Around the book blog world, there are a lot of awesome discussion post groups, like Book Girls Don’t Cry, They Vent or Reviewer’s Roundtable. The ironically named KC and the Sunshine Chats was born out of a wish to be part of the fun. However, we wanted to mix things up and instead of posting individual discussion posts, we’ll chat back and forth in one post, alternating which blog the post will appear on. We don’t have a set schedule for these, but will probably post one or two a month.
We do know the name is silly, but this is Kara and Christina and we are silly. 🙂
KM: I presented an idea to Christina this week (since it’s my turn for the topic) that I thought was interesting and something that maybe would help other bloggers and blog readers understand what book bloggers do all day. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like my family and friends don’t get it. They think I sit on my ass all day and do nothing. They may not say it out loud, but I rarely feel like they appreciate or understand. I must be on Twitter all day having fun and doing nothing constructive. Not to mention, I’m also editing, reading, cleaning the house, etc. etc. I don’t know what Christina’s experiences are exactly because we have different lifestyles ( I work at home, for one), but I thought we could kind of put our daily schedules out there and go from that and see if anyone else can relate. So maybe we should start with the morning? How does yours go, Christina?
CF: Ha, well, my morning generally starts with me being pissed off at my cell phone alarm for going off so fucking early, and setting it back a few times, until my cat starts walking all over me to get me up. If I do manage to wake up a bit earlier, I usually treat myself to a chapter of my current read, and, even if I don’t, I often read a chapter of my iPod touch book (from the Kindle app) while I brush my teeth. Then I head to work, which is approximately five minutes away, so no audios for the drive or anything. How about you?
KM: Well, as you know, I work at home. But the first thing I do when I get up is check my email. Like before I even get out of bed and brush my teeth. I have issues. But if I don’t check email and Twitter, I obsess over it until I do. So I just do it now because I’m a freak. And then I make coffee. Then I spend my morning going through my email and responding to publishers, blog commenters, Goodreads, commenting on blogs, yada yada until my coffee is gone (2 giant cups), usually. It’s at this point I decide what I’m going to accomplish that day. Sidenote: I don’t listen to audio books but if I ever calm the fuck down, I’m going to try. I just don’t do well with concentrating on something by ear.
CF: Oh! I sometimes check my email first thing too, if I’ve carried my iPod upstairs with me. If there are no blog comment notifications, I weep. Not really, but…you know. I alternate between getting my commenting done slowly throughout the day and binge commenting. Ideally, I like to respond to comments on my blog as they come in, but sometimes I’m behind…like now.
KM: Always behind. I feel like I am NEVER caught up. Review books, blog posts, blog commenting, I never feel like it’s good enough. I love binge commenting. That’s usually how I do it. I sit down for a couple hours and just go crazy. Oh yes, and I forgot about my daily walk to the mailbox because it is on the other side of the complex and we are at the back. That takes about 20 minutes. No lie. So, anything else to get out about your morning? Or should we jump to afternoon now? O_o
CF: True, all of those things never end. There will always be more books to read, reviews to write, posts to visit, which is a good thing, if occasionally overwhelming. Ha, I have a daily walk to the mailbox, which is on the other side of the complex, but it’s a small complex, so only five minutes. Still, it sucks when there’s no mail. Afternoon on weekdays, I’m at work. I can maintain a Twitter presence and do some commenting, but that’s mostly it. I’m lucky to get to do that. Weekend afternoons are like weekday evenings, so we can go into that later.
KM: I hate when there’s no mail and I have walked all that way!! I don’t know how you manage a blog full time by yourself and work a full time job. I have a co-blogger now and I am not always editing, and I still almost pull my hair out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the good kind of pull-your-hair-out, but still… So. Afternoon. This is when I am either editing (if I have a manuscript to work on) or writing blog posts if I don’t. I try to schedule out posts for the blog a week in advance, so I always type up my book hauls on Thursday for Saturday, and I do memes as far in advance as I can. I try to write book reviews within a few days of finishing. Right now it is Monday and I have the blog scheduled up until NEXT Monday. If I am typing up a post before the day it is due, I am so stressed out so I try to do anything I can to keep that from happening. What about you? How do you schedule your blog and what are your afternoons during the week and weekend like?
CF: I don’t know how I do it. Not being a particularly social person helps, and I’m a quick writer and fairly speedy reader. Otherwise, I don’t know how I’d get shit done. When I’m not at work, I balance reading, watching of shows, errands, social life, and anything else that must be done. There’s no set formula. I try to do blog commenting and non-review post writing while I watch television shows, so I always get behind when I watch a kdrama, since I can’t read subtitles and other things. Haha. Pretty much the only posts ever scheduled more than a day in advance are reviews. I do my memes usually the day before, though I sometimes film my book haul vlogs on Friday if I look nice. *preens* Reviews I write immediately upon finishing the book in question: no exceptions (except for that time I accidentally deleted one).
KM: Haha! Well you are organized and do what works for you! That’s wonderful! I do the same thing and comment on blogs during TV time, but lately since I have been watching Veronica Mars for the first time, I’ve lost a lot of time. OOPS. When I am editing a manuscript, it’s even worse. Because most of the time I would be using to work on the blog, I am working on the manuscript. Which is why I love when authors don’t give me a deadline. But most do, so I just do the best that I can. I usually lose a lot of hair in my brush during that time and I get a migraine, like now. Ugh. And for the record, all of this stuff carries on into the evening too. For me, the only time I usually have to read is at the end of the day, when all my work is done. I try to finish by 6 P.M. so I can spend the rest of the evening reading, but that doesn’t always work. Do you have set reading times or do you just fit it in when you can?
CF: This is where you get a view into my crazy. Reading is my primary activity whenever I’m home, unless I have company. For every hundred pages of my book, I earn an episode of whatever television show I’ve been watching (currently Felicity – Ben’s still not hot, Kara), during which time I can comment and blog. After that, more reading. Of course, I have more than one book going at all times, so it’s a bit more complex, but that’s the simple version.
KM: LOL!! YES HE IS!! I love your system. All of your systems. And you aren’t that crazy. Because I do the same. I just don’t have hardly any free time that isn’t planned out for something else. But when I do, I’m reading. In the bathtub, I’m reading. Doing dishes, I’m reading. In the car while Dan is driving, I’m reading. I do try to jam it in there when I can but my MAIN reading time is at night. We need to talk about your book picking system in a topic soon. 😀 So…is there anything else you want to mention? Or should we open it up for comments?
CF: I just need to know one more thing: How do you read while doing dishes?!?!?!?
KM: Hahahaha! I use one hand. I usually only do this when I have my Kindle. I empty and load with one hand and read with the other. And I believe that is what you call true dedication. 😀
Okay, readers! Share with us all your reading habits and blog scheduling methods. How does your day work for you? Also, we are opening up the comments for suggestions on future topics you would like us to cover. So if you have an idea, suggest it. It can be anything, really. We are open to ideas.