Showing posts with label competitive reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label competitive reading. Show all posts

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I'm Challenging Myself to Read 1 Book in 2016 | Goodreads Challenges Suck?



Probably everyone who's an avid reader, whether they're a book blogger or just a spectator, has a Goodreads account these days. Whether it's to document, discuss, or just see what others are reading.

A huge part of the Goodreads experience is the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Basically you simply set a goal for how many books you're going to read in the upcoming year and Goodreads tracks your progress for you.

In theory this is a nice concept, especially for statistic freaks like me who just love seeing everything they do translated into numbers. Goodreads tracks everything for you:

How many pages you read, how many books by a certain author you read, how many books from a genre you read - it's all there. It looks neat and gives you a great overview at the end of the year. I use the function quite often to simply check how many pages I've read or to see how many books I've given a certain rating. 
It's strangely addicting?!

But aside from that, the more people I befriended and the more I started immersing myself in the reading community, I noticed that this whole neat little concept isn't really just a fun thing to do on the side - it's serious business.
People are actively trying to read the most books on the entire website and surpass everyone they know. Like, not even in a friendly way, but in an obsessively competitive kinda way. Myself included. You can't help it, when you see someone post their score, you just want to surpass them. 

When I first started my blog and did the challenge for the first time in 2014, I read about 50 books I think. Last year around 90. But the thing is, I feel constantly pressured to one-up myself every year and read even more books, because there'll always be someone that has a higher book count than me. For people who are naturally just very competitive, this is a nightmare.
Having deadlines is always very stressful for me, and seeing all these people challenge themselves to read ridiculous amounts of books (I've seen 500+) and actually succeed and overpass me very early on just makes me feel like I'm failing at reading. That's actually a pretty stupid thing to think. 

What are we even competing for? 

Does it increase your coolness factor or IQ with every book you read? Eh. I don't think so.

I mean for some people competition is just a fun way to push themselves a little, but for me it's just unnecessary stress that I don't need in my life. The only goal I have reading-wise in 2016 is to read simply for pleasure. I want to read books because I want to, not because they're short and will help me reach my Goodreads challenge goal more quickly (I've seriously done this before).

So in order to avoid all this, I have challenged myself to read a single book this year.
No more competitive reading for me.

Are you doing the 2016 GR challenge? What's your goal?

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Things No One Tells You About Book Blogging | Book Blogging Tips (#25)


I had no idea what to expect when I just dove into blogging head-first. I didn't even read other blogs when I first started and just decided to do it my own way.

A lot has changed since then and I'd like to say that my blog has improved since then. Here are some things that really surprised me when I first started blogging.



  • Success won't come overnight: Good content ≠ Readers

No matter what you post, you won't become a successful blogger within six months. There are exceptions to the rule, but don't assume that you're one of those. Readers are earned and that takes time.


  • Queuing WILL save your blog

Honestly, if it wasn't for my well-stacked queue I'd probably have quit already. It's hardly possible to keep posting as much as I do (almost every day/ every other day) without actually planning posts in advance. I use my creative highs to schedule posts in advance. I suggest you make a habit of queuing, too, because it really does help a lot.


  • Themes matter, period.

So many people say it's all about the content, but honestly: there are certain themes that I just can't stand to see anymore. At this point I actually click away when I see an awful blog design, no matter how interesting the posts sound.


  • You will lose motivation

..and that's perfectly normal. Blogging is a full-time job and after months and months of writing posts, you may get tired of it. Don't give up. The big names in the blogging community are the people who never gave up. You can do it.


  • It's a competition - you will get jealous of others

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you shouldn't try to be like other bloggers or try to be as successful as them. I've heard it all, but the truth is I do look left and right and try to improve my blog constantly. The internet changes and so do the habits of the people who visit my blog. 

  • Of course you'll get discouraged to see a blogger that has barely started surpass you with their statistics.
  • Of course you'll get jealous when someone gets an awesome ARC that you didn't get 
  • Of course you'll constantly ask yourself why someone else has more followers, has more commenters, has better statistics
  • Of course you'll try to be more like the people you admire. And eventually plan to be a better blogger than them.
That may sound a little conceited, but it's the truth. Why are you blogging? Because you think your voice matters. When it ends up being unheard it's frustrating and annoying and it will make you question everything you do. 

BUT:
Don't listen to that little voice that says you're not good enough and you're never going to make it. 

Persistence is the key to success. 

One day people will look up to you and ask themselves why they're not as great as you are. 


What are things that you didn't expect about blogging?
Do you sometimes get jealous of other bloggers?

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