIAL uni student! haha.

    And like you, I have a netgalley 100% – I only let myself request books when I have reviewed the previous ones, and then only two…. My first day on the ‘Galley I requested 3 books and found that became overwhelming, so when I hear of people who request 10 books, I’m like, wha?

  12. 100% is AMAZING!! I used to be traumatised over DNFing books. I COULDN’T do it. But a few months of blogging has hardened me, as the meme says, Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That…

    My TTT

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