Let’s Talk Bookish: Balancing reading for your blog and other hobbies

Hello, and happy Saturday! I didn’t have school Thursday or Friday, and it’s been nice to relax a little over the weekend, although I didn’t get a ton done in terms of writing for nanowrimo, or blogging. It’s been a bit over a week since my last post, and I’ve pushed this post back a bit since I’ve been really busy with school. I think that this is a really great topic, and one that comes up a lot in my life since I have a lot to balance, between school, blogging, reading, and everything else in my life!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is balancing reading for your blog and other hobbies, suggested by Dani.

Reading enough to keep a blog running can be stressful in the best of times, but what happens when other hobbies start to get in the way? 

Usually, I end up not posting or moving a post back a day. That’s what I did with this one, and what I do with quite a few of my posts! Yesterday, I ended up not having time to finish writing this post, so even though I aim to publish Let’s Talk Bookish posts on Fridays, it’s going out to all of you on Saturday.

I think it’s important to remember that blogging is a hobby, and that its okay not to sacrifice other things in your life so you can get one post out on time.

I don’t always go by this: there have been times where I stay up an extra half hour to finish a post, or don’t meet my writing goal for a day to make sure that I can update my blog. Sometimes this is bad, sometimes this isn’t. Is hitting that writing goal going to be more important to me than publishing the blog post on a certain day? A lot of the time, with questions like these I have to choose between two hobbies, and while sometimes I’ll put blogging first, sometimes I won’t, and that works for me.

Do you force yourself to prioritize reading even when you want to be drawing/knitting/playing music/watching a new show/gaming?

Not really. I never want reading to become a chore, or something that I feel I’m forcing myself to do, so if there’s a show I really want to watch, or if I want to even just do something that’s not reading, I’m not going to force myself to. Reading slumps can also really slow you down in terms of reading, but sometimes you might not be in the mood to read, and it’s good to give yourself a break and do other things!

Has another hobby ever made you miss a reading goal? 

Definitely! I often set pretty ambitious reading goals, but even when I don’t, I miss them all the time. (I don’t even know if I can remember one time I did completely achieve a reading goal!) I really try not to stress too much about how much I’m reading, and although I’ve failed at this plenty of times, I’m not constantly shoving aside all of my other hobbies to finish a certain book by a certain day, or anything like that.

What is your strategy to balance reading among your other hobbies?

I guess… to not put too much pressure on myself to read, so that when I really want to read it never feels like a chore, and instead is something I always love.

One thing I don’t have any strategy on is definitely school. School isn’t exactly a hobby, but I do want to talk about how it interferes with my reading because of how much it takes up my time. In school, there’s very little time to read, and a lot of the time after school that I would be spending reading I spend on homework and school related stuff in general. I definitely think I could be more efficient with my homework, and that’s something I know that I need to work on. That would probably be a good way for me to carve out more time in the day to read.

School doesn’t always have a negative effect on my reading though. Sometimes, I’ll have a class where we do almost nothing, and I’m able to just read through half of it. Or, if I finish a test or something and there aren’t any other things for me to do, then I might have a bit more time to read as well. These moments in school can offer a rare window of time where you’re free from distractions like other people or your phone.

Wrapping this up…

Do you have any strategies to balance reading among your other hobbies that work well for you? I’d love to hear all of your answers to these questions, and thoughts on the topic in the comments below!

What do you do to balance reading with your other hobbies? Do you set lots of reading goals? Chat with me in the comments below!

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