Chill Out, Man- Blogger Burnout: A #BBAW Post



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!

29 comments:

  1. I do feel that burnout from time to time and don't really have a cure for it except that I'm not ready to give my blog up yet.

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    1. That's what it really comes down to for me as well.

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  2. I'm definitely with you! I feel so renewed and energized after this week and I definitely found new friends and blogs to follow and reconnected with old ones!

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  3. Agree with everything you said here! Blogging should definitely be fun and shouldn't feel like a chore.

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  4. Yes to all the things. DOUBLE YES to SIMPSONS GIFS.

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  5. This is such a nice post :) I loved the 'nobody is going to take away your blogging license if you skip a few weeks' part. I needed to hear that! I tend to feel especially daunted when I haven't posted in a while and I feel like the bloggiverse has got way bigger while I was away. Thanks for posting :)

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    1. When I step outside my own blogging circle, I see just how big it is now. It's overwhelming!

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  6. My week has been busy and awesome! It's made me so happy to meet new bloggers and hear about all the books and bloggers people are excited about. I hope it's been fun for everyone else too!

    I am, by the way, a scheduler myself. Otherwise I get too stressed. Which goes back to, doing blogging the best way it works for you, and not fret so much about what other folks are doing.

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    1. That works for lots of people, but I can never stick to one and it stresses me out. I loved BBAW! Thanks for being a part of bringing it back!

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  7. I am a very organised, scheduled person in everything except blogging. This is the one area that I try to tone down my need for structure - because the very last thing I want is to get worked up over my hobbies.

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  8. First of all, I Do What I Want - perfect statement!

    Secondly, I am also a very organized person in most things, obsessively organized. And I'm that way about the blog posts, but not about my reading. It's as if my brain says 'nope, I will take you in whatever direction I want to take you'. If I make a list of book I plan to read. Well, I always go in another direction. So, my statement is READ WHAT YOU WANT! Loved this.

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    1. If your brain is not into it, it's just not going to work. Brains rule!

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  9. Yes, yes, and yes! Those self-expecations can be killers. I know that all too well because I have top many.

    Doing what works best for you is key, I think. And acknowledging that we aren't all the same. I like how varied the book blogging community is. Flexibility is a nice trait to have regardless. As you said, if it's not working, you move on.

    Blogging should be fun. And I'm glad to be a part of the community--and know you.

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    1. Aw, thanks!

      Yeah, if I only blogged about books exclusively, I don't think I'd be happy.

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  10. This was an awesome week, wasn't it? And I agree with you, the best thing is to just do what works best you. :)

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    1. Yep, it's nice to not be boxed in by rules!

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  11. I love your advice here. Joining in on something new can be such a motivator (like BBAW!). AND I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one still reeling from the loss of Google Reader.

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    1. Google Reader disappearing ruined everything. BBAW was great!

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  12. "No one is going to take away your book blogging license." Truth.

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  13. It was kind of like a reunion, wasn't it! I talked to people that I haven't talked to in ages! And blogged... And used twitter... It was almost like old times!

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    1. Yay! I was glad to see you so active! I hope you keep popping in!

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  14. It was a reunion! At least it felt that way on Twitter.

    I agree with all of your points. These are the tried-and-true "rules" of blogging.

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