More Than I Can Chew?
April 15, 2015 § 10 Comments
It is a bad habit of mine, trying to do everything. I want to read everything, write everything, make everything, go everywhere and see everything. (If I had a dollar for every time my mother has told me I try to do too much, I could probably afford to go everywhere and see everything. ) I hope you don’t mind if I just think aloud about this problem for a little while.
I have discovered that I am simply not organized enough to do this new effort – this blogging and Booktubing – justice. Don’t be alarmed (or relieved?) – I’m not giving up. I simply need to take a step back and refocus: organize my time, adjust my plans, double-check my priorities.
When I started my blog at the end of February, I was new to all forms of social media, except Goodreads and Pinterest. I had never had a Myspace or Facebook account. I had just sent my first tweet and posted my first photo on Instagram. I had never made a Youtube video or attempted to blog. And then I dove in head first and tried doing it all (minus the Facebook and Myspace) at once.
I thought that would be fine; I thought I could post for a while without anyone noticing me, get into the habit of using these platforms slowly, and then start interacting with other people. I didn’t count on all the ways people would be drawn to my content without any effort from me. All of a sudden I had a handful of people reading what I wrote, watching what I posted, liking my pictures. And then I started to feel an enormous pressure to keep up a certain pace and quality, to cling to these few new followers and keep them, to be ready now.
Well, as the last week or two have indicated, I am not ready. I am still learning how to walk in these virtual shoes; I can’t keep up with the pack yet. I have to learn to balance: work with teaching with blogging with personal life, and God on top and throughout.
There are so many things I want to be able to do online – be an active member of the book blogging community and the Booktube community, support my fellow creators, post regular and high-quality and original content on my blog and channel, master Twitter, and maintain a beautiful Instagram feed. There are a million blogs I want to read, a million videos I want to watch, a million people I want to learn from and interact with.
Now comes the difficult part: learning patience first, and asking for your patience as I learn.
I am especially irked that I should be so busy during National Library Week – I wanted to celebrate with extra posts and videos! – but I suppose this should teach me a lesson: promise less.
As soon as I can, I will take that step back and find regular windows of time for this blog and its various virtual tentacles. I hope that you will then see better and more frequent things from me. 🙂
…In the meantime, I’ll continue staggering along as best I can!
If you are a blogger/Booktuber, how do you manage to balance your blogging/Booktubing and your social media presence with the rest of your life? If you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them!