Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Blogging Confessions
So I guess you’ve heard that I have this thing called a blog. Go figure? But what is a blog without a good ranty rant? This turned out extremely long and so I apologize. So for all those who can’t stand me rolling my face all over the keyboard, here’s a tl;dr condensed version:
1. I have migrated through a few blogs; 2. I take a long time to write any post; 3. I feel bad for writing long reviews; 4. I dislike using rating metrics; 5. I don’t listen to music when blogging; 6. I am bad at user-interaction; 7. I prefer writing over reading; 8. I may perhaps one day booktube; 9. I would like to find another male co-blogger; 10. You reading this makes me happy.
1. I have migrated through a few blogs
It started with Freewebs and Microsoft Frontpage. Then Xanga came along with a heaping spoonful of teenage angst and random expletives. With the discovery of greater communities, LiveJournal was the next destination. This was followed by the move to this thing called WordPress. I think you might have heard of it?
So here we are: this blog and you reading this post.
2. I take a long time to write any post
Like so many of my posts, they often take an unnecessary amount of time to write up—and even more-so to draft the intent behind each article. While I do peg myself as a keyboard smasher who enjoys transparency, you’d be surprised (maybe?) to know that it’s really difficult for me to post things on a whim without given a decent amount of thought. Let’s consider book reviews for a second. Regardless of any book characteristic (length, genre, etc.), a review will often take several hours-to-a few days to actually write itself. While this is could be credited to sorting the usual ~10 pages of notes taken; with critical thoughts and tangents that spring up as I read (and write), the whole process is indeed messy and evidently time-consuming—but I still wouldn’t change a thing.
But this does bring up concerns regarding: the cost-benefit of writing extremely long-winded reviews.
3. I feel bad for writing long reviews
In this very “go go go!” world of needing quick and accessible information, I understand the benefits of having short and concise reviews. So I do feel at fault sometimes when my reviews are 2k words too long when it could simply be condensed into a 100-word paragraph. Yet it’s either the stubbornness in what I deem as necessary value-added content or the integrity and voice as a blogger/reviewer/regular person with opinions that makes me think otherwise about cutting corners and skimping on content that I find relevant and that which should be discussed.
This is also part of the reason why:
4. I dislike using rating metrics
I dislike using superficial, quantitative ratings as the sole and key metric in gauging a critique (hypocrisy: goodreads/amazon requires a star rating, so I digress). I honestly feel that it detracts from the overall substance of the review to validate preferential treatment and biases we have. If one continually reads into and favours certain niche elements, then it’s very possible to dismiss what’s good (or bad) about alternative novels simply based on not fitting the usual tropes or narrative elements one may enjoy. For the most part, it’s okay to have a star-rating value supported by an opinion. However, with information retention scanning for quick info-grabs…the rating is usually what the eye may likely gravitate towards; causing the substance of the review to fall onto the shoulder of the rating and not so much the other way around. Don’t get me wrong though…if you’re satisfied with how you roll with the use of metrics then super rad cool beans to you! It just isn’t for me and that’s just my supportive rant. (Now I feel like I’m going to get heat for the above.)
But through all of this backstage content curation nonsense:
5. I don’t listen to music when blogging
I cannot listen to any music while I’m focusing on writing a post. Grey noise or the sound of the fan is okay. But music is a pretty big distraction (on the basis that I might jam along or something) and while time is well-wasted…it is not the ideal outlet when posts already take forever to write. This, unfortunately, also applies to when I peruse posts and blog hop. Le sigh.
To tangent on commenting:
6. I am bad at user-interaction
It actually takes me a good few minutes after reading a post to think about the comment that I want to make. I mean…if I were to type freely, I can guarantee that there would be some expletives, plenty of random LOL’s and emoticons in the mix (not to mention that my thoughts would be all over the place). But there’s knowing where boundaries lie for people you haven’t met yet and what they’d think. Which is why I guess I feel like I’m not always able to put a face on a voice? Except I’m sure people are thinking “why is this kid ending all his replies with cheers and a link to his post?!” Indeed that may simply be a marketing ploy but one to hopefully encourage a long-standing dialogue.
7. I prefer writing over reading
While reading and writing are (for-the-most-part) synonymous, I actually enjoy the writing process more than actually reading a book. Am I crazy? Indeed. But I think that’s why I don’t even consider myself a reader any more than an individual who simply likes to think and rationalize the shit out of everything. So I guess now is when I get torched by the community…?
8. I may perhaps one day booktube (but probably not)
Like many, I wanted to start booktubing (or maybe just YouTube in general). But then again…maybe I liked the idea more than actually going through with it. Full disclosure: I don’t even follow anything related to booktubing sooooo I guess that idea is a flop. I think it actually comes down to bandwidth issues (dear Canada, please fix your net rates) but that’s an issue for another day.
9. I would like to find another male co-blogger;
I wish there were more guys who book blog (or would consider it) so I could find another voice to work alongside with. I mean, there are plenty of male booktubers but I seldom see that many that are primarily text-bloggers..? So yes, I’ve been sort of trying to finding a co-blogger for this…but it’s some difficult stuff yo. And no, I’m not trying to be sexist or anything in not looking for a female co-blogger. To be blunt, I really just wanted to create an environment to bro out and ramble nonsense with someone and have topics from a guy’s perspective (to basically suggest that for-the-most-part guys aren’t too different from girls and vice-versa in what is read—or something to that extreme, maybe). Think about segments like: “Bro’s on YA”, “Bro’s on literary foreplay via BDSM”, “Bro’s on Testosterone Injections to get Noticed”. You see? Endless possibilities of amazeballs discussions. Or maybe only I think it’d be fun to see two randoms talking nonsense about nothing and everything. But this is definitely a potential long-term plan because I’m currently a nobody in this community (and having zero content doesn’t help at all haha).
10. You reading this makes me happy
Anything that remotely resembles a presence on my blog makes me happy. All them little celebrations all day, am I right? It’s basically like…“oh look a like”—bam, some feels. “Oh look a comment”—bam, right in the heart. Just me? Damn.
Annnnnnd…I think that’s enough nonsense for tonight.
But man… I need to figure out some of these reviews that I’m behind for by a month LOL. It is quite unfortunate that my online MMORPG released new content too….ughhhhh. gaming antics tho.