I hadn't planned on a Sunday Salon post this week, but I got back to Dallas earlier than expected and Scott is off at some type of baja racing rally thingy at Texas Motorspeedway which gives me a free evening to myself to do whatever my heart desires (and my washing machine is broken so I don't have to feel guilty about neglecting the laundry).
What? You have a blog? About books??
I was in Salt Lake this weekend and was able to catch up with a lot of family members who I hadn't seen in quite some time. A few of them know I keep a book blog and we got to talking about book blogging and blogging in general. I never quite know how to talk about my blog with others. These particular cousins know about my book blog because they keep their own personal blogs, but I don't usually bring up blogging with other people. When people ask, "what do you do for fun," for some reason "blogging" is never an immediate response, although I do spend a bit of time writing my own thoughts and reading those of others.
Honestly, I only have a few close friends and family members who even know that I book blog. I've found that people don't always know how to respond to my book blogging habits, so sometimes its less awkward to not talk about it at all. My parents always ask why I don't go into publishing or get my PhD--well, because reviewing books for a living is very different from doing it for fun and I hate writing research papers. How do I possibly have time to keep up? I don't know--how do you have time to watch 4 hours of TV a night? You write about every book that you read? Why? Because I like sorting out my thoughts and keeping a record. You mean you are friends with these people you've never met? *sigh* yes! OR there is the non-response--the "not really sure what to say to you having a blog" response.
Maybe I just have a difficult time explaining to others why it is I love blogging so much. I know why I love blogging--the connection, the recommendations, the venting, the writing about books--but how to explain that to someone who doesn't blog and especially someone who isn't a big reader? Sometimes I get some strange looks when people find out I have a book blog--and there are others who don't understand what I do and think I have some type of online book club. And the challenges--oh baby is that hard to explain! And in very broad and general terms, I think some people just don't get blogging. A journal? Why have something that anyone can see? I wonder if any of you experience these types of comments in your real life as well.
So, my Sunday questions to you: Do your family, friends, acquaintances know that you blog? How do you bring it up in conversation? How do they react to your blogging habits? Are they mostly receptive or do they look at you a little sideways? What are your experiences with mixing your blogging world with your personal world? Or do you keep the two absolutely separate? I'd love to know your thoughts!
I'd like to thank everyone and send out a giant hug for all of the comments and emails last week about my grandpa's passing. It was a sad week and it was very difficult to see my grandpa in his casket and later at the burial site. He was an amazing man and will be greatly missed by many. Including his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he had 87 direct descendants. He was 87 years old when he died last week. We all shed a lot of tears, but we also had a lot of laughs. And I think grandpa would have wanted it that way--to laugh and laugh and laugh. And we can all imagine him laughing with us (he had the best sense of humor). Below is a picture of me and my grandma. I love her tremendously--more than I could possibly express.
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It will probably be another slow month of blogging for me. My work hours are increasing over the next month and a half, which means that my prime reading time will get cut (before work and during lunch is when I do most of my reading). I'm going to try and do better about my reviews this next month, although I'm guessing that my shortened time will mean less reading and less reviewing anyway.
Scott and I are also going to start looking for houses again after a long break of no looking. Life kind of got away from us for a while, but we're ready to be in a place of our own again (we've been renting "temporarily" since moving back to Dallas almost two years ago). I feel like I need to start making this a focus/priority so that Scott and I can continue to be on the same page for what we want.
I've struggled the past few months with commenting, and I just have to come to terms with the fact that I can't comment as much as I want to and I can't comment on every post. I hate having to admit that, but I also need to stop self-guilting. I just can't keep up, especially as I've been subscribing to more and more blogs lately and there are so many posts (how do you guys manage to find time to post so often!?). I'll still be around--I'm not taking a break or going anywhere--but I also need to allow myself to hit that "mark as read" button and not feel guilty.
Middlemarch? I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I have about 150 pages left and hope to get several read tonight while Scott is out. I was hoping to finish by this coming Thursday, but with my new work hours, I'm not sure if that's doable. Might have to get up even earlier to read! I've been averaging about 35 pages a day (at 840 pages you do the math), so hopefully I'll be able to manage at least that. I'm still really enjoying it, but there are some story lines that I like better than others. And I left my dang reading glasses on the plane! Oh boy am I irked.
I'm blabbing. So much easier to babble on than write coherent thoughts about books! :)
Hope everyone is having a great Sunday!