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Question - Blogger Envy: Do you have a bad case of blogger envy? Do you covet thy neighbor bloggers book hauls/follower numbers/blog design? How do you tamp down the green eyed monster?
Answer - Oh my God, yes. I envy so many bloggers on their organization and their awesome ideas and their clever feature names and their prolific writing skills! Numbers? Sure, I envy those too. However, I know those numbers are because of their organization, awesome ideas, clever feature names and prolific writing skills. And because they have a lot of people looking at their blogs due to the aforementioned skills, they get lots of feedback and comments.
I do love my blog name, but there are a few that I think are just divine and I wish I had thought of them. Maybe I wouldn't have used them in the long run, but Pretty Deadly Reviews (who sadly is no longer blogging) and Death, Books and Tea are just two names that I just think fit my own personal aesthetic perfectly and I wish I had thought of them. They are genius! Genius! I feel I know exactly what I'm getting when I visit.
I do have to say I love my blog design thanks to my awesome designer from Blogging Bella Designs (who knows what I want even when I don't). It's my alternate reading reality. There are some widgets and other fun stuff that I see on other blogs that I would like to utilize, but don't want to be a copycat (well too much anyway). I also do like the way some other blogs look all sleek and uber professional, but I'm not sure if that's me.
I don't really envy people's book hauls. Sure there are some books that people get early that I would love to get my hands on, but realistically, I have enough books. More than enough books. And I get most of my books from the library or I buy them myself.
What I really envy other bloggers for is their ability to read faster than I do! I not only read slow, but I get distracted by Twitter, my pets, The Sims, real life, etc. So, I feel very undisciplined and guilty that I should be getting more book reviews up. This is my biggest envy. That other blogs seem to have several reviews up per week.
What do I do to tamp down the green-eyed monster? I sometimes sit down with a notebook and try to brainstorm ideas and I also make myself carve out time to read. The brainstorming doesn't always work. Usually ideas will come to me out of the blue. I try to schedule reading time too, but that doesn't always work either. When I start to get really down on myself I remind myself that that I'm doing this for fun and not reading fast is who I am and that's what my blog should reflect.
So, what about you guys? Does anything in the blogging world make you envious?