Saturday, November 13, 2010

"No Time! There's Never Any Time!"

We all remember that tumultuous episode of Saved By the Bell where Jessie Spano is desperately trying to keep herself awake to study, or else she won't get into Stanford. Not only that, she was also in a girls' group with Kelly and Lisa (it always surprised me that EVERYONE in that circle of friends could sing and dance. Hmm.) I always felt bad for Jessie, because I, myself, have never taken school seriously. I don't remember really ever putting any effort into homework or studying. EVER. I wasn't an A student by any means, but at that time, my standards/expectations for myself were fairly average. My parents kept pushing me to try, try, try... but I was content with As, Bs, and the occasional C (CURSE YOU, MATHEMATICS OF ANY VARIETY!)

Boy, do I regret that now. They (whoever they are) say hindsight is 20/20, and THEY are right. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would. And, being the tangential person that I am, this post really doesn't really have any direct involvement with Jessie Spano or my high school report cards. What it DOES address, however, is posting frequency.

You guys, I'm not trying to go on a "woe is me" tirade because everyone has busy lives, but I'm going to give you a little taste of my weekly schedule, which isn't quite conducive to blogging/reading as much as I'd like.

Monday: Wake up around 9:00, make coffee, compile and schedule blog posts for Monday through Thursday. Shower and go to work 2:30 - 11pm.
Tuesday: Class from 8:30 - 2:30pm; work 4:30 - 11pm (not gonna lie, usually book shopping between these two obligations.)
Wednesday: Wake up, do laundry, work 1:30 - 11:00pm.
Thursday: Clinical from 7:00am - 7:00pm. Come home, study.
Friday: Wake up, schedule blog posts for Friday and Saturday, finish up laundry, work 1:30 - 11:00pm.
Saturday/Sunday: I spend time with my husband (I don't see him throughout the week, because I work second shift and he works first) and this is when I get most of my reading done, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, as well as additional studying...because nursing school sucks.

What I'm trying to say is, sometimes life gets in the way and it's difficult to write reviews and posts and read books in a timely fashion in order to pump out new reviews and posts. Is that acceptable? So far, I've been trying to post at least once a day for everyday in the month, but I'm beginning to feel the strain. I'm beginning to slow down on the books I'm reading, because finals are rapidly approaching. I feel like I have NO TIME. It's causing a constant sadface, and Jessie taught me that caffeine pills are NOT the way to go.

Bloggers, how many times per week do you aim to post?
Is it okay to only post a few times per week?

Readers, if a blog you follow doesn't post for a few days, is this off-putting to you?
Do you lose interest?

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's thoughts on the matter!!


  1. Jen, I think you are entitled to take a break here and there with the blogging. I love my blog and enjoy doing it, but I don't force myself to churn out reviews too quickly; in fact, I am lucky to put out one review a week. But I think the whole point of blogging is to have fun and share your opinions and love for reading and books with the community. If you slow down your reviews and posts, no one will think any less of you. You should be doing this to have fun, and once it stops being fun then something should change. Hope this helped!

    Also, I love you for introducing this post with Jessie Spano. "I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so...SCARED!"

  2. I will never unfollow you!

    I totally know what you mean. I've been in a slump posting lately. I just do what I can..even if I just make a silly post like a list of bookish projects I need to work on. I TRY to post at least 4-5 times a week but it doesn't always this week I think it was 3! You can always do something personal update..or something random about tv you are watching. People LIKE you because you are hilarious and won't leave if you aren't pumping out a bajillion reviews..they will wait patiently for you to be able to read and review! :)

  3. I try to blog only when I really feel like it because otherwise I fear my hobby will turn into an obligation. I read for fun and I enjoy writing the reviews along with the weekly memes when I can. I never freak out if I miss a Teaser Tuesday or Follow Friday. If I post twice a week I think I'm doing pretty well. I'm going back to school in January and I know I will have less time to devote to my blog but I'm not worried. School comes first and I'll post when I have the time. I like to take mini breaks even though I've only been blogging since August. They help clear my head and I get caught up on reviews and my TBR pile. I admire you for posting as often as you do since you're working and going to nursing school. Plus, I could never do anything in the medical field because I would pass out. lol. If you only post once a week I promise I will still read your blog. You are awesome Jen! So don't stress, do focus on school and don't let your hobby become a chore. :-)

  4. 2-3 times a week is perfectly fine! I think people are more put off when you disapear for weeks/months without any explanation.

  5. Oh my gosh. Please feel free to stop posting every day! I follow very few blogs who actually put up a post/day, and several of my favorites really only post a few times a week! I was just introduced to Makeshift Bookmark, so far I'm loving it, and I would hate for you to fizzle out b/c there's just too much pressure to post so often.

  6. I'm a reader (and a new follower) and I think 2-3 times a week it's already great. I don't expect bloggers to post everyday (sometimes I can't read them everyday so it's unfair to think that they should post more regular that even I can read lol)
    Your blog it's really fantastic so you don't have to be afraid to post less than you do now.
    I would not stop following you.

  7. I can't read your blog everyday, so why you should you post everyday? I've gone MONTHS without posting. Of course it was after having babies... but even before that I never posted every day.

    Quality over quantity. I would rather read a really good review every couple of weeks, than a bunch of nonsense every day. KWIM? Don't stress. Nursing school is hard (my SIL is a nurse.) Being a nurse is hard. Don't set unrealistic goals NOW that are going to be even harder when you're all done with school.

  8. I've been running into the same problem! This is my first semester of college and I'm pulling my hair out. Do I make myself sit down and post every day or just post when I'm able? It's great hearing what everybody thinks about this issue!

    Personally, it doesn't matter to me whether a blogger posts 7 times a week or 2 or 3, as long as they're interesting posts. Guess I'm in the majority there. =)

  9. Darling*, we adore you and are grateful each and every Jen-post-morsel we get! Anyone who follows you is someone who likes you, which means whenever you DO post, we're like "SCORE! MORE JEN AWESOMENESS TO CONSUME."** So don't feel bad. Besides, I think we ALL feel this sense of pressure to post. You're not alone!

    Also, it is worth noting that I was a TOTAL Jessie Spano in high school. Minus, you know, the speed pills and all that.

    *Am officially adopting this post-BYT into my vocab.
    **Am not meaning to call you a morsel/something to consume. It just happened. I am aware it is slightly creepy.

  10. You know what? ITS OKAY TO NOT POST EVERY DAY. I probably post around 3x per week. Chalk it up to laziness or that I have a life and no discipline.

    It's perfectly fine for you to only post 3x a week or once a week. We're still here and won't unfollow. I promise.

  11. I recently found myself panicking because I was reading a loooong book (The Passage) and I was worried because I wasn't able to post any reviews. I post them as I read them, so I don't have any "stored up." I actually stopped in the middle of the book and read a short one so I could post something. I don't have that many followers. I decided I was being silly. I will post when I can, and sometimes life gets in the way, and I will trust my few followers to understand. And maybe for a few days I don't get any new followers, hopefully I don't lose any, but I'm OK with that. I should be allowed to have a life. Blogging doesn't pay my salary (wouldn't THAT be nice!) Please, have fun!

  12. I find this is the most challenging thing about book blogging...I'm often blown away with how many books other bloggers can read. I often have to remind myself that my hobby is first and foremost about reading, and blogging comes second, so I'd better be sure to enjoy the reading part. That means choosing books I want to read as opposed to books I feel like I should blog about. I definitely don't post daily...I try to post weekly. Keep up the pace that lets you still enjoy reading AND lets you have time for the other fabulous things in your life!