While a lot of bloggers in the YA community are students, either in high school or university, some, like me, were (unfortunately) thrown into the world of adulting and full time jobs.
I started book blogging when I was in my first years of university, now about six years ago. Due to the fact that I only had a few hours of class per week, and my enviable procrastination skills when it comes to studying, I had almost unlimited time to read and blog.
On a good day, I read 2+ books in a day. I was able to devout hours to blogging, and reading other people’s blog post. It was incredibly easy to keep up with my favourite blogs, and become a known member of the book blogging community.
With a full time job, it becomes increasingly difficult to break into the blogging community.
Now, at the ripe old age of twenty-five, I have finished university and am in full time employment. Despite the fact that I like my job, it’s very demanding and requires a good ten hours of my time every day.
Fortunately, I live within walking distance from my work, meaning that I don’t have to factor in commuting time. Still, when I get home from the office, I can’t just plop down in the sofa and start reading. There are dishes to be done and dinners to be made. Ironing is the bane of my existence. I try to limit the amount of time spent on chores by meal prepping and leaving most chores for the weekend. But by the time I finally sit down, it’s easily 8 or 9 pm.
Let the reading commence!
I juggle my spare time between reading, blogging and keeping up with other people’s blogs. That, combined with other hobbies, such as gym time, makes it increasingly difficult to keep up with everything.
Sometimes I only manage to read one book per week, maybe even less. I don’t read as many blog posts from the blogs I’m following as I’d like, never mind having enough time to browse and discover new blogs.
Of course, it’s not all bad!
Despite all of this, I don’t miss my university life. Working life has a lot of perks.
I have a steady income, allowing me to purchase a lot more books in the formats I love (hardback all the way!) than I did this time two years ago. Of course, combined with less time to read, my TBR list has skyrocketed!
When I’ve finished working for the day, I can sit back and read or blog without a cloud of guilt hanging over my head, telling me I should be studying.
I have more funds to devout to my blog, being able to buy a domain and a nice theme (at least in my opinion!)
Would I like to go back to being able to read? Sure, but not if I have to give up all the perks of working life. And you never know, perhaps some day I’ll finish writing my book and become a full time author. Fingers crossed.
How about you? Are you a student or a full time employee like me? How do you juggle your time?