Wow, that was a long time away…

So, I’m back! At least I plan to be.  After an unintended and very long hiatus away from any posts (my own new ones or even reading blogs I follow), I’ll be back at it. My job got super busy and I wasn’t able to squeeze in posts/reads when I normally do. Then I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to post anything and was super unmotivated.

Things really haven’t slowed down work wise but I’m going to start posting again. I’m feeling a bit empty in terms of a creative outlet so, thankfully, the motivation is back again!  I plan on doing my normal book reviews since I haven’t slowed down on reading (always time to read – amirite?).  I’ll also continue my Shows Worth Watching posts (I can’t even remember the last one of those I did).  I plan on trying some new things – like highlighting new book purchases, doing a book club review post, and some other new stuff that pops up whenever I think of it.

So watch this space for regular posts. Thanks to those who have followed or read anything I post in the past and sorry for the long time away.

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2014 in review and what’s in store for 2015

WordPress created the below report as a review of my posts over the past year.  I’m a sucker for these types of things and enjoy reading the content and how it’s presented.  One thing I noticed that is incorrect is the most popular post that is cited in the report.  I don’t have a post titled that, so, the program that generated the report must have had a glitch.

A big thanks to all those who have taken the time to read and comment on any of my posts this past year.  Every time I see someone has read one or commented I get insanely happy 🙂  Hope to do more posting next year.  The plan for 2015 is to add a monthly feature about t.v. series that I love, both old ones and current ones.  Watching T.V. shows and reading are two of the things I do the most so I might as well expand on that on my blog.  Thinking of making it a Thursday or Friday feature, once a month.  We’ll see how it goes over the next year.

Wishing all a happy new year and happy blogging to all!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 440 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

51st post!

On Wednesday when I did my last post I got a notice from WordPress that it was my 50th post.  First I thought it was pretty cool that WP gives you this notice.  Second, I thought it was rather sad that I’ve only had 50 posts so far.  My first post was on September 9, 2012 and my intentions when starting this blog were to do posts on a regular basis.  Given it’s been a year and a half and I’m now up to 51 posts I clearly haven’t lived up to those intentions.

So what can I do to try to be more consistent?  Well, one thing that I’ve done is partake in the Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge and have so far reviewed three books (I’ve read more than that, just haven’t gotten around to reviewing them yet).  After that I’m kind of stuck.  I had been going to school on the weekends and during that time I felt oddly motivated to do posts.  I think it was the procrastinator in me not wanting to work on my homework until the last possible minute, as well as the creative feeling/thoughts I had while being in school.  Now that I’m just working rather than working and going to school, I feel as though I’ve lost the motivation and the creativeness that compelled my posts.  What’s a person to do when they feel as though they’ve lost the drive that helps with creativity.

And then today I read a post by Jack Falcco about motivation and I thought to myself “what’s wrong with you?”  It’s time to stop being so lazy (because, my God, can I be lazy) and get with it!  I have to make a schedule where I post at least once a week.  If I don’t have a topic, make one up, or just start a draft of random things and edit the next day.  I tend to feel the most motivated when under time constraints, hence my tendency to blog rather than do homework while I was in school.  Why do something ahead of time when I can do it hours beforehand and have a stellar product!  I do feel more creative when I have less time.  It’s as if the urgency of the situation brings out the creativity in me.

So, my motivation is time constraints.  And in order to be more consistent with my blog posts I’ll have to schedule a day when I must send out a post.  It’ll work, right?  Well, if I want to be more successful in blogging, it has to work.  I’ll have no one by myself to blame.

I’ll also say THANK YOU to all of those who have read, liked, commented on a post or followed my blog.  Each and every time I one of those things happen I am grateful that you took the time to read what I had to say.  I believe one of the first comments I ever got (from someone I didn’t personally know) was from Sidekick Reviews.  I remember being almost giddy that some stranger read my post and thought enough about it to comment on it.  I still feel that way at every new like, comment, or follow.  Hopefully I’ll have more consistent content to read – as long as I keep myself to those time constraints!