By: Melanie | January 10, 2014 | (28) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.

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Hola people! As for 2014, there are going to be some significant changes to the blog. This year is going to be pretty tough for me since academics are going to play a bigger role if I do not cut back on blogging, so I will be blogging much less. Here’s some things I will be doing to cut back on blogging.

  • Getting a co-blogger. I think this is the most ideal plan I have right now, I am rather nervous about getting one, that means a new opinion on the blog and someone I will be working with
  • Requesting books I really want. I don’t want hype to be getting to me anymore! That’s usually how I end up with a truck load of books. All the good hype, and bad hype.
  • Less memes. I am stopping Teaser Tuesdays and sticking with Discussing Through Midnight and Midnight Madness Newsletter. Discussion posts and haul posts are my favourite to read, so I want to keep doing them on my blog as well
  • A little less blogging, a little more interacting. I’m trying to respond to comments on my blog more often and visit other blogs more often.
  • No longer reviewing every book I read. I am now only going to be reviewing books I get for review.

So that’s me, what about you? Are you going to be cutting back in 2014?

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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28 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (21): Changes To The Blog For 2014

  1. Shai W says:

    I will miss reading your blog daily but academics and school are always more important! Good luck on finding a co-blogger as well! Lovely post.

  2. It’s probably a good thing that you don’t intend to let the blog take over your time where you need to study, it’s important that you do that. Also, good luck on finding a co-blogger; I’d offer myself up if I hadn’t just started putting in so much effort into my own blog, however, I’d be more than willing to guest post for you a few times to ease the load you have if you’d be interested? 🙂
    I look forward to seeing the changes to YA Midnight Reads, it sounds exciting!
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  3. Stephanie B says:

    That sounds like a good plan. You will be missed but that’s cool that you’re getting a co-blogger! Good luck with school, Mel!
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  4. I have some of these same goals for 2014 too. I’ve given up all the memes except for Stacking the Shelves. I’ve found it to be much less stressful and time consuming. I still enjoy reading some of them but really I didn’t feel that I was adding anything important to them. I am also going to stop requesting arcs based on the hype. I did this so much in the last year and I got stuck with books that weren’t my genre preference and it was a struggle and chore to read them. I still have a couple on my list to read. Great post and good luck 🙂
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  5. I know exactly what you mean… I was like this last year in my last year of school..It was tough keeping up with reading and blogging but hopefully that will change. 🙂 Hype is the worst thing and problem I have with reading. Any book that’s hyped I tend to read at a later date. Great goals, Mel! Lovely post. 🙂
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  6. Melliane says:

    good luck for finding a co blogger, I know it’s a difficult task. I’m so happy to have vanessa with me even if she doesn’t post a lot. But now I have a new guest reviewer so we’ll see how it works.
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  7. Christy says:

    I know how you feel, since I started nursing school I’ve had to cut back on blogging quite a bit. I usually just schedule posts for a week ahead of time on the weekend and use my Kindle during the week to visit other blogs while I’m on break at work. My reading has also slowed down since I don’t have that much time between work, school and kids so I’m relying more on other posts these days. I’ve also considered getting a co-blogger but I’m just to scared to take that plunge as of yet.
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  8. Yep, I echoed many of your thoughts in my goals for 2014 post on Tuesday. I am cutting back on tours, requests and all that. I need to spend more time with my kids and get back to reading more of what I want to read. Best of luck with your academic studies.
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  9. I like your changes, Mel! I was considering getting a coblogger as well because my blog has been so hectic and I feel like at the moment I have a ton of time but I’m not sure how stable that plan is at the moment. I totally know what you mean about only reviewing review books, because some me books I never end up write a review for because I just have no time. I can’t wait to see these new changes, thanks for sharing! <33
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  10. I abandoned tours and such long ago and only do those I have a keen interest in or want to review. I mix in my books and arc’s onto the blog and like the diversity of it all. Good luck on finding a blogging partner..I think these are all worthwhile changes.
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  11. Brea Johnson says:

    Good luck on finding a co-blogger! I bet it will be hard to find someone you can easily work with and shre your blog with. Academics is important, though. So it’s good to hear that you are making changes for the better!
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  12. I’m making bunch of changes to my blog too! Very similar to yours.. Good luck with finding a co blogger! I’m going to cutting back on review requests, blog tours, and other stuff mostly memes except for book haul memes and so using too. Otherwise it gets overwhelming! 🙂

    Here’s to a great new year Mel! ^-^
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  13. Co blogger?! Wut-wut? Congrats Mel!!! So glad to see that this blog is changing and I wish you the best. When I started changing, most people started going along wth it and I was still freaking out! Hehe. Usually, it’s so much fun to do new things with the blog and gah! So much excitement 😀
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  14. I’ve thought about getting a co-blogger, but then I remembered the whole reason I created a book blog in the first place — I want to talk books, which means having another person talking books for me just doesn’t feel right. That isn’t what I made the blog for! I hope you find a co-blogger that fits with you. 🙂

    I find that discussion posts are a lot more interesting to read than book reviews sometimes, even though I do enjoy those. But the non-review posts are just really enjoyable!
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  15. I hope you can do a lot of these goals in the new year, and it makes blogging easier to handle. I want to try and blog as much as I can, but I have 3 classes this semester and I still work, as well as all the other random things in my life. haha At any rate, we can only do so much.
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  16. Hi Mel, good idea cutting back on the blog! You know we will always be here to support you and read your posts no matter what you do. I think you’ve got it all planned out, a co-blogger and fewer review reads is the best way to cut down and focus. Great plan for 2014! Happy new year 🙂
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  17. Nara says:

    Sounds like a plan! And YES to reviewing books only for review rather than every book (I’d die if I had to review every book I read lol).
    A lot of people seem to be cutting back on the memes these days. I guess they are relatively shallow posts 🙂
    Good luck for finding a co-blogger!
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  18. Celine says:

    Good luck with getting a coblogger! I hope you’ll find someone who fits you and the blog 🙂

    It’s so sucky that school’s going to take up so much time 🙁 I’m struggling more as well, and I know it’ll only get worse and worse (maybe we should team up, haha). I might cut back a little as well. I’ll most certainly post less this year simply because I don’t have that much time anymore.

    Great discussion Mel, I hope you’ll find a good blogging/school balance this year 🙂
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  19. Tanja says:

    Girl I’m sure you’ll find a balance between blogging and studying. It’s hard sometimes and currently I’m trying to fight one but it’ll pass. I’m glad you’re making some changes and honestly I need to learn to carefully request books. As usually I’m stuck with average books. Great post 🙂
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  20. Rashika says:

    Don’t be nervous about getting a co-blogger. Co-bloggers are fun. 😛 Especially when you get to rant about random things and they actually listen. Yes Faye and I spent the last two days ranting about.. certain annoying TSTL characters and I had so much fun 🙂 I get why you’re nervous though. It’s your space and.. sometimes it can be hard to share (I hate sharing).

    It’s actually a great idea to stop reviewing every single book you read. I would have died if I had tried doing that. I read too much (which is NEVER a bad thing :P)

    I am not sure how this year is going to turn out for me. It’s going to be super hectic what with blogging on two blogs and graduating and everything but I have a lot of ideas floating around my brain and I want to actually… implement them instead of saying I’ll get around to them later.

    And one of my major goals is to interact more as well. I want to try to be a little more active on goodreads and booklike (or active as I once used to be) as well but there are not enough hours in the day. 😛

    One of the things I definitely want to cut back on is the amount of blog posts on my own blog. I spend so much time thinking of things. Blogging is supposed to be a hobby and not a chore. I don’t want it to become a chore so I think instead of trying to have a post for every day.. I think it’s better to just lay off a bit and enjoy blogging.

    Great Post Mel!! 🙂
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  21. Charlotte says:

    1. Ahhh. Seems like a very big commitment to take but I know you can do it. You’re one of the most sociable persons I’ve met because I’ve been seeing your name all over the blogs that I visit. I think that you will have an easy time getting along with your co-blogger once you succeed in finding one. You can do this.

    2. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! That’s one of the reasons why I sometimes I feel frustrated when I read positive reviews of a book because they really tempt me to put the book on my TBR pile. Sighs.

    3. A wise decision. I’ll be looking forward to more discussion posts then. As for me, I just decided to not consistently put up meme post. I mean, I will be taking a break from them from time to time.

    4. I think you are already doing a very good job at interacting with a lot of bloggers, Mel. I mean, I’ve been seeing your name all over the place. 😀 As for me, I have to do less reading so I can blog and interact more.

    5. I am still coming into terms with this one. I am really OC when it comes to writing reviews for all the books that I’ve read.

    You have a great plan, Mel. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll be able to achieve all of them. 😀
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  22. Good luck with finding a good co-blogger! I can understand that it’s a scary step, but I see so many awesome blogs where this works, I bet you can find a perfect person 🙂
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  23. Pili says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a good plan there! A co-blogger is a good idea to keep content in the blog and still give more time for your studies. I’m sure you can find someone that will click well with your blog!
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  24. You’re brave. I don’t think I could ever handle a coblogger. I’m amazed at how other people can do it. Good luck with your search!
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  25. Giselle says:

    I think this is a great plan! Co-blogging completely saved my blog I was getting pretty burnt out. Aren’t you a co blogger on Blythe,s blog too? You’re one busy lady! I’ve stopped reviewing ALL books I read, too. Especially audiobooks which I totally listen to for myself when I’m working and those are not for review so if I don’t feel like it I don’t review and it’s kind of fun! haha. Here’s to a fab 2014!
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    • Melanie says:

      Lol, you could say that. It is rather relaxing when I go into a book and know that I don’t have to review it. Though I think if I stopped reviewing altogether, I would have a rather boring life. I guess I just need to cut back on it, not stop though >.<

  26. These sound like great ideas! I’ve only just started reviewing ARCs…so I’m still freakishly excited every time I get one. But I’m already feeling the pressure of reviewing and reading TOO many books. I already have a co-blogger (it’s my sister 😉 so I know they’re totally worth it! I hope you find someone really awesome. ^_^
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  27. Getting a co-blogger makes me so nervous for some reason. lol But I see so many blogs where it works wonderfully! I hope you find someone perfect for you and your blog!
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