Or the sordid tale of my dirty blogging woes
After nearly two years of book blogging, I've finally realized that I have two fatal flaws that I need to address. Some of you might be thinking it's my inappropriate humor or the dirty, dirty pictures I sometimes post on Tumblr. Well, my friends, you'd be wrong on both counts. Still others of you might think that it's my ability to quote totally useless trivia about the Nancy Drew books. I have a lot of totally useless trivia, let me tell you. BUT... that's not one of my flaws.
No, my flaws are simple - I have a tendency to let to my reviews pile up until I look at the list of books I've recently read waiting for me to review them and want to cry - and - I am terribly, horribly, awfully neglectful of my Google Reader.
I decided to tackle my first flaw the other day by offering myself incentive as I wrote each review. "Kelly," I told myself, "you have five reviews to write. You're going to write one and as a reward you can read a chapter of your current book."
This seemed like a solid plan. I wrote my review and I was feeling good about myself. I picked up my book for the reward chapter and THREE HOURS LATER I HAD FINISHED THE BOOK WITHOUT WRITING ANOTHER REVIEW!
Now, my problem might have been that my reward book was Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent and it was really good. Or my problem might have been that I have zero self-control around books. I don't know. I do know that I ended up that night with exactly the same amount of books to review that I started with. *frowny face*
It's clear that the answer to this problem is that I need to read books that suck. Right? If I don't want to get back to reading them, the reviews will be like the reward and I'll actually write the darn things in a timely manner.
Anyway. Flaw #2. My Google Reader. I can't be the only one who forgets about the thing. Can I? Ohmahgod. I am the only one, aren't I? And by admitting to this I've now violated Google's TOS and I'm doomed to a Google-less existence from here on out! MY GOOGLE-FU WILL BE WASTED! *weeps*
Yeah. Okay. The other day, I realized that I had forgotten to check my reader in 3 days. 300+ posts were staring at me when I opened the damn thing up. I closed that page down so fast that my fingers were still smoking 5 minutes later.
Unlike my first fatal flaw, I don't have a fix for this one. I could write myself a note but I'd probably ignore it for three days and end up in the same boat I was before. I could... no, that was my only idea. I'm tapped, folks. Done.
I want to know how you guys motivate yourselves. It doesn't have to be about book blogging, review writing, Google Reader-ing. Tell me what silly, fun, yummy, or otherwise motivating thing you use to get things done.
Now I'm off to find a bad book and make myself write some reviews.