So Many Ideas… Wasted

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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?

I shouldn’t.

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!

24 thoughts on “So Many Ideas… Wasted

    1. Thanks! 🙂 I don’t know where my decision to speak my mind will lead me, but the next time I am bursting to give my opinion on something, I’m going to let my fingers fly!

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    1. Thanks, Annie! 😘 Saying I won the books was an oops on my part–they are all requests, actually. (In my defense, allergy meds had me loopy and half asleep by the time I got to that part of the post. LOL)

      The books I hinted at in the post are:

      When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

      High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing by Ben Austen

      Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

      Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America by Peter Edelman

      A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis

      I’ve been extremely interested in reading books about social justice issues lately, and guns is a never-ending source of heated debate that I’ve paid close attention to for years. I’ve given myself permission to speak my mind so… I’m not going to be too surprised if reading this books inspires me to write something more than just a book review. 😉

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    1. Well, it certainly goes a long way in keeping me from losing my mind searching. LOL I do have an Instagram, but it’s mainly book pics (and not very good ones haha), a few pictures of my cats, and memes. I hate taking pics with my phone!

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    1. I agree, Tina! I like hearing what people think about issues, as long as they don’t have fits if I disagree with them. (I know a few people like that, so I don’t talk to them about serious issues hardly ever.)

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  2. ack! you took the words out of my mouth. how many times I’ve given up looking for the perfect pic to display the post properly. then I’ve read where i’m supposed to create my own graphics. i’m not much of a photographer. gees, is nothing ever simple?

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    1. It feels like the longer I blog, the more complicated things feel. Especially having to do with graphics! I’m not great with a camera (yet… being optimistic!) and I don’t have an endless supply of props to jazz it up, so I rely heavily on a good (free) stock photos. Sometimes it feels like I’m searching for a needle in a haystack, though. And it’s tough to find nice ones that feature books in some way. So frustrating!

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