More Than I Can Chew?

April 15, 2015 § 10 Comments

Words Bookstore in Maplewood, NJIt 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.

Reviewing This Side of HomeWhen 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!

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§ 10 Responses to More Than I Can Chew?

  • I’ve been having a hard time with this too! When I first started blogging, I had a list of books that I’d read since the beginning of the year so I was able to post a review at least once a day. Now that I’ve gotten to the end of that list, I still feel the pressure to have something ready every day, but I just don’t! It’s definitely a struggle, but something my husband asked me the other day is “Are you blogging for you or for your followers?” So what I’ve been trying to do now is just to blog for me and for the enjoyment of it instead of trying to get more followers and stuff. Social media can kind of make you go crazy!

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    • Your husband has a good point! I’ll try to keep that one in mind. 🙂
      And yes, I can see how social media could actually lead to insanity… Sometimes I look at my Twitter feed and feel myself teetering on the edge!!

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      • Yes! And the fact that posts come in basically once a second doesn’t help. I look away from Twitter for five minutes and there are like…30 new tweets.

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        • I remember I had Twitter open in one tab in the background, and things I was working on in other tabs, and while I was working away I kept watching the little parenthetical number of new Tweets growing and growing… It was stressing me out just to look at it so I closed the tab! I’m just not used to this kind of pace – almost makes me want to turn Amish sometimes. Almost. 😉

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          • Haha exactly! It’s like you get anxious because you’re not looking at all of those new Tweets, but then you actually look at them and they’re completely useless.

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            • Yes! It’s this constant pressure to keep up – even a sense of failure if you don’t – but if I step back and look at it sanely for a moment, none of it’s important! Craziness, this virtualized world we live in. I wonder if it would make more sense to me if I’d started younger? – I’m so glad I didn’t!

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              • Yeah, I look at these kids in elementary school going to town on their phones and I’m just like “Who do you even talk to?” I definitely think it’s better to wait on things like that and social media.

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                • Absolutely. I understand that on one level it’s just the latest way of connecting with other people, and obviously I don’t believe it’s the devil or I wouldn’t be trying it! but it does mess with my mind in a way. Knowing how trivial adult interactions on these sites can be, it is kind of hilarious to imagine what the little kids are posting! “Dodgeball on the playground today, go team red,” “Oh, no, Ms. Smith is making us use glitter glue again!” “Love my new light-up sneakers <3"

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