Saturday, August 20, 2016

When life gets in the way of bookish things

Blogging and reading are two of my favorite things. To be honest, they're kind of my life to the point that it's sometimes a little embarrassing.

Anyone: "What are you good at? What are your hobbies? What do you do all day?"

Me: *blank stare* I like books.

Nothing makes me sadder than life getting in the way of my favorite things. My ideal day would include blogging all day, discussing bookish things with all of you, and reading all evening. To be honest, I get days like that every now and then. But unfortunately, life does get in the way more often than not, and lately it has been happening a lot. 

I usually save my personal tidbits for my Weekly Recap, but we're friends, right? In the last couple weeks things have gotten a little hectic. Last week my brother was visiting, which was really fun, but took up a lot of time that I might have spent doing bookish things. Recently, my husband and I decided we wanted to (possibly) buy a house in the very near future, so this week has been almost entirely devoted to house hunting. 

As an avid reader, I feel sad when I can't get in the reading time I'd like. As a blogger, I feel even worse when I'm not able to find time to write posts and comment on all your lovely blogs! Could I have planned ahead and had posts queued in advance? Yep. But... I didn't. 

I feel like we have at least some responsibility as bloggers to post and comment regularly. Some things we can't plan for, obviously, like illness or, you know, deciding to house hunt spur of the moment. I find that when these things come up, I'm basically too overwhelmed to do anything! Should I comment back on recent posts? Or should I queue up new posts? Solution: Sit back and watch the world burn. Neither. After all, I've managed to do this blogging things for a couple years, so I should get a pass every now and then, shouldn't I? 

Better solution: Prepare more material in advance for situations such as this. Over the next couple months I'm expecting more crazy situations to emerge. If house hunting is successful, that will take up quite a bit of time. I also have family visiting in October and am planning on going out of town over the holidays. As a result, I am going to be on the lookout for challenges and setting my own goals to get ahead! 

How do you handle blogging and reading when life rears its ugly head? 
Do you have memes, reviews, or discussions prepared in advance so you don't have to stress? 
Do you know of any challenges to get ahead with scheduling posts? 
Let me know in the comments!