Welcome to another #TopFiveTuesday here on my blog. This week’s post is going to be slightly (or quite a bit) negative! It is mainly centred around me moaning about certain aspects of my blog/blogging in general. Some of you may relate and other may think I am just a frivolous complainer, I am okay with that. I am going to share some of my biggest pet peeves with you all and I would like to hear what you think. I would also like to hear your own grumblings too as I hope it could be cathartic in the (sometimes) stressful world of book blogging. Enjoy the post, let me know what you think and share your own experiences.
Top Five Tuesday: My Book Blogger Grumbles Vol 1
When WordPress Bloggers Don’t Link Up Their Social Media Accounts
Yep, that’s right! My first grumble is about everyone else… I do honestly get a bit frustrated at this because it makes sharing so much easier, especially on Twitter. I like connecting with people across platforms and it is hard if bloggers make their accounts difficult to find. Pop to settings, fill out the social media URLs and make my day 😀
The Fact That Book Blogging Gets In The Way Of My Reading
This is a huuuuge one. It makes me laugh that talking about books seriously affects my opportunities to read them. Blogging, to me, feels like 80% interaction/writing and 20% reading. I used to read 6 books a week! Now I am lucky if I get to read 2. I am incredibly lucky to have a blog and be surrounded by great minds but that doesn’t stop me from missing a honest-to-god readathon sometimes.
People Sending Me ‘I Saw Your Review Of…’ Emails. Of Books I Have Never Read!
I should have warned you that this list is a bit mish-mash. This does really wind me up though. Couldn’t people just take a second to research my blog. It is a little like those phone calls you get saying you have been in a car crash when you don’t actually drive. My favourite one is when I get interest in my reviews for Erotica! I have never reviewed a sexy book on ATIB and don’t plan to. The closest I have got is when I reviewed Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, brilliant read and highly recommended.
Managing My To-Be-Read Pile
I am almost certain this is at the top of most book bloggers list. I don’t want to do a post about it as it is a bit of a tired subject but I thought I should mention it here. I try my best, I really do, but the pull of a book that has just come through the letter box can sometimes be too strong. I need to be more organised and less ‘I have been waiting forever for this, screw everything else’ when it comes to my next read.
Commenting On Blog Posts
This may be misconstrued but I find it difficult to comment on posts most of the time. It annoys me because other bloggers are so kind to write great things on my posts but when it comes to returning the favour, I’m a bit rubbish. I blame time and my inability to add anything useful to a post. I hope people don’t take it personally, I do try! The amount of times I have written out comments and then deleted them last minute is insane. I need to work on my commenting, it is a self-peeve.
Thank you for coming by to check out my blogger venting skills. I don’t usually get this negative on my blog as I try and stay upbeat but I thought it was about time to lay down some complaints. I have plenty more so don’t be surprised if there are several more instalments of this post. Like I said, I am incredibly lucky to be the blogger I am but I do get pissed off sometimes and it feels good to put it out there for discussion. Do you agree with my issues or should I just keep them to myself?