Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - Least Favorite Things About Blogging


Hello everyone!! Happy Saturday!! This week our Book Girls topic is things we like least about blogging. Really, mostly I love it. I should love it or why would I do it? But with everything, there are always things that aren't fabulous. I have three things that I like least. One is out of my control, but the other things I can control. Don't forget to check out the other posts from the other Book Girls.

Other Book Girls Posts
Giselle

Oh, the Drama

This is one that is out of my control, but I can't stand drama in the blogging community. No matter what kind of drama it is, I don't like it. I try to stay out of it unless it directly affects me or one of my close blogger friends. The thing with drama is, even if it has nothing to do with you, it reflects on the blogging community in general. I don't like having to walk on eggshells, and when there's a lot of drama going on it makes me question why I do it. It all comes back to my love for it. It will take more than some shitty drama to get me to quit.

Keeping Up With Being Social

I am a very social person. I always have been. I'm not shy at all. I love interacting with people, and I try to always comment back. I also love to visit my favorite blogs and comment regularly. I would say that I like this least, but it's hard to keep up with sometimes. I get upset with myself and worked up about it. I know that everyone understands that people get busy, but I feel like such a fail as a blogger when I am not commenting regularly. I want all my readers and my favorite blogs to know that I love them and I want to interact. When I get behind, there have been times where I have spent over 3 hours just catching up on commenting on my favorite blogs. I love commenting, but sometimes it gets overwhelming keeping up on it.

All the Books!!

This one is totally on me, but I take on books and books, and then don't have time to read books that I want. I told myself that this year I wouldn't do that, and of course I did. The thing is, all the review books I take on are books I really want to read too. I just sometimes want to kick myself for not leaving myself enough me time to get in books I have been wanting to read. Then, there's the keeping up when I suck and take on too much. I need to become better friends with my planner and make sure to not over schedule myself. Once I get behind it's almost impossible to catch back up.

So those are the things that are my least favorite, but I still love it!! I just have to remember to not let myself get stressed about it. It's something I love to do, it's an important part of me, I wouldn't change anything about it other than how I do things or view things. What are your thoughts?
 

37 comments:

  1. Word verification by a long chalk - I have now started doing a lot of my commenting by email.

    Second peeve is blogs that don't make it easy to find their email address.

    Good post

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    1. Yes, those things are irritating about other blogs.

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  2. The drama is so painful, I tend to just ignore it. *sigh* In real life, I am not really social. Well... I am kinda stuck in my own world of books and everyone else can just suck it. Lol.


    Awesome post, Amy! <33

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    1. I've always been a very social person. It bothers me when I get busy and don't have time to be as social with my blogger friends as I want to be. I know that everyone understands, but it still makes me feel bad.

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  3. I wouldn't worry about getting frustrated by your lack of commenting. You are one of the best blog commenters I know, Amy.

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    1. Thanks hon!! I really do try. I love commenting on blogs that I love and I always try to comment back when people comment on my blog. Lately I have just gotten a little busy and I feel bad.

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  4. I agree with you on all these! I've been a bad commenter this summer -- hoping to have more time to make the rounds once the kids are in school.
    The other thing I hate is turning down review requests. I feel so bad, but I hardly have any extra time or blog space to review more books.

    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  5. I usually have more time for reading and commenting and stuff during the summer, but with getting the new puppy and running around a little more I haven't. I've been trying to play catch up, but it takes so long to catch back up to all the posts I missed on all of my favorite blogs.

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  6. Nice post. We pretty much feel the same way. I'm shy in person but not when it comes to interacting with bloggers. I love commenting too but sometimes it does get overwhelming.

    There have been so much drama around the book community that it pisses me off even though i'm not involved in it. But like you said, it reflects on us all because we're apart of the book community. I just wish people could be more professional and not so rude, and just not attack people and spread maliciousness. But hey, i guess not everyone cares about conduct on the web :)

    Once again, great post. So true.

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  7. The drama is the biggie to me. I understand defending yourself or defending your friends, but I do not understand people who actively search it out, jump into things that aren't their business. And also, why not just shrug things off sometimes instead of making bitchy comments?

    Sorry for my mini-rant, Amy. I get super annoyed by the dumb drama, and I know you do too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  8. Yea, I def try to avoid the drama at all costs, unless it REALLY bugs me, lol. Too many books, girl, I feel your pain w/that. There are just not enough hours in the day! I wish I was more social, esp seeing how everyone is all buddy-buddy and I don't really have anyone. Sigh. Anyways...

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  9. Gotta agree with all three of those. I'm trying really hard to take on less tours so I can read more of what I want. It's so hard sometimes. But I've gotten moody as a reader and I really don't like forcing myself to read something that doesn't interest me at the moment. I don't want my moodiness to affect my reviews so I'm working on it. Great post.

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  10. Ahh I so agree, the drama is always so hard to deal with! There's plagiarism and immoral behavior and it sometimes can get so insane. Ahh I totally agree with commenting! You're much better at it than I am, because for me I only get to comment on like 20 blogs a day at most, so it's not that bad, but it definitely gets overwhelming having to read all of those posts AND keep up with reading books and reviewing them on time >.<

    Fantastic post, Amy! <33

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  11. I agree with everything you said!

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  12. It is hard to keep up with the social aspect. Commenting on blogs, tweeting, facebooking, goodreadsing! LOL So many things! I also sometimes feel overwhelmed with too many books. I just can't read fast enough. I have cut way down on review books so I can read what I feel like and get to some older books on my shelf.

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  13. I agree. Sometimes I have a hard time writing reviews. Especailly when they pile up.

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  14. I feel so guilty when I haven't visited friends' blogs in a long time, too. I always want to be all "I STILL LOVE YOU, I'M JUST STUPID BUSY RIGHT NOW" every time I come back. *sigh* But we're all pretty much in the same boat; I know the difference between drive-by commenters or people who are mostly looking for contest entries and true blog friends. :) The books weigh me down, too! It feels terrible to complain about it, so I try not to too much, but sometimes the pile does feel overwhelming.

    As for drama--yeah, I struggle with this, both because of what has happened to me and because of what I've seen. For me, I think it's important to try and be a responsible blogger and keep up somewhat with what's going on, and also to stick up for friends. But I think there are a lot of people who also thrive on the drama too, and that really tires me out. I have to take a break from all the social stuff sometimes when that happens.

    But overall...thank goodness the blogosphere is still a happy place!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  15. I agree with all of your points. The drama stinks! I just don’t have time to be as social as other bloggers and there’s not enough time in the world to read all the books in my TBR.

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  16. Ugh, the drama is the worst. Especially when it's a blogger-on-blogger feud. I mean, if authors are rude or something, that's one thing. But why do bloggers feel the need to tear down other bloggers? It's just sad.

    Commenting is really hard to keep up with, and I do enjoy reading my favorites, but feeling like I HAVE to is just exhausting. Plus, I try to leave, lengthy meaningful comments and it takes so long! That's why I really cut down on the blogs I'm following. Others I visit by comments back. Working for now anyway!

    Ha, I'm trying to request less and let publisher relationships come to me if they do and not if they don't, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to stick to that once I run through the BEA books. We'll see!

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  17. Keeping up on commenting is really difficult and especially when you try to comment on blogs, goodreads, facebook, and twitter! It gets to be so much! After work I go to a workout class so by the time I get home I take a shower and pass out and then do it all over the next day so free time is very hard to come by lately. I have really cut down on accepting any review books because the time restraint is too difficult. I'd much rather just buy the book and know I can read it and review it on my time.

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