Friends, Romans, countrymen, there was a time, back in the olden days, when I spent so much time blogging that I didn’t have any time left to write books. Now it’s pretty much the other way around, and that’s fine because I never wanted to be a professional blogger in the first place; I always wanted to write books and therefore I’m not complaining that that’s what I’m doing these days. So now I’m sitting here on an annoyingly sunny Sunday morning and I feel a wee bit guilty that I’m writing a blog post when I would much rather continue working on my next book. Then again, it’s not the worst idea to have at least one day per week to step back from the regular work and do something completely different. It helps recharging the batteries so I can get back to the book on Monday refreshed and motivated, and keep that word counter in the sidebar menu going up up up. If you keep an eye on it you’ll notice that I’m a slow writer, but that doesn’t worry me too much because even being a slow writer is better than not being a writer at all.
What bothers me rather more is that I’m also a slow reader, although it’s not because I read slow but because I have nowhere near as much time to read as I would like to have. I could probably make more time to read, but since my time is limited it would mean cutting down on other things I don’t want to cut down on – like writing. I would love to be able to read one book per week, and there is no lack of books on my bookshelves (both physical and Kindle) that are waiting to be read, but the sad reality is that it usually takes me around a month to finish a book of average length. At that rate and with an estimated life expectancy of ~80 years I have only time for some 400 books left, which is quite disheartening.
I’d also like to be able to give out more recommendations of books I’ve read (there’s no lack of those), so I added a Goodreads widget to the sidebar menu that displays the books I’m currently reading and any ratings I may have given. Books that show up in the widget can generally be regarded as recommended by me as I’m usually quite good at picking the right books for me and I rarely end up disliking a book that I have carefully selected for reading.
In other news, as a reader and consumer I’m an Amazon fanboy if there ever was one, because of the unprecedented amount and diversity of books it presents me with and the ease of the shopping experience it provides. However, as a writer and content provider Amazon’s business practices do not escape me, and sadly, I cannot be surprised that all the great things Amazon has to offer come at a rather worrisome price if you look at the bigger picture. So I’m going to leave you with my recommendation of this excellent and very insightful article in The New Yorker titled Cheap Words – Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books? It’s quite long, but definitely worth a read.