Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions: Deadlines

Book Blogger Confessions is a new meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Media or For What It's Worth. What is it? It's a meme that allows bloggers to weigh in on a topic, talk about or own blogging experiences and maybe vent a little. This time we're talking about deadlines. The question: Deadlines for reviewing and blogging. Do you set them? How do you keep them? What do you do if you can't meet a deadline?

Hmmm. Deadlines. Well. Deadlines are subjective. I have two separate circumstances and in one the deadlines matter and in the other they don't.

So, when deadlines don't matter - I actually don't receive a lot of review copies. I buy my books. I pick what I read off the stacks and stacks that I have in my room. I work at a bookstore, so I do get ARCs here and there, but they are selective, and I'm selective about which ones I choose. When I am reading and reviewing these types of books, I don't set deadlines. I hesitate to commit to reading books at certain times because I don't want to read something I'm not in the mood for, because then I'm likely to resent it, or to color my opinion of it with a pre-set attitude. If I am reading and reviewing a book before it's intended date, I always try to post that review within a week of it's release date. Other than that, I read what I feel like and post shortly after.

When deadlines matter? Well, when I receive copies intended specifically for review - i.e. NetGalley and author requests. In these instances I come up with a rough date that I intent to have a review posted for that book. Also, for memes, giveaways, or events. Those three things are when my deadlines are actually set, because they often involve a lot of other people.

This is not a blog run by deadlines. I set them occasionally - so the ones I do set are easy to stick to, because everything else is so flexible. I DID just get a calendar specifically for the blog though. I'm now keeping better track of book release dates and those instances that actually have deadlines. I feel better about being organized and coming up with a system - but most of my calendar is open to be filled later, depending on what I'm reading.

How about you? What's your take on deadlines?

6 comments:

  1. I sometimes have run a bit past a deadline, which is why if I'm asked for a review, I ask if they have a specific date -- and then I put it in my calendar with a reminder. That helps. :)

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  2. I also started a calandar for my blog this year with tours, release dates for ARCs, and the dates that I plan to have my reviews posted. There is a bit of flexibility there but I try to read on a schedule to keep myself from getting stressed!

    Bonnie @ www.handsandhome.ca

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  3. I work hard to keep my blog flexible, too. I'm with you on the resentment - if I have to read all my books by set dates I get grumpy really quickly.

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  4. Oh love the idea of not deadlines and being flexible too.

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  5. I think we pretty much blog the same way. I have a schedule but it's flexible. I do have my blog planner and I am the post-it note queen but I try not to set many deadlines.

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  6. Being selective is KEY to low stress.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions: Deadlines

Book Blogger Confessions is a new meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Media or For What It's Worth. What is it? It's a meme that allows bloggers to weigh in on a topic, talk about or own blogging experiences and maybe vent a little. This time we're talking about deadlines. The question: Deadlines for reviewing and blogging. Do you set them? How do you keep them? What do you do if you can't meet a deadline?

Hmmm. Deadlines. Well. Deadlines are subjective. I have two separate circumstances and in one the deadlines matter and in the other they don't.

So, when deadlines don't matter - I actually don't receive a lot of review copies. I buy my books. I pick what I read off the stacks and stacks that I have in my room. I work at a bookstore, so I do get ARCs here and there, but they are selective, and I'm selective about which ones I choose. When I am reading and reviewing these types of books, I don't set deadlines. I hesitate to commit to reading books at certain times because I don't want to read something I'm not in the mood for, because then I'm likely to resent it, or to color my opinion of it with a pre-set attitude. If I am reading and reviewing a book before it's intended date, I always try to post that review within a week of it's release date. Other than that, I read what I feel like and post shortly after.

When deadlines matter? Well, when I receive copies intended specifically for review - i.e. NetGalley and author requests. In these instances I come up with a rough date that I intent to have a review posted for that book. Also, for memes, giveaways, or events. Those three things are when my deadlines are actually set, because they often involve a lot of other people.

This is not a blog run by deadlines. I set them occasionally - so the ones I do set are easy to stick to, because everything else is so flexible. I DID just get a calendar specifically for the blog though. I'm now keeping better track of book release dates and those instances that actually have deadlines. I feel better about being organized and coming up with a system - but most of my calendar is open to be filled later, depending on what I'm reading.

How about you? What's your take on deadlines?

6 comments:

  1. I sometimes have run a bit past a deadline, which is why if I'm asked for a review, I ask if they have a specific date -- and then I put it in my calendar with a reminder. That helps. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I also started a calandar for my blog this year with tours, release dates for ARCs, and the dates that I plan to have my reviews posted. There is a bit of flexibility there but I try to read on a schedule to keep myself from getting stressed!

    Bonnie @ www.handsandhome.ca

    ReplyDelete
  3. I work hard to keep my blog flexible, too. I'm with you on the resentment - if I have to read all my books by set dates I get grumpy really quickly.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh love the idea of not deadlines and being flexible too.

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  5. I think we pretty much blog the same way. I have a schedule but it's flexible. I do have my blog planner and I am the post-it note queen but I try not to set many deadlines.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Being selective is KEY to low stress.

    ReplyDelete