Hello fellow readers!
I know, I know – I’ve been gone and for quite a while too! Have I stopped reading? Not in the slightest. Have I stopped BookTubing? No – although by my lack of videos, you would have guessed so! I’ve not fallen out of love with reading, blogging or filming, however, I have abandoned routine.
In the past (I’m talking three or four months ago), I would read a book in no more than two or three days. Or, you know, four hours if the book was that addictive that I couldn’t put it down – I’m looking at you The Fiery Heart. After reading, I would update my GoodReads, fangirl about the book on my Twitter, write a review and then film it. The videos would go up either that night or the following night; I would always be too excited to wait to upload them.
So what’s happened? Well, life happened. As cliched as it sounds, life has taken over, literally. In the past year, I’ve graduated, lived in London, worked in publishing, moved back home, got a new full time job and then moved once again. Routine is something that I always seem to yearn for – a filming schedule, a blogging schedule – but my routine at the minute just seems to be work, eat, work, sleep. The weekends pass by me like clouds on a windy day – and then it’s Monday, again.
This year, so far, I’ve finished two books. Two. Since January 1st. Last year I read over 65 books – not even including most of the books I read for university. I’ve hit an unprecedented reading slump, one that I’m slowly, desperately trying to pull myself out of. I feel disheartened that, as a ‘book blogger’ or ‘BookTuber’, I can barely even finish a book at the minute. My exciting and exhilarating hobby has nothing to show for it except a barely updated blog and YouTube channel.
So I’m taking a stand – against my dragging routine, against my reading slump and against my own lack of enthusiasm. Here is what I propose:
1) Update this blog at least once a week. I may update three times a week, or four, but as long as ONE blog post graces your screens in a week, then that is an achievement. This weekly blog post will go up on Sunday’s, probably whilst I am still in bed, where I will have been for the entire weekend. Happy days! This weekly post will be about a broad range of topics per week. As a book blogger, but also an aspiring publisher, I want to blog about the industry side of the book community also. So, expect a lot of reviews, a lot of discussion posts and a few rather more dignified, serious ‘industry’ posts. If you have any blog post requests for me, do drop me an email!
2) To read for at least thirty minutes every day. Yes, thirty. My former book-marathoning self would have cried out “amateur” at this. Full-time work? It’s tiring… and busy. Not much time to pick up a book when all you want is sleep! Half an hour per day is achievable for me right now – maybe this weekend, who knows? I may be able to finish two whole books! (Don’t get ambitious, Lucy…)
3) Begin filming again. My poor, poor YouTube channel. And my poor 1800+ subscribers! I’m sorry to you all (some of you, I hope, are reading this blog post) as I’ve been neglecting YouTube for far too long. I’m going to try to film this weekend – most likely a book haul, as I’ve accumulated so many books that I haven’t even read yet! I need to get back into enjoying filming and talking to you all again. The BookTube community is so great, exciting and supportive that I can’t not come back to you all. I still watch all of your videos and I sit there, disappointed at myself that I don’t have the same dedication you all have for filming. Well that’s about to change! If I can make one video a week, I’ll pat myself on the back. I don’t know how some of you brilliant BookTubers do it; making a video almost every day? You’re superhuman and I’m jealous!
Phew – that took some time to write that all down! I’m sorry to all of you lovely people who do follow me on YouTube, this blog, Twitter and GoodReads for my lack of content. It’s been such a busy start of the year, but that’s no excuse from now on!
The basic message of this post, which I’m so glad to finally be writing – I’m back!