Some of you may have noticed I’ve missed a few new release announcements. You could call it missing them. You could also call it skipping them. I’ve also missed a few Wednesday Hauls and a LOT of manga reviews. I have not however missed any movie reviews. I love to gab about movies and my blog is the perfect forum.
I’m the type of personality who will take on more and more until I can’t handle it all unless I sacrifice something else. Lately that sacrifice has been my time towards writing. It seems every time I get on my computer, I’m updating or revamping or checking something and not writing. That is one of the reasons I want a mini without an internet connection. Then I can totally focus on writing without “shiny” things on my laptop distracting me.
So, I’ve decided to sacrifice something else a lot more expendable than my writing. This blog will no longer host new release announcements. I love my publishers and want to support them, which is why I’ll still forward the new release announcements to my yahoo groups (and some friends’ yahoo groups so long as they let me). But I’ll no longer take that extra ten to fifteen minutes to post them on my blog. While that does seem like a small amount of time, it is just enough time to break my train of thought and yank me out of a book.
Wednesday Haul is changing because I no longer get manga at my comic shop. Something is up with Diamond Distribution where they are not shipping out manga to the comic shops and I fell waaaaaaay behind (that was the dead air all those weeks). So, I’ve started pre-ordering my manga fix from BAMM. I get the benefit of the member discount without paying for it because I’m military (AAFES site referral).
I also have a very shiny (extremely… I’ve been very tempted) new cataloging system that even comes with a UPC scanner, which will make it fast, that has been begging me to use it. I’ve been very good and sacrificed doing that until now. My book and manga collection has grown to such a point that I really need to have some sort of catalog so I know what I have (and can buy more without worry of repeats :P). Also handy for insurance purposes.
Once I input my collection into the system, I’ll then upload said catalog to my site and update it once a month or something. That means no more having Wednesday Haul posts. Actually I’m only canning those posts because I have a big bag of manga (catching up on all that I missed) that I got and haven’t wanted to input. Yup, color me lazy.
Finally the author interviews. I have interviews scheduled through mid-November. I’m hoping to fill up the slots through the end of the year. After that, I think I’ll stop. I’ve got a good bunch and they are fun to read, but having to send out reminders and do follow-ups on missing information, et al is too time-consuming.
As well, the interviews were supposed to be a promotional method to get more people to my blog and to my website since the interviewee would link to my blog and send their followers my way. I’m not sure if it helped or not.
This all amounts to time and how I use it. I admit I don’t manage time well, but that’s because something always pops up (my husband for instance — man needs a hobby). I write stuff down and plan stuff out and stuff still comes out of nowhere like mushrooms at night. So it’s time to start cutting back on the superfluous.
Not to mention, it’s going in to summer and that means movies practically every week and conventions every month. Movies means review posts and conventions means preparing promo and lots of traveling. Most of my time-sink activities get started in winter because I have more free time. Well, it’s time to end them.