…Here’s where I am. At only 10 books finished for the year so far, and one more, All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot, that I am planning to finish by tomorrow, I am not a “real” book blogger.
…I’m okay with that. I still read what I want, whenever I can, even if I don’t fit the normal mold of “book blogger.” As always, this blog, as my life, is a work in progress, hence my being “still an unfinished person.”
…Plans don’t always go as…well…planned. For example, this past Wednesday I planned for Kim and I to write a blog post on short season shows we both liked. I then abandoned that and instead we had a post about our favorite Mother’s Day movies. This coming Wednesday, we plan to return with our recommendations for short season shows, those shows that didn’t or don’t expand beyond five seasons but are still worth watching, in our humble opinion.
…I’m not going to see my mom for Mother’s Day, not because I don’t want to and not because I don’t love her, but I need two days down this weekend, of not going anywhere, to rest my still sore (but slowly getting better) knee.
…I don’t know how I fit in with all of you Sunday Salon bloggers as I don’t consider myself a book blogger anymore. I don’t take review copies…er, obviously, with only 10 books read so far and all of them already published when I read them. I don’t do blog hops except for the Sunday Salon if that’s what you want to consider it, which in some ways, it is, but in other ways, it isn’t and why I like participating because of the people like many of you from around the country and around the world that I have met.
…I do readathons, but when I do, I’m not “in it to win it” like some of you seem to be. And I don’t get some readathons like Bout of Books (coming up this week and please join if you’re so inclined) that go for a week. I work during the week and when I got home from work, usually at 8 p.m. since I usually work afternoons, after being on a computer much of the day, one of the last things I want to do is read fine print on a screen or even worse in a printed book. Like I said in a previous post on “How Do YOU Read?”, I’m weird in that I like longer stretches of time in which to read. I’m not accustomed to reading in short bursts, and yes, probably why I’ve “only” read 10 books so far this year.
…That “only” will be a post for another time: The “only” and book blogger guilt of not reading the number of books per year we’ve read in the past and how some book bloggers can look down their noses at people who choose not to read for whatever reason or maybe can’t read. Not all, but some. I just have to figure out how to write it without coming across as a snob myself against what I perceive as book snobbery and not looking down my nose either at them.
…I feel sometimes I don’t read some of your blog posts as carefully as I should because I feel like I’m rushing through posts to try to respond to every post here in The Sunday Salon. I also feel sometimes that some of you don’t read mine either that carefully, so there is miscommunication on both sides. I’m sure that I’ll get at least one comment to this post that misconstrues something I wrote or doesn’t read the entire post and get the point, if there even is one, in context. And on the flip side, I’ll probably do the same with my response to your response or a comment on one of your posts.
…That said, I’m trying to do better and not just comment for commenting’s sake. If I don’t have something to say on your post, I just won’t say it. If I relate to something, I’ll respond, but just because I don’t comment doesn’t mean that I didn’t read your post; it just might be that I didn’t relate to what you were writing, at least not at the time I was reading…and maybe never. Likewise, don’t feel obliged to comment on my blog posts. I welcome your comments, but don’t expect them. I will attempt to be more attentive to reading your posts too and not rushing through them for the sake of reading them.
…I don’t know if I said all this correctly or in the spirit this post is meant to be taken, as a sort of a mind dump for me.
Honestly, where are you this week in terms of reading books, watching TV and/or movies, listening to music…in life, in general? Be honest. It’s okay. I asked for it.
30 thoughts on “Being honest here…”
My reading numbers are way down this year. Slow start. But I could care less. I know I have a book blog and it requires reading to actually do the reviews but one a week and a couple of other posts is really all people can manage to read these days anyway. I vowed long ago to not do “filler” posts. If I don’t have anything to share then I just don’t. I think blogging is highly personal and there is no wrong way to do it.
I find “book blogs” rather boring because I want more personal content like you share. I was lucky enough to spend the whole week with my mom.
Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone (ahem), but I agree. “Book blogs” can be boring. And yay for spending your whole week with your mom.
Hey Bryan, nice topic here. I think it’s okay to define your blog as to however you want to. I read slowly or like to — I’m in no rush to finish books or get a quota. I sort of like to review or write about them to remember them for later — and it’s nice if someone else has read it too – so as to bounce ideas off one another. That’s all. I hope you enjoy your year ahead & do with your blog as you see fit. cheers.
You know what? I still consider you a book blogger, no matter what you may think. You may not read as many books as some of your readers, but who cares? You love books, and I love your careful approach to reading. Besides, I can’t say there are many actual book bloggers out there anymore, whatever that is. Life is about so much more than books, and you have always been able to remind your readers of that! So, continue to follow the mantra “you do you”, share whatever you want whenever you want. If it is about books, then great. If it is not about books, then that’s great too!
Thank you, Michelle, for the kind words and I think you’re right about the actual book bloggers. They are few and far between. More than the “actual” or “book blogger” label, what I look for anymore is if the blogger is authentic. I can count on one hand the number of bloggers I follow who exhibit that authenticity. You are among them.
I didn’t know there was a definition of “book blogger” beyond a blogger who likes to write about books. 🙂 Anyway, like JoAnn, I’m still evolving, even after almost 11 years. I like to write about the books I read. I see my blog as a record of what I read and a place to keep track of the books I want to read. I also enjoy sharing photos and recipes. Each to his or her own. It’s all good.
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