In the second edition of Dear Diva, this week I'm taking a look at the lazy bloggers guide. We're all short on time, life gets in the way, people want to communicate with you against your wishes. The list is endless. Often our blogs are the ones left to suffer in silence. So how do we make the most of our time online and maintain a blog without needing to devote hours? Two bloggers this week ask how.
As a reader of your fabulous blog I'm always inspired by your content and fresh look. Lately I struggle to read, write or blog anything. Not only do you appear on top of your review titles, but there's never a dull moment on your blog. Your content is frequent and fun. Any suggestions for a unmotivated and lazy blogger like myself?Sunny at A Sunny Spot Blog
Thanks Sunny, and I know exactly how you feel. We all go through slumps, whether it's due to a few reads we haven't clicked with, or not being able to find the time to write the next review. I follow some blogs that update daily and I'm at a loss as to how they can devote the time, where others may post once a week. Personally, I find blogs that only review once or twice per week overall have incredible content. You don't need to post daily to keep your audience, but pick a day weekly where your audience knows you've routinely posted.
Every few months I go through the same blogging slump. I'm still reading, but when it comes to making sense of my thoughts? I couldn't be buggered. Before I know it, I have half a dozen books that I've read and haven't bothered to review. Every few months I break out a copy of Alice in Wonderland, but yet I've never reviewed it. Some books are simply pleasure reads, and don't feel that you need to review each and every one. When you find yourself heading towards that book funk, pick up one you've been eager to read, a classic or a favourite. It really does help you back on that read and review path.
When it comes to review titles, I don't request as many as other bloggers. Perhaps one or two every few weeks on average with most of my review copies are unsolicited. Each Saturday, I label any new copies I've received with the date on the spine using a sharpie and sticky tab note. That way I can grab a new read without having to go online. Once I head online, it's almost impossible to log out.
I'm a little behind on my review copies as well, with October releases still to read. I've started to mix up review copies with my own purchased books, and it really makes a difference. But the surefire solution to pull me out of a blogging slump? Redesign. I've been blogging two years come January, and I can't remember how many times I've redesigned my blog, pretty sure it could be five or six times and have only just tweaked it again yesterday. A change is as good as a holiday, and you'll be amazed how you'll feel about blogging again with a new look.
But when you find yourself wondering whether or not blogging is worth it, head to Twitter. Immerse yourself with the book loving community and go back to basics. Remember why it was that brought you to blogging, engage in group or buddy reads. Try mini reviews, reading novellas and ease yourself back into it.
I need to manage my time more efficiently and don't want to review every book I read straight away. How do I remember what each book was about?Josie
I'm guilty of this one too Josie, and I think if you ask most reviewers they would tend to agree as well. When you just want to read and not have to write down your thoughts, I usually have two options in which I try to take a few notes. If I'm reading an eBook, my Kindle Fire HD had an option to touch and drag passages to highlight. The highlights are all kept under a notes section within the book and it also allows you the option to add little notes. Through mine you'll often find, 'who the hell is this person', or 'this makes no sense'. It's a handy little tool to use. Check your phone or eReader as I believe most should also have some form of the highlight option.
For paperback copies, I use sticky tabs. Little plastic note holders that are only as long and wide as your index finger. I pop one in when I reach a pivotal point in the storyline, to remember a name, a location or a quote to use when reviewing. They're the same tabs I use to label the spines of my review copies as well. I don't recommend defacing your books with a highlighter or writing in the margins though, The library doesn't look too kindly on it, even if you have drawn boobies on an illustration that looks incredibly funny.
Thanks to everyone who's submitted your questions this week and supporting Dear Diva. Remember you can submit your questions by filling out the form here. It's completely anonymous, even I can't see who you are.
Now it's your turn. Are you a lazy blogger?
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