I’ve come to the tough decision to stop blogging about every book that I read. I spend a lot of time preparing these book reports, and while I have fun doing so, I’m not sure the time and effort I put into it is worth it anymore. There are so many other things I should be writing.
When I started this blog, my goal was to become a published author. It is a goal that I still want to achieve, but one that can’t happen if I don’t start using my time a little wiser.
Does it make sense to spend an hour formulating my thoughts on someone else’s words when I could use that same time to get my down on paper? Do people even care about my little blog book reports?
I read Matt Rudnitsky’s book You Are An Author – So Write Your Book Already. He mentions how he wasted his time writing over two million words for a blog. He could have directed that time and effort into writing books instead of thousands of blog posts that no one cares about.
I know for a fact that blog posts get buried in the archive. My most popular posts that get traffic from search engines are about teaching. I could write a book that could help teachers. It’s something I want to do, but I have a few novels that I really like to polish up and get published.
Right now, I have a great idea for a book that I’ve already started working on. I don’t want to spill the beans just yet, but it will be amazing if I can pull this all together. And if I want to do that, I better get started.
Writing about books is something I probably won’t ever truly abandon, but I need to measure the opportunity cost. If I keep writing about every book I read, that’s an hour or so a week that I can’t work on my own books.
It’s time to get writing. It’s time to finally have books with my name on the spine.