When I started my blog, I had many preconceived notions about what exactly it would entail. Even after the journey began, I came to assume certain things would or would not happen. And some of them have turned out to be true, but most have not. I recently read Cora Harrington’s 5 Things I Wish I’d Learned My First Year of Blogging (a fashion blog, but the article applies to any blog type) and was inspired to think about my own first-year of blogging. So, I thought I’d do a few posts about my “expectations” versus the “realities” I’ve come across in the blogging world. (Remember, these are my experiences. Your mileage may vary.)
I already read so much that I’ll have no problem banging out reviews, several a week!
Ah, how sweet and innocent I was. I figured writing a review wouldn’t take long at all. After all, I love to write, I write all the time. I’ll read and review, read and review, read and review, and my blog will be chock full of well-written reviews.
As you may remember from a post I did a while back, I have a serious inability to get a review completed. I tend to start it, get easily distracted and lose my train of thought, then just give up and plan to go back to it later.
Alas, the “go back to it later” part isn’t one of my strengths. Right now, at this moment, I have 20 reviews that need to be completed. Literally, 20. And some are for books I read over a year ago. I could do something with them, like Respiring Thoughts does, and make a post with several books listed and give a very general one- or two-paragraph recap. But I feel like, I read the book, I want to review the book, you know?
I wish I could be one of those super efficient bloggers that reads a book and writes the review immediately. When I see a review that says “I read this book last night and…” I wonder how the hell they did the review so fast! I need to ask them to teach me how they stay focused enough to actually write a complete review within a few hours.
What it really comes down to is focus and self-control. I need to practice both to increase my review output. I would love to be able to post 2 reviews a week, that’s always been my goal. I certainly read enough to do that amount. But, it turns out reading a book isn’t the same thing as reviewing a book.
Were you able to write reviews as quickly as you expected? Or did they take longer than you realized?