Seeing many of these blogs' latest posts reminded me of why it was so easy for me to let blogging fall by the wayside. I mean, don't get me wrong... I have been ridiculously busy! BUT, I think I was secretly harboring a deep resentment towards not only my own blog, but many of the blogs I follow.
As I was scrolling through, I realized that a lot of the blogs are the same-old, same-old. I guess I'm tired of that. The memes, the reviews of the same book by 120 blogs, the challenges, etc! I've had it.
My blog is not supposed to be "work". It's supposed to be "fun"! And it was kind of turning into a chore. Trying to "keep up with the Jones's" left me feeling irritated and cranky. I already have a full-time job, thankyou. When I come home from a long day, I have dinner to think about, kids with homework, meetings, schedules..... LIFE!
So from now on, I'm doing things MY way! I don't have time to read 6 books a week, and then review them. I'm lucky if I can read just one! And you can bet your sweet bippy that if I do have the time to pick up a book, it's going to be something I like, something I've been wanting to read. Not something I agreed to read and review because it will score me some more followers. I need to be true to myself and get back to basics here.
I do like to participate in a meme here and there (i.e. Cat Thursday), but that's because it makes me happy.
I don't mean to sound bitter and petty. So I'm sorry if I'm coming off that way. But seriously, the In My Mailbox just gets my goat. Or maybe I'm just envious that I don't have the time to read 8 or 9 books that have been sent to me in a timely fashion. And then the energy to write a quality review. Maybe I've just spread myself too thin in the past, and it finally caught up to me.
I do know that from now on, my blog is not going to be work! I want it to be fun and fresh... not a cookie-cutter of every blog you see in the "blogosphere" when you're surfing around to see what's what.
It just feels like a huge competition, and truthfully.... I've been through middle school. I don't need the drama.
I just want to read books. That I like. At my own pace.
They might not be the newest release, or the current bestseller, or by the next up & coming author.
But they will be books that I enjoy. So most of my reviews will most likely be positive ones. After all, why would I read stuff that I'm not into? Just to get a free advance copy and a leg up on other bloggers who are coveting the same book?
Not up in here. Not up in here.