Top Ten Blog Confessions

Hey y’all!

I’m here today to do Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they choose a different topic and bloggers pick ten reads related to the prompt. This week’s prompt? Top Ten Blog Confessions!I'm going to have a lot of fun with this one. I've been blogging since April 2011 (three years so far), so I've built up a pretty solid list. Without further ado, here are some of my reading and blogging confessions!1. I struggle with reviews.Last year, I went through a major review slump. This year, it's better but only because I've majorly changed my format and my length. While my reviews used to be 1500+ words, now they're around 800-1000 words. I take notes while I'm reading certain books if I know I might struggle to articulate my thoughts later. I'm working on it, I swear!2. I don't review books I don't like (although I'm completely honest about every book I review.)In case you haven't noticed, I don't post negative reviews. I post mixed reviews, but I always try to find something positive to say about each book I review. For this reason, there are a few DNF reads and books I didn't like that never find their way to the blog. I don't understand the point of going on rants about books that just didn't suit me; I'm sure somebody else loves them, and there's no point in making an author or another reader feel bad if I bash them. If I negatively review something, it'll only be something I can talk about articulately.3. I don't blog all the time.Last week, I posted once because I didn't have enough time to schedule more than one post while I was in Alabama on a mission trip. This year, I made it one of my blog goals to schedule in advance more often. Thankfully, that's been going pretty well! I'm currently scheduled review-wise until the end of August, although I still have some other posts to fill in throughout the weeks. Once I have a structure of about three posts per week, I'd love to increase it to five.4. I get pretty bummed out that I'm not a bigger blogger.I understand it's hard to boost my stats when I'm also balancing APs and lacrosse and all that, but I still wish my blog was more of a name. There are so many excellent, excellent bloggers out there and I'd love to still do more and be more. I'd love to go to BEA next year and have people recognize me.5. I don't tag or categorize nearly as often as I should.This year, I had a bit of a revelation that I don't tag or categorize that much. I've been trying, but it's a bit overwhelming to search through all the posts and do it all now. It's a work in progress!6. I rarely ever request ARCs or review copies.There are so many upcoming releases that I would love to get the chance to review ahead of time. But I never actually request them. Why? I'm never convinced that my blog is perfect, or that any publicist looking at it would approve me. I've had luck with the publishing houses that I've contacted and some steady mail from them, but I'm always scared to breach a new contact! A lot of my contacts from the past few years have changed houses or professions, which is why I'm having a bit of trouble reconnecting.7. I reread books even when I have a stack of reviews to write.I'm a mood reader. I have confessed this before, in a previous post. I love rereading old favorites, even when I know I have to write reviews for the upcoming releases.8. I'm actually terrified to go to BEA next year (although insanely excited!)I'm officially BEA 2015 bound! I'm pumped, and saving up for New York City expenses, and could not be happier to be going to such a magnificent conference. I'm scared though. BEA 2012 was amazing, but 2012 was also a spectacular book year. What if I'm not as excited about the books releasing? What if I haven't reconnected with my other houses by then? What if my blogger friends don't go and I don't know anybody? What if I don't have time to fully plan out my schedule or I miss something or I regret not doing something? AHHH. BEA is so much fun, and also so stressful! Even now, I love planning it. But I have a recurring nightmare in which I go to BEA last minute and have no idea what's going on.9. I wish I could vlog!I have a secret wish to be a video blogger, or BookTuber, in addition to my regular blog. I think videos would add a little extra touch, and also give me some more presence. I don't particularly have the camera skill or the ability to go five seconds without going "um" on camera. It may be a work-in-progress over the next year if I decide to try it!1o. I'm really bad at working technology.As told above, I'm hopeless with a camera. I'm really bad at coding HTML and it took ages for the Lit Up girls to teach me how to format well enough. I think I'll take AP Computer Science next year which might help a bit with working programs. I'm pretty good at some, but I'd love to be a technological whiz!

Are you a blogger? What are your blogging and reading confessions?