You may have noticed (and if you had not, I decided to bring it to your attention) how I have been blogging less and less lately. While I love the experience, I was getting disaffected: blogging takes a lot of time and effort, two things that I should, maybe, channel into other aspects of my life, and moreover this blog is not getting where I want it to be (although I have to admit I am not really sure where that is). So lately, after cutting off other time-sucking activities to focus on the most important things (i.e. family and work), I kept thinking: should I abandon blogging altogether?
That was too hard a decision. But I do need to rethink how I blog and what this blog is about, and where I want to go with it.
So when Bloggiesta came around, I decided to use this time to work on this decision. It was #4 in my original list — so before I tell you what I decided, let me say that despite the little time I was able to go through my list and enjoy the Bloggiesta once more! I finished reading The Rock, wrote the 2 posts that were to be published on October 1st (they are not yet published as I write this, but they are ready and scheduled), designed a button (which you will hopefully see later this month), and had fun exploring the many mini-challenges, which are informative as always. [ETA: and I won a prize from the mini-challenge on Geeky Bloggers Books Blog! Yay!]
And I thought.
And I came up with a series of guidelines that I will try to follow here from now on:
- Up to now, I tried to write down my thoughts for each book I read, but those posts are mostly half-and-half, neither objective reviews nor subjective ones, and I am not really interested in writing them. From now on, I will do cumulative posts that will be just the record of my reactions for myself.
- This will free up more time for me to write fuller posts when I am more interested in doing so, i.e. books that I particularly want to talk about.
- I realized that I like reviews to be very subjective, so that’s what I will do with my “(not really) reviews” posts.
- I will concentrate more on other posts, such as the Travel with Books Project, and other non-review bookish/wordish stuff.
- While I won’t really abandon challenges, I will take a lighter attitude to them: I won’t fret about writing (and linking) reviews.
- I will write less on this blog, and hopefully interact more on the ones I like and read!
So that’s the idea for the future. One of the points in my Bloggiesta program was to write some of those posts I am talking about. Of course I never got around to do so, but I did draw a schedule for the month of October. It’s tentative, so we’ll have to wait and see how it goes, but I am hopeful. I’ll put it here, so you can bash me when I won’t stick to it 🙂
You can click on the picture to see it full-size, but I didn’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone, so there are no titles in there… The image is based on a free schedule template by One Woman Marketing — if you work well with pen&paper, check out that link and download Kelly Kautz’s templates, because they are gorgeous!
Oh, the title? It’s just a tribute to good words:
prospective: adj. expected or likely to happen or be in the future.
perspective:n. a particular way of regarding something.
(definitions are from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, via Wordreference.com)
so basically, it’s just my view of the future.