Hi. I’m Brittany and I have a fear of commitment. Well… Now I do. Let me tell you a story: No, this is not about my personal relationships… It’s about an overachiever, a book blog, and a whole ton of books.
When I started this book blog a little over a year ago, I had no idea that I would be so enthusiastic about not only reading and reviewing but participating in blog tours, author interviews, and forming groups and projects with some amazing fellow bloggers. All of that enthusiasm is GREAT! Buuut… There came a point where I realized that I was starting to get in over my head. Admittedly, I may be a BIT of an overachiever, but really it’s just my excitement carrying me away!! I LOVE being involved in everything, taking part in tours, participating in blogger projects, starting read alongs, and then reviewing my own books too…. Put all of that together and sometimes it’s quite overwhelming!
So my goal this summer has been to shed all of my commitments (well, most of them) and get back to me scheduling my reading, not my reading scheduling me! As much as I want to be a part of everything, realistically I just can’t be, so I need to take a step back and decide what I REALLY want to be a part of as well as what I realistically have time for! Now when new projects or commitments come up, I react to them with “Hide!! Run away!! Don’t tempt me!” I’m afraid of grabbing on to anything new until I finally get myself (almost) caught up. I have stacks and stacks of my OWN books that I’ve purchased that I have yet to read because I’m reading ARCs or egalleys or books for read alongs or books for blog tours or books for interviews… It’s time for me to be a responsible blogger and just say NO when I know I’ll be stressing myself out to do it!
1. I’m on a Netgalley/Edelweiss ban. Unless it is a must-have book, I’ve decided I’m not allowed to request it. I’ve let too many egalleys go unread and that’s just not cool. I DO want to read a TON of them that I still have on my Kindle, but that will take me a while so I can’t keep requesting new things until I somewhat catch up on those.
2. No more requesting ARCs! (For now) I’ve got my giant stack of BEA books that I’m DYING to read so even if it’s a must-have ARC, I still have at least 8 must-have ARCs from BEA that I need to read SOOOON. By the time I get around to said-request ARC, it will probably be published already anyway! (At the rate I’m going…)
3. No more signing up for THINGS that involve me committing to read a NEW book in order to participate. It sounds harsh, but these THINGS like blog tours, features involving interviews, massive read alongs… I really, truly enjoy them, but I’m not being fair with the amount of time allotted to them. I’m in such a time crunch to finish this book and then finish that book while still reading my read along books… Don’t get me wrong, I’m still having fun, but I would like to be able to read at a more relaxed pace and be able to read my own books here and there instead of always reading a new one that wasn’t previously in my possession.
Exception! Last week in the #LitLush Twitter chat, we were talking about having a multi-blogger/massive VERY CASUAL Daughter of Smoke and Bone read along/read-a-thon. It turns out a a lot of people still needed to read it (myself included) or wanted to re-read this. This would be an exception to the “signing up for THINGS” ban because I already own it and have been meaning to read it for a looong time.
For the rest of this summer, I really just want to try to catch up on some of the books that I own and the ARCs/eGalleys that are already in my possession! I would love to just read on a more relaxed schedule and pick things based on my mood again (because I am SUCH a mood reader) and not feel “forced” to pick up something because of a schedule!
I also feel like because I’m reading books when I’m not in the mood for them or I’m feeling obligated to read all those books that I’ve requested for events, I’ve put myself in kind of a reading slump. I haven’t been reading what I’ve really been wanting to read and I’ve been craving those books that will just knock me off my feet. I’ve read a few mediocre books (for my personal reading preferences) lately because I wanted to badly to be a part of this event that I forced it when I shouldn’t have.
So those are my goals! I’m trying really hard to wrap up some of my current commitments so that I can start to be more selective about what I’m reading and when. I’ve got plenty of choices and I just need to slow my roll and not let the excitement get the best of me!
Do you suffer from over commitments? How do YOU cope with all of the tempting blogging commitments and events out there? Do you keep a schedule or are you a mood reader like I am?