A change to my blogging habits…

Hi folks,

This is just a quick post to say that I’m not going to be online as much as I like to be – not that I think for one second I’ll to be missed or anything(!), I just thought it would be courteous to tell the people whose blogs I follow, and vice versa, about the necessary changes to my existing blogging habits.

Firstly, as my day job has gone bananas I’ve reached the stage where there’s only so much I can physically shoe horn into 24 hours.

To keep things as flexible as possible I’ve already made subtle changes behind the scenes of the blog:

  1. I participated in my last blog tour on 8th May and I will not be involved in any more for the foreseeable. This in itself is such a relief as I’m not tied to a specific day to read by and post on.
  2. I have also been declining more delicious sounding books than I have accepted for quite some time now. The few I have accepted have a decent breathing space between receipt and publication date.

These little things alone have certainly helped and my existing blogging ‘commitments’ are well on track. In fact they are better than I thought as I can happily report I have 101% feedback on Netgalley (no, me neither!). The next few posts are prepared and ready to go and just under a handful of physical review books remain so something must be working, but sadly not everything… 

I already try to minimise the time I spend online due to a long-term issue with my neck/back. Combine this with the increased demands at work and I’m afraid I’m feeling even more decrepit than I usually do!

I hate to admit defeat but I’m really struggling to catch up with everyone’s posts when I return home each day. Who can resist a nosy at what’s everyone’s been reading? I know I can’t! But as it’s unlikely that my current circumstances will change overnight something else must, and therefore a reluctant compromise is called for…

For now, my plan is to gently apply the brakes rather than slam them on – so I’ll be around, just not as often. If all goes well [cue hysterical laughter] I’m hoping to continue to publish a couple of reviews a week and enjoy and share your posts on those days too. I’ll tackle any notifications via email, Twitter or the Blog where required.

While we’re on the subject of sharing, and if anyone is still conscious at this point, I can’t thank you enough for generously taking time out of your own busy day to stroll down Little Bookness Lane – I’m incredibly grateful to you.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

See you very, very soon…

Wendy  xx

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79 thoughts on “A change to my blogging habits…

  1. Such a good idea to take your foot off the pedal – something we all feel the need to do from time to time. Take care, and I’ll look forward to your posts as always when published xx

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  2. Oh Wendy, of course you’ll be missed, you’re very much appreciated and loved in the book and blogging world. However, I totally understand your need for change and taking a step back – there’s nothing wrong in doing this. Hope your life turns a more peaceful page and I look forward to seeing you from time to time. Hugs xxx

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  3. Absolutely understand this. Blogging can easily intrude on our real lives and it’s definitely a balance we have to strike with ourselves carefully. Can totally understand your need to pull back. That being said you will be missed.

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  4. I shall miss your posts Wendy but totally understand that you need to step back and find a right balance. I look forward to reading your reviews as and when and am totally jealous of your Netgalley percentage! Take care x

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  5. I can completely relate to this Wendy, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Enjoy the break. I’ll miss seeing you around as much but will continue to share your posts when you do release them into the wild. Take care lovely ❤

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  6. Good for you Wendy! I hope you lighter blog schedule allows you to rediscover your love for reading just for you. I hope your neck pain agates too. Thanks for being such a supportive friend and blogger to me 😚

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  7. I’ll miss reading your posts but I completely understand your need to take a step back. Blogging can take up so much time and when you’re working and have health stuff going on it can become too much. I’ll look forward to reading your posts as and when. Sending hugs and wishing you well. xx

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  8. I completely understand. I got completely burnt out for awhile recently, and almost quit blogging entirely. I wish I’d recognized the signs and backed off instead of just dropping everything for a few months. The most important thing always is to take care of yourself first. 🙂

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  9. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we didn’t have to work? A break sounds like a good idea – I do them fairly regularly and always feel better. Still glad you aren’t going away entirely though 😀

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  10. Oh gosh, I’m exactly in the same situation as you… I usually have been able to keep on top of things but my work commitments and home commitments have just doubled! And it’s hard to keep up and it’s driving me insane.. It’s weird how everyone seems to be completely up the walls this year… i can’t recall this being a thing in 2015 or even 2016… anyway… Hopefully things will calm down again and you won’t have to decline the more delicious looking books for long!

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  11. I completely understand your need to make some changes. I really don’t know how people manage to blog AND hold down a job AND still have time for the people in their lives.
    The only reason I feel able to blog as much as I do is because I’m retired.
    Also, I’m with you about the blog tours. I’ve not been accepting any as I feel it puts too much of a time pressure on me – and those deadlines cause me to shuffle by TBR review queue more than I’d like.

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  12. I completely understand where you are coming from – I’ve struggled this year as my workload has increased and I’m often far too tired to read lots of online comments and tweets by the time I am done – you seem to be well organised to make the shift – we will appreciate your less frequent appearances 🙂

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