Friday, February 19, 2016
BBAW: Blogger burnout
Today's topic is one I've given some thought to: avoiding blogger burnout. For me, the answer is easy: I keep reading. I get those blogger blues, when I wonder why I am spending so much time writing about books - time that I could be spending reading books - when the whole thing starts to seem a little pointless at best (and egotistical at worst). But then I read something that reminds me of why I started my blog in the first place, to share that "I just read this really great book!" feeling. I refer to this as "book evangelism," though I wouldn't disagree with "book pusher" either.
And it's not just reading books, but reading blogs as well, since that's where I find so many irresistible recommendations. I just ordered a copy of Crossriggs, by Jane and Mary Findlater, after Heavenali wrote about it. As I mentioned yesterday, the conversation in the comments on blogs is inspiring too - and sometimes leads to even more book recommendations.
For myself, I also find it's important not to commit to too much. I rarely join reading events these days, because I've found that I can't read to a schedule, and they can start to feel like work - both the reading and the blogging.
That said, though, I'm so glad to have joined in this Appreciation Week. Thank you to the moderators for reviving and organizing it!