Hey guys! Today, I wanted to talk about how I manage to work full time and manage a blog. I chose to create a blog because I wanted an outlet to finally discuss something that I have loved my entire life: books. But I’m not going to lie, sometimes it sucks. No one prepares you for the amount of time you need to read, then write about it, then plan everything, and then on top of that handle all your other responsibilities. With that being said, I want to encourage anyone who is afraid to take the leap to hear my journey, and why I think it is all worth it.
So let’s start with reviews. Most audiobooks are about 8-10 hours long. If I chose to read them in print/ebook, then that number would be halved. So essentially, each review takes a minimum of 4 hours of research reading the book so I can make (what I consider) an adequate representation of the book. When I first started, I posted reviews the same day I finished the book. That is great and all, but I was then posting 6 reviews one week and 1 the next. There was no consistency in my work and I felt pressure whenever I wasn’t reading as much. So I switched, posting reviews twice a week unless for a special occasion. Making that switch has made my life so much easier in the long run, but harder in the moment. At the point I am making this post, I am two weeks ahead on posts. But it is still inundating looking at all the weeks I still need to fill and create content for. Because I actually put on paper the days that I am planning to post, I have to really think long and hard about how I am going to do that.
But I am making this post about work, so here is what I will have to say: I need the break. I listen to audiobooks while I work, but I also am constantly busy. I don’t have the time to think about posts for June 11th, I can just listen and fulfill my job. Work more than anything has been a way for me to find a solace in my always thinking mind. I happen to work a job that leaves me physically drained, but does not mentally tire me. Books are a way for me to come home, kick my feet up, and give my brain the workout that it needs.
But I owe work so much for all the successes I have had with this blog. Those successes include a new computer, an Audible account filled with books, a paid ad on Facebook, and all the book subscription boxes I have used (speaking of, I found more boxes to try out so out with the old and in with the new. Expect a update let’s talk in a few months). Moving forward, ya’ll probably will notice that I mention it here or there, but that’s purely because my work is part of who I am.
If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!