Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Ten Blogging Confessions

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Blogging Confessions

Let's be honest: Blogging, like any form of social media, is deceptive.  While I try my best to write interesting and thoughtful and generally high quality posts here at the B-Drag, all of you reading this blog are only getting a small glimpse into my life.  You might read a (hopefully?) intriguing review of a book I just finished, but you don't see my white shirt that just got stained with the red licorice my daughter was eating last night, or the dirty dishes in my kitchen sink, or the broken wheel on my stroller - all of which are currently being ignored in favor of my bloggity.

So I was kind of excited to write this week's prompt.  Transparency is awesome.  Here are my top ten blogging confessions.  Here's to being real! 

10.  I recently went from blogging 6 times a week to 5 times a week, and I'm not sorry one bit.

9.  I never read other bloggers' Waiting on Wednesday posts.  My apologies to all you fellow book bloggers who participate in this weekly meme, but I just would much rather talk about books I can currently read!

8. I admit it, I really like reading and writing negative reviews.  The critic in me just loves them.  (I often hope the author never comes across those reviews, though!)

7. I haven't read anything by the Bronte sisters, but I have read everything by Stephenie Meyer.  I don't really feel all that badly about this fact.

6. I totally Twitter-stalk J.K. Rowling.

5. I think the Hunger Games films are the best book-to-film adaptations I've ever seen.

4. I read the entire Harry Potter series to my daughter before she was 6 months old.  (Context: she kept falling asleep while nursing, so in order to keep her awake so that she would finish eating, I would read out loud to her.  I have a feeling this is the beginning of an annual tradition.  Minus the nursing part.)

3. It really bugs me when people tell me that they wish they had more time to read.  We all have time to do the things we really want to do.  I read a lot because I want to.  If you would rather do yoga or go to a movie or organize your sock drawer... great!  Power to you.  But don't pretend my life is somehow cushier than yours because I make reading a high priority.

2. Few things make me want to growl more than the phrase "teenage fluff."  As if being a teenager was nothing but fluff. As if the issues teens face (peer pressure, family problems, deadlines, competitions, failures, relationships, etc.) are merely teen issues, not human issues.  As if I should feel badly for reading something that I connect to, because of the age of the (fictional) protagonist.  Take your snobbery elsewhere; I'm busy reading.

1. One of my goals in life is to attend Book Expo America.  As an introvert, though, the idea of going to BEA is just as frightening as exhilarating.

Okay, now that I'm feeling extremely vulnerable, tell me what some of your reading/blogging/bookish confessions are!!


  1. I hate when people say they have no time to read! That's so annoying. I make time to read, so can you. Totally get where you're coming from with that one.

    You should totally go to BEA. Preferably in 2015 since that's the last year it will be in NYC for a while and it's really fun to be in the city where all the publishing houses are. Plus they set up a ton of book events throughout NYC during BEA week and it's worth going for those events alone.

    Great confessions!

    1. I didn't realize that next year was the last year BEA would be in NYC for a while! Thanks for the heads up, I appreciate it!

  2. 3 and 1 YES!! Me too! I'm going to make it to BEA someday as well!! Introverts rock!! Even though people and crowds are stressing, we still rock! Loved this list!

    1. We should go together, fellow introvert! That way we can protect each other's personal space by hissing at anyone who comes near when we're busy recharging our social batteries. :)

  3. #10 Yes! When I started blogging, I tried to post everyday. As a result there was a lot of fluff posted. Now I post only if I have something worth sharing. It makes me feels so much better.

    #4 Awww, I love that you read HP to your daughter. Reading it with her sounds like a really awesome tradition to start.

    1. I came to that same conclusion with my posts: quality over quantity!

      I really hope my daughter loves books as she grows up. She's a big fan of kid board books right now, so hopefully that affinity continues. :)

  4. I pretty much decided to stop participating in the Waiting on Wednesday meme. I think they serve a good purpose, but there are only so many ways I can say "I'm excited." I worried about becoming repetitive and boring, even though I would include gifs to mix it up. Heather and I are now taking a more relaxed approach to blogging and only post when we feel we have something valuable to say. (I can't believe I forgot about this confession). Boo! But anyway, that's where we're at, and it feels so liberating!

    Is #3 about people who don't read at all and claim they would like to? Because I wouldn't mind a few extra hours in the day to get more reading done. haha As you now know, I'm a slow reader! ;)

    I definitely want to go to BEA! Though I'd feel completely lost and would worry about not making any friends, I'd like to attend all the same. haha

    I enjoyed reading your confessions, Melissa!

    Marlene @ The Flyleaf Review

    1. 1) So long as your happy with what you're writing then that's all that matters! I'm not saying that no one should do the WoW meme, I'm just saying that it's not for me. :)

      2) It doesn't bug me when people wish there were more hours in the day so that they could squeeze in one more chapter, or anything like that. It's more when non-readers justify their non-reading habits by using time as an excuse. I get that some people genuinely would like to read more and sincerely can't as much as they would like. I'm not talking about them. It's the people who don't really want to read, and use their business as an excuse not to. I sometimes get people telling me that they WOULD read IF ONLY their busy life permitted them the time. Implied is the assumption that reading is a luxury afforded only to those with "less important" demands on their time. I think people sometimes say it to pat themselves on the back for their choices in life that require them to be busy doing non-bookish things, but it still grates me because I don't have a luxurious life either. I'm not reading because I have nothing better to do. It just feels sometimes like people put me down for reading to make themselves feel better for not reading. And I don't think that's fair. Does that make sense? I'm not trying to make anyone feel badly for their choices in life, whether that means reading a lot or a little or hardly at all. I'm just saying it would be nice if everyone else treated my reading choices with the same respect. (Most people do, I'm just talking about the occasional nay-sayer.)

      3) Come with me to BEA!! I want to go so badly, but am also terrified that I wouldn't know anyone, but I would so love to go with you!

  5. #10 I so feel you girl. #8 ME TOO! And my thoughts exactly! I always try not to tag them lol #5 THE BOY WITH THE BREAD. That is all. #1 I promise you it's not bad at all, although expensive! I'm sure you would have a great time! <3

    1. Hahaha you're boy with the bread comment made me laugh! I really would love to make it to BEA someday. Hopefully I'll get there this next year!


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