Hey, Everyone! Here I am with a somewhat more daring post of mine, which I think is a good thing. We all have things we are weary of sharing with our followers but I feel like there are people out there who might feel the exact same way and knowing that makes me feel less like I’m the only one. On top of that, I like to challenge myself sometimes and there are a few things I do have to confess so let’s get into it, shall we?
#1 I have trouble brainstorming for a lot of post ideas
It really helps not doing this alone because if I was doing it alone, I don’t know if this blog would still be here. I’m also not a very creative person so a lot of ideas for posts are inspired by other people or me and Swetlana come up with them together because talking to her about it, helps me get some ideas. We work on this together and it is as much a cooperative thing between us as it is our own ideas coming into it.
#2 Writing Reviews for books is hard
It takes me a while to write them because I really want to cover all of my thoughts of each book I review and I try to do it justice but when you read a book you’re very focused on what’s happening that sometimes you overlook things and that can shine through in a review. I do try not to insult or be mean towards the author because I think that disregards the work they put into the book, if I didn’t enjoy a book as much as I hoped to, then I just simply say that, but not with animosity.
#3 I’ve considered going premium for our blog but I decided not to because I’m not very good at coding
When it comes to WordPress I literally have no idea how to use simple coding on here (please don’t laugh :D). I’ve always been on Tumblr and I find that whenever I need to customize something on there it’s way easier than on here because when you have a free account you only have so much you can do. I would love to be able to customize our Theme properly to make it totally our own (which it kind of is, but you know what I mean).
4# I tend to overthink things in posts that require a lot of detail and my own thoughts/opinions
The problem with that is how I tend to think too much about everything and sometimes I get very into the topic I’m writing about and maybe you have seen that shine through a couple of times. Whilst writing these posts, I try to write down notes so I know how to expand on them because I know you guys don’t want to read a 2 sentence post. Those posts then often end up being over 1k words (sorry about that :D). As you might have noticed I’m quite the rambler.
5# I do get jealous of people that live in countries where it’s easier to receive ARCs from Authors
To clarify, I live in Germany (we both do) and the shipping costs are just too high for Authors which I totally understand but it doesn’t mean I don’t envy people who get to go to book conventions and meet their favorite authors and also receive ARCs from publishers. So, I stick to buying books myself most of the time. I do have NetGalley but I didn’t really use it yet because I don’t want to go on a requesting spree and end up with 20 books on my back to review (in a certain amount of time). The pressure that comes with that leaves me feeling a bit uncomfortable. Besides, I really only want to read books that I want to read and we have talked about maybe no longer taking review requests.
I have to say, writing this makes me a feel a bit better about everything. It’s good to have a way to write it down and let you guys know how I feel about these things. Taking on this post, was a really good idea and taking a leap and challenging myself is something I want to do more of.
Do you have any confessions of your own? Let’s discuss them in the comments!