Ch-ch-changes!

No worries, guys. I’m not going anywhere, because I still love blogging most of the time. However, I am an ever-changing reader, and I’m going to be doing things a bit differently now. Some of these changes are probably already evident, and some not. What it boils down to is that I’ve not had as much time for reading, because I’ve been choosing to put that time into other things. I’m having a great time and enjoying life, but I’ve got to make some choices because I can’t read as much as I was.

change is good lion king

What will I be doing differently for the next few months until I change again?

Vlogging

I’m going to be trying to film fun, boozy book hauls for my small following of vlog watchers. These are more logistically difficult to accomplish, though, so I’ve been posting less frequent book hauls. I’ll probably be doing a vlog every 2-3 weeks. I just need to be in the mood for filming these and for much drinking, so it’s hard to arrange that weekly.

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No More Blog Tours

Honestly, you’re probably cheering, because generally readers don’t seem to love blog tours anyway. I wholeheartedly love TLC Book Tours and Xpresso Book Tours, and I’ve not had a bad experience with either ever. They’re as stress-free as blog tours get. Unfortunately, in and of themselves, blog tours are stressful. Even if negative reviews are allowed, like with TLC, I still feel like a dick when I don’t like a tour book. Plus, I feel compelled to force my way through things I would have happily DNFed. I want to be free to post reviews on whatever day I please and to DNF whatever the fuck I want.

I do what I want loki

Later Reviews

Getting ARCs is nice, I’m not going to lie. It does make me feel really complimented. I’ll still be reading them, but I’ll be prioritizing the things I’m most interested in, skipping some, DNFing more, and missing the pub date on more of them. My inspiration is April (Good Books and Good Wine) who posts reviews whenever she damn well pleases really. It looks so low stress, and, while I’ll probably stick to my schedule a bit, it’s going to be more free form here, because this is my HOBBY. While my super complex schedule helped keep me from stressing before, it’s not working for the me I am now.

napoleon dynamite whatever i wanna do

I’m sure I’ll be doing another post in a couple more months about where I am then. Change is good and keeps me in love with reading. Do any of you guys go through changes like this?

31 responses to “Ch-ch-changes!”

  1. Ellis says:

    Omg it’s happening.
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  2. Ellis says:

    YOU’VE FINALLY EMBRACED THE FUCK THE SCHEDULE MINDSET
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  3. Ellis says:

    THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I’m still going to be somewhat by the schedule, but I’ll prioritize the ones I’m most interested in and the others will happen whenever.

  4. Ellis says:

    No, but seriously, I’m glad you’re going for a less stressful system because whatever whatever you do what you want hell yessss.

    Also drunk/tipsy Christina on camera is the best kind of entertainment so je suis très excite.
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  5. Angie F. says:

    Hooray! Your previous system totally boggled my mind, and would probably stress me out rather than help! I’m of the “read what I want, when I want” mindset, with the occasional on schedule ARC thrown in for balance.

    Have fun! πŸ˜€
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  6. Meg says:

    TO HELL WITH SCHEDULES, YOU READ WHAT YOU WANT.

    (I know you’re not going quite that far but whatever)

    For reals though, I hope your more fluid schedule situation gives you much joy. DNF away I say! (rhyme was initially unintentional but amuses me so it can stay) (BAM) (kind of) (what am I doing?)

  7. Gillian says:

    Ellis put all your thoughts in one comment you spam monster!

    Anyway YAYYY THIS IS ALL VERY HEALTHY (minus the drunkitude, which is probs less healthy but much more amusant) and I am proud at you for saying FUCK THE SCHED and living your life free of constraints and going where the readerly wind blows you and whatnot. Huzzaaah! This has been an articulate comment.
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  8. Yeah, I think I’m there, too. And I’ve got to get off these tours. I’ve gotten terrible about remembering that I even signed up for one and then I get an email…oops. Better to back out of that scene while I still have some dignity. Same with reviews. Gotta do whatcha gotta do! Have fun with your FtS!!
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  9. I’m all for stress-free blogging. I don’t use a schedule and I think that is one of the reasons I’m able to keep up with the things I do πŸ™‚ It’s very good to remind yourself that this is a hobby. I really hope these changes work out for you!
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  10. Anya says:

    Woot, go you! I’ve been struggling with sticking to my schedule lately too and was feeling kind of bad about it, but if you and April can post reviews whenever you want and pubs are still happy then maybe I can convince myself to not feel guilty too πŸ˜€
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  11. kara-karina says:

    *raises glass* You go, girl! :))) F*CK that SH*T and read away what you please and when you please! So happy for you. Going to hunt down your drunken youtube videos πŸ™‚
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  12. Heather says:

    Hooray for (mostly) dumping your schedule! Just thinking about how you decided on what to read next made my brain explode, especially since my way is the complete opposite. haha. You’re right; it is YOUR hobby, it should be fun, and you can maintain your blog anyway you damn well please. I think I might start blogging again sometime soon, too, with more of a programming focus, as that’s what I’m into sharing right now. You can be stressed at work all you want, but reading and fun things should not be stressful.

    If choice still stresses you out when picking books, you can do what I do: because Bronte is chewing so much right now (silly pup), I’ve only been reading on my Kindle. I put several books that I want to read on hold through overdrive (I think my limit is 10, and I always have 10 on hold), and they tend to come in pretty steadily, thereby eliminating the sometimes overwhelming choice process. If there isn’t one available that I put on hold, I simply choose something from my humongous overdrive wishlist (I think it’s at 715 titles right now.) This has been working really well for me, but of course, this would only work for your ereader (and I feel like you’ve told me you only read netgalley titles on it, so this might be a moot point? Maybe? lol)

    Also, other things! Fill me in on your adventures, lady! I feel like I haven’t talked to you in forever.

  13. I don’t know how obvious our blog changes are to our readers but they have definitely been happening. Nothing major at once but we’ve been slowly evolving (crawling, really) away from what we thought “this is what a blogger should do” to whatever we damn well please. I think change is good – be it slow gradual change, or big moves. The same can get boring. And you never want to feel stressed. You should do whatever tickles your fancy. This is YOUR hobby and YOUR blog. And the readers who love interacting with you and value your opinion will stay with you no matter how you chose to share all that. And I think readers like change. Keeps things new and interesting!
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  14. Hooray on the big changes! I’m feeling you on these changes as I’m heading in that direction myself. I’ll probably never quit blog tours totally, but I’ve gone from having three a week to now a handful a month. (Knowing I’m going to have a newborn in November helps me from signing up for too tours, even for the summer — got to enjoy my last six months child-free!)
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  15. Rachel says:

    We are basically doing the exact same thing. Last week I decided no more blog tours for me. I used to enjoy them, but I just don’t like the pressure and it’s awkward if you don’t like the book. Plus, Idk, I don’t like reading blog tour posts so why would I post them? I mean, if I’m invited to host for a tour/author I really love, then I’ll do it, but otherwise nope. And I’ve thrown my schedule completely out the window. I love ARCs, don’t get me wrong. I’m very honored that I have the opportunity to read books early, but it decreases my enjoyment of reading SO MUCH and it’s not worth it to me. I think the changes you’re making will make a big difference in how you feel about blogging/reading. I think change is necessary from time to time. I hope this helps!
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  16. Bonnie says:

    I’m totally going through the same. But we talked about this. Definitely saying no to book tours because the stress of posting on a particular day is the worst. Also, no more requesting for me on Edelweiss and Netgalley. Changes are good. πŸ™‚
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  17. fakesteph says:

    Yay life and doing what you want!
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  18. I like these changes. I really think that when you just read whatever perks your interest, you end up with some really good books — unexpectedly. At least, I know that I do. Also, it means that I get to skip or infinitely put off books that aren’t totally grabbing me.

    I just want to yell a Braveheart style FREEEEEDOM, I think.
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  19. I’m loving all of your changes! I agree about blog tours; the idea of a set date and being obligated to love a book is so stressful that even though the tour companies themselves are hassle-free and wonderful I’m a mess leading up to my post date. I hope your changes work out! <33
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  20. Bekka says:

    I just hope you find a balance that works for you and makes you happy. It’s the worst feeling when something that is supposed to be fun and bring joy turns out to be a chore.

    I’ve finally figured out what I need to do with my ARCs and ARC reading in order to not feel so overwhelmed and crushed. Basically, I just DNF at the first sign of trouble. This means I’m skipping a lot of review titles, but honestly, with the pace I’ve been keeping lately, it’s better this way. And I obviously get to read more books that I actually like, so there’s that.

    Anywhooo I look forward to more drunk vlogs!
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  21. I have a ‘schedule’ but it’s mostly just there because I’m slightly OCD and have to have it a certain way. I’m all about the “Get shit done when I please” mindset now. A year a go I was ready to quit because I was trying to read things when everyone else wanted me to, so now I just do it for myself. You’ll get your review, it just might be a few weeks…months…
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