For the final day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, the question is One of the unfortunate side effects of reading and blogging like rockstars seems to be a tendency toward burnout. How do you keep things fresh on your blog and in your reading?
Now that I’m entering my third year of blogging, I can see this becoming a real issue. The first year was spent in just sorting out the basics, and everything was new and exciting. During the second year I solidified more routines, like adding monthly review and discussion posts, and worked out some practical issues like moving from Blogger to WordPress. Now that I’m happy with my infrastructure and everything is running smoothly, it could get boring. What will keep me from stagnating?
I think it’s important to keep revisiting our practices and not just do them because we always have or because everyone else does them. I recently read an interesting post at Library Huntress, who has decided to stop doing book reviews. Can you have a book blog without reviews? Why not? Let’s all keep our focus on what gives us energy rather than depleting or stressing us out.
In my reading life, I find it sometimes challenging not to become overwhelmed by all the possibilities out there. Before I got involved in blogging I would mostly just troll the “New and Interesting” shelf at the library or stick to tried-and-true authors I knew I would love. Now that I have so many ideas coming from so many directions my TBR pile is in danger of exploding. I have to remember to slow down and take it one book at a time, giving each one the attention it deserves rather than always thinking about what else I could or should be reading.
Although I like being part of the buzz for new books from time to time, I also don’t want my primary focus to be there. Juggling deadlines and feeling pressure to produce a review for a book I haven’t strongly connected with are things that give me stress rather than pleasure. Keeping to only a few new release reviews per year helps me feel more balanced and less like a book promotion machine.
What are your thoughts on this question? Is it possible to keep blogging without burning out?