The other day, I was going through my WordPress Dashboard, looking at the piles of book reviews I had written for books that I had read months and months ago. They were all formatted and ready to go up on the blog, but still they sat in my draft pile gathering dust.
Just recently, I had noticed what some of my fellow book bloggers were doing. They were still posting reviews on their blog during the week, but also posting reviews solely on Goodreads.
To myself, I scoffed and pouted,”But it’s my BLOG! I have to post ALL THE REVIEWS on my blog!! Why HAVE a blog, if the reviews don’t go on it??“
But do they really have to go on the blog?
I’ll admit it. Right now I have a stupid amount of time to read, so I take advantage of it. I read at night, in the morning, when it’s raining, and when it’s snowing. When I’m doing housework or computer work, I’ll listen to an audiobook. When I’m driving or shopping the aisles of the grocery store, I’ll have that audiobook going. I’ll even have my eReader in my purse for those times where I need to wait for something. I squeeze in reading wherever I can.
My Goodreads shelf can attest to that — so far, I’ve read 155 books this year. And there are still 4 months left in the year.
By no means do I intend to brag with this information, but with posting a weekly recap post, discussion posts, Cover Love posts, Musical Saturday posts, Guest Posts, blog tour posts, and all of the other things in between, there’s no way I can post THAT many reviews on the blog. This is why they were piling up.
So, when Bout of Books rolled in, I made a decision. I would start to post reviews on Goodreads. And ONLY on Goodreads. I started doing it with novellas and it felt great to get them off of my plate and the reviews posted. Then, I went through my draft folder and posted all of the pending reviews that had been piling up in there. Now it’s cleaned out, save for a few discussion drafts and my Clock Rewinders draft for this Sunday.
It feels GREAT.
Initially, when I started the blog in 2011 (the rebirth of the blog, if you will), I thought I had to post every.single.day. Sometimes I posted a crazy amount of posts during the day. I still do sometimes. But now I know that I can go a day without posting a review. Now I tell myself that I can go an entire day without posting ANYTHING on the blog.
Just saying that lifts a huge weight off my shoulders.
I know a time will come where I’ll be too busy to even write one review for a week, but right now I’m planning two months worth of things for the blog and know that if I keep reading as voraciously as I do, there’s no way I can post ALL THE REVIEWS on the blog.
Of course, I still have to get myself into gear when it comes to writing all the reviews, but that’s a whole other story.
Where do you post your reviews? Do they solely go up on your blog? Do you post others just on Goodreads?
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