Stop & Chat Saturday


Stop & Chat is a weekly discussion post here at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we talk about what ever tickles my fancy!

This weeks’ Stop & Chat post sprouted from a old saying my granny always threw at me:

If I would have known then, what I know now.

While I love blogging and have no regrets about it in the least there are a number of things I wish I could have maybe done differently. So I wrote all of them down and here are my top 3!

  • Schedule in advance! 

For some ridiculous reason I thought blogging was easy and I would have all the time in the world to type up those “little” post. WRONG!


  •  When it comes to Netgalley and Edleweiss proceed with CAUTION!

My 1st experience with Netgalley was very simple. I requested 2 books and miraculously got approved for both. That was my downfall. It was so easy I went grabby hands the next day and completely forgot that an ARC/DRC is NOT free! You pay for it by bumping it ahead of personal reads and getting a review back promptly.

  • Always make fun your priority.

I’ve told you all my numbers story, so you know how important this is to me now. Blogging is my hobby 1st, and hobbies are meant to be fun!



What have you learned during your blogging time that you wish you would have know before?

Link your answers below!

9 thoughts on “Stop & Chat Saturday!”

  1. You are so right about the scheduling aspect. Those “little” posts sure are tiresome to make at times, especially on Blogger where there is no plug-in like the Ultimate Book Blogger one that autofills I believe?

    I also wish I knew that writing reviews is my opinion only, and can be written any way I like. I used to try and be as sensitive as I can so I didn’t offend readers or authors, but then I realized it was making my reviews less honest. I am not saying I get all mean about it either.

    Oh, and I wish I knew earlier the importance of Twitter! I used to think Facebook was better, but then they wanted payment. Twitter is so comfortable and ALIVE.

    Nice post!

  2. I was one of those anti-Twitter people….until I learned how amazing it is! Not to mention the community (in comparison to Facebook) has a funner vibe to it.

    I tried really hard (at first) to sound like the reviews you see in news articles and stuff. It didn’t take long for me to realize that was boring and I don’t do boring well. 😉

    And very subtle ma’am, very subtle indeed. I”m off to get the UBB plugin NOW! lol

  3. I completely agree with Netgalley! ha! One time I requested and received so many books I just about went crazy! It’s not like a the library where you can renew & essentially request more time to read said books, here you have to schedule your time. I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and I now make sure I pay attention to both the publishing date and archive date (because APPARENTLY some publishers archive the book over a month before it’s due to publish… I learned this a couple days ago and am still pissed… can you tell? lol) and I have learned to make sure I enter it into my kindle’s calendar so that it can alert me at least a week ahead when a review is due. It can sometimes be a lot of work, but it’s so fun and worth it in the end 😀
    Novel Reveries & Writing Reveries

  4. I so couldn’t tell you were still pissed! Mwahaha, I totally understand though. NetGalley just makes us all go grabby hands! I have concluded that there is absolutely no point in fighting it!

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