The name of my blog says it all… I love books and I’m kind of geeky. (Okay. I’m a lot geeky.) But in naming my blog ‘The Geeky Bibliophile’ I’ve managed to sub-consciously lock myself into talking mostly about books and a few things I like to get my geek on about—most of which has been devoted to The Walking Dead.
But I’m so much more than a geeky woman who loves to write reviews about the books I’ve read.
Over the past several months, I’ve attempted to write many posts about things that were neither geeky nor bookish. Every single time, I’ve managed to derail myself mid-post by seeking out a graphic that would best represent, visually, the topic I attempting to write about. It was a constant death knell. The distraction of looking for the perfect image invariably led to me giving up in frustration, and being so annoyed by it that I no longer felt like writing anything at all. It was a vicious cycle that repeated itself over and over again, and each time, I’d simply delete what I was writing rather than go back to it.
So many ideas… wasted. What a shame.
I’ve decided that—when the inspiration to write about a topic hits—I’m going to have to stop sabotaging myself. Finding the most perfect image in the world doesn’t matter one bit if I never finish what I’m writing, right?
Before I started writing this post, I came across a lovely styled stock photo I downloaded from Color U Bold. (The one I’ve used at the top of this post.) The mug states “I AM SO BLOGGING THIS”… well, how perfect is that? “This” can refer to anything under the sun. Problem solved! This is going to be my go-to image to use when nothing else satisfies me. It may not seem like a big deal, but trust me… this is huge step in decisiveness for me. I’m so picky about images—what I think will or won’t work—so being able to pick something to use as my go-to when nothing else suits is actually a very big deal for me.
The next thing I need to get comfortable with doing is speaking my mind without questioning how it will be received by those who read it. This has been my other major stumbling block. I have opinions just like everyone else does, but I’ve always been hesitant to share them—especially on a hot topic where people fiercely stand by their own personal thoughts and beliefs about it. I’ve been afraid to share my thoughts on these things because I didn’t want to put something out there that may bring about negative reactions or hostility.
But you know what? This is MY blog. My own little corner of the internet. TGB is my kingdom, and I am the Queen. If I want to speak my piece about something, this is the place to do it. I don’t worry about speaking my mind in my home, so why should I worry about it on my own blog?
It’s good timing that I made the decision to write about whatever I want whenever I want to do it. Lately, I’ve requested and/or won advance review copies of books that deal with the issue of social justice. One in particular has to do with an extremely hot topic—the Black Lives Matter movement.
I suppose this is sort-of a heads up for everyone who follows TGB. Prepare yourselves… this geeky reader is about to start speaking her mind about things!