Choose Reading Challenge

So, it’s been sufficiently established that my reading slump is on the mend. I’ve been reading quite a bit these days and it feels good. But blogging? That’s still a hit-and-miss sort of experience. I remember blogging all day, every day. I took my laptop to work and was working on the blog constantly, oftentimes forgoing work responsibilities in order to make that happen. I have been saying for months that I’m coming back, I’m making a comeback. And then, almost as if there is some higher power involved, I stop the comeback and my blog recedes back into the dark hole from which it crawled. Yes, it’s that gothic and depressing sounding. At least to me.

But I’m not alone. My BBBFFL (Best Book Blogger Friend For Life) Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase has been going through a similar slump these past few months. She has a legitimate reason as to why – there’s a new little one on the way! (Don’t worry, I’m not spilling the beans for her. She talked about it a couple weeks back, I promise!) Having a friend going through this at the same time with similar feelings about it makes the journey less lonely. We’ve had many a conversation about whether to continue with this and how much blogging has changed (we’ve both been doing this for almost three years now!). We’ve come to the agreement that blogging is still important to us so we haven’t thrown in the proverbial towel yet, but how to go about getting that blog bug back  is the goal.

Recently, I came up with the idea to literally challenge ourselves back into blogging. Every other day we will set a challenge and we alternate who sets the goal. So, on Monday I set a challenge, on Wednesday she sets a challenge, so on and so forth. It can be as simple as write a meme post to do some behind the scenes cleaning up. The point is to get back into the habit of blogging at least every other day. And so far, it’s working. I find myself reaching for my laptop more frequently to write something, anything, a thing! It’s challenging me to read even more and I’ve gotten more creative with some other things I want to do on the blog (more on that at another time). So exciting!

So, you may be asking yourselves… Yeah, so what’s with the title, “Choose Reading Challenge”? To which I respond, sit tight, dear friend. I’m getting there.

On Tuesday, it was Andrea’s turn to set a challenge and explained the “choose reading challenge” (see, told you I’d get there). Basically, we’re supposed to spend the day with a book, devote as much time to reading as is physically possible. Turn off the computer, shut down the social media, leave the phone upside down and just read. Take the book to the bathroom, to eat lunch, etc. Essentially, CHOOSE reading over all that other unnecessary stuff. And so I’m doing this… TODAY. I’m writing up this post as fast as my little fingers will go so that I can get to my book.

But there is something that may impact my progress: the urge to craft and stitch is still strong. And I’m afraid if I don’t do some crafting today, I’m liable to drop the whole challenge altogether. So I’m going to be reading a ton as well as listening to an audiobook and I think that is sufficient. There will be bookish goodness in my ears or in front of my eyes ALL DAY. Who else is totally excited about a prospect such as that?! I know you bookish people understand the glee that’s in my heart.

What am I reading? Oh, I thought you’d never ask. : )


So, I’m currently reading In Honor by Jessi Kirby. I’m 43 pages into this pretty short book and I expect to finish it. So I have Positive by Paige Rawl and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker once that happens. My audiobook, which I will be listening to while I do housework and crafting and any driving I might have to do (though I expect full on hermit status today), is The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I have other audiobooks should I finish that one but we’ll start there.

I thought about creating a hashtag to share my progress on Twitther and how things are going. But that really defeats the point. So, I’ll be back tomorrow with an update. For now, let the reading begin!

What do you think of our goal setting? If you have ever lost your will to blog, how did you get it back? Would you be able to do an entire day of choosing reading, forgoing all other responsibilities?

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