A Guide To A New Start

So finally after giving myself a bit of brain space and doing lots and lots of brain storming and deciding which direction I want Savidge Reads to go to in the future weeks and months etc and I have come up with some new rules and the like to keep reminding myself of when things get a little bit crazy and I feel a bit pressured or out of it. I think it’s going to lead to a happier Savidge Reads, not that I was miserable just a bit vexed, and hopefully an even better one.

  • I started writing Savidge Reads for me as a journal of all things bookish and not for anyone else such as publishers, authors, blogger fame or for hits (though it is lovely that you all pop by – you know what I mean) and that is what I always need to remember.
  • Reading MUST come before blogging as though I LOVE blogging reading is my passion.
  • Reading more might mean blogging less and that’s fine.
  • I want to read by ‘whim’ I don’t want to be reading to deadline (apart from with The Green Carnation of course which is something special, oh and book group but that’s enough deadline reading) and so for now *it could change* its no more read-a-long’s, challenges or deadlines on when I have a book read by.
  • Reading by ‘whim’ means there will be some older books and more random books popping up on the blog and if that means less people pop by then so be it.
  • I will still be reading new stuff but no pressure please… my all new Review Policy is up and I will be sticking to it!!!
  • I am happy for publishers to send me all the books they could wish as long as they bare in mind the above, however even if it’s a book I really, really want to read and I start seeing it here there and everywhere I will be less likely to read it anytime soon, I like discussing a book but sometimes it can become overkill if you see the same book everywhere.
  • I can’t visit all the blogs in the world I would love to and that’s fine too as long as I pop by when I can.
  • My ‘book thoughts’ or reviews or whatever you want to call them will still be rated out of ten, but its based on enjoyment of reading and that means that an Agatha Raisin could get the same mark as a Dickens (if I ever get round to reading him) but its my blog and therefore my rules. Ha!
  • I will start saying where the books that I am reading have come from be they publishers, they were bought before my self imposed book ban for 2010, were gifts etc, etc. I should have done this for a while; it’s a little remiss of me.

I think that is it!!! Like my review policy these guidelines are getting their own page too. I hope it all makes sense and wont have readers, publicists and the like all running for the hills away from Savidge Reads. It’s just nice, refreshing and a bit liberating (is that a bit too dramatic. It feels like a nice fresh start. Right am off to read a book!

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9 responses to “A Guide To A New Start

  1. These sound like some very sensible guidelines to me, Simon. I hope they help you enjoy blogging more and avoid ever becoming burned out. I’ve recently decided to force myself NOT to post every day, even if I have enough ideas for posts or a long backlog books I want to talk about. I *have* to blog less if I want to have time to read more and devote time to other hobbies, so if that means I never get around to writing about this or that book, so be it.

  2. I agree with Ana, these sound like good goals. I would love, more than anything, to read whimsically, so that is going to be my goal for 2011. My biggest issue right now is finding the interest to write reviews. I’ve lost my mojo.

  3. Very wonderful guidelines Simon. I agree with all of them. I hope they help you decrease your stress level and increase your enjoyment level!

  4. These sound perfect, Simon. The goal is to reduce stress and return to the joys of reading and blogging!

  5. gaskella

    I hope you can now relax and enjoy reading what you want when you want Simon and tell us about it when you have time. Happy reading and blogging.

  6. As long as you keep popping by now and then. That’s been my goal for a while. There are too many interesting blogs to read every day. I gave up trying to keep up some time ago. Now I try to stop by once a week or so, and that’s worked out fine for me.

    Your new policies all sound good to me. Someday I’ll have to give this Agatha Raisen person a try….

  7. This sounds a very good idea. I like the sound of posts about random and old books, there’s a certain quality in older books that you miss if you just stick to recent releases because of the way society is always changing.

  8. its all about the books simon ,I ve been read more older books recently ,I have found that blogging can drag you towards whats new a lot but I m try to reach a happy balence ,all the best stu

  9. novelinsights

    How very sensible of you to revisit your reasons for blogging and give yourself some guidelines. Bet you continue to blog about 20x more frequently than me though 🙂

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