Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. (Meme description from The Broke and the Bookish)

1. I think giveaways are a pain. -Selecting prizes, paying for shipping as well as the prizes, setting up the giveaway, remembering to run it, getting people to enter, picking and notifying winners, it's a bunch of things to do and keep track of without much reward. Maybe I'll feel differently once I get into a better financial situation, or if I manage to gain a larger following, which would make organizing giveaways more worthwhile.

2. My to-review-pile gives me insane levels of anxiety and guilt.- It drives me crazy to miss a review deadline. By requesting to review something and getting approved, or accepting an author's request, I feel obligated to give them a review. Yet I keep missing deadlines by the truckload, because I'm not reading and not writing reviews. The guilt and anxiety build up and make me want to avoid doing anything related to blogging which just makes the whole problem worse. Whatever I do, I feel like I'm disappointing someone or wrecking a future relationship with an author, a publicist, or publishing imprint.

3. Writing posts causes me stress. -Yep. I almost abandoned this post in fact, because confession #2 reminded me of all the negative feelings I have around reviewing and blogging in general. Said negative feelings needle me about all the obligations I should be handling, like reading the 50 bazillion arcs on my kindle, instead of writing. This makes it exceedingly hard to concentrate and type up something worth reading.

4. I am super jealous of bloggers who can make graphics and put new, cute designs in every post. - Designing graphics is HARD guys. I started fiddling with it a few months ago and I'm still in awe of the bloggers who can whip them up like it's nothing. A simple Top Ten Tuesday post normally takes me hours to complete because of the graphics portion  of creating the post. Practice has helped, but not really made the task any easier.

5. I am even more jealous of bloggers who know how to create the blog design they want. - I love all the blog designs I've had in my past. Katie and Lori did excellent jobs in giving me each look I wanted. Alas, I am a finicky control freak and greatly desire the ability to create my own blog designs whenever I feel like it. This would be a big improvement to spending a minimum of $100 per new custom design. I can manipulate a design template well enough with Blogger's template feature, but I really want to learn all the html and design nitty gritty. Also, you can make good money designing blogs if you're good at it. I've seen Wordpress custom designs go for at least $200 to over $1,000. The catch-22 is I have little patience for tutorials (I skim them instead of reading.) and prefer an actual class on the subject.

6.  I try not to read other blogger's reviews. - In the beginning, when I was developing my blogging voice, this rule was to prevent me from copying someone else's style. Then, as the books I was reviewing became the ones others were reviewing at the same time, it was to prevent me being swayed by someone else's opinion. Now, there's still a little bit of concern with my opinions being changed, but mainly I'm just too lazy to read everything in my blog feed.

7. Connecting with other book bloggers is difficult for me. - I don't know if it's timing, my online personality, or what but I have a very hard time making friends in the book blogging world. Literally, I have no book blogging friends*, only bloggers I stalk on my blog feed and their social media. Granted, I haven't exactly made myself a social butterfly or reached out that much, but those I did try to become friends with didn't seem to be interested. Of course there are thousands of explanations from me being too intense/golden-retriever-like, to misreading the signs because it's online and not face to face, to them or I being busy. It makes me jealous to hear how open and supportive the book blogging community is, how many people have made friends from it, when I can't seem to make the same connections.

*To me, a friend is someone I have regular contact with and has as much fun hanging out with me, as I do them. It's more than a mutual follow, social media stalking, or going back and forth in the comment section.

8. I open Blogger at least once a week to write posts, but end up never posting. - Some of this is caused by outright laziness. I don't feel like typing my heart out every day. Another part, is exhaustion and loss of motivation from my depression. (I'm on my third medication and round of lifestyle changes. Let's hope this works.) And there are even times I write up an entire post, but just don't feel like posting or completing the work to make it post-able. Blogging is hard work people, don't let anyone say different.

9. My personal blog work could be affected by my internship work. - This is a theory I've been rolling around my head for a while. I write blog articles as the majority of my internship work. The articles are mainly scientific and rarely leave room for creativity or my opinions. Much as I enjoy my what I do, the last thing I want to do after hours of typing, is more typing.  I'm trying to find a balance between the work I do for my internship and the for-fun writing I do on here, but so far success hasn't been forthcoming. Here's hoping I can do better in the future.

10. I tend to write my blog posts while watching Dr. Phil. - After a heck of a bummer of a post, I thought I'd share this funny bit with you. Dr. Phil comes on every day at 3:00 p.m. on my local FOX station. I am almost always on the couch, laptop on, when the show begins. The timing hits the lull right between when I've checked all my social media and am deciding what to do next on the computer or if I want to get up and do other things. If I feel inclined to do a little blog work, it always happens during Dr. Phil. Then bleeds into Judge Judy, the local news and sometimes TMZ. Classy lady, I am, folks. 


  1. +JMJ+

    Giveaways can be a hassle! I'm hosting one right now and it's making blogging a lot more clerical than it usually is. =)

    Connecting with other book bloggers is difficult for me, too. I'm currently reading a book which differentiates between networks and real community, and it made me think that the book blogosphere is more of a network than a community. (One sign that you are in a network rather than a community is that you feel lonely in the middle of a crowd.) I did have a very close book blogger friend, several years ago, but she has since retired from blogging. I miss her and our interactions a lot. =(

    1. Right? I'd much rather write reviews and be on Twitter.

      Hmm. That's an interesting theory. I tend to think of it as both. It is a network people can use, but there's an opportunity to create a community within the network.

      I'm sorry your friend retired from blogging. But I'm glad she decided to let it go if it didn't make her happy or was becoming a hassle. I've had thoughts of wanting to quit, but I guess I'm too stubborn.


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