Blogging & Reading Promises To Myself

Posted March 21, 2013 by Stormy in Blogging, Books / 10 Comments

Even though blogging is just one part of many in my life, it does affect the rest of my life. Since blogging, I’ve read more books already this year than I did last year almost in total. What does that mean for the rest of my life? It means that time spent reading is coming from somewhere. And yes, “somewhere” may be the time in my life I previously spent watching way too many hours of TV, but still, it’s a change. I don’t always cope the best with change, and this revelation made me ponder what exactly I want to do with this blog and my reading habits. Right now, I’m happy with how I blog, but when there’s so many great blogs out there that do things so differently sometimes I start to wonder if  I should change my blog. The answer to that of course is no, I should blog how I want. Here’s the thing, though: sometimes it’s hard to know what I want. I had to really think about this, but I came up with an idea of posting some promises to myself. Rather than focus on rules or guidelines, I want to promise myself some things about the mentality in which I approach blogging and reading. 

 

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BLOGGING:

I, Stormy, do promise myself the following things:

  • I will feel OK about not posting a review for a book if I don’t want to. I don’t have to review everything I read (unless it’s a book that was given to me for review).
  • I will not feel guilty if I decide to skip out on a meme for a few weeks or stop participating all together.
  • I will blog ethically. This means the obvious things, of course, but also means that I will be sure of my commitment before I ask for a review book, participate in a blog tour, etc.
  • I will be mindful of my words & actions.
  • I will tell people in real life about my blog if I feel like it. I won’t feel like I have to keep my blog and personal life separate.
  • I will do my best to respond to blog comments & leave comments on other blogs, but I will not feel guilty if I can’t respond to every comment right away or if I mark “all read” in my feed reader.
  • I will compare the “success” of the blog against one thing only: Do *I* like my blog at the moment? If yes, then THAT is to be my “success”.
  • I will be appreciative of what I have. This goes for reading, blogging, and life in general!
  • I will seek out new blogs to read and follow and encourage fellow new bloggers(and old bloggers as well!)
  • I will HAVE FUN with my blog!

READING:

I, Stormy, do promise myself the following things:

  • I will seek out books that are from perspectives other than my own, realizing that each person from each background has an unique voice that deserves to be heard. 
  • I will read a book as many times as I want. Or stop reading a book as soon as I want.
  • I will be willing to talk about why I read the type of books that I do, but I will not defend my reading taste. No one has has the right to judge what I read in my own free time, and I won’t spend energy justifying my reading habits.
  • I will thank librarians, because while there might be a few who fall under the strict/surly librarian stereotype sometimes found in books/movies, 95% of them are awesome people & my heroes.
  • I will read.
  • Conversely, I will be totally OK with myself if I want to take a break from reading for a few days or even weeks.
  • Knowing I can be responsible for no one’s opinions and actions other than my own, I will, however, still attempt to do everything I can to inspire others to find the love of reading that I have.
  • But I also promise to never feel like I fail inspiring passion. Because, again: responsible for no one’s actions and opinions other than my own.
  • I will be reasonable with the amount of money that I spend on books(the tough one!).
  • I will support local book-sellers, libraries, and writers.
  • I will celebrate literacy!

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10 responses to “Blogging & Reading Promises To Myself

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  3. “Responding to blog comments & leaving comments on other blogs” is something that I really struggle with-I feel so horrible when I don’t respond/comment back. I love the idea of NOT keeping your blogging life and personal life separate-I really have to work on doing this!
    And the concept of measuring your blog’s success based on whether or not you are happy with it is something that I agree on-Blogging becomes a chore once you start comparing yourself to other bloggers.
    Great post,Stormy! 😀

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  5. Great idea and great aspirations. I agree with so many of your points . At the end of the day, you are reading & blogging for yourself. So keeping yourself happy and fulfilled by what you are doing is so important. Good on you for doing this 🙂

  6. radiantshadowss

    I think I need to do something like this, if for no other reason than as a resource to turn to when I feel overwhelmed or tired of blogging. I need a positive reminder of why I started blogging, and what I want out of my blogging experience! I love your ideas and wholly support you in these promises to yourself 🙂

  7. Asti (A Bookish Heart)

    Great post, and one that I think I need to do at some point. I’m new to this whole book blogging thing to but it definitely does affect my life and it’s important to remember why I’m do it. I absolutely love your list and fully support it. 🙂

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