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Saturday, April 19, 2014


Blogging + Real Life: How Do You Balance Both? ~ Part 2

2 Weeks ago I started talking about how I manage to find the time to balance real life and blogging... and how I manage to find the time to post so much in a week.

But last time I was also semi-rambling, so let's cut to the chase shall we? You can find Part 1 HERE.

"I have so many books to read and most of them need to be submitted to the Publisher by next week! But I have 3 essays to write, a project due by Monday to my boss, an AP Calculus test to study for, etc. – Ahh!" *goes on lockdown and ignores the entire world*

Want to know what baffles me the most? Getting advance copies of a book that may or may not be the next big thing will launch said person to fame and fortune.
It most certainly does not, and if that's the case, we are not in mutual understanding. *flips hair*

What I don't understand is how people can manage requesting so many ARCs or read so many books (I mean, 30 a month!) without stressing out or ripping out their hair. They must make a living out of reading, but I have a tinge of admiration for those peeps. O_O
I treat Netgalley as though it's an online course with these deadlines everywhere. I'm probably paranoid for thinking that, but when you're raised to meet deadlines on time, it kind of carries over to other places.

My mother personally doesn't know this. She thinks I'm a hardcore gamer or doing something against the law. Ha... blogging being illegal. I suppose that makes all of us innocent criminals. I don't intend to do any correcting either – been there done that and it failed miserably.
But Netgalley and deadlines. I typically request 2-3 books at a time. Sometimes there might be more, but that's only the case if the deadline is far away – as in 6 months away. It gives me ample time to do other stuff, such as:
  • Finishing that lovely essay and polishing it for your English teacher, or any teacher really
  • Studying your butt off for a test – especially in high school since it's PERMANENT >_<
  • Giving your blog some attention – perhaps a makeover is in the horizons?
  • Mingling with other bloggers virtually and meeting some new ones as well
  • Spending quality time with your friends or family, who will probably be grateful you're giving them the time of day at last

And finally...

Not pulling your hair out while scrambling around as though the apocalypse just came about us and you need to collect all books before the world ends and you're buried under a pile of rubbish. Or maybe torn apart by zombies.
Honestly, I still don't get how people find the time to read a million books – much less ARCs with a short time frame – in a month. I would be clawing up the walls by now. Then again, I did read around 10 books during Spring Break... and that was a week.

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.