It's almost over. Today is the last day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. How was your week? Did you meet new bloggers? Do you feel refreshed? I most definitely feel renewed, which coincidentally is the topic of today's prompt.
How do you stay sane, grounded, and generally happy in your blogging?
Not long ago I was feeling pretty blah about blogging. I felt that the blogging world had gotten so big and my place was very small. I didn't recognize many people in the book bloggiverse. Some of my blogging friends had disappeared or I had lost touch with their blogs. (I blame Google Reader.) Even during other, larger book blogging events I felt lost.
The Book Blogger Appreciation Week arrived and it was like a reunion. It's made me so happy to get back in touch with the old gang while finding new bloggers with similar interests.
I've written about blogger burnout before. I think most of us have been there. It can overwhelm bloggers. It can lead to reckless behaviour- one blogger felt she had to plagiarize posts to keep up with her demanding blog. It ruined her reputation, she could never really recover, and quit blogging not long after. No one wants to end their blogging career this way!
Luckily, I'm not in the position of "most popular blogger" and feel outside pressure to keep churning out new content. All my pressure is internal. Every once in awhile I have to check myself. Remind myself that I do this for fun. I've been writing about books in some format for over a decade. Obviously it's something I would do with or without a blog. I do this thing for me.
So, what do I do?
I Do What I Want
For some people, keeping to a strict schedule works for them. It does not for me. I keep trying to stick to some kind of schedule and it never works. I'm much happier sitting down to write when the feeling strikes. I sit down at the computer and purge my mind for an hour and feel all better. Trying to force myself to write or come up with ideas has never been successful for me. I'm a fly by the seat of my pants blogger, which is weird because I am the total opposite in real life.
If I start a feature on the blog and I end up not enjoying it, I stop doing it. I'm sure your readers will be okay with it, if you do the same...eventually. No one wants to read something you forced yourself to write.
Sometimes I don't even write about books. *Gasp* I write about cooking, or my other hobbies. Believe it or not, I like doing things besides reading. Why not share my enthusiasm for those things too? In other words, keep it simple. Don't overthink blogging. No one is going to take away your book blogging license if you write about your pets or even have a few weeks not posting anything at all.
I Try Something New
I had so much fun in December when I participated in A Month of Faves. It was my first time and because of this I ended up having a lot of ideas for posts. It was something new to me. The topics weren't always book related. When you've been blogging about the same thing for years, you find you're saying the same kind of things over and over. It can get boring. If you feel burnt out, try something new. Get involved with an event you've never done before, sign up for a readalong (those are fun), find new blogs to read.
|Just have a good time!|
In my opinion, book blogging should be fun. It should help you connect with other readers. Don't make it a chore. Have fun!