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!
Last day of my 8 week reading challenge and I was not completely successful. I’m reading book four right now with about 175 pages to go. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it tonight. I managed to complete three books, read 1/2 of one and am almost done with another. So, if I count today’s book (kind of cheating, I know) I’ll have read four and a half out of eight.
Although I did not complete my goal of reading all eight, I am happy to have gotten through half of my pile (almost). As stated in a previous post, the book that tripped me up was The Passage. I was really intent on finishing it but the book started to drag and I stuck with just a bit too long. I’ve set The Passage aside for now and will go back to finish it, even though I’m not really looking forward to it.
So, what can I take away from this challenge? The first thing would be that I set a goal for myself. I’m not a goal setter for whatever reason, but having something constructive to do during my break from school (other than work) was a fun thing to do. Second thing would be that I love reading and never plan on stopping. I’ve added to my “to read” pile during these eight weeks and have at least five additional books to read. This will be all that much harder now that the spring semester has started and I have to set time aside for school reading and other homework as well as my fulltime job. The final thing would be that I really enjoyed updating my progress (or the lack thereof) here on this blog. I think it’s a great way to get thoughts out and I was sometimes inspired to read right after I posted something.
Thanks to those who have read, liked, or commented. I’ve found a few other great blogs to follow while doing this challenge and hope to find more as I find other things to post about. Hope other challenges out there are going good and look forward to reading about them (or just catching up on those I follow or finding new ones).
It’s a new year and I’m a few weeks into my reading challenge and sadly, I’m behind. I think all my favorite T.V. shows being on breaks has had the reverse effect and I’m reading less. I tend to read a book during the commercials and since many shows aren’t on right now, I’m not feeling compelled to read. I did get sucked into a 24 marathon, which was awesome yet stifling at the same time since it was on for three days in a row and ran without commercials! At least I’ve got a few more weeks left in my challenge. I’ve had to set one book aside and start-up another since the one I set aside wasn’t going as good as I hoped.
I hope everyone out there had good and festive holidays. I’m not one to make resolutions so here is what I’m looking forward to in 2013 –
completing the 8 week reading challenge
Trying to post more frequently
Reading more blogs and trying to comment on the ones I like – there are so many out there!
A night with the cast of The Walking Dead (in February – can’t wait to go to that!)
The return of all my favorite T.V. shows (please, please, let the wait be over soon)
Happy 2013 to everyone and thanks to those who have liked and/or followed me. It’s such a great feeling when someone enjoys what I’ve posted and I love to check out other blogs and find new ones to follow.
Starting week two of my eight week challenge and progress is good. I’m onto book three – Brain On Fire – about 60 pages in and have to say it is excellent so far. Brain on Fire is a true story about a 24-year-old who had a sudden and almost inexplicable illness that affected her brain in a shocking manner. Luckily, one doctor comes in and diagnoses her with an autoimmune disease, essentially saving her from an uncertain future.
Feeling good about getting through two books in one week, but know that it won’t be the norm. However, with many of my favorite T.V. shows going on “fall finales” I should be able to keep up a good pace. I’m typically not one to set such specific goals for myself but I’m enjoying this one so far and am set on meeting my deadline
Hope any other challenges are as enjoyable, or at the very least, worthwhile. Happy reading to all!
Day four – one book down, seven to go. Just completed World War Z by Max Brooks. A surprisingly compelling read with interviews from the survivors of the Zombie war, World War Z is a telling of how the world managed to beat the ever-growing zombie hoards Somewhat disturbing to think what has to be done to many in order for more to survive. If you are a fan of zombies, this is a book you must read. Will be interesting to see how the movie turns out.
So, big question is: what book do I read next? Strategic planning is paramount to my success in this eight week challenge. Choosing to read the wrong book at the wrong time could spell doom and set me up to fail. I’m drawn to each book, but which is the right choice to read now? I think I’ll go with the YA novel by Heather Brewer – Second Chance (The Slayer Chronicles). Reason behind this selection is simple: ease of reading. I throughly enjoyed the author’s first series Vladimir Tod and read the first book of this Slayer series in one day. Not to say that “ease” equals a lightweight book – sometimes simple means pure enjoyment, which is what I’m hoping for in my second selection in the eight week challenge.
Hopefully selection two will be enjoyable and moves me along to book three in just a few days. Happy reading to all and hope anyone else working on their own challenge plots a successful strategy as well!