They say the number one rule of successful blogging is consistency. And I couldn't agree more. That is why over the last year I have worked hard on not only being consistent with the frequency of my posts but also the subject matter. For instance, Mondays were for my weekly book review. Wednesdays (admittedly, this was the least consistent day) I posted something personal. Fridays were for my family movie reviews.
However, what I have discovered is that I was feeling so pressured. Pressure to finish my latest book, pressure to sit down and watch a film, pressure to put my often mundane world into words. So between now and the end of the year (What is that -like six weeks?), I am going to loosen the reigns a bit. Not take a break from blogging - oh no, heavens to Betsy I do that - but allow myself (yes, "allow" is the right word because the pressure has been all self-inflicted) to write what I want, when I want.
Being just a little bit flexible will have a twofold result. It will allow me to explore other areas - such as being able to occasionally contribute to other blogs, such as +The Whacko Blogs, with topics that are outside my usual realm, and it will enable me the chance to recharge and come back, possibly - hopefully - with new found focus. I also may relax and enjoy the holiday season more (I know, that's three effects.)
The biggest obstacle with this new freedom I'm giving myself for the next six weeks will be ME. Even as I write this I am staring at a children's book (actually more of a reference book) that I wanted to have reviewed for today - guess that will have to wait for NEXT Monday. I am also staring at my latest read and calculating the number of pages I have left in order to finish it. That isn't the way to read a book (By the way, the answer is 289 pages and my deadline is tomorrow!) What did I tell you? I am my own worst enemy.
The holidays are busy enough as it is without all this added stress that I put on myself. I expect my numbers may drop a bit, but to my loyal readers, I do ask for your patience. ALSO, now would be the perfect time to tell me which subject(s) you prefer - the reviews, the life posts, parenting issues, etc., which will allow me to regroup for the new year.
Will I still write reviews? - Absolutely. But instead of one a week (Do you realize the amount of reading I've had to do this past year to finish a 400-500 page novel in 5 days so I have time to write the review????), maybe I'll do one a month - or something. I don't know yet. And it's OK that I don't know yet. At this stage in my life (not just age, but situation) I am tired of restraints. In other words, it is truly "now or never" to decide how I live the rest of my life and how I handle my blog is symbolic of that much bigger picture.
To my readers in the States, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.