March 21, 2013
What Does a Book Reviewer Do When There's No Time to Read?
I knew when I met my 2012 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal in September that it was a fluke. Thankfully, I didn't stop reading and actually squeezed in several books over the Christmas holidays. Knowing how busy January and February would be for me I had already decided that I would only review one book a week. My extra reading over Christmas gave me one book a week to review for January.
I was able to complete another book to get me to mid-February, but I knew I was in trouble. Between Upward Cheerleading and my GWR Publicity clients there just wasn't any time to read. I would work all day and either go to Upward practice until 8 pm or come home and work until 10 pm. By the end of February, I was exhausted and I had also come down with a true cold. I was in the "staring into space" mode.
Now, we are nearing the end of March and I've skipped a few review posts. Thankfully, I had the month's featured posts fully booked, so content was going up at least 4 times a week. Additionally, I had a number of book promo posts. So, traffic hasn't been hurt by my missed review posts (actually there's been a big spike in page views).
But alas, if I want to continue calling myself a book reviewer I need to review books. While March has been spent digging out from under the email and back log of work (oh how I wish it was snow I was digging out of), I have tried to get a few books read. I finished one full length novel that I've been working on, but mostly I've been focusing on the novellas and short stories I have in my pile. I took last week off from the day job for Spring Break and while I wish I could have read all week, there was still plenty of work to be done. I do, though, have 3 reviews waiting to written.
What do you do when you can't find the time to read to keep content fresh on your blog? Or do you not post anything when in a reading slump?