Bloggers Supporting Bloggers & Christmas Break Reading List– Blogmas Day 13

Merry Blogmas Day 13! The daily posting continues. This week is finals week at my university, and while balancing writing daily posts and getting my final projects and presentations done is a challenge, I appreciate the distraction. When it comes to school, I get my best work done under the pressure that results from procrastination, anyway. 😉 Anyone else?

I’ve seen a couple of scrooges complaining over Twitter that they dislike Blogmas, because bloggers are forcing themselves to come up with daily content and are therefore sacrificing their quality for the sake of quantity. (Let me be clear, these scrooges weren’t complaining at me directly, just to fellow bloggers.)

Well, you know what? I’m pretty dang proud of the content I’ve been putting out this month and I feel it’s some of my best yet. Yesterday I published The Thirteen Habits of Successful Bloggers, and habit number one is consistency. The post did really well, and yeah, it does matter and make a world of difference. And a lot of the other blogs I read that are participating in Blogmas are working their butts off so their readers have fresh content to read daily definitely aren’t putting out “fluff” every single day.

As you know, this past year I’ve been all over the place when it comes to posting consistently. It’s hard when you work and go to school full-time! Some weeks I’d post twice, as promised, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and other weeks you wouldn’t hear from me except on social media. Because let’s be real, I could never stop posting on Instagram or Twitter for too long. It’s an addiction. 😉

But doing Blogmas has become a great way for me to get back into the habit of daily writing and make my presence known in the blogging world, and I intend to keep it up. A lot of other bloggers I’ve talked to feel the same. So let’s be kind to each other and support our fellow bloggers. #bloggerssupportingbloggers, right?

Sorry for the long intro, but I felt that needed to be addressed. Anyway, another form of procrastinating this finals week is something all students do: dreaming of what they will do over Christmas break. I am so dang excited for some time off of school and work, even though I am taking an intercession course that will take up a good two weeks of the holiday. Boo.

Call me a nerd, but one thing I am looking forward to using my free time for is reading! Not school books, not long research papers…reading for fun. Don’t shoot me, but I’m not much of a fiction reader.

I have two books on my reading list for the break and they are:

1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Alright, where are my fellow introverts at?? This book has been on my reading list since I saw Susan Cain’s Ted Talk about The Power of Introverts.

From the reviews I’ve read, it looks like this book is going to shine some light on the myths of introverts. Like for example, being an introvert is NOT synonymous with being shy or anti-social.

It simply means introverts are energized by spending time alone, rather than an extrovert who would find their energy from interacting with large groups of people. Take me for example, I’m a public speaking tutor and can give speeches with ease, but it does drain me. After, I need to go home and chill by myself for a bit.

I can’t wait to read “Quiet” and see how Susan Cain explains the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the 1920’s and how it is that today, we associate talkative, risk-taking, and action-oriented people with intelligence, beauty, power and success.

2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Chances are you’ve heard of this book, too. It’s really popular in the blogging and the #girlboss community, because it is all about how Gilbert deals with the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary melodrama attached to the concept of “creative living,” and how to get over the fear that’s holding you back from chasing your dreams.

So, I’ve got to know: What are your plans for Christmas break? Do you have anything on your reading list this month?

Share with me in the comments below! See you back here tomorrow for Day 14 of Blogmas!

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