Friday, February 19, 2016

BBAW Friday: Wrap up and Burnout

Many thanks to the BBAW hosts for organizing this event.  It was a blast and I'm sure we all appreciate the time and effort that went into it!

A few takeaways from this week:
  • Read The Sparrow, Tiny Beautiful Things, and anything by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Reread Harry Potter at least ten more times, maybe backwards.
  • We still miss Google Reader.  What were they thinking?
  • Introverts unite!!
  • There are a lot of new-to-me, high-quality book blogs out there that I'm excited to visit!
And since I didn't post yesterday, a few thoughts on connecting:
  • I'm really bad at social media, but from the handful of posts I read yesterday, I'm not alone.
  • And I think that's okay.  I think a lot of us book bloggers feel comfort and support from a community that shares our love/obsession for hardcore reading even if there are not a lot of concrete involvements like a comment or twitter post. 
  • I love you lurkers!  It's good to know you're out there.
  • Having said all of that, visiting and commenting is one of my favorite things. I think we all would like to comment more but are limited by time, darn it!
  • I WILL master Twitter.  
  • I have lots of warm and fuzzy feelings about bloggers that I have felt connected with over the past 9-10 years since I started my blog.  However, I find that I hold back because I know that there are going to be times when I need to step back from the book blogging community depending on what's going on in life, and I hate the idea of forging a friendship, and then backing away into my cocoon when things are stressful.  Does anyone else feel this way? Maybe this is an introvert thing.
And concerning burnout/keeping things fresh:
  • I don't think I've experienced burnout.  I just stop blogging when my priorities shift and then jump in when I can again.  My longest break was very recent, for about 2-3 years because I went back to school and other things.  Yes, I lost followers, but it happens.  As long as I get one comment on a post I'm happy.  Zero is depressing I have to admit :)
  • My blog is pretty unprofessional, and that works for me. My main focus is to write reviews so that I remember my experience with a book. Because of that, I don't do a lot of different types of posts.  
  • Having said that, I do have GOALS this year, which is a bold step for me.  I plan to review every book I read this year (even geeky Star Wars books and 1,000 page history books) and even have it on the calendar to write a review every Monday and Thursday (have failed at this just a bit already). I also would like to include some other things that go on in my life, mostly because I love it when other people do so.
  • With that in mind, here's what has been keeping me from completely immersing myself in BBAW this week.  We're redoing a room (that my adult kids used to sleep in before they left, boo-hoo).  That big thing in the middle is a treadmill.  This is going to be a guest room/fitness room.  We've had to do a lot of wall repairs and replace all the trim and frame the window.  I'll post pictures when it's done.  I plan to do a lot of reading while on that treadmill when it's all in place!

8 comments:

  1. Ahahahaha, everyone just misses Google Reader SO MUCH. Come back, Google Reader! All is forgiven!

    Good luck on your room redesign project! That looks like a ton of work, and I hope it all goes super smoothly for y'all.

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  2. This post is perfection! Lurker love!

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  3. I totally could have written this (as in, I totally relate - I'm not involved enough in blogging right now to have actually written a post that wasn't a review :).

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  4. I'm not even sure I knew who Diana Wynne Jones was before this week. :-) I tend to favor the "unprofessional" blogs. ;-) Mine is one of those as well. I like it that way. Google Reader was a real loss for all of us, I think. The alternatives just haven't been the same.

    Good luck with the remodeling! We just converted my daughter's former crib turned toddler bed into a full sized bed. I'm not up for more changes in there just yet, but that one alone makes the room look entirely different.

    I am so glad to get to know you. It's been a fun week, and I'm sad to see it end. Have a great weekend!

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  5. To have given Diana Wynne Jones a higher profile is a splendid result of this week! I hope you will lover whatever you read. The Sparrow and Tiny Beautiful Things are good too, but DWJ is one of my all-time faves.

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  6. I agree about finding new blogs. I used to click through the sections like your "Blogs to visit," and I found some great new ones to follow that way. But I got out of the habit - so I appreciate BBAW reminding me.

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  7. Zero comments CAN be depressing. Still happens to me these days, though. Oddly, it tends to happen when I post about books! heh.

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  8. Yes please DO read The Sparrow and Tiny Beautiful Things! Two of my absolute faves. :) RIP Google Reader is right. Man I loved that thing.

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