Book Blogger Confessions (1)

, by Kt Clapsadl

This meme is hosted by Tiger from Tiger's All Consuming Books and Karen from For What It's Worth on the first and third Monday of each month.

This week's question:

Deadlines for reviewing and blogging. Do you set them? How do you keep them? What do you do if you can't meet a deadline?

I think I can answer this question with a few pictures:

So, as you can see, I am definitely a scheduler. I used to just post reviews as I wrote them, but some weeks I would have as many as 10, and then others without any at all. Then once, I started getting review requests, it became important to start scheduling as I wanted to make sure to get the reviews posted close to the release date rather than late/early. My ideal posting time of an ARC is within two weeks prior to the release date.

I used to just keep the google calendar as my schedule, but as I started to get overwhelmed, I made the sticky note list. That list makes it easy for me to see when my next unwritten post is due. I used to just read random books and always wound up reading books that weren't due for weeks/months and would somehow overlook one and wind up scrambling at the last minute. I don't force myself to read the books in the order posted here, but I do tend to stick to the ones at the top of the list first. Also, I am pretty flexible with the dates, and am constantly revising the schedule as more requests come in, but it just all seems more manageable, once I put a "date" on it. Granted sometimes that does bite me in the butt as I can get overwhelmed by my inability to say no to a book. I just feel like a heel if I can't review a book sent to me. I've also started to DNF some books, whereas I couldn't in the past. It is a slow process, but I am working on it one step at a time.
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