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Top 10 Blogging Confessions

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A weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

And here it is! The week we are all asked to lay bare our deepest, darkest blogging secrets. Our worst habits, fears and puns, all at once! Actually, nothing on my list is particularly deep, dark, secret or punny. ;) But here they are, my....

Top 10 Blogging Confessions:

  1. I have never participated in a book blast, book tour or giveaway hop. But I may be scratching one off that list sooner rather than later. ;)
  2. I'm a Twitter failure. Even with the smart phone, I tweet 20 times one day and then disappear for two weeks except for my automatic new post tweets. :(
  3. I'm a notorious book giveaway fiend. You know those giant giveaway hops with lists of 150-200 participating blogs? I go through them ALL. I don't sign up for every giveaway (especially the ones with books I don't care about or that make you leave a comment or dig for follow buttons before you can access all the entries), but I go through the ENTIRE list.
  4. I read half as fast as I used to, which means slower book reading and slower blog post reading. Apparently I developed some really bad habits in college and I haven't broken them yet. :(
  5. I'm a geek. Between the Disney and Captain America fan art, you probably already knew, right?
  6. I only post one review per week- partly because I only like reading so many and/or certain reviews and partly because I'm terrified I'll go through a massive reading slump and run out of books to review. ^^;
  7. I use "and/or" way too much. I never used to, but now I use it to excess. I blame the law office. El jefe uses it all the time and it's rubbed off.
  8. Despite my best efforts to edit my posts, I sometimes ramble. But you already knew that, too. ;)
  9. I am working hard to follow and comment on more blogs. It's a slow process, and it still freaks me out when I see I have 50 posts in my email folder to check through, but it's been great connecting with more bloggers!
  10. I still get a teensy bit jealous when I see other blogs with massive followings and wonder what I'm doing wrong. Then I remember: I'm a book blogger because I'm crazy, not because I want or expect to get famous. :D
And now you know all my deepest, darkest secrets. >.> As long as we're having this truth fest, anything you want to share? Haha, no worries, it's not mandatory. But seriously, I know I'm not the only one out there stalking book giveaway hops. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and check back in tomorrow for this week's Updates! In which I reveal my not-exploded pottery creations. :)

15 comments :

  1. You're not the only one whose reading speed has deteriorated. I still read a TON - that is literally all I do when I'm not working, and sometimes even when I'm working, I'm reading (I love my job). But I don't read as much or as fast as I used to. :(

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    1. It's a real pain. Books I used to finish in a couple hours now take me twice as long. Ooh, this just reminded me of an app someone at work showed me that flashes one word at a time and forces you to read quickly. I'll have to track that down! Maybe I can retrain my brain to speed up again. :)

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  2. I think a lot of my 'secrets' are similar to yours. Especially being a Twitter failure :/ Whoops! I do the exact same thing.

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    1. Yay, I'm not alone! I really thought I'd get better about tweeting, but most of the time I feel like I have nothing to say (or nothing I should say). I do like the advice I read from an author somewhere: she said if you have nothing to say, promote others books and authors. Then it's not about you and it helps other writers/books. :)

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    2. Now that I have my tablet, I'm getting better about Tweeting on a regular basis. My tablet won't let me sign out, so I'm always on Twitter (sneaky little machine). I put up what's new on my blog, and I also put short little updates on what I'm reading, what I've finished, and just little "progress" reports - i.e. what I think of the book so far in one sentence. Other than that, though, I don't Tweet much myself.

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  3. I love these posts! I'm a twitter failure too. It's just too hard to keep up with everything. And I like that you acknowledge that reading isn't your only thing so you only post one review a week. It's hard not to look at everyone else and get overwhelmed. I will say that adding followers takes time - for me, commenting on other blogs has helped gain frequent readers (though I'm not always the best at it). But I have also used giveaway hops and Feature and Follow fridays as a way to gain numbers of followers. Though most of them don't turn into actual readers of my blog (more infrequent visitors), its a way to get more people on your list, or to up your followers on a readers site like bloglovin. I've been trying not to worry about numbers so much anymore tho.

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    1. Thank you! I'm finding that commenting on other blogs leads to some great back and forth conversations. I'm definitely thinking about joining in more giveaways; I've stumbled across some great blogs going through the giveaway hop lists. :)

      Anytime I get hung up on the numbers, I remember: I am a writer/reader/blogger, not a mathlete. ;)

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  4. I love your list! I'm as bad as you when it comes to entering giveaways. I'll spend an hour or two going through all the links to enter every one I'm interested in! I'm sorry to tell you that the jealousy will never go away! When I started blogging I couldn't even imagine getting to where I am now. Now I look at bigger bloggers and think that's what I have to aim for. Believe me, there's always someone with more, and you'll want to get there!

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    1. Yep, three hours after all the giveaways have been entered, I realize I didn't do any reading...oops. Haha, it's true. The green-eyed monster is always lurking in the corner. On the bright side, I'm meeting so many awesome people online, my stats dreams are quickly trumped by my need to ramble about bookish stuff to people who get it!

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  5. I honestly feel like *I* could've written this list and it feels amazing because it's great to know that someone isn't alone, you know? Rambling, reading slower, one review per week, jealousy, and then the biggie...being a Twitter failure. FINALLY, I'm not the only one that I know of. I go through a great Twitter phase...then nothing.

    I also commented back on your comment on my blog. You're so nice!

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    1. Haha, it looks like a lot of us have on-off relationships with Twitter. And I'm happy to help, or at least try. :)

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  6. I think you're doing pretty great. =) The first 6 months I blogged I went through those entire lists too. It was actually not a bad way to find new blogs to follow. I hate book blasts and I'm not going to shy away from blog tours as well.

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    1. Thank you! I found a couple of the blogs I follow now through those giveaway lists. From the little I've seen of book blasts, I'm not sure they're the best promotional tool...they seem to lend themselves to skipping over the book info and going straight for the gift card giveaway. Giveaway hops on the other hand...yeah, I could see myself joining one of those. :)

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  7. Oo I'm excited to see what book tour/giveaway hop thingy you're going to do :D Also, whoa, I'm seriously impressed with your patience for entering giveaways!!

    I use a feedreader instead of email for just that reason. I would get so overwhelmed by email with the 50 or so blogs I follow D: but don't get discouraged about blog size stuff, time is a biiiiiiig factor.

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    1. Probably a giveaway hop. There seem to be tons of them and I know I love giveaways, so everyone else should, too, right? ;) Patience or obsession? >.> It's a toss-up.

      I tried using a feedreader for a while, but I didn't check it often and things built up. ^^;; Thanks for the kind words! Honestly, I'm so thrilled every time someone comments on a post or tweets me or anything, it's hard to stay discouraged for long. :D

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