Aug 27

Rabid Reader Ramblings (11) Finding Balance: Blogging, Life, Writing, Self Employment

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Rabid Reader Ramblings is my “discussion post” feature here at Just Another Rabid Reader.  It is a post in which I discuss bookish or blogging related things!  Please feel free to comment, no matter if you agree or disagree because discussion and healthy debate are what these posts are for~!

 

It’s been a crazy week.  With the craziness of the last week, and all the changes in my life in the last two, I realized that my routine needed a revamp.  Therefore, I am actually sitting at my desk at 6 in the morning.  And yep, this is one of the rare occasions when my post is not drafted ahead of time.

May 06

Book Blogger Hop (4): Why I Started Blogging

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About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 

I didn’t want the hop to come to end, and with Jennifer’s permission, I’ll relaunch the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
 This week’s question:  Why did you start your blog?
I had had blogs before, mostly just rambling, ranting, ranging personal ones.  They were never purposeful and never had much focus.  But this one.  Oh, this one had a purpose and a goal in mind!  I started blogging about books for a very simple reason:  I loved books.  And my friends didn’t.
I know, I know.  How could I possibly be friends with people who weren’t as obsessed about books as I was?  It just seemed wrong.  But alas, everyone around me was completely sick of hearing about what I was reading.  So Just Another Rabid Reader was born.
But I had no idea when I dove in head first into this book blogging thing that there were whole communities surrounding it!  And that there were all of these people that were just as neurotically obsessed with books as I was, that would obsessively leaf through pages day in and day out with reckless abandon the same way I do.  I had finally found my clan, my people.
Is your story similar?  Did you feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, a traveller without a home, until you found book blogging?  Let me know in the comments below!
Apr 08

Book Blogger Hop (3 ): Other Interests

Book Blogger Hop

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 

I didn’t want the hop to come to end, and with Jennifer’s permission, I’ll relaunch the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
 This week’s topic:  What other interests do you have besides reading and blogging?
Besides reading and blogging?  Do work and sleep count? Haha! I barely have time for those.
But in all seriousness, I do actually have interests outside of reading and blogging and working.  I don’t always have enough hours in the day to pursue those interests, but they do actually exist.  I am actually a writer as well.  I have not been able to dedicate as much time to this lately as I would like, and have many, many, many unfinished works in progress that will one day become finished projects that will hopefully grace your e-readers.
I also crochet, though I still think of myself as a novice at that, even though I have been at it two years.  I have had to slow down with this as my wrists tire out quite a bit faster than they used to due to arthritis that I didn’t expect I would have to deal with as badly as I do at 34.
I play guitar, although, again, this is something that the aforementioned arthritis has forced me to give up completely.  My fingers just will not move in the way they need to to be able to play the way I used to.  Though I have toyed with the idea of picking it up again.  Or learning a different instrument.  I have one kid playing the violin and one playing the viola.  So who knows.
I love adult coloring books.  This is a fairly recent hobby and I am still not very good at shading and all of that, but I still enjoy it.  It is relaxing and fun and it helps calm me and help me recenter and refocus.
And I love hearing about all of the things my kids are learning and doing.  Mostly because I miss going to school and learning.  I didn’t get the chance to go to college, largely for financial reasons, and I envy the opportunities available to them.  They are not yet of college age, but they have so much ahead of them.
So, those are some of my non-bookish, non-blogging interests!  What about you?  What else do you like to do when you aren’t reading or blogging?  Link me in the comments and I would love to come check out your post.
Mar 28

And the Spring #Bloggiesta 2016 Comes to a Close! :(

You may remember I posted back here about my participating in my first official Bloggiesta and committing fully to it.  And I had posted this big old ambitious list of goals:

  • Finish up and schedule all of these drafted posts.
  • Participate in Twitter chats
  • Participate in Mini challenges
  • Do some serious blogger networking and commune with my fellow book lovers.
  • Clean up my blog roll
  • Clean up my sidebars
  • Add missing tags and categories to posts

I had decided to break tasks down to daily things I needed to accomplish, so it ended up looking something like this:

Mar 25

Spring #Bloggiesta Friday Goals/Updates

You may remember I posted back here about my participating in my first official Bloggiesta and committing fully to it.  And I had posted this big old ambitious list of goals:

  • Finish up and schedule all of these drafted posts.
  • Participate in Twitter chats
  • Participate in Mini challenges
  • Do some serious blogger networking and commune with my fellow book lovers.
  • Clean up my blog roll
  • Clean up my sidebars
  • Add missing tags and categories to posts

I decided I needed to break it out a bit. and do it day by day.  So this is what I did for

Mar 25

Book Blogger Hop: (1) How much of your day is devoted to your blog/reading?

Book Blogger Hop

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 

I didn’t want the hop to come to end, and with Jennifer’s permission, I’ll relaunch the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
This is my first time participating in this particular hop, and I am excited to be a part of it.  This week’s topic is how much time do you spend each day on your blog and how much time do you spend each day reading.
The short answer to the first part is not enough and the second part is too much!
Let me expound on that a bit, haha.
I should spend a bit of time each day working on the blog, scheduling posts, cleaning things up, but I don’t.  I am really, really bad about that.  And then, I get into a reading slump, and you see things get all quiet and there will be no posts for like, a month or more.  If I spent a little time each day working on things, that wouldn’t happen because the content would be all scheduled and ready to go.  I am participating in Bloggiesta this week, so hopefully that will help me get into a better rhythm, and I signed up for a blogging mastermind group, so hopefully that will help me stay accountable.
As to the reading part, I tend to read when I should be doing other things.  But then at other times, I can’t seem to read at all.  Lately it seems to come in spurts and it is hard to find that book that really hooks me and I end up re-reading a lot of my favorites to get the juices going again.  I need to learn to DNF books so that I can move on to the truly good books again!
What about you guys?  How much time do you spend reading and blogging?  Has your reading and blogging life become all consuming?  Some days I think mine has!
Mar 24

Beyond the Books: (1) What I Miss About Being a Kid

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Quoted from Kissin Blue Karen

Beyond the Books is a weekly meme where I throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other.

I am so excited to participate and this is my first week participating.  I know I don’t usually do memes and the like, but I thought it would be a good way for me to start diversifying my content a little bit, and as part of my participating in Bloggiesta this year, I figured I needed to start putting myself out there more.

Mar 23

March Write-On Review-A-Thon #reviewathon

What is Write-on Review-a-thon, you ask?

The Write On Review-a-Thon is a challenge for writing book reviews. From Friday through Sunday, we all band together and write as many reviews as possible. It’s a weekend for you to either catch up on reviews or get ahead on upcoming ones. It doesn’t matter if you write one review or 10 – if you write a review, you’re in. :) Join this month’s challenge here.

 

Mar 22

#Bloggiesta Tuesday Goals and Monday Recap.

You may remember I posted back here about my participating in my first official Bloggiesta and committing fully to it.  And I had posted this big old ambitious list of goals:

  • Finish up and schedule all of these drafted posts.
  • Participate in Twitter chats
  • Participate in Mini challenges
  • Do some serious blogger networking and commune with my fellow book lovers.
  • Clean up my blog roll
  • Clean up my sidebars
  • Add missing tags and categories to posts

I decided I needed to break it out a little bit. and do it day by day.  So this is what I did for Monday:

May 29

#ArmchairBEA: Day 3: Blogging Q&A

Well, I have been back and forth about what to post for this one.
I have been blogging for a number of years but I still feel like I don’t have a lot to say on this topic.
One of the biggest pieces of advice I could give a new blogger is to not get so obsessed with ARCs and status.  All of those things will come in time.  Focus in the beginning on getting a routine established and finding your voice and your style.
The worst thing in blogging is to feel like you are reading because you have to.  You will burn yourself out every time and not want to pick up a book for months.  Believe me, I speak from experience.
The other important bit is to not think you have to say yes to every request you get.  It is okay to say no, that you do not feel like a book would be a good fit for your blog.  But be professional about it.
The bottom line is that book blogging should be fun.  Remember why you started blogging.  And if you got into this for free books, please stop and think.
As far as ARCs are concerned, get familiar with sites like Netgalley and Edelweiss.  This is the best starting point.  Don’t expect to be able to email a publisher when your blog has been open for a few weeks and get results.  Establish yourself.  Reach out to other bloggers and ask for advice.  If you take the steps to make sure you have a quality blog in the beginning, when the time is right, you will have success with print publishers.  Feel free to pick my brain any time!