Right! I have had enough of all this bloody burnout and feeling like blogging is a chore and that I’m surrounded by people (not you guys of course) who care about nothing but their own bloody self-promotion and freebies. It’s just silly, damnit! So I’m making some changes.

I’ve already started by telling myself that I will read what I damn well please and no more review books.. oh except maybe that one. Though I’ve also been gaming a lot more which has eaten up my reading time, I’ve enjoyed reading so much more since 2013 began so that is one New Year’s Resolution that I approve of.

The content is the biggie. I’ve tried randomly putting out posts, and filling up on guest content, and I tried sticking to a kind of schedule, but it keeps on getting boring for me. That’s not good enough! Once Upon A Time is my baby and I will not let it die on my watch. I’m scrapping everything. I’m going to start over. If I finish a book, I shall review it. No more time frames and having to review this that or the other at certain times, I’ll just review it. I still love reviewing books that I have read fairly recently – that hasn’t changed, however, the review post format needs an overhaul. This is something Naithin has commented on and I agree. It’s too much work formatting the damn review post. As for memes and features? Case by case basis. I adore Clock Rewinders but putting it together takes me hours sometimes and it’s getting silly. What I’d really like to start doing more of is writing response posts. This way I not only have content that I care about and should be interesting to read, but I’m giving out some serious link love by basing an entire post around the link. Cover Lover as a regular Tuesday thing will have to go, but if you like taking part please keep doing so! I know Angelya joins in on occasion and I love reading her posts. :) Personally, I shall keep the name but just start posting these whenever I find a cover that I want to talk about. And of course, looking at all of these ideas, there is an obvious problem. Where will the content be coming from? Well you shall have to just get used to a whole lot more of what I’m up to, what my reading habits are, and my opinions on this that or the other. I’m also pondering an ‘On Your Bedside Table’ feature as a way to welcome other bloggers onto Once Upon A Time to talk about their TBR piles. Could be fun!

The other thing that has me sighing regularly is social networking. Yes it is amazing, fun and useful, but gosh people really don’t understand how to use it effectively do they? I look in my Google Reader and end up looking away again because there are hundreds of blogs just full of “800 follower giveaway!” and “guest post from x author”1 and “review of overhyped teen fiction you will never care about ever”, you know? I just.. argh. And Twitter. The apple of my eye. Oh Twitter. Why don’t people understand you? I am currently following 846 people. How the flip am I expected to keep track of interesting tweets? I’m not with all the crap being spammed constantly. So very many of those followees are literally just tweeting about their blog posts, how many pages of whatever book they’re reading they are on from Goodreads, if we’re lucky we might even hear what they had for breakfast but usually it’s Klout and GetGlue and other spammy stuff I need out of my Twitter feed so that I can talk to awesome people again! I need a clean out. A massive one. If people aren’t interesting, they’re gone. I don’t have the time to be nice about it but I also won’t be going on about it, I’ll just do it. My feed needs to be back at a readable level so that I no longer have the need for a ‘Priority Book Blogs’ folder in my Reader and I can look at Twitter and smile at the conversations going on between people I enjoy the company of.

It’s going to change around here and I thought I’d give you a head up because holy hell it has been a long time coming.

The theme is staying though. Don’t worry. I love Ravven’s gorgeous header and the way it fits in with the theme so fluidly and I still get comments on how lovely my book blog looks. So that will not be changing!

  1. yes, I am guilty of hosting way too many of these recently but I love promoting good authors 


  1. GO YOU! I have managed to surround myself with interesting people on Twitter so I see less of what you mention but I know it exists and I know how annoying it can get. My Goodreads Twitter link has actually broken so you’re not getting any of those from me. I did see one person this morning that had auto-everything set up…auto-tweet from blog, but also blog reposted to tumblr which auto-tweeted, and blog reposted to facebook which also auto-tweeted…there might even have been a goodreads update tweet. I can only imagine what it’s like if you have lots of people doing that!

    Hope you find a solution for you. You know we’ll all still be reading. I’d much rather see rambling posts from you than author guest posts. I think unless it’s an author I already know/like, I tend to gloss over them any way.
    Ellie’s most recent post ..Some wandering thoughts on crime fiction

    • Yeah that’s the trouble. I like to host authors I like/know, so trying to find fun ways to introduce them to my readers. I’m reducing the amount of tours I join, and cover reveals.. cover lover is enough.. and guest posts need to be fun and preferably short. :) But looking into conversational style interviews and vlogs and otherwise just general “hey look at this book!” posts because they’re easier to let folk decide.
      Hannah’s most recent post ..Blood Blog Tour: Fantasy by Tara Maya

  2. Good for you! :-D It’s your blog and it should be fun for you, that’s the most important thing. Mine’s still a relatively new blog and I’m already starting to notice a lot of the issues you mentioned… especially review copies! I think it’s a great idea to just get back to reading what YOU want to read. :-)

    I’ve been a lurker here for a while and didn’t realise you had a gaming blog too. I’ll have to take a look at that! :-)

    Hope all goes well with the new bloggy ethos and posting style, and that book blogging gets fun for you again! Oh, and totally agree about your banner, it’s perfect, and so pretty :-)
    Vicky Hooper’s most recent post ..Top Ten Characters in Fantasy

    • Aww thank you! My gaming blog has always had a more chatty style than this one which is actually where I got the idea to change from. :)
      Hannah’s most recent post ..Blood Blog Tour: Fantasy by Tara Maya

      • This so much! I actually just can’t be bothered to keep up with all the memes, giveaways, book tours etc that make up book blogs and I kinda really miss the WoW blog community which was all discussion and talking like your all sitting down at a super huge café over the internet. Im still trying to work out how to really fit general life posts on my book blog – every time I go to write one I think, who is actually going to read this? and then I think err probably no one will be remotely interested and don’t bother lol.

        • I would! Folk who already love you and your blog would! Use the chatty style you’re so good at and it’d become as much a part of your blog as all the tours, memes and giveaways are of the other book blogs. :) People will follow you for your unique style.

  3. Whoop! Look at you, all motivated and passionate! *hugs*

    I’m really enjoying reading whatever I want. I’ve kind of got my reading mojo back – Law School killed it for a while, but now I have a resolution to waste less time and spend more time doing a) useful things – blog work, law work, job applications etc or b) actual activities that I enjoy, like reading or playing x-box, NOT aimless surfing of the internet.

    You know you can make ‘lists’ on Twitter, right? I have a private ‘Friends’ one; I’ve manually added the people I ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT (like you, naturellement!) so I can click on that and only see their Tweets.
    Hanna @ Booking In Heels’s most recent post ..Review: Encounters of Sherlock Holmes by George Mann and Others

  4. I am looking forward to you response posts. If they all flame like this one it is going to be a pleasure reading them between all the ” “800 follower giveaway!” and “guest post from x author”1 and “review of overhyped teen fiction you will never care about ever”” ;)
    Ciska @ Ciska’s Book Chest’s most recent post ..Wishlist Wednesday: The Palace of Curiosities, Rosie Garland

  5. I agree with all of what you just said! Well, not the parts about being boring because well, I always enjoy your posts :) But you should read what you want to and this should never feel like a job! If you need a hand just give us a shout.
    Angelya’s most recent post ..Cover Lover: Ship of Destiny

  6. Good for you, girl!!! *hug* I bit of rebellion to shake things up! On a side note, now I have David Bowie stuck in my head at half past five in the morning… Ch-ch-ch-changes!
    kara-karina’s most recent post ..Paranormal Mystery Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

  7. Good for you. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Just an aside, I wouldn’t mind reading the occasional post about the gaming. I enjoy reading about board, card, and dice games, even if I don’t get the opportunity to play often.
    nrlymrtl’s most recent post ..The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr


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