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Today’s topic is: Deadlines for reviewing and blogging. Do you set them? How do you keep them? What do you do if you can’t meet a deadline?
This is something I struggle with all the time! Deadlines! They stress me out! I find it amusing that even though I hate being under pressure and having to meet deadlines, it is such a huge part of my book hobby. That just doesn’t seem right, now, does it?
Here’s how I deal with those deadlines, which can dangle over my head like the Sword of Damocles. I have a daily planner just for blogging. I have tried to keep one online with Google Calendar, but I just can’t seem to make a virtual calendar work for me. I mark down the dates of firm deadlines, and then I keep a sheet, updated weekly on Saturday, of looming deadlines. Interview post dates don’t stress me out like review commitments. I love reading author responses to my interview questions, and have a lot of fun with these posts, so they are easier to deal with.
Now reading and reviewing can cause a lot of apprehension. I try not to make many firm commitments for book reviews. When I am feeling pressured, I don’t enjoy reading as much. I don’t enjoy blogging as much. I can’t find my blogging mojo, and during those times, there are fewer reviews on the site. Maybe Real Life is intruding, and I just don’t have the time or the attention span to write that review. That’s never a good thing, so I keep my schedule for book reviews more flexible and fluid.
My biggest piece of advice to new bloggers: don’t over commit. Blogging will quickly become a chore, and you won’t have fun doing it. If you don’t have fun doing it, you will quickly stop blogging altogether. Work out a schedule that works for you. I work long hours to pay the bills, so reviewing and blogging activities happen mainly on the weekend. I squeeze in as much reading as I can after work during the week, but some nights I am so tired that I actually fall asleep with a book propped up in my hands. This tends to scare to crap out of me when I drop the book I was reading when I doze off. Oops!
Set realistic goals for yourself, too. I tend to be to a bit overly optimistic with how many books I can read in a month, but by posting a projected reading list at the start of each month, I feel that I at least have a plan to work with, and I work better with a plan. I don’t beat myself up when I can’t get everything read, but at least I have a goal to work toward. So setting goals for yourself that are realistic, and not over committing will keep your blog a more enjoyable activity. If you lose the mojo, take a break. Step away from your blog. Take a deep breath. This is supposed to be fun!
How do you manage your deadlines? Leave links and share.