Over the past couple of months, I've been feeling a bit out of the loop. I'm not on Twitter very much, and haven't been chatting and networking with other bloggers as much as I used to. Although I am still loving blogging and sharing my thoughts on here, I'm not taking that extra time to promote my blog, interact as much as I used to and just generally be more present in the world.
Sometimes, it makes me a little sad when I do pop onto Twitter and I feel like, if I'd been on earlier in the day, I could have participated in some of the fun conversations going on and it feels weird to comment on someone's tweet hours later. Or I see all these great collaborations that other bloggers are doing, and I wish that I had the time to devote to really putting myself out there and making my blog all that it can be.
Sometimes I also feel glad that my blog has stayed as small as it is, and that I've had these past couple of months to retreat a little from the online community. I see on other blogs or on Twitter that there's drama that's happened, but I've been so removed from social media that I hadn't heard and sometimes I never even found out what did happen. Although it would be fun to have thousands of followers and be one of those big, super cool blogs that I follow and read on a regular basis, I'm still proud of the following that I do have -- and I love each and every one of you that reads the words that I share and takes the time to say hello in the comments.
One of the things that's really jumped out at me in the past couple of weeks, is the fact that I haven't added very many books to my TBR list this year. In fact, I checked Goodreads and I added SIX. SIX BOOKS all year so far. Of course, that's not to say that I didn't read some books that weren't even on my TBR list. (Have you ever done that? Went to add a book to your "currently reading" shelf, only to realize it wasn't on your TBR list yet? I've done that quite a few times). I digress. But SIX BOOKS. That's it. I'm still keeping up with my Bloglovin' subscriptions but, to be perfectly honest, I don't read many book reviews anymore. Sometimes I'll glance over the review, or just look at the rating but I prefer to read discussion posts or other fun, creative posts. Usually, I can tell which books are super-hyped by bloggers that I trust, and I did pick up Open Road Summer and Shadow of Bone this summer specifically because of book hype. So, I'm not immune to the bookish hype out there, but I just feel like I've been devoting less energy towards researching future books to read and more energy on actually reading books. This summer I've read a TON, including some chunky reads and large chunks of series! I read the first two books in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, am about to tackle Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and have gobbled up the first six books in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
I didn't intend for this post to be so long, but thanks for reading! How about you? Do you feel like taking a step back from social media and the community as a whole is a good idea or not? Any ideas for me on how to jump back into the scene? I feel a little shy since I've been away for so long. Leave me a comment below -- and thanks for stopping by!