Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Feeling Old On the Internets

This past week there was a post that blew up Twitter. I'm not going to link to it, because...well, because. It was a loooooong post about all the things that bugged this person about book blogging: ARC envy, blogger/author friendships, sponsored content.

It's interesting to see that in my nine years of blogging, people are still complaining about the same things. What was also interesting was that I didn't recognize these bloggers or most of the people in the comments. I felt so old.


There is nothing wrong with trying to improve things, of course. However, I've come to see that, "you do you" is a better philosophy for me. Maybe that's why I'm still here. I don't care what others are doing anymore. There is no book blogger Supreme controlling the book blogger world. You don't have follow anyone's rules. If what you do bugs other people, so what?* And maybe not care so much about what someone else is doing.

Not the boss of me

It's a pretty good bet that none of the people involved in that post will ever find my blog, so I'm going to "steal"** the idea by making my own list of confessions, ones that are all about me.

  • I have about 100 half-posts in draft***
  • I have about 100 gifs saved for "just the right post"
  • I don't ever want to read another think piece from authors on Used Book Stores (ok that one is not about me)
  • I'm probably going to be a Blogger blogger until the end of Blogger even though I complain about it- and there is nothing you can do to talk me into switching, I am too lazy
  • I panic that my domain name will expire without me noticing because I delete all emails from Go Daddy without reading them
  • I have tried a blogging schedule at least once a year and it never sticks
  • I am a terrible commenter
  • I long for that feeling I had when I was a new blogger and everything felt fresh. 
*Except for plagiarism, don't do that
**It's not really stealing if it's been done since the Jurassic Period of book blogging
***I may have exaggerated a bit

Let's talk about something else.

These lifestyle bloggers quit their blog. I can see why that would be stressful. Although book blogging is not the same, it could eat up too much of your life if you make too many commitments.

I finished BJ Novak's One More Thing. It was not enjoyable.

So many good audiobooks are coming out! I have four in my queue right now. This makes me happy! Now I can knit all I want and read.

I just finished watching Broadchurch on Netflix. What a bummer of a show. So. Messed. Up.

X-Files is on tonight!!!! I cannot wait!


What are you looking forward to?

37 comments:

  1. I agree so much with your last one, I miss how exciting it felt in the beginning. I now have a TBR list so long that I no longer go hunting new suggestions of things to read and often just feel disheartened when I read a review of something I would probably really enjoy, because the chances that I will get around to reading it any time soon are so low:-(

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  2. Can I just say Amen to Everything? I'm not even doing it to be lazy. Amen. to. Everything. I'm sorry you didn't like Novak's book. I read it at the beach and it was perfect for non-thinking.

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  3. Have you been in my head? (except for the BJ Novak one, I loved it)
    although, regarding the 100 drafts - went through and deleted a pile, and then 'invented' Throwback Thursday and am posting them.

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  4. I am so sporadic in blogging, but I read that post and laughed about how it is all the same complaints... I have a lot of draft posts, too. I have never looked at how many...

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  5. What was really funny when that was blowing up on twitter was the number of people claiming to not care about the post, but subtweeting snark like crazy! Haha I'm with you. "You do you." :)

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    1. Ha! I probably did some snarky subtweeting myself!

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  6. Wow. I consider myself to be a rather almost plugged-in twittering book blogger and I missed the drama?! How does this happen?! Very funny. I am finding the WP vs Blogger-blogspot divide to be getting worse. In fact I doubt I will not be able to post this comment...

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    1. I just happened to catch and hashtag and asked what it was about. It was outside our regular circle.

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  7. Hear, hear. I think just doing your thing and being happy with it is the only way to survive as a blogger, these days -- it can end up being a burden instead of an outlet. And, I stay out of the occasional blogger/author controversy. You're right, they're the same old things. We have a lot in common, I see. I'm still with Blogger because I'm just too lazy to move. And, I don't comment as much as I desire to.

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    1. It's definitely an outlet for me and I'd like to keep it that way.

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  8. Amen to "you do you"... that's the only way to blog and stay sane. I'm with blogger for the duration, too.

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  9. I love it when someone says exactly what I was thinking!!

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  10. It always makes me sad when I see posts complaining about aspects of book blogging or post about how everything used to be better in the community. I love the book blogging community and I suspect you're right that a 'you do you' attitude is important for sticking around. I've only been blogging for about 4 years, but I'm sure I'd have given up long ago if I weren't able to relax and enjoy the different ways different bloggers do things :)

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    1. Yeah, you can't get too wound up about what others do. Unrelated but, I joined a photography group and had to leave because the complaining about how other people were "doing it wrong" drove me nuts!

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  11. I'm also looking forward to The X-Files!

    I didn't even know about this post you didn't link to, so I think I'm probably olderer than you are. Twitter just does very little for me anymore.

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    1. I'm still on Twitter but comment way less than I used to. I've pared down my following list a lot too.

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  12. I am comfortable with my status as Old Lady Blogger. I figure as long as I don't shake my fist and urge the young'uns to get off my lawn, I'm okay. Dowager Blogger Jenny, I call myself. :p

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  13. You do you. Isn't that the best? Whenever things like this come up I *try* to channel Amy Poehler and her "Good for you, not for me" attitude.

    Love this post! <3

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    1. That is such a good mantra. I find myself using it a lot these days.

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  14. The drama that pops up every now and then always seems to pop up on Twitter. I am not a big Twitter user for personal stuff. I use it for work though so sometimes I do come across posts but not this time. I think I have been blogging for 8 years this month and as you said, it's always the same complaints.

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  15. I read some of the piece about the young house bloggers. I remember looking at it a few times. I'm amazed that people make money off of blogs. I don't have twitter. My instagram is private and just my kids and a couple of their friends see my pictures. My fb use is connecting with people I mostly know in real life. But my blog is my contemplative self. I don't have a zillion readers, but those who do come by I view as blogging friends. I'm interested in other blogs because of the people. I have gotten to know them a bit, and I enjoy their company. I can't possibly visit all the blogs on my list every day, but I do as often as possible. I also can't comment as much as I'd like, but I do my best. I see blogging as one of the few quiet connections left. One can write and read in complete piece. It is an oasis in the noisy, busy world of iphones and internet.

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    1. They made a lot of money blogging. It's crazy! There seems to be a lot more expectations from lifestyle bloggers. I bet it's similar for food bloggers- all those recipes every week.

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  16. Oh, I meant to say that I liked the first Broadchurch which was indeed messed up, but the second one I thought was a mess. Period. Not nearly as compelling. I watched the pilot of XFiles last night waiting for the new one on Hulu tonight. Such a good show. I may go through all of the episodes.

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    1. I only have the first season on Netflix. I can't imagine what season 2 would be like. The worst has already happened in that town.

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  17. I somehow completely missed The Post That Blew Up Twitter last week. (Actually, wouldn't that be The Post That Blew Up Twitter, the one-millionth episode given how often we have had similar scenarios over the years?) I can't say I am disappointed that I missed it either. Do we still have people insisting there are right ways and wrong ways to blog? So sad.

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    1. Amen. Let it be! <-- okay, now I'm going to go...let it be. :)

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  18. As I told April of The Steadfast Reader on a post that was on this same topic, "Why can't we all just get along? Let's just blog and shut the hell up about the process...or NOT. My motto for the new year, or trying for it to be, is "It's all good." So hey, it's all good." But I know I feel old too so can relate to what you're saying.

    Also staying with Blogger, do what you want :). I'm not trying to convert anyone to another way of blogging. The only regular blogging schedule I have is once a week. Other than that? Not really. I also long for that feeling of being a new blogger too. I think many of us do...well, except for the new bloggers. ;)

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  19. Cheering because you'll keep being you! Your voice is distinctive, and we want to hear it.

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