Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Rantings of a Frustrated Blogger

Mam: "What did you do all day? Did you even step outside the house?"
Me: "I was reading. I have a book to review"
Mam: "So that's a no then"
Me: -_-


Dad: "I have a job for ya seeing as ya aren't doing anything"
Me: "Actually I'm reading."
Dad: "Right, so ya can do a job for me"

Who hasn't been in this situation? Living at home with the parents can be a stressful thing for bloggers. Especially when they see reading as something not that important (like my parents). It's hard to explain to them that people are counting on me to have a book read and reviewed by a certain date. Just because I'm not getting paid for it doesn't mean it's not important. It's important to me! 

Take my situation:
My parents own a snooker club and I work there about 4 days a week. I have been working there pretty much most of my life. I have no problem with this at all. I get paid. But on my days off I like to catch up on my reading and write up reviews and such. Do my parents think this is a good way to spend my time? Eh, no. They like to find a million and one other things for me to do. Their reasoning? "I don't want you to get bored"

I'm 22 years old. Just because I'm finished college and don't have any proper jobs lined up doesn't mean I'm bored. I have plenty of things to keep me amused. Don't everyone get me wrong or anything. I'm not some ungrateful bitch. I appreciate everything my parents have done for me over the years. But that doesn't mean the can still boss me around like a child. If I could move out and get my own place I would. Unfortunately I'm broke :/ And to get money I need to find a proper job. But there are no other jobs in my town. So for the minute I am stuck at home. 

So what's a girl to do? Well for the minute the only thing I can do is just grin and bare it. I wish I had understanding parents but I don't :/
I hate letting people down. I really do. So when I end up not having time to read a book for a blog tour? I feel awful :(  I feel like it's not a good enough excuse. So to all the authors and blog tour organizers that I email saying I didn't read the book I apologies a million times over. It doesn't happen that often but when it does I feel like a failure of a blogger :(

I am sure there are some of you who are in the same boat. Whether it be parents, friends, bf/gf, husband/wife, etc. It's hard to be a good blogger when the people around you aren't that supportive or understanding. 

*heavy sigh*


  1. I feel for you..
    I guess it's the same thing everywhere, and although I have a full-time job (that takes away much of my reading time;) ) and I help out at the house and hang out with everyone...whenever someone sees that I'm reading, everyone keeps asking me to do stuff or interrupting..
    I am really close to hanging a sign on my head that says...' Go Away!'
    Thanks for sharing:) I guess misery does love company;)

  2. I feel you. *sigh* My parents are exactly like yours. Though I'm just thankful that they tone down that kind of attitude to me ever since I started receiving books from publishers. But they are times wherein I have to leave the book I'm reading just to do the task my parents wants me to do. It's quite frustrating so I really feel what you are feeling right now.

  3. I feel like I need a sign like that! Although they would probably just ignore it :P

    ~ Yvonne

  4. I feel for you too!!! With 4 boys I find it hard to find time to read so don't tend to review too many books.. You're not a failure so don't ever think it!!!! Tell your parents you need to have time to yourself and do things you like.

  5. I feel for you! I'm so sorry! That sucks. I know what it feels like to with my writing (I'm an author and book reviewer).


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