I’m thinking about writing a bit more about blogging in general. I always enjoy reading posts about people’s blogging processes, and I want to generate some discussions on here! So, for my first one: monthly wrap-ups. I don’t do monthly wrap-ups. There’s a couple reasons for this.
I am lazy. I can barely bring myself to add link-ups to Naz’s Read Diverse 2017 Challenge, let alone make myself go through a whole month of posts in order to create one post that people might not even read. (Do you read monthly wrap-ups? Be honest! For me, it depends. If they’re a blogger I interact with a lot, then yes, I probably will read it. But if not, I usually don’t.)
I have a terrible memory – I find it very difficult to remember what books I’ve read in what month! I’m also in the terrible habit of reviewing books months after I read them, so my posts are probably not going to be about books I’ve read that month.
I post quite a lot. I don’t want a monthly wrap-up to be just a list of links. I’d rather put the time into writing another book review or discussion post, because to me a list of links looks a little bit…eh, idk. Boring. (Let’s just ignore the fact that my last post was a list of links, ‘kay?!)
However, I am beginning to see the appeal. This year I’ve been making an effort to track my reading, and specifically the ethnicities/gender identities/sexualities of the authors I read. I love the idea of statistically seeing how well my efforts towards diversity are going. For example, as my first (terrible) pie chart shows, 12/16 of my books were written by women. And as my second one shows, out of those 16, 10 had an ethnically diverse cast. I’d like to be able to show statistics like this more often!
I also do quite like the idea of holding myself accountable to the reading/blogging goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. I don’t even remember what my goals were, and it has only been a month! I should probably look at those again. I guess here I could also go into specific targets. For example, in February I want to read books by mostly black authors, whereas in other months I’m thinking about focusing on neurodiversity, or mental health.
Finally, this is probably a complete lie, but I also kind-of get the impression that bloggers who do monthly wrap-ups are quite put together? Like, everything is regularly scheduled and organised. I am in no way scheduled or organised, but having a wrap-up might start to change that!
Okay, so it is over to you now! Do you do monthly wrap-ups? Why or why not?