Recently, I have been feeling a bit grumpy when it comes to reading. I can’t say it’s a slump because I’m still reading books at pretty much the same rate I always have. But, picking those books up just isn’t giving me the thrill it once did, even with some of my favourite authors.
I’ve been scratching my head as to the why a fair bit and I think I’ve come to a conclusion that too many of the people in the pages are grumpy, ornery or just down-right angry and it’s beginning to rub off on me.
Last year around this time I was struggling with how I follow blogs. I was using Google+, Bloglovin’, WordPress Reader, and email plus Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Some bloggers I followed in every which way, others only one. Because of that, I was missing out on some great posts but seeing others two, three or four times.
It was more than a little frustrating and, as a result, I made the decision that, social media aside, I was going to use Bloglovin’ as my main blog following tool. For the most part it’s worked. Recently, though, I’ve started to feel overwhelmed again and I think it’s because I’m following too many people. If I add everything up, it is close to 300 individual blogs yet I probably only visit 30 or 40 on a regular basis.
One of my New Year book-ish resolutions was to read more physical books. That’s pretty much all I used to read. Then I got my Kindle and got a bit excited by the world of 99p books out there (who wouldn’t), filled it up and started reading. And then kept reading. The books on my shelves, those bought or gifted, sat there. Waiting patiently and slightly dusty for the day I would pick them up.
For many on the shelves, that day simply hasn’t come. Which is a shame because, sat where I am on my couch, typing away and looking over at the shelves there are so many books on there that I want to read. I just find, when I get to deciding on my next read, the ebooks always seem to come first.
Last year, I took part in the 2017 Discussion Challenge. The aim was to build up the courage to write more than reviews, to start expressing my opinion beyond my thoughts on what I had read, even if only just a little bit. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. There is something about writing a discussion post, the putting myself out there that had me thinking twice more than once.
In the end, I wrote six posts that I classed as discussions (including one on what made a discussion a discussion, a question I still haven’t quite answered for myself). This made me a “discussion dabbler” but it was kind of where I thought I would end up. This year, I want to do more, in fact it’s one of my new year blogging resolutions. How much better I’m not sure but I’m aiming to at least double my discussion posts to 12 – one a month. Hopefully, I’ll succeed!