Hello, my dear ( nearly forgotten ) Mug Monday friends. It´s so great to be able to welcome you back to my quirky world of mugs and random book topics.
The problem with being away for so long is- You have to wiggle your way back into the routine you slipped out of. You know, catching up… and shit.
But (!!!) during my time away from my precious Mug Monday I did spend time actually using my mugs. Even used real tea. Yes, tea. Not hot chocolate this time. Shocking- isn´t it?
I had to lay low with the milk this time because my body, the stomach bug ( kindly brought home from our local elementary school ) and milk don´t agree with each other.
Don´t worry. I plan to spare you the gory details on what went down ( or out ).
So, yes… Tea. From peppermint tea to ginger tea, I drank so much that I now feel healthy.
This unwelcome and highly annoying body situation provided so much time for me to give my beloved neglected amazon shopping cart some love. I went book shopping. What did I buy? Well, it wasn´t books, I can tell ya that much.
March´s book shopping spree turned into a journal shopping marathon. Because I don´t have enough journals as it is. Of course, I need more. And I feel no shame by admitting it.
So, we have a Mug Monday feature AND 2 little journal moments going on. Behold!
I´m loving this SO MUCH that I´m afraid to touch it. I mean- It´s white and cute and pretty…. * sigh * I´m obsessed with disliking Mondays and I don´t drink coffee, but that´s not the point. I´ve never had a white journal before!
Then I bought another reading log, or book log… or whatever you like to call it. The thing you use to keep track of the books you´ve read. That thing.
A little before New Years I bought my very first reading log, hoping it would bring some organized system in to my reading. And it worked! Well… sort of. I was on a great path of success until I spilled coke all over it and ruined it. So, I bought another one. the exact same one.
Simple in the design and easy to maintain. It has all the bits a reader would need to make notes for possible reviews. All that for little money ( $ 5.50, 4.99 euros )
Page / book count ( Told you I´ve been slacking )
Title, Author,Publisher, Pub-date, Page count, Book format, review, quotes,
Nice nifty side bar for adding additional info
Has room for 100 books
Perfect for my personal reading notes ( and shopping lists from the looks of book #7 )
Now, do I think reading logs are a must have for readers / book bloggers? No. This is what I like to categorize as bookish “knick- knacks”. A reading log is fun to have, great if you need it but not a necessity.
I like it and think I´ll be able to stick with the book protocol.
Do you use a reading log? How you do keep track of your reading? Let me know in the comments below!
I guess that´s it for today, my dear bookish Padawans. It´s time for me to get back to my new tea drinking habit.
I wish each and every one of you a wonderful Monday.
The 13th Day Of Bookmas and I´m going to do some major personal note revealing. This is probably going to be the most intimate post you´ll ever get to see from me. Why?
Because you´ll get to see:
my * cough cough * shitty handwriting
my questionable ideas
the weird blog stuff I plan
And of course, I´ll take it all a step further and reveal a side project I´ve been working on with my oldest daughter ( Don´t worry, it´s book related ).
Take a seat, bookish Padawans. It´s going to get juicy. Fingers crossed that you won´t fall off your chairs out of sheer boredom.
PLEASE NOTE that this post is 100% personal. Meaning this isn´t educational or even meant to be helpful ( although I wouldn´t mind if you do seem to feel moved to use whatever tricks / ideas / tips I reveal. Y´all have my blessings)
But before I grace you with my weird shit creativity… I´d like to say that none of what´s revealed is in any way a guide or a template for proper book blogging. We all know there´s no right or wrong way to go about this business / hobby of ours. What works for me might not work for others and all that shibaz.
As a seasoned book blogger I´ve learned that keeping a schedule is key to a less chaotic blogger life. With all the books us book bloggers purchase, read and review – We can easily get lost in the paper jungle and end up not being able to tell the difference between up and down. In the beginning of my blogger career I started out with Google calendar. But I ended up hating it so I began going the traditional, old school route by using pen and paper to make notes or keep up with new releases and all that.
I´m a pen to paper type of woman and prefer journals over making notes on my phone, etc.. I cannot begin to tell you how many journals I have ( basically because I like to ignore the journal mountain I have growing in my trusty pseudo office ). I use journals to write down all kinds of book blog – ish stuff. Whether it´s for scribbling down new releases, author names, my own ideas… I always reach for a journal.
As of now, I´m constantly using these babies.
My Trusty Blogger Journals
Work That Shit journal: This is where I write down the authors I want to look up and where I try to shift and mold the post ideas I come up with during the day. Let´s take the Bookmas theme I´ve got going at the moment. It´s in this journal… everything all mapped out.
Blogs To Follow journal: This might be strange to some but I do make notes of book blogs I want to not only follow but also keep track of. Here´s some ugly facts: I don´t scroll through the WordPress Reader. Not because I´m not interested… It´s more because I hardly have time between work, the kids and maintaining a household. By the time I go online I´ve missed too much and really don´t want to spend 4 hours scrolling the Reader. I know- It´s an ass move towards the blogs who follow me but I really can´t invest more time than I already am investing. NOTE: This is for WordPress blogs only.
Create A Dreamjournal: Or in other words: My junk journal. This is where I keep literally all kinds of shit. Instagram ideas, blog post ideas, hashtags, book event layouts, spy dates, Skype sessions with authors, bloggers and close friends who so happen to be involved in the book world… It´s all in here and it´s ONE HUGE UNORGANIZED MESS.
Yes. Believe it or not- I have 2 1/2 pages full of hashtags. This started during the time when I thought I could beat the algorithm on Instagram by using the right hashtags. I gave up shortly after because this became exhausting as hell. I also have a page dedicated to Twitter hashtags and Fb hashtags ( because my old ass had to learn the hard way that a hashtag isn´t always the right hashtag )
I also used to keep track of various social media book blog groups / book pages / Streetteams, etc. by writing down the groups I followed ( to save time ). Now I don´t work bookish stuff on FB anymore.
Ideasjournal: This is a place to think. Write down what works for my blog and what hasn´t worked and what I think could work but still have to think through. This is also the a journal I use to keep track of book costs. I, unfortunately, don´t have money growing in my garden so I like to make lists of the books I buy and keep a tight lid on booksih shopping lists. I also use this journal for my mother – daughter book projects.
Aah, yes. The mother – daughter project I mentioned earlier. In the pic above you can ( barely ) see pricings from various online print services. Eve and I have a side project called The Book Owls where we do book charity. That´s right. I don´t just book blog.
The Book Owls is an organization that helps less fortunate children havebetter access to books.
The idea for this happened when I was with the girls book shopping. Eve caught wind of a mother explaining to her kid that she didn´t have money to buy her kid a book. To my utter shock, my kid walked to the kid and told him “Don´t worry. My mommy can buy you the book.” And that´s what I ended up doing. I also gave my daughter a gentle speech on how she can´t do that without consulting me first. If she had asked I would´ve said no. But she unintentionally put me on the spot. After that I thought long and hard about how to give kids easy access to books.
Trust me- This wasn´t easy and it took me quite a few journals to come up with a solid plan on how to approach this idea. Fast forward a year….
Eve and I are organizing book flea markets for children´s books ( ages 0 – 12 ) where children can sell their own used books for no more than 2 euros per book. The pic above shows the prices for swag we give the young sellers at the end of the book flea market ( including promo posters, etc ). This is a great way to spread the book love with the younger folk. And of course, all this is non-profit.
We also collect used, in good condition, children´s books in the village we live in and bring these to orphanages, hospitals, and to other children organizations.
Right now, the babe and I are working on a book treasure hunt for our young village members. We bought 2 books ( for each gender ), wrapped them in red and blue gift wrap and will announce in the village FB group that we´ll be hiding these books on one of 3 playgrounds. The first children who find the books can keep them. All they have to do is create a post in the village FB group to let us know that they´ve been found.
If you don´t see a blog post from me from time to time for a few days then I´m actually working on our mother – daughter charity project.
Phew! That was personal. But hey- I promised insight. Now you know I´m desperately trying to buy my way into heaven.
Just kidding. There is no heaven. Let´s take a step away from the charity stuff and move back to the book blog reveals. I have more pics of notes in my trusty journals.
You may have fun now.
And then there is this gem. Yes. I´m a crazy organized bitch who likes to neatly put anything bookish in a folder. I have 9 years worth of book paper shit.
This folder holds book signing tickets ( or anything book signing related ), author letters and cards ( yes, I get the occasional thank you and Christmas card ) and of course, my favorite swag. Behold!
In the last picture on the left side you can even see a postcard from my first blog, The Divas Book Blog. This I used to send out to authors, signing events and other blogs as a means of self promotion. BTW- That system works wonders.
So there ya have it. I´m stripped bare. You know my organized / half organized – half messy / less organized notes. You now know how I actually work my blog. Wait. That´s not true. You haven´t seen my Google Drive yet. Blog notes are worse there.
Will any of this help you? I doubt it. That doesn´t mean I wouldn´t find it cool if someone were able to take something valuable away from this post. Even if it´s to NEVER copy my approach to book blogging…. ❤
Now that you know me I think we can get married now. Who´s first? Lol
As always… I´m looking forward to reading your thoughts in the comment box below. Feel free to ask questions if you have any. Are you shocked? Stunned beyond words? Or do you keep notes as well? How do you stay organized? Let´s chat. ❤ ❤
Thank you so much for finding interest in this post. Feel hugged if you enjoyed reading about my book blogger notes.
I have many bad habits. I wouldn´t even call them bad habits because that´s still a nice description for what I´m dealing with. Since “nice” is the little brother of shit I´m going to say I´m an addict. A terrible terrible one.
My top 3 addictions would be:
( All my other addictions are just as bad but I don´t have enough time, love, energy and space to share them all.)
If I´m shopping I´ll always come home with a small blank paged booklet, a notepad, lose paper, or a journal with a beautiful front. Yes. I´m a Journal Junkie. I even use them ( Ye-hes! I do!!)
It doesn´t matter if I use them for writing down ideas, grocery lists, writing down important stuff… I always use my notepads / books, journals so they´re never a wasted investment.
Today, while snooping on FB, I spotted a post from a dear friend of mine, a book cover designer, and noticed she was promoting journals. EXCUSE MOI?! That got my bad habit´s attention.
As of now- Cover Me Darling isn´t just doing book covers, she´s also creating journals!! YIPPIE! I have always loved the style from Cover Me Darling. It´s simple, it´s modern and it´s a JOURNAL, for crying out loud!
Look at how pretty they are…. I´m so in love.
These are just 2 from 4 available. ( woop!)
My loving, caring husbands voice ( I barely heard him speak although he was 3 feet away from me ) told me to stay strong and not order it, I did it anyways and will have a new addition to my already large collection of journals! After I clicked the oder button my oh-so loving husbutt called me Gollum. You know- from The Lord of The Rings?
( My husbutt isn´t getting dinner tomorrow )
If you´re interested in purchasing one of the 4 beauts yourself just go on over to Amazon and order! You have my blessing ( said the addict ).