Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2016 is hosted by Ana, Andi, Heather, and Jenny at The Estella Society. It’s a week dedicated to celebrating the hard work, dedication, and love we put into book blogging, and to nurturing the connections and sense of community we’ve been so lucky to find through it. Each day of the week has a dedicated theme/blogging topic.
Day 5 How do you keep things fresh on your blog and in your reading?
There was a time when I really didn’t think “book-blogger burnout” would be a problem for me. Speaking strictly from a blogging standpoint, nearly nine years into this, I’m still not sure it is. That said, I’ve struggled over the last year or so–not so much with blogging and/or reading themselves, but with making space for both in a time of heavy off-line demands. Is that burnout? I’m not sure.
But adopting this philosophy as my Blogger’s Credo several years ago definitely helps me manage:
Coming to terms with The Book Blogger’s Paradox is also useful:
It’s always a tough balancing act, and sometimes the balance will get tilted too far or thrown off entirely.A Blogger Credo: There is NO One Right Way to Do This. #BBAW Click To Tweet
Reader burnout is harder for me to handle than blogger burnout, honestly. I’ve spent most of my reading life moving pretty steadily from one book to the next. Blogging about my reading does slow that process, since it forces time for reflection after a book is finished. Sometimes that break makes it harder for me to settle on what book will come next, especially when I don’t have any externally-imposed reading schedules to meet. I’m in that place right now–I’m on a break from my paid-reviewing gig for Shelf Awareness for Readers–and it has me floundering a bit. However, these two contradictory strategies can be helpful:
- Practice book polygamy. If I’m reading two or books at the same time, one of them will usually capture the bulk of my attention eventually.
- Focus on one format at a time. This is almost the opposite approach–concentrate on an audiobook and focus other reading time on blogs instead of books, or get behind on my online reading while powering through a novel or narrative nonfiction.
After almost nine years, I’m comfortable with the idea that the blog can coast every now and then, and that takes off a lot of the pressure that can lead to burnout. What’s keeping it interesting for me right now is having made the move to self-hosted WordPress in December–I’m excited by all the new things I’m learning to do with the blog on this platform, and that notches up my enthusiasm for creating new content for it.
Moving to a new platform is a pretty extreme way to fight blogger burnout, granted. However, there are less dramatic changes–a new theme or layout, a different color scheme, a fresh header design–that can brighten up both your blog and your outlook on it.
How do you combat book-blogger burnout?