well, hello there.
as you can probably tell by the fact that my blog was completely abandoned and ghosttown-esque for the entire week, i took an unplanned mini hiatus. a couple weeks ago, i mentioned that i was going back to school, specifically to boarding school, and i didn’t exactly plan any posts for last week when i probably should have. #oops school hit me hard last week and i had no time at all to do anything related to blogging. i definitely need to start scheduling posts on weekends when i actually have a little bit of free time.
here’s an outline of what my week looked like in terms of school:
7:00am: wake up.
8:00am-6:00pm: school, lunch, sports, dinner.
10:00 pm: going to bed because TIRED AF.
aaaand i did that for six days straight (yep i had saturday classes). this is only the first week. i am already exhausted. hopefully, i’ll get more used to it.
anyways, i was writing my book blogger insider tag when i got the idea for this post! hopefully this is relatable to other book bloggers but who knows?? this is such a horrible post introduction but whatever it’s the exhausted madeline writing this now.
01. when you figure out the ~perfect way~ to say something in a book review.
it is so. freaking. hard. sometimes to figure out how to say something you like or dislike in a book review. if you put it this way, it sounds 05.weird and awkward but if you put it another way, it just sounds PLAIN WEIRD. it’s a struggle. so, when you get the wording on a sentence perfectly right, it’s so satisfying
and makes you feel like less of a failure at blogging.
02. when you find the perfect gif to go along with a discussion point!
this is actually what inspired me to make this post in the first place. specifically this gif:
sometimes, you simply can’t come up with the words to describe what you’re feeling about something (see: previous point). THAT’S WHEN YOU CALL IN THE GIFS TO HELP YOU. there are gifs for every. single. feeling! sometimes it takes forever to find a good gif, but omg when you do, it adds so much to your post and it helps readers understand what you’re thinking.
03. when you reorganize your bookshelf and there aren’t books stacked up ev.ery.where. anymore.
i mean, maybe people are able to keep their bookshelves neat and organized all the time, but those people don’t keep me informed of how the heck they’re able to do this?? you see, my bookshelf at home is pretty small, so i have to make two rows of books and when i need to get to the back row i end up making a huge mess. also, don’t even talk to me about taking pictures of books. my bookshelf is a wreck afterwards.
sometimes, i take the time to re-rainbow-ize my bookshelf and add the books i’ve bought / received since i’ve last organized and oh my gosh it’s so calming to look at it afterwards.
04. when you take a bookish picture and your filter actually works with it!
this is probably just a madeline problem, but i use a certain VSCO filter for all of my bookish photos (either A6 or HB1, depending on lighting), and it sometimes it makes my photos look wayyy washed out (especially white covers), and it makes the black covers seem really flat and/or way too dark. darn the contrast.
buuut once in a blue moon, my chosen filters actually work (!!!) and make my photos look good!
challenge mode: bonus points for when you can successfully photograph a shiny book cover.
05. when you’ve scheduled all the posts for the week and stress levels are slightly lower than normal.
aka DEFINITELY NOT ME THIS WEEK. a couple weeks ago, i was on time on target, meaning i had all of my blog posts scheduled and ready to go about two weeks ahead of time. i love writing blog posts, but not right before they’re meant to be published. it’s so nice to feel like you’re on top of things and all done with your work for the week. it frees you up for doing other things like answering comments and commenting on other people’s posts (which i haven’t done in more than a week. sorry.)
HAHA I’M NOT ON SCHEDULE ANYMORE.
what it feels like when you’re ahead of your blogging schedule
06. when the formatting for a post ACTUALLY WORKS (!!!)
you know when you’re just trying to make THIS SPECIFIC WORD BIG AND BOLD but then the formatting says, “hey let’s make the WHOLE POST big and bold hahahaha !!!!” aaand then you have to go fix all the code individually and it’s time consuming and tedious? that’s what i’m talking about here.
i’ve had less of a problem with this since i’ve moved from blogger to wordpress. #bless it’s so nice to see the formatting actually look how you want it to with out spending two hours fixing everything yayyyy.
07. when you get comments saying that a post was helpful!!
this happened to me the other day with my post about arcs and review copies and it felt so good that people actually thought that little old me was helpful with my tips! it really makes you want to run around and just squeeeeee
08. having TONS OF IDEAS for posts and not feeling like your creativity bucket is empty.
remember a couple months ago when i was making tbr posts every two days? yeah. that’s because i didn’t know what else to post and i was feeling uninspired. my “creativity bucket” was empty and i didn’t really feel like filling it up by being inspired by others’ content.
it’s the best when you have a ton of ideas written for blog posts and YOU FEEL SUPER EXCITED TO WRITE ALL OF THEM. unfortunately, this happens to me less than i hope it might, but occasionally, i go through periods of INTENSE INSPIRATION when i want to create create create write write write. ummm my last one ended a couple of weeks ago and appears not to be coming back for awhile …
09. when you resolve a problem with your blog design that’s been bugging you forever.
you know that error within your code that’s been bugging you for the past two months, but GOSH DARN IT you can’t fix it and it won’t go away?? that’s what i’m talking about. it is so satisfying when you figure out how to fix something within your design that you’ve been struggling with since forever*
*that reminds me that i have tons of things i want to fix about my design
10. when you feel like people are actually discovering your blog and enjoying your content.
since moving to wordpress, i’ve been feeling like more people in the community have been discovering me, which is such an awesome thing. sure, i blog because i love blogging, but i also blog because i want to have a slightly significant voice about something i’m passionate about (BOOKS and reading). aaand views and comments are how you know how significant your reach is.
getting kind comments is awesome. like i said earlier, it’s one of the best things in the world to feel helpful and get the impression that people are enjoying the content you spend so long on.