A Look At The Year Ahead

I can’t predict the future. But I can plan in advance. So this is my attempt to look at the year ahead.

I’m currently in my second semester of my third year at university. That’s crazy. Still, I’m looking forward to being in fourth year. Even though I’d love to ace everything, I’m content with not failing anything.

Right now, I’m excited for the upcoming baseball season. I don’t know why. Unfortunately that also means I’ll be making a lot of bad similes and analogies.

I have no idea what kind of work I’ll find over the summer, but I’m hoping to find something. On my own time, I intend to keep doing what I love.

It should go without saying that I want to continue reading and reviewing books all year long. My wallet will hate me. But my brain won’t.

This blog isn’t going anywhere. I promise to be more creative and less repetitive. My aim is to create content I enjoy. Here’s hoping you enjoy reading my work. Let’s see if I can keep up with being a good blogger and commenting on blogs. Probably not but a girl can dream.

I never know where writing will take me. I lied. It takes me to magical places. As always, I have some fun projects in the works. I can’t wait to share them with the world.

Somehow, I start my fourth and final year of university in September. That feels so far away, yet too close at the same time.

I also plan to drive more once I’ve fully recovered from the accident.

What are your plans for 2018?

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You Know You Are A Blogger When

You think about your blog all the time. Even more so if you’re a daily blogger. You love blogging too much to do it once in a blue moon. Besides, life would be boring if you did.

You read articles and books and posts about blogging. Learning by osmosis is a strategy you’ve all but perfected by now.

You can work anywhere, anytime. Even at the dentist’s office right before getting your wisdom teeth removed.

You spend so much time on small details. Like choosing the right font or picking the perfect word.

You have some of your best ideas at the worst times. While you’re driving. When you’re in the shower. So you make a mental note to remember. Inevitably, one too many escape from your memory.

You procrastinate hitting the publish button. Until you realize you’ve been procrastinating for far too long.

You feel a sense of accomplishment whenever you publish a post. Afterwards, you reward yourself by repeating the procrastination cycle.

You don’t know how to talk about your blog to people in real life. What’s your blog called? You stumble and stutter. What’s your blog about? You try to change the subject.

You love your blog. And everything about it. You also love your readers. They won’t judge you, which is all you could ever ask for.

If you enjoyed this post, you might like You Know You Are A Writer When and You Know You Are A Reader When.

What I’m Doing With My Blog

I haven’t given too much thought to my blog lately. But now is as good a time as ever to think about what I want to do and where I want to go.

I’m happy blogging for myself and no one else. That being said, I always want to change for the better. If you have any suggestions as to how I can improve, feel free to let me know.

I know I’m not being too specific, but vagueness is my weakness. I’ve had people call me out for being too general. I can’t help it. I like hoarding secrets.

I also don’t want to promise anything yet not deliver on my promises. Safe to say, I have plenty of ideas I want to explore and stories I need to share. Storytelling is a basic need.

In 2013, I created this blog on a limb. I want to make it a fun place for me and for all of you. I’ll update it as often as possible. I’m 99.9 percent sure I haven’t gone two days in a row without posting something. I’d like to keep that streak alive.

In terms of content, I’ll continue to read and review books. I post my reviews on WordPress and on Goodreads.

I’ve been making blog graphics for a while now. I like how they look, so they won’t change much. Visual interest is never a bad thing.

For a number of reasons, I love sharing poetry on here. Going forward, I would love to experiment more with different styles.

If and when I publish something somewhere else, you best believe I’m letting all of you know. Key word being if.

I also love lists. So expect to see more of them from me this year.

I haven’t posted a short story in the longest time. Maybe I will once every blue moon. I tend to submit to contests or competitions first.

Please don’t hesitate to comment and speak your mind. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

How To Break Out Of Blogger’s Block

I don’t know what’s worse: blogger’s block or writer’s block.

Either way, here are some ways to break out of blogging slumps.

Reread old posts.

It might inspire a new one. Or you may fall down into the rabbit hole of your greatest hits. There’s no losing here.

Work on something else.

You can write a poem, a play. You could even do something completely unrelated to blogging like building a bookshelf. If you want something done, do it yourself. Unless you have two left hands. Then maybe enlist the help of your uncle instead.

Grind through it.

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. The bullet doesn’t always taste so bad.

Take a break.

Get a drink. Grab a Kit Kat. Go for a long walk.

Break the blocks.

A 2018 Blogging Q&A

What do you love about blogging?

I love being in complete control. Creating original content. Interacting with people I wouldn’t get to otherwise. Learning about my goals, values, etc. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t blog. After all, sleeping is underrated and socializing is overrated.

What do you hate about blogging?

I don’t like the new editor. That’s why I use the old one. I’m not a fan of changing what isn’t broken. But I wouldn’t still be blogging if I hated the process. I hate getting ideas at the worst time. This explains my disdain towards driving.

What was blogging like in 2017?

I had a consistent year, more consistent than years past at least. I’ve done my best to keep up in spite of other more urgent and important deadlines in life. That being said, I started reviewing books. About time. It took me nearly twenty years to get my life together.

What are your plans for your blog in 2018?

I want to blog for myself. That’s why I started. I suspect if I ever stop blogging, it’ll be because I’m not doing so for my own enjoyment anymore. I don’t plan to quit anytime soon. I hope you’re not sick of me yet.

I can’t predict the future, but I have a feeling 2018 will be better than 2017. I plan to change for the better. If I don’t, you have permission to scream at me.

What else is on your mind?

I want to thank you all for supporting me. It means so much. I’ll try to read and comment as much as possible in 2018. Keep blogging. I’m sure your blog will take you to incredible places you never imagined you’d go.

Doing What You Love Because You Love Doing It

I tend to fall in love with something and then turn the thing into work.

But it’s important to love what you do.

I start doing for the wrong reasons. And then my passions stop being enjoyable.

For me, I write not for the sake of writing but because I love the creative process. So even if I never make it as a writer, I’ll still spend my life working away on a story or twenty thousand.

Same goes for blogging. Every time I think about my passions, I realize I’ve stuck with them because I don’t need external rewards to motivate me to keep going.

It’s enough that I enjoy creating characters, sharing stories, visiting worlds.

I hope I get to do what I love for the rest of my life.

At the very least, I know what I don’t love. I try to avoid the stuff I despise as much as possible.

I’ve been thinking about how I’ll make money doing what I love, how I’ll make a living.

A part of me believes if you work hard and you do what you’re doing out of love, you can’t really go wrong.

Life’s too short, but it’s also too long if you don’t enjoy your time on earth.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re going to make mistakes just like everybody else. That’s okay. You’re going to be all right.

Every storm ends. Every moment passes. Cherish what you have. Remember to laugh. Don’t forget to love. Keep going even when you think you can’t. Good luck. Believe in yourself and your abilities. It’s the least you can do.

Getting Back On Track

I feel behind in everything. But I’m trying to catch up. At the very least, I want to get back on track.

I challenged myself to write a lot last month during NaNoWriMo. But during that time, I let blogging fall to the wayside.

I’m reminded that more often than not, starting is the toughest part. But once I start, I tend to get into the work flow. Then before I know it, half an hour has gone by and I’ve made more progress than I expected to.

I don’t know how I survived National Novel Writing Month. Better yet, I’m feeling better with each passing day.

I’m making progress slowly but surely, which is something to be proud of.

I have a ton of work I want to submit out into the world. I’ve been working on a bunch of different projects, which I hope to share with everyone soon.

I don’t like feeling rushed, so I’m working hard to prevent that by not procrastinating as much.

I’m not sure how to describe my work in progress. A friend of mine asked the other day. I could only muster up that it’s based on real life. The story might be one of the most personal projects I’ve ever attempted to undertake.

Despite some of the setbacks I’ve faced, I think I’m on page to accomplish what I want this month.

If I get back on track, you’ll know about it. If I don’t and my life is still a mess, you’ll know as well.

Why I Took Time Off

Last month, I took some time off to recover from one of the worst headaches I had in twenty years.

So I didn’t write as much as I would’ve liked. I didn’t get a blog post up that day. I didn’t journal either. I fell in and out of sleep all night.

I’m feeling much better now. I plan to make up what I missed as much as I can.

Instead of pushing myself too far, I put my health first. I realize the importance of taking care of my body and brain. It’s difficult to do well when I’m not feeling well.

Even though I didn’t want to miss a day of blogging and journaling, the world didn’t end when I woke up the best day.

I wasn’t sleeping as much as I needed to, and I think the lack of rest got to my head…literally.

So I’ll try to take things easier until this storm passes. I like to think it’ll be over soon.

I’m far from being at one hundred percent. I know I need time to rest and recharge. Maybe I’ll take more days off in the future.

Despite having only 24 hours in a day like everyone else. I don’t want to give anything up.

As always, I feel like a lot of my problems would go away if I had 25 hours.

Regardless, tomorrow is a new day. I’ll make the most of all the 24 hours I have.

My Problem With Replying To Blog Comments

I’m not sure why, but I feel the need to reply to comments almost immediately.

I feel bad replying a few or several hours later. But life happens.

I also can’t stand when something goes wrong on the technical end and my comment doesn’t send.

I’m the same way with commenting on other bloggers’ posts. I know I’ve been a bad blogger lately in that regard. But I cringe at the thought of leaving a comment on a post that was published a day ago. It feels wrong to me.

As a blogger, I welcome comments. Even and especially on older posts,  I love getting them. As a reader, I’m weird, so sometimes I won’t comment.

I understand bloggers are busy. Everyone has a life to live. So I don’t expect instant comments or replies. In fact, the longer I wait, the more I eagerly await a response.

I still feel somewhat sad when I can’t reply right away. It’s not that I don’t want to.

When I’m away from my blog because I don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, it seems all I can think about is blogging.

The other day someone made a point about how society nowadays expects a quick reply with emails. But remember those days when the world only had snail mail and communications took much longer? Besides, a lot of stuff isn’t all that urgent.

What mattered more was that we got a response eventually, not so much that we had to wait for one.

Maybe I should stop worrying so much over wait times and focus on the content of the message itself.

All this being said, I’ll still try to get back to all of you as soon as possible.

Remind me to remind myself that replying and responding isn’t a race.

Blogging During A Baseball Game

Baseball and blogging totally go together.

I know it’s not good to multi-task, but I’m not perfect. I either do nothing or do everything at the same time. There’s no in between. Besides, the commercials during ball games are frequent and way too long when I’m not doing anything.

The more I think about it, the more I want to blog about baseball. What’s stopping me? Better question, who’s stopping me? Myself.

The imposter syndrome is real. Who am I to blog about baseball? Who am I to blog about blogging?

Life has been a grind lately. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Fortunately, I enjoy watching baseball and blogging. Unfortunately, school gets in the way sometimes.

Trying to do two things at once isn’t the most effective way to go. This post has taken a long time to write, and I’m not even halfway there.

In a perfect world where I had 25 hours every day, I like to think my blog posts would be longer. But I do like the shorter format. It’s a nice change from 10 page academic essays.

If you were wondering, which you probably weren’t, I’ve picked up the pace a little bit on this blog post.

Something about doing things slowly bothers me. Most of my problems would be fixed with longer days.

I think I jinxed myself. I stopped blogging because the ball game got interesting.

Remind me not to date a blogger and a baseball fan because then I’d probably never get any work done.

A part of me wishes I had more discipline when it comes to avoiding distractions. Too bad I’m a weak mortal.

I don’t know how baseball bloggers get any work done.