In My Life
Time for Reading vs. Blogging
Lately my lack of reading time has been weighing on my mind. In January I only read three books because I dedicated a lot of my limited spare time to blogging. In February that number rose to eight books as I scaled back a little on blogging. Over the past two weeks however, I finished reading seven books but I blogged considerably little. I’m much happier for the books I managed to finish. Yet, blogging less and hardly checking my RSS feeds has made me feel more disconnected.
How does a book blogger reconcile reading with blogging? Truth be told, I consider myself a reader first, then a blogger. In January I let myself be a blogger first, then a reader. My blog statistics practically doubled from December to January, which I considered quite an achievement. However, am I willing to do this at the expense of my reading time? I don’t think so.
Besides reading and blogging, I have a myriad of other interests and commitments too. Photography obviously matters a lot to me. I also love baking and and am pushing myself to cook as well. While I’ve been feeling torn about my will to continue competitive sports, I do want to take part in the upcoming season.
Thinking about blogging then, I can’t help but wonder about all those books I’ll never read because of the time I chose to blog instead. Is that a bad thing? Yes and no. There are a lot of books I own that I’ve yet to read. The more time I dedicate to them the sooner I’ll be able to say I’ve read every single book on my bookshelves. At the same time, social media has long been an interest of mine and I dedicated a lot of my undergrad research to it. Even for my honours thesis I was bent on incorporating social media and photography and/or photographs.
The question is: where does that leave me as a book blogger? For now, I think discipline is something I need to focus on more. When I make plans to schedule posts, I should follow through. I’ve made it a point to always write initial thoughts on Goodreads after finishing a book. Perhaps I should expand that and write full book reviews immediately. I can always format them when I’m ready to schedule. As for writing blog posts, I’m stepping away from distractions. No more mindless web surfing with a million tabs open at the same time.
Advancing My Photography Journey
Recently I acquired a new full frame DSLR, Nikon D750. For a little over three years I used my cropped frame DSLR, Nikon D3200. The basics of photography remain in terms of choosing aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
Beyond that, the D750 has so many untapped functionalities and hidden settings. For instance, I was so lost on trying to pick single focus points in the view finder of my D750. Then when I tried to look for the burst mode, I hadn’t realized that the dial at the top actually has dual wheels specifically, one specifically to control the shutter.
Upgrading almost feels like plunging into photography anew. It’s disconcerting but I love it. There’s so much from for me to grow and I can’t wait to see where I’ll go from here. Meanwhile, I’m reading up all I can on my new camera’s functions and photography techniques in general. Believe it or not, I have no idea how to operate a flash, particularly if it’s off-camera. It’s time to change that.
- Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard — 4/5 stars [ARC]
- The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand — 3.5/5 stars [audiobook]
- Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Reigate — 4/5 stars [eARC]
- Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us #2) by Maggie Hall — 3/5 stars [audiobook]
On the Blog
Sarah J. Maas was in Singapore, and I attended her book signing on Friday. I shared photos and recapped the event, which was held at the Kinokuniya main store. As usual, I rounded up last week’s YA releases and shared my Bookish Scene photo, themed Shards.
This week I reviewed Bluescreen by Dan Wells. As much as I enjoyed the book for its cover integration of gaming, communication technology and mystery, I wasn’t a fan of the narration. Should I decide to reread it ahead of the sequel’s publication, I’ll probably reach for the ebook instead. Same goes for the sequel itself. The audiobook was alright but I would’ve preferred a different narrator.