Developing Into…Something

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been book blogging for six years. I started out just wanting to discuss books with other readers, then I had ambitions, and now… I don’t. As Amy pointed out, sometimes you reach a plateau. I’ve reached mine. Since this time last year, I’ve been finding it hard to concentrate on reading and blogging. I don’t want to give it up though. I’ve made friends I don’t want to give up and I still want to talk about the books I love.




However, life changes and blogging has to change with it. I don’t have ambitions to become a “pro” or break into the publishing business anymore. I rarely accept review copies these days. I just want to read what I want to read. I’m ashamed to say that I don’t visit my book blogging friends as much as I should. Am I just lazy? Or is it that blogging was such a big part of my life that it took over and now I need a break?
There is a pressure (internal mostly) to post often, to not lose that audience that you’ve built, to come up with new and interesting ideas. But you know what? You don’t have to. You can slow down, blog when the mood strikes you. You might not have thousands of followers by doing this but the ones you have will stick with you because they like you and what you have to say. And that’s something.

30 comments:

  1. I'm feeling exactly the same stuff right now. I haven't been posting as frequently as I used to (haven't been reading as many books either), and am going through one of those "is it really worth it, do I have time for this?" phases. I guess I should just just take your advice and slow down, blog when the mood strikes, and it will be okay. Thanks for the post. <3

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    1. It's hard when there are bloggers who seem to have new material everyday to think that I have to too. Sometimes the ideas just don't come.

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  2. I prefer to read posts that are written as the mood strikes. I can tell when a post is written as filler and I cannot stand memes so I have absolutely no problem with a blogger that posts once a week, as long as I get a good glimpse of the blogger through that post. Does that makes sense? I've never conformed to the typical book blogger standard. I have no schedule. I write when I have something to say and I don't care too much about stats. I don't participate in a lot of the memes going on and I rarely participate in community builders even though I fully support them. I just know, that my life is busy and this is what I can do and it's what I enjoy. I intend to keep it that way and fully understand your need to slow down. Whew, that was a mouthful.

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    1. There are more of us than we realize!

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  3. Very true. Having a good relationship with fewer readers who you have good discussions with is better than developing a huge audience you don't have any real urge to interact with. I blog about a lot of books, but that's because I read a lot.

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  4. I wrote a very similar post earlier this year. I thought I was going to take a long break during the summer, but found that only posting when I felt like it took the pressure off, and I enjoy it again. I'm with you; I'm happy with my little niche in the book blogosphere - I don't need it to be any bigger. :)

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    1. I seem to come up with better ideas when I'm not trying too hard.

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  5. AMEN! Amen amen amen! We have to do what works for us, and that changes through the years.

    I'm with ya. You know it.

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  6. Amen to this times eleventy-three!!

    I find that even when I'm not blogging much or not visiting blogs much I still check in on the small group of folks who have become the "good friends I've never met in person" in the nearly 7 years I've been blogging.

    That slower pace of what I want, when I want and how I want to do it works best for me. I have a small consistent audience and we get along just fine in my quiet little corner of the blogosphere. I have some blogging friends who post a lot less than they used to but I'm still there reading when they do.

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    1. So many bloggers who started blogging when I did are slowing down. It seems to be a thing. It's a good lesson to the newer bloggers not to get overwhelmed.

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  7. I agree, I took a break earlier this year, and then found ideas started to flow, and I enjoyed it again. Coming up for 4 years blogging now. I think putting pressure on yourself makes it too darned difficult!

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    1. It does! And sometimes just a break helps.

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  8. You deserve all the hugs for this post! Yes, it is right, we are allowed to slow down, we just need to allow ourselves to do it and feel less guilty. At the same time, that is the hardest part, isn't it? You're saying exactly what a lot of us I think need to hear right now.

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  9. I totally agree - unless you're getting paid to blog, then don't let the pressures in. Our blogs are our own spaces, to do with what we wish. :)

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  10. I think it's each to their own when it comes to blogging, and if reading what you want to read is what you want, then you're having fun with it and still reading, so it can't be bad!

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  11. omg that that macro is the best ever!

    and aw I'm so glad you aren't quitting and that you'll still be around. <3

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  12. My stats have been way down in recent months, despite blogging as much as ever, and at first it got to me. But then I realized that I like the act of blogging anyway, just online journaling about the books I read. So, if no one tunes in, I've decided it's okay. (Still, I'm your 18th comment on this single post. Gotta say I'm envious of that!)

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    1. I don't even look at stats any more. I think it would depress me.

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  13. It's really interesting, spending this evening reading through the Armchair BEA posts of those of us who have been around for ... um, awhile ... compared to those just starting out blogging. My blog took a major shift this past week (went to self-hosting, finally!) but yet there have been weeks where I've posted once. It's a funny thing, this blogging thing of ours, isn't it?

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  14. I have built in breaks into my blogging so that I don't get burned out. Usually they mesh with other high demand time for me (final grades are due, kids dance recitals, etc.). It really helps the burn out.

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  15. I am going through this right now! Trying to read through all the posts I missed from the blogs I follow. And I should be in bed!!!

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  16. I agree with you and all the others! Blogging isn't our paid job and it's not our family, so those have to come first, anyway. I try not to stress out about posting, and have never managed to even make a schedule. I'm always going to be behind, and I've accepted that! :)

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  17. There is nothing wrong with taking a break :) You have to do what you have to do! This should be FUN, right? If not there's no real point. It's not like we're becoming millionaires, ha ha!

    Keep on keeping on Chris.

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  18. I definitely find that my blogging fluctuates due to many other factors in my life. When I'm the happiest is when I'm writing up reviews of books that I read because I wanted to, and my review is just me getting to discuss the book. I agree with everyone else that the memes etc.... aren't something I'm too keen on either as a blogger or a blog reader. The more genuine the blogger is, the more I enjoy his/her blog!

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  19. Hi Chris, yes there are more bloggers like you out there, count me in. I started out 5 years ago hoping to use my blog as an avenue to track what I liked. It grew into a lot more, but then it started feeling like a another JOB, for which I wasn't getting paid:( I'm trying to get back to basics by keeping the readers I have and posting about what I read or want to read.

    We need to do what feels right for us. Enjoy your summer - pressue free.

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  20. Blogging evolves; and I'm at a point where I just let the current float me along. I don't think I'll ever quit but sometimes it's so fun and sometimes... NOT. Whatever. I always enjoy your humor and insight.

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  21. My philosophy exactly! I take long breaks because life gets too busy, but I can't call it quits because I find writing about what I read very satisfying. As long as one person comments, I'm perfectly happy! I don't need a large audience, but I do need to know that someone made a connection. I'm glad you're still here :)

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  22. I know what you mean. I've seemed to have hit my plateau too. Over the last few months, I have posted way too many times about being away from the blog. I still like reading, but it's no longer my main interest. I haven't blogged much about anything else, and starting that now seems pretty hard but like you said, I've made a lot of friends through my blog and I would like to continue it somehow.

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  23. I am stopping by really late to say I feel you! I really do!

    I am coming up for 8 years and this last couple of months has been a real slog. I have plenty of thoughts to blog about, the actual sitting down and writing has gone completely out the window!

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