With all life´s chaos dealt with I thought it might be a great idea to sit back, kick my shoes off and just enjoy the fact that I´m existing. To take a week to do absolutely nothing besides stare holes into the air and appreciate the little things in life- Something I really enjoy doing.
The weather has been improving ( that´s a lie. Our weather is a little confused lately. 15°C with rain yesterday and 26 °C and sunny today) and since I´m a person who likes to sit outside and just enjoy my natural growing garden ( the lawn mower is still broken ) I actually took my new lifestyle book out and began reading under the burning sun.
While I was enjoying reading about the Danish way to live it suddenly dawned on me that I bought new bookmarks!
Yes. Bookmarks. The things I don´t usually buy because I´m one of those creative people who uses toilet paper and other wonderful objects to mark a place in a book.
But that´s over. Done with. I´m trying to be more organized now.
And since I can´t find the 1 million bookmarks I already have I started buying new ones. Fancy ones. Practical ones.
Fine…. They don´t look fancy per se, but they´re fancy compared to 3 layered toiletpaper.
What I love most about my new purchase is: the bookmarks have a rubber band that goes around a book, as well! That band keeps the book closed and prevents the bookmark from falling out ( which has also happened to me a few times )!
I remember I didn´t have any goals when I started to blog… 8 years ago.
It´s extremely hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I´ve been book blogging for so long. Do you guys know what this really means? That I´ve been staring at my computer screen for close to a decade.
I´m not going to start handing out advice on how to blog because if we´re all honest here… book blogging is something unique. It´s personal. Everyone has different ideas on how to book blog.
Besides, I suck at giving any type of advice. Shall I ever share my wisdom with you then do yourselves a favor and ignore it. There´s a huge possibility that my advice might get someone into trouble. And I´m not ready to have fingers pointed at me nor am I up for having people in my garden ready to attack me with pitchforks.
I might not have had book blogging goals from the get – go but I did develop some goals after a few weeks.
Keep in mind: In 2010, there wasn´t as many book blogs as there are today. Back then, it was easier not to feel the pressure some book bloggers are feeling these days. Social media was much more fun to handle and Goodreads wasn´t a vicious playground. And not many authors had annoying PAs who dealt with everything. It was easier to get in touch with authors, self published AND traditional published, alike.
There were a few huge book blogs I followed and I even picked one of those blogs to be a “role model” for me ( which turned out to be a bad idea. Lol ).
Back to the goals…
I didn´t have many goals back in the beginning of my book blog career. There were less than a handful of things I wanted to achieve as a book blogger.
To help you understand the next part a little better I´m going to give you a little book blog background info from myself.
Morgana´s Book Blog Résumé
2010 – 2015, blogged @ the Divas Book Blog with my 2 besties
2015 – 2016, left Divas Book Blog, guest reviewed for other Book Blogs
2016 – , Solo Book Blogger under new name and new blog
Of course, there´s more to that résumé but that´s for another time. We´re concentrating on goals today. So, what exactly were my goals?
Note: I might have had goals but I never, not even in my wildest dreams, believed any of the 2 goals would ever be reached. I mean, I´m me. I don´t belong to the luckiest bunch in the world. Yet, I had hope ( even if those hopes were too far out of my reach ).
My first goal: Receiving a signed paperback copy from an author. I´m not talking about the signed copies we usually have to pay for these days. I´m talking about the books that have been given freely from the heart with a small personal note. A smaller goal but still not easy to achieve ( unless you go to a book signing event or pay for an author´s signature ).
My second goal: To have my name / blog name / tagline from one of my reviews on a book cover. To be fair, I had no idea how that was going to happen. All I knew was that I wanted one book with something from myself on it. This wasn´t a realistic goal of mine.
You know how you sometimes say that you could die a happy man / woman if something you´ve dreamt of ever happened?
That´s what I always said.
“If my name ever gets printed on a book then I´ll retire and die happy.”
Well, I reached my first goal quicker than I thought I ever would.
That, in the pic above, means the world to me. My first bookish goal. Through hard work ( many hours networking, book blogging, spreading the word, etc ) I received my personalized signed paperbacks.
I couldn´t have been more happy.
Until this happened….
This was a faint – worthy moment for me. My words. On the backside of a paperback book. I truly thought my blogging goals couldn´t be topped.
I was wrong.
The best moment of my book blogging career. I made it on a book cover. The front.
I´m not a crier but when that day… when the book arrived… I was bawling my eyes out.
Now that I´ve long reached my bookish goals… do I have anything else I´d like to achieve as a book blogger?
This may sound ungrateful but, no. I´m happy as I could ever be. As of now, I don´t have any book blogger goals. But who knows what the future might bring, right?
This post isn´t about parading my achievements and tooting my own horn. This post is for everyone who has a book blogger goal ( or any goal, for that matter ).
THIS TYPE OF ADVICE YOU CAN TAKE FROM ME.
No matter how big or small, how insignificant or meaningful your goals are… Never forget that you are able to achieve those goals.
If your goal is to become a successful blogger – you can do it!
If your goal is to be unique – be unique!
If you want to host a book signing event – no one is stopping you!
With a little love, sweat, energy and time… you can reach your goals.
Look at me… If I can get my name on a book cover then you certainly have the power to achieve whatever it is you have your mind set on.
Speaking of name… Don´t be confused if you´ve read Julia on the signed books in pic #1. I go by both, Morgana and Julia. ( first and middle name )
Dream small. Dream big. No matter what you do, make those dreams come true!
Do you have any blog goals? Have you reached them yet? Share your thoughts and secrets! I would love to discuss your goals with you.
There´s been an awful lot of book meme posts making their rounds on social media lately. Some posted by authors and some by book bloggers.
But what I´ve noticed is that nearly all humorous book memes hold a certain painful truth to them.
Reading those wise graphic quotes is so bittersweet. You want to laugh because they´re actually really funny but then a second later you realize you either have a serious problem and need lots of therapy or it dawns on you that you´re even more weird than you thought you were. The truth book memes carry is terrifying.
Still… no one said enjoying funny book memes was a crime, right?
I´m for crying. Who´s with me?
2. This is how we basically make friends.
3. There might be many many single bookworms in the near future.
4. HA! Librarians and their humor – Priceless.
5. There are life rules we need to follow: Rule #1 – Don´t ever start a book before bedtime!
6. I´m still waiting for my local bookstore to honor me by making me their costumer of the years 2000 – 2018
7. Mommy and loving wife by day. Alpha witch who uses lightning bolts as toothpicks by night.
8. The Burrito of Sadness belongs to the 5 stages of book grief.
9. Just follow the rules and you´ll do fine.
10. If you can´t feel we can´t be BFFs. You feel? Just re-read the tips on meme #9 again if you need help.
That´s it for today. I hope you all have a lovely day. And don´t forget to share the book love! ❤
As much as Book Bloggers love books, we also need some time away from them.
We need reading breaks.
I know what you´re thinking.
“That´s BLASPHEMY! An avid reader does NOT simply stop reading!”
Oh, but we do. In fact – we need to.
It´s actually important for a book blogger to take a step back after reading 2 – 6 books at an unnatural pace because we can easily become overwhelmed with information. We´re not your average book reading bunch. We don´t do the 4 weeks for 1 book thing.
And what can happen when we go through an information overload within a short period of time? Our brains fry. We start forgetting stuff. Important stuff we should know ( especially 10 minutes AFTER finishing a book). Imagine reading a book and having a conversation about that book with someone.
“That book. Sure! I read it. The Heroes name? Wait a sec… The end? Hold on, didn´t they ride off towards the sunset? Oh, that´s not the book we´re talking about?”
How awkward. And how embarrassing.
Personally, I love reading breaks. They´re my personal creativity breaks from the sometimes exhausting book world. They give me time to think of new ideas and to catch up on life. Because as much as I love diving into a new book… I also enjoy what life has to offer outside the book world.
Some bloggers take a step back from reading to catch up on blog work.
Some bloggers distance themselves from social media but continue to read and write reviews.
And some even use their time off to collect reviews and schedule them ahead so they´re not overwhelmed with blog work and reading.
Me? My reading breaks are linked with blogging breaks. Meaning – I won´t touch a book or check / post on my blog during my time off. What´s the point in taking a break when I keep looking at bookish stuff, right?
So, what is it I do when I´m not blogging or reading?
Well, besides the usual meeting with friends and rediscovering my family ( yes. It´s always a pleasure to realize I belong to them and they belong to me.) I do enjoy watching movies at home and not have to worry about a thing. Or, I just spend endless hours searching the internet until 3 a.m.
That´s me. That´s ALWAYS me. Looking for stupid stuff at the ass crack of dawn. Youtube is also a fab place to get lost for a few hours.
But if I have to pick one thing I love to do during my time off it´s taking naps.
An hour here. And hour there. It´s not like I get to snooze off everyday but once in a while I can sneak in a cat nap and dream of all the books I could read, but never will.
It might not sound interesting but my naps, my movie nights with the husbutt and my daytime girly stuff with the girls help clear my mind from all the words and thoughts I have cluttered in my brain. Doing a Game of Thrones DVD Marathon also does wonders for the mind and soul!
It´s kind of like a brain cleanse.
During my blog / reading – free time I actually come up with good ideas for blog posts and even find the time to write those ideas down. I have time to get inspired by whatever I see on TV or while having chats with friends.
I enjoy every second of not hitting the computer keys until I feel that certain itch again. That´s when I know it´s time to get back on track and work the book blog mill again.
I feel refreshed and have a newly found energy to continue do to what I love. Book blog.
I can fully recommend reading breaks.
It doesn´t matter what you do on your reading / blogging breaks… The important thing is that you take a break once in a while.
Take that time off.
Enjoy the world.
Go outside and watch the flowers grow, smell the coffee your neighbor just made. Watch people pass by or just talk to someone about random stuff. Whatever you do, take your time doing it.
Because if we´re honest- books aren´t going anywhere. The blog isn´t going to rot away overnight. The internet isn´t going to disappear. It´ll all be there when you decide to come back.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Don´t forget to share the book and book break love!