Bookish Chat : Balancing the Books

September 21, 2013 Bookish chat 2

As someone who works in accounts, you’d figure I know all about balancing the books.  And yes, when it come’s to debits and credits and profit and loss, I can whizz though it all for you.  When it comes to real life though it’s not so easy to balance everything.

I love reading, I love blogging, I love reading blogs.  However I also love my family, my other hobbies, my friends.  And then there are all the things I don’t love but equally have to devote time to like work, housework and all those other dreary things in life that you can’t avoid and sometimes it gets really, really hard to balance it all.  And this isn’t a post where I’m looking for answers or sharing advise, I’m just saying it’s hard.  I’m not saying I don’t love blogging or that it’s not worth it because I do and it is.  I’m just saying it takes a lot of time.

Sometimes I have to sacrifice a discussion post or a meme or visiting some blogs and I have finally realised that’s ok.  I had no Sunday Post for the last two weeks because I had no time to prepare them.  My blog didn’t blow up, I still got visitors and life goes on.  I’ll be back this week with a bang because I do love the Sunday Post and showcasing my books and sharing my favourite links but without any guilty face. 

I choose not to do them as I wanted to do other stuff in my life and a little bell went off in my little brain, I don’t have to it all!  It doesn’t make any less of a blogger, it just makes me a person with a very full life who also loves books and blogs.  When I have time to work on a post properly, I love it.  I like to feel I’m making it the best I can make it.  Rushing through a post just for the sake of posting something isn’t something I’m comfortable with.  I’d rather just leave it blank until the day where I can devote the time and enjoy the process of putting it all together.

So after 6 months of blogging, this is what I’ve learnt:

Blogging makes me feel great.  I love writing posts and getting feedback and making new bookish friends.
As much as I love it, I only need to do it when I want to do it.  There is no obligation to blog.  No rules.  I can jump on and jump off whenever I need and I don’t need to run myself ragged trying to do it all.

So obvious and I knew it all along but now I really KNOW it.  I can take breaks and my blog won’t fall down a hole.  It feels so liberating!

Bookish Chat : Do you feel like I do?  Do you feel guilty about skipping memes or having big gaps on your blog?  What is your tip for balancing it all?

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2 Responses to “Bookish Chat : Balancing the Books”

  1. trish

    Exactly I think we all put ourselves under too much pressure at times for something that is just a hobby! And that’s one quick way to kill the fun factor. The saner approach will work better in the long run I’m sure 🙂

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