Sunday Sum~Up

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

It has been a bitter-sweet week here at the BVT homestead. On one hand, some heartbreaking news and med increases have kept me torn, but on the other, I had two welcomed opportunities to sit and catch up with a few dear friends (something I do not do enough). Life has a way of handing us some hard reminders, and we must not lose sight of what we have. With that said, please know I deeply value each of you. You have made a lasting impression in my life that cannot be erased.

❤ ❤ ❤

I am actively trying to reduce the number of posts I am scheduling. The goal is to get down to about 3 to 4 a week. I am officially caught up on tours and guest posts and hoping to focus more on 1 to 2 reviews with an occasional discussion and the usual Friday or Sunday post. I feel like 6 and 7 posts a week is too much. I want to be able to give each the appropriate amount of time in the “spotlight” and be able to properly respond to comments. Thoughts on this? How many posts do you like to see from blogs you follow?


Recent Reviews

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Currently Reading

36315374Jar of Hearts 
By Jennifer Hillier

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This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?


Other Happenings

I did not watch much this week or really listen to anything. So I thought I would share a few articles I enjoyed, that you can also find on my Facebook page:

On Goodreads.com: The Top 10 Most Popular Books About Books on Goodreads
On Tor.com: The Robin Hood You Love is A Lie.
On Unboundworlds.com: 10 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels Featuring Characters Living with Mental Illness.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
~Mae West

Drop me a line and let me know what you are currently reading! Have a wonderful week ahead and do not forget to stop and smile. The more you do it, the easier it becomes 😉

Cheers,
Danielle ❤

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64 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

  1. Your situation is complicated enough that what I’d consider a “good” posting schedule might not work. I like 5-6 posts a week personally. Mainly because I can write almost that many and I follow enough people who only do 1 a week, or less, so I need others to fill in the gap. That being said, I know I have to watch out for reader fatigue in those who follow me. If I let things slide for about 2 days, there is always a big surge when I post on that 3rd day. I prefer a steady stream of traffic though, so I try not to do that very often. I’d like to post 5 times a week, but that just doesn’t always happen.

    My question to you would be, why do you post so much? Reading that out loud, it sounds kind of harsh and it isn’t meant to be at all so please don’t take it that way. I mean, what is the motivation behind the posting? For me, I just have to get the words out. If I wasn’t posting on WP, I’d be journalling like a madman. So what is your motivation for posting 6-7 times a week? Once you determine that, then everything else is much easier to decide for the future.

    If you need to cut down the number of posts, but your need of getting words out are in conflict, would longer but less frequent posts work? Are you trying to drive traffic with every day posts? (I know I’ve posted just for that reason sometimes, sigh) I realize I’m going all over the place here, sorry.

    My other question to you would be, why do you blog? You do a lot of varied posts, ie, reviews, interviews, book tours, etc, etc. If you need to cut back, what kind of posts are going to be the first to go? For me, if I knew I had to deal with stuff in real life, I’d cut out my Survival Saturday, Survive a Bad Book and probably my manga posts. I blog to review for the me I’ll be in 10 years, so my reviews are the core of why I blog. What is your core?

    So, to sum up. What is your motivation for blogging a lot and what is at the core of your blogging? Answer those and then a plan can be formulated to deal with the stuff you are having to deal with.

    Knowing that you are dealing with “stuff”, I tend not to comment on a lot of your posts because I don’t want to stress you out with extra screen time (obviously this comment is making up for all of that). When I see you posting 6 times a week, I tend to pick 1 post and comment. If you started posting 3 times a week, I’d probably comment more because I’d feel like I wasn’t placing that stress on you of making you read online more. It sounds silly, I know, but that is how I think when coming here.

    Ok, that should wrap things up. The thoughts from one of your followers anyway 🙂

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    1. Are you kidding?! I love this response so much. It is moments like this that let me know you get it and pay enough attention to know what is going on with me. I live for these sort of comments 🙂

      You have given me a lot to think about though and that is great. It may help me find some direction. I really enjoy doing promos when I can because I have made great connections and feel they are valuable to authors and publishers. However, my primary reason to blog must be reviewing and occasional book discussions. So with all you have mentioned, you have been a huge help. I think a review or two a week with the occasional book topic is ideal 🙂

      This would allow me to still do the fun easy stuff like this Sunday Post and Friday Favorites. Which could probably equal the ideal 5 posts without being too complicated?

      I am not sure if you realize how much help your comment has been, but it has! Thank you 🙂

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    1. Glad I could help. I’m never sure, when I make such long comments, when or if I cross any lines. Sometimes people can be real pushy when they give out advice and I’m always worried that I’m being pushy and bossy instead of helpful.

      That just comes with having strong opinions I guess 🙂

      Hope you can figure out what is going to work for you. It can be a bloody process sometimes…

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  2. I am generally not interested in Blog Tours, so if you want to cut back on those, I won’t mind at all.

    But I want to know how you write 6-7 posts each week?! I count it a good week if I write 4! *lol* Whatever schedule you settle on, just worry about it being good for you. The rest of us can deal.

    Drop me a line later today if you’re up to it. I am home sick (on my day off. Again), so I am free to chat all day.

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  3. Oh I like the sound of Jar of Hearts a lot! I post 3 times a week and for me that’s an ideal number for both sides, as a blogger and a reader. It’s a personal thing though so everbody has different ideas about this. I know bloggers who post every day or even multiple times a day and some who only post once a week. You have to do what works best for you and what you need! Take good care of yourself this week too and do catch up with friends, it’s the best energiser there is 🙂

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    1. I am leaning towards 3 and then the Friday and Sunday posts as I can 🙂 It will allow me some breathers here and there. Which is what I need! Your posting schedule works well for allowing me to keep up with your blog ❤ Jar of Hearts has been great. It is one I think you will appreciate – xx

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  4. Krysta and I post mostly every day, but that’s really only because there are two of us! I don’t think I have a preferred amount of posts I like to see (as long as someone, you know, posts more than once a month). If it’s in my reader ad I think it looks interesting, I read it. I know some people don’t like “lots” of posts from one blog, but I personally don’t read everything everyone posts, so it doesn’t trouble me.

    Sorry you had a hard week, but it’s always nice to see friends!

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    1. Thanks Briana! Seeing a few friends did help. Always does.

      Yes, I think I worry more about not posting enough than too much. Although, the excessive posting (multiple a day) makes it nearly impossible for me to keep up with some. But like you, we just have to pick and choose. Hopefully, I can find a balance that works well for all 🙂

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      1. I guess if I had to pick a number, I’d say 2-3 times a week is fine for a blogger? I think once a week is a little low, at least for book blogs where we’re mostly talking about personal opinions. I mean, if someone were running a book blog where they were doing lot of research to make in-depth, original arguments, I could see once a week or once every two weeks, but I think a couple times a week is optimal for the general book blogger.

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  5. Hi Danielle, I can’t always manage to read 6 to 7 posts from each blogger I follow in one week so I usually try to read 3 or 4 of them. I work full time and have the boys so I just can’t manage it. I try to blog most days but sometimes need a breather as responding to the comments can get quite manic too.

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  6. I’m sad to hear you had heartbreaking news! 😦 But it’s great you caught up with friends! That makes me happy; I’m sure that was uplifting. Jar of Hearts sounds good.

    I’ll be honest, as a non-blogger, I don’t understand the blog tours! LOL So, I wouldn’t miss that. I enjoy the discussion posts even if I don’t always comment. If I don’t have something more substantial to say than “great post”, I probably won’t comment. Like Bookstooge, I don’t want to increase your screen time unnecessarily. I think “1 to 2 reviews with an occasional discussion and the usual Friday or Sunday post.” Is a happy medium.

    Of course, I like reading your reviews even though I don’t comment as much on those! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Karen! That feedback helps a lot. Yeah, I am learning the tours are not much help for non blogging friends and followers. I was hoping the content would be, but that does not seem to be the case. I have a few lingering obligations, but am cutting way back on them. I want to get back on track with discussion and reviews. And listening to you, that sounds like I am on the right track 😉

      Thank you so much for all of the support, input and wonderful chats!

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  7. (((((((((Hugs))))))) You have to go with the flow, my lovely, and I know it’s harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd. Now at my age I wish I hadn’t wasted so much time on the ifs-ands-buts, and had been concentrating on the cans and haves. But with each age comes its own mind set and hindsight is 20/20. 😘

    Funny, I was just thinking about frequency of posting yesterday. After reading quite a few posts by book bloggers, from newbies to popular established old-timers, I have established that the best way to reach the maximum number of readers (while still staying personal with a core number of bloggers) in this now overly saturated blogging niche is to post less and multitask features. I want to get mine down to four posts a week with one being an easy post, quick read, easy comment type (my Cover Conversations) and maybe a fifth review post once a month on a monday. I am changing all of my monthy posts to every two months (except for Bookstagram Boost), and will have one monthly feature which can function as a catch-all for many things (tags, discussions, interviews, tv/movie posts, etc). I think four posts is primo because if you have a core group of about 25 bloggers you interact with on a regular basis and they post six to seven times a week, that’s 150-175 posts to read and comment on a week + randoms. Yikes! 💻

    Have a spectacular and less stressful week. 💜

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    1. Excellent point and perspective! I think we may be having similar thoughts here in regards to content and managing it all ❤ I am going to try a discussion and one or two reviews with my usual Sunday and occasional Friday post for a bit and see if that is a viable solution. I just cannot keep up any more. And I miss a lot trying to so ❤ Hope you have fantastic week a well!

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  8. I don’t really have a preference on the amount of posts I enjoy seeing from the blogs that I follow. You just do whatever makes you happiest ❤ Engaging with what it is that your followers want to see is all well and good but ultimately, it's your decision. It's whatever you would prefer and your posts are always fantastic regardless of how many or how few you write ❤
    I'm sorry to hear that you received heartbreaking news, but I'm pleased to hear that the universe gave you balance and you had a good time with your friends too ❤ Have a wonderful upcoming week! ❤

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  9. Life can be tough, and sometimes bad and good in the same week! Glad you got to be with friends, and hope this week is a good one for you! I’m curious about Nyxia and Jar of Hearts. And thanks for the articles too- I’m bookmarking those to read.

    Have a super week Danielle!

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  10. Happy Sunday! ❤ Great post. You know, about the post reducing- I think 3 – 4 posts a week is MORE than enough. Seriously. You can´t forget that you´re not a machine that functions. Those reading / blogging breaks I take? I use them a lot for thinking about how and when to upload posts. The truth is- I always end up asking myself the same questions: What do I want to do with my blog? How much time am I willing to invest? What´s important to me?
    Well, I want to have fun with the blog. That´s rule #1. To invest too much time would be tiring and I don´t want to get bored or let my content suffer because of posting just for the sake of it. My plan:
    Post Mug Monday posts. Post 1 review. Post something fun. Post something informative. Weekends are dedicated to reading blog posts from other blogs. So, I upload 4 posts a week. And I often can´t manage to do that ( with work, family, life in general ). Important to me is the time I force myself away from the computer. Should I manage to get bored and want to include myself in cover reveals, etc, then I´ll include those between my 4 posts. I think it´s a matter of finding your golden middle. Try out loads of different posts and ways to post until you´re happy ( meaning- to juggle blogging and life).

    I truly hope next week will be a better one for you. We shouldn´t feel bittersweet moments too often.
    But I highly doubt tommorow will be a great start because… well… you know, Mondays always seem to suck terribly. Lol.

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    1. It sounds like you have a pretty solid plan in place ❤ I was thinking about 3 posts a week. I want to do a discussion and one or two reviews with my usually Friday/Sunday when I can. That way I have a day or two of down time. It gets hard to write and respond when it is daily! You know what I mean 🙂

      This week has started off crazy. My son is home sick and work is well work. But I am sure it will improve – xx

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  11. I’m so sorry this week brought bad news with it. And I have to say the same to you: you’ve been nothing but kind and thoughtful, whether we’re talking through blog comments or on Twitter. You always bring a smile to my face and I’m so grateful to have found you in this community 🙂

    Personally I’m posting 5-6 times a week because of some overzealous requesting at the start of the year…oops. I’d ideally bring that down closer to 3-4 times a week, which I’m working on doing as I plan the months ahead. But as for what I prefer with the blogs I follow? In all honesty, it’s whatever frequency makes that blogger feel satisfied and productive with their hobby. I’m only able to sit down to properly read and comment on blogs about every other day. Feedly makes sure I don’t miss anything, but that’s still only 3-4 visits each week. From some of your earlier comments it sounds like you’re leaning towards particular changes and if they make you feel happier about reading and blogging again, I say go for it! What I really want to see is that my friends are happy, no matter what impact that has on the number of posts they write ♥

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    1. Aw JJ ❤ Thank you so much and I know you get it. I just need to free up one or two more days for rest and so I am not struggling to comment back. That always makes me feel bleh.. when I cannot even keep up with my own comments! I am not sure ( I may try to keep one week day and a Saturday for me). Thank you for all of the support and friendship. You rock girl ❤

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  12. That’s wonderful you got to catch up with some friends 🙂 Sorry about the bad news though :-/

    I think everyone should post however many times works for them? I’ve kind of settled into a groove with four a week myself. I guess if someone I follow posts a lot, the thing is that I just won’t be able to visit *every* post.

    Anyway I hope this week is better for you!

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  13. I hope this week turns out better for you, lovely. 😦 About the posting thing — it really depends on your audience! Personally, as a student, I’m really busy and don’t get to read a lot of blog posts a day, but I try as much as I can. I only post 2 times a week so that I don’t burn myself out!

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    1. Burnout is inevitable when we have too much too juggle. I am seeking that balance that offers enough content and allows me to feel satisfied but also frees up some “me” time. Maybe 4 days a week or so. I am not sure. Thanks so much Aimee! Have a wonderful week – xx

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  14. Sorry to hear about the meds, and the heartbreaking news. I’m glad you got to catch up with friends, though. *Hugs*

    For posting, I think every blogger is different. My goal now is to do The Sunday Post as my weekly wrap-up and one other post that’s either a review or discussion. Compared to everyone else I feel like the laziest blogger in the world, but I really have to push myself to even get that done! If I posted more than that I wouldn’t have time to read or blog hop, or feed my kids ha ha. It’s hard for me to follow a blogger that posts more than 3 times a week because I can’t keep up. I still follow them, but I tend to skim over the posts that I don’t think I would be able to engage with. I hope you find a pace that works for you!

    You have me very interested in Jar of Hearts!

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    1. I am hoping to keep my Sunday and occasional Friday with two or 3 in between. I need at least 2 down days a week. It is becoming too much and I really need rest ❤ You have little kiddos to manage a lot to do. I always say quality over quantity and you have it! I enjoy your posts so much – xx

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  15. Re your post frequency, I’m sure you’ve gotten a lot of advice. But, if you want any more…I think I can relate a bit. I used to blog daily and for a while that was great. But eventually I realized I needed balance in my life and something had to give. So I went down to 2-3 posts per week. I’m much happier with that frequency now and feel it works for me. People who read and enjoy your blog (like me) will continue to read it, no matter how often you post.

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    1. Thank you and given that you made the change, your input helps a lot. To know you feel it was for the better almost solidifies that I am headed in the right direction. I am thinking I need to ensure at least 2 to 3 free days a week. My kids are older so if health allows, I am hoping that is manageable ❤ And your support means the world to me!

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  16. I believe you should totally cut it down to have some breathing room. 6-7 a week is really intense, and honestly, I only see people who do nothing but blog in their lives being able to handle that kind of rhythm. I think 3-4 a week is perfect and will help you to better appreciate the other side-quests of blogging (blog hopping, scouring the internet for new books, book shopping, thinking about new posts to write up). Personally, when my life doesn’t get in the way, I aim for 3 per week (of course, I have a co-blogger to fill the rest of the gap) and I tell myself that people who are interested in my post will have enough of me with just 3 a week + blog hopping to check out their own content. 😀 Hope you find the perfect balance for your own blog, Danielle!

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    1. Yes haha. I am too much of a control freak to co-clog, but I do agree about cutting back being a must. I am slowing working down to 3-4 and feeling much better for it. I seem some who post multiple a day. I do not get it! How?! Plus it seems like at that point you are just overshadowing your own time. I would like for my posts to have a day or two to acquire some views. Thank you so much Lashaan ❤

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      1. Yep. Those who do multiple posts a day or even a post a day are really kray! 😂 As long as they’re happy, it’s all good though, but I definitely think it’s counterproductive. It’ll feel more like spam than anything to random people who subscribe to their blog!

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