Over the weekend I feel as if I've hit a bit of a crisis in my blogging and reading world and I don't really know what to do about it. I actually feel like that depressed looking troll thing on the page. The truth is I'm struggling a bit. This is why there is no sample or prepping post this week and my around the blogs post was cut short. I just have a few issues that are getting me down at the moment.
1) I'm blogging all day 8am-3pm but never seem to get ahead on everything
2) I can't seem to pick up a book even though I have tons I want to read
3) Not sleeping great and feeling stressed about my lack of reading
4) Can't even relax to watch a few films for fun
Why is it that I feel like my favourite things are sucking the life out of me at the moment? I enjoy visiting your blogs and engaging in chat on the comments bit on my blog. I like the posts I'm putting up. I like chatting to other bloggers about books and stuff. Why then is it all seeming to drain me? Why does it take me so long every day to get things done? I don't want to give up my blog. I like my blog. It's the only contact I have with people in the outside world. I need to find some way to cut down the amount of time I spend on it to just a couple of hours a day but the question is how? I don't want to unfollow people! I don't want to drop the regular posts I do. Yet I can't see how I'm going to reduce blogging time any other way. I already feel like I'm playing catch up every day. My dad suggests blogging a certain number of days a week and either mornings or afternoons only, which sounds like a good idea in theory but how do I get all the stuff done in less time? There must be a way!
-Cut out time consuming discussion posts? These posts take longer to deal with and it isn't easy to keep thinking up new topics. Trouble is, they are posts that encourage everyone to join in and do I want to lose them from the blog?
-One post per day except when I have reviews or tags to post? It'd cut the workload but do I want to do it? I'd have to drop a few regular posts to do this but do I want to and which would go? I need to keep my Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday posts. That means I can only have four others. I want to keep Cover Love and Around The Blogs for sure. I could only keep 2/4 from Prepping with Chuckles, Chuckles Goes Sampling, Game of Thrones Gossip and Chuckles Chat.
-Do I make the Chuckles Chat and Chuckles Goes Sampling posts a monthly thing instead of weekly? That way I can keep them but not have too many posts every week, just one week of harder work every few weeks. Would this actually reduce the workload? I don't know.
I know what the reading problem is. I look at the number of books I own but haven't read yet and it just seems overwhelming. I think constantly about how long it will take to read them all and how much I need to reduce the TBR to a certain number by a certain time. I haven't even put all the books I have onto Goodreads yet as I'm scared what the number will be! That causes me to fret about not reading enough, feeling guilty for doing things other than reading and stopping me having fun with my reading. I can't even pick up a favourite to re-read as I feel I should be reading the unread ones instead. The question is, HOW do I get out of this mindset? I don't watch films as I keep feeling I should be reading but in the end I get stressed and don't do either. I think my brain is in a real mess. How do I stop stressing and learn to do what I want to do each night instead of feeling I have to do a certain thing?
-Do a book cull? Trouble is, I did this at the end of last year so do I have many books that I don't care about reading? Probably not. Reducing the TBR by 20 books will not be a massive help and might be a waste of energy.
-Book Buying Ban? Yeah coz that has always worked out so well in the past!
I don't see any way to solve the TBR issue but to buy less and read more, neither of which are currently happening. If anyone else has a solution, I'd love to hear it!
Do you find blogging stressful and how do you deal with it? How often do you post? How do you make your time more productive? Does your TBR get you down? Are you sometimes stressed by your reading? How do you deal with it?