As you might have guessed from the title, the times they are a-changing!
Lately I’ve been feeling a bit frustrated with my reading and my blog. And this frustration always stems from two sources:
- I feel my blog has gotten stale. I’m churning out review after review and I want to do more than that.
- I’m time deprived! This was my day yesterday.
7am – Got up, got ready for work, etc
8am – left my house for work
5.30 pm – finished work, did some grocery shopping
6.30pm – home from work, had dinner, read a little, did some house work
7.30pm – Went for a walk with my husband. Exercise is one of my priorities these days.
8.45pm – Home from walk, made and ate a quick post-exercise snack.
9pm – Collected my father from a friend’s house and dropped him to his own house (he can’t drive as he has vision problems)
10pm – Home again. Finally I got to sit down and do MY stuff. But now I’m too tired!
When I sit down at 10pm (and that’s pretty typical of most days), I’m suddenly overwhelmed with all I have to do. Where to start? Write a review, answer comments, format and schedule a post, promote a post on social media, update my plugins, catch up on my favourite blogs? Or go on YouTube for an hour and watch videos of cute kittens instead!
I often find that at this stage, I’m too tired to blog the way I want to blog and it’s so frustrating. My main way of combating this is to organise everything blog wise at the weekend. So then during the week, if and when I have time all I need to do is reply to comments and visit other blogs I love. Oh yes, and read all those ARCs, don’t forget about that!
So I have a system that works. Unless I have a busy weekend then my blog has to run on empty but I’m not going to stress about that. I like living my life and blogging is a part of my life but not my whole life. So I can get over being time deprived if I’m loving my blog when I do get time to work on it.
But I have been feeling a little like I’m a hamster on an endless running wheel and I want to make some changes. I already have a 3 week book limit in place but I think I need something more than that. I want to seriously curtail arcs for a little bit. I want to try new things on the blog and not feel like I’m putting out the same old content every week. I want to read old books, acquaint myself with much-loved favourites, finish some series and not focus solely on newly published ones.
So that’s what I’m going to do! Fewer arcs and more golden oldies. And I want to feel excited about blogging again so to help me with that, I have 2 new features that I want to introduce:
Happy Bookoversary : where I talk about an older book that has a birthday and share just why you should celebrate this books life
Monthly Pick’n’Mix – a purely random post where I talk about all the non book things that I’m loving every month
And I have some sadly neglected existing features that I want to work on again and have them reappear:
Bookish Chat – I have revived this lately and I LOVE all the reaction these posts get
Green Giants – where I spotlight Irish Authors that I love. This was my first original feature and I love it. It’s always going to be part of the furniture here.
Dust of Your Classics – I can’t believe I haven’t posted one of these since Feb *hangs head in shame*
Trish Transforms – I know I haven’t done one of these for a while. But it’s going fantastic; I have lost loads of weight and feel great. I’ll update you shortly in a post!
Between Reads – for all the non book stuff that I want to talk about. Again very random, previous posts ranged from talking about infertility to squeeing over Christmas advertisements that I loved.
Fictitious Gadgets – One of my favourite things about reading non-contemporary books is discovering fictitious gadgets that I wish existed in real life. So I thought it would be fun to pick some out and speculate on how I might use them. But I only did one post on this and kind of forgot about it! So now I want to revive it.
Marketing Your Blog – I wrote a series of these back in 2013. And I loved doing them so I’d like to more. Just using a different slant as I think I have learnt a lot over the last two years and I’m happy to share my experiences.
So basically in a nutshell….I’ll still be reviewing books but not as many. Instead there will be lots of other content and I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy some of that. I know that even the thought of mixing it up excites me and I’m full of enthusiasm and plans.
Talk to Trish: What do you do to keep your blog fresh and interesting so that you feel excited about working on it? Do you prefer features or book reviews? Let me know!