Brief Hiatus Over: Apologies That I Was Gone a Bit!

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been gone most of this month and for that I apologize. I still somehow managed to get followers though so welcome new people! I hope you all enjoy my content and any suggestions you have that you’d like to see on my blog, please comment down below and I’ll see what I can do.

I left briefly because of all the things: heat wave in Missouri is awful, Roe Vs Wade being overturned, I was ill briefly (just a minor bug I still thankfully don’t have Covid), and stress. So. Much. Stress.

So I took a brief break, gathered a few new reviews that I hope to post soon, a few discussion posts, and some random other things too including my monthly wrap up and next month tbr!

I’m going to try to start posting once a day. I may post more than once sometimes but I am easing back into my regular posting schedule. I hope everyone is doing okay and that they’ve had a successful reading month.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Procrastination & Social Media Our Number One Enemies: AKA How A Book Blogger “Plans”

Hello Everyone,

  • Netgalley Review “A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice to be Posted in April
  • Read Where The Drowned Girls Go
  • Review Above
  • Check Goodreads
  • Instagram for Inspiration for next reading choice
  • Twitter
  • YouTube (for watching content, not creating it for me)
  • Google ideas for book blog Content
  • Read another Netgalley arc
  • Repeat process

I’m trying to get more organized, scheduling posts and reviews, but it’s a lot of work and more planning than I thought it would be. I’ve been steadily making progress for my blog to grow and be better and better. Researching blogs and getting ideas are taking up a chunk of time that I could be reading. But then there’s also the reading slump I’m actively struggling to avoid too.

I’m trying to find a system that works but so far it’s note taking, browsing, researching, and watching others creating content that works. It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of fun at the same time. I’ve been discovering new places to read book blogs such as lithub and Crime Reads and a lot of other places that have such cool content ideas and blogs posted. But they have more than one person working with them (usually) and they also usually have way more experience too. I’ve been blogging six years and only a couple years ago I’ve been taking it seriously. It’s a struggle.

For those that blog, tips and tricks in the comments below would be super helpful! How do you get your followers? I still haven’t breached 1k. I’m trying to figure out how to reach that goal, and so far, nada. I’d love advice to finding more ideas and your favorite blogs. I’d like to hear about your process in running a blog.

Thanks for sticking around this long to listen to me chat about blogging struggles. I’m appreciative of all those that come and read what I have to say.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Discussion: WordPress Upgrade and What I Think So Far Of These Blocks

Hello Everyone,

I’m going to be honest here-I am so far not a fan of the new update. It’s challenging in figuring out how to use it, and I’m struggling with updating my blog for the new year. I’m sure a few of you have tested it out so far as well. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Approve? Disapprove? Most seem to be violently against it. I’m trying to remain neutral so far, but I admit.

This is hard.

Writing posts appears to be easy enough. I’ve figured that out mostly so my content can keep coming. But the widgets area? Yeah. That’s a pain. I’m still struggling on updating a lot of those widgets on my sidebar. Fyi, please click “desktop site” to view that and you can follow my blog easier that way too (shameless plug, I know, I know lol).

There’s also these group images. See I’m going to do in examples of what I’ve been doing. I click on the little blue plus symbol for the things I need. Then I click group, and I can do a double shot at once of pictures. Make sure you unclick the “crop image” and voila! Or you can just do a single imagine at a time. This bit? Easy enough to understand.

Then there’s the columns. How on earth do you do those? I’ve been struggling with that a lot so here’s a little test run:

Ignore the mess!

Yeah not really showing up as columns like others have it are they? 🤔 I’m struggling in figuring all this out and that’s been primarily on why my posts have slowed way down. I still do WWW Wednesday, and wrap ups and tbrs. But otherwise? I’m behind on a lot that I want to post and share.

So.

I’m asking others that read this-what’s your experience so far with blogging on the new platform? Is there any advice or articles that helps explain some of these “blocks”? I’m really wanting all of you to chime in and tell me your honest opinion-good, bad whatever. I’m curious to see people’s reaction.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Discussion: Growing Your Blog

Hey everybody,

I’ve been attempting to fix all my old blog posts so you might have noticed some changes. At some point I’m going to have to sit and figure out a way to make my website easy to read for both my laptop and my phone. I use it on my phone more and am realizing it’s not what it could be in terms of easy access. Hopefully I can get all this fixed soon. But I am discussing today blog growth!

I’ve been blogging for SIX YEARS now and have 300 followers.

In the grand scheme of things that’s not a lot, and while I’m happy at all the new faces, I seriously need to step it up a notch. These are the tactics that I learned to help me get those followers:

Follow for follow, comment for comment, have a beautiful Instagram, have a prolific Pinterest account, write up guest posts on other blogs/bring in a guest to your blog, hold a contest, publish great content, be more social & write ten posts a day.

Now I don’t know about y’all, but all that work seems ridiculous. There MUST be an easier way to generate more traffic, more followers, and grow your blog as high as you possibly can. I’m overall lazy. I know that’s not a good quality, but again. There must be an easier way. I’m also not the most social of creatures and I fight just to keep up with commenters on my blog. All this work just to make a name for yourself? Ridiculous.

And there’s others out there who cheat and pay for their blogs to gain all the followers. I don’t know about y’all but I have zero funds. Covid, medical health care, and bills take up more than all my money. Not to mention education and what remains I use to buy books and a subscription for KU (Kindle Unlimited).

If you are looking for me to tell you an easier way-I’m going to be honest and say I have no idea what easier way there is. You are going to fight to make your blog stand out. It’s going to be hard. Your going to whine and complain and feel like you don’t want this anymore because it’s too hard. Or you can also easily get burnout like I did.

I have advice though!

Don’t give up. I spent a year away from my blog and yet IT STILL GREW. I know it’s hard, believe me we’ve all been there. But eventually you’ll bypass the hundred followers mark. Soon you will get to the thousands. You just need to be patient and stick with it.

Research, ask around, make friends, watch countless how to videos, learn

I spent a lot of time scratching at Google for tips, ideas, tricks. I talked to other book bloggers that had way more experience than me. I wrote reviews that were both good and bad and I learned more than I thought I ever would.

The community makes it worth it.

The people here are amazing and supportive and the best! You’ll make new friends and find people read as much as you if not more so. Growth may happen but don’t be upset if it takes a while. Even if it takes a year or years, you need to be patient and stick with it. Keep growing content. Keep being strong.

You’ll get there.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Discussion: Making Ten Posts a Day

Hello all,

In researching how to grow content I came across usual tips such as write more and post often but one caught me off guard.

Make ten posts a day.

A day.

Ten.

I’ve been in a hiatus the last year, and going from nothing to ten posts a day seems rather… excessive.

Granted, sure, you’d generate content but would it be good content? I like making one post per day before the hiatus and I try for quality rather than quantity. I want my blog not only to look nice but to showcase my work well!

I can’t begin to imagine making ten posts a day. Would y’all like me making ten posts a day? Or just one to three posts every few days?

What do y’all think? Be sure to tell me in the comments because I genuinely want to know your thoughts on this!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Discussion: That Darn Blogging Slump

Hello all,

So, I have been stressed out and struggling with making new posts for my blog. Y’all may have noticed I was gone for almost a year on an unexpected Hiatus. But I’m struggling in coming back especially since I somehow increased in followers despite my being gone. 🤔

First thanks for all those who stuck around and also hello new followers! We’re almost nearing three hundred! Awesome!

Back to the slump!

I have spent some time figuring out what I want to accomplish and what I NEED to achieve with my blog. I used a lot of helpful resources on Google that really helped me figure out what I want to do. Here’s my goals:

∆ post more reviews

∆ make those lists for the topics I’ve been meaning to (safe LGBT books that aren’t full of triggers for example)

∆ engage with other bloggers (I’m really not much of a social person but I try)

∆ link those book reviews to publishers/authors/etc

∆ make a fully comprehensive list of trigger warnings, tag books that are NOT just mainstream traditional publishing but also indie and books on KU

∆ fully integrate all my wishlists onto Goodreads

∆ interview other bloggers, authors, and others

Now a lot of that I need a computer but don’t currently have wifi which has been my main problem! I’m doing all this by phone! So if you have advice I would love you to comment below!

I’m sincere in making more posts and stepping my toes back into blogging. I have missed it but this past year has been rough as I’m sure all of you feel the same. I still am learning all about blogging and it feels that I will always be learning something new. I’m grateful for all of you helping me out along the way. This community has been awesome and that’s one major reason miss blogging.

Thank you,

-Pass Me That Book.

Discussion: Reading Slumps (And Why I Hate Them)

Hello all.

I’m tentatively stepping out of hiatus and explaining where I’ve been. Answer: reading but not reviewing. Dnf’ing and not finishing. I’m struggling to figure out how I want my blog to go. While I like wrap ups, tbr updates, and new book releases it feels repetitive after a while. I grew tired of posting what felt like the same shit different day. It’s nice owning my own website name, but the little amount of traffic I get doesn’t feel worth it. Part of why I blog is to be heard and it feels like I’m not reaching that I want to reach.

That’s issue #1. Issue #2 is that life’s busy, I’m bored (not of reading but of staying home due to Covid), there’s a lot of those who wrote the same sort of reviews that I do…a list of complaints isn’t something y’all want to read, but that’s basically what I feel. Issue #2: it doesn’t matter what I do, my work is barely making a difference for the community.

But! See, I know that’s not true. Every review matters for authors. That’s always been how I operate: read, review, share sometimes purchase if it’s something I truly enjoyed or feel I must have. The book community is amazing and resourceful and helpful, kind and encouraging. I grew from a pitiful 10 followers to an amazing 300 followers. I’m wanting to seriously increase that number but #3 STOP F*CKING PROCRASTINATING!!!!

I’m whining and bored, but I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered. I’m aiming to (once again, damnit) change that so that I’m more frequent about posting. I want my blog to grow and to do that I have to post content.

Even if I hate it, if I’m bored, I gotta post content AND STICK TO A SCHEDULE!!! I’m awful about scheduling. About posting reviews on time instead of months/years later. I have a hell of a backlog to go through and I need to get up off my lazy butt and get to it.

In total, I have roughly 400 books on Netgalley to review. Yes, I’m not being paid for those books. But I got a book for free and I ought to show my support somehow. I am not even going to talk about my owned tbr, my library of new things, and the list goes on and on.

But reading slumps. Those things ought to leave us all alone but they aren’t gonna. We need to push through the damn reading slumps and get ourselves to be focused. It’s hard. In that we especially don’t feel like reading at that moment. Is that depression? Anxiety? Or just plain laziness? Whatever it is, I plan on ignoring reading slumps as much as I can from here on out.

I want to read, and I want my blog to grow. My reviews to matter and be something different and not repetitive. I’m hoping to change all that.

Will you help me out? Can you encourage me into posting more frequently? Share just this one post and make it stretch far and wide. Encourage all those with reading slumps: what you do for this community f*cking matters. Whether it’s book reviews or blog hopping, buying or promoting. Good job book community. Keep up the amazing work and stay safe in these troubling times.

Later.

And thanks.

An Unexpected Book Poll

Hello all, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday! I’m having some bookish struggles at the moment. Aside from the two ARCs that I am reading, I have no idea what to read next on my bookshelves at home that are overflowing with books that I have yet to get to! So, I need a little help, and I’ve created a book poll! Just tell me in the comments which one you want me to read and review most, and the one with the most comments wins!

 

Yes, most of these are arcs, and I haven’t read a single one of these. I am so behind! I’m about halfway through The Final Six, and should finish it within the next couple of days, and I’m definitely reading the two arcs “Link” and “Blind the Eyes” next, but after that, I have no clue with what to pick. And these aren’t even all the books that are on my TBR! So, please pick one, and tell me which one you most want me to read and review! I look forward to all of your comments!

Welcome to Pass Me That Book!

It’s been an interesting six years since I started this blog back in March 2015. I’ve learned a lot about blogging and while I don’t have a huge audience in the thousands, 300 followers is not a bad number either. I’m constantly looking to grow and change my blog, and am now in the process of updating it from the beginning.

A few things about me: l read a lot. But I don’t always review what I read especially lately with how busy things are. I prefer fiction but I will attempt the odd non fiction now and again. I’m partial to fantasy, romance, sci-fi, and suspense. I adore a good Stephen King novel or an Agatha Christie comfort read.

I’d love to see new people here, and I am always open for chatting anytime. Just feel free to hit that comment button or the follow button as it helps me out a ton. Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoy what you see here!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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