(Some) Book Blogging Pressures & How to Fight them

Blogging Pressures

Hello friends!

Book Blogging is a wonderful adventure, but it does not come without its downsides. And I’ve been meaning to write an unfiltered post about book blogging pressures I and many (if not all) of you have felt at least once along the way. But I never knew how exactly I wanted to approach it and just siting all the ways in which book blogging stresses me out sometimes just didn’t feel quite right for how I envisioned this post unfolding, especially since it’s something quite a few awesome bloggers have talked about before. Then a few days ago, it dawned on me, while struggling with all these things, I also picked up some ways so battle them or at least make them easier to handle so why not rant about them AND share the tips I’ve picked up along the way.

Full disclosure, in summer 2018 I had the worst blogging burn out ever and even considered quitting. My content showed it, my interactions showed it and even my stats showed it (a…lot). A lot of it was because of my mental health also being at its worst but a some of it was because I put so much pressure on myself that I ended up hating everything I was doing and feeling discouraged. And here’s the thing, most of that pressure comes from us, HANG ON, DON’T HUFF AND CLOSE THIS TAB!!! I mean yes, it all has to do with the community as a whole but it also has to do with the way we interact with the community and let it affect us. And I will try to break down all the ways in which that happens and how I helped ease some of that pressure for myself.

I’m obviously no professional and I’m struggling as much as everyone else but since late 2018 and blogging being a factor in my worst mental health relapse, I put some things into perspective and my experience has been MUCH better for it. So, without further ado, here goes everything:

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This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot since my friend cw @ The Quiet Pond brought it up on twitter. The book community is SO FAST PACED and keeping up sometimes can feel like an impossible feat and that alone is a crushing and anxiety inducing fact. Everyone seems to be reading a new book every day, reading ALL THE BOOKS at the same time, writing all the posts, commenting on all the blogs and just doing all the things at once. And then there’s you who’ve been reading the same book for a week or more, who can only dedicate a very limited amount of time to blogging so you feel like you’re falling behind while everyone else is moving on without you. And let me tell you: That’s a lie. Everyone feels the same way. We all have real life engagements that keep us from being on top of things and that’s okay.

The fix

Like I said above, I burned out last year and fell off the wagon for a while, didn’t read, didn’t blog, didn’t comment and just didn’t touch anything remotely literary for a solid month, and did it all very slowly for a couple more months. And guess what? THE WORLD DIDN’T GO UP IN FLAMES!!! Which was a wake-up call for me and an immense stress relief, because just as I was ready to be back in the swing of things, the community was still there, the books were still there and new posts were STILL being posted. So what if I missed a few things? So what if I can’t read every single book and every single post? So what if I have to fall behind a little? As long as you do your best and go at your own pace, then it’s good enough.

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Boy oh boy, if this isn’t every book blogger’s worst enemy. Stats can either be the most encouraging OR most discouraging thing for us and that’s okay to admit. When ours stats are doing good, it gives us a boost of motivation to put out even more content for people to interact with but if they’re not as satisfactory…well, that’s no great. And I’m the first to admit that I’m guilty of letting my stats get to me more that I should.

When my stats weren’t great, when I was barely getting any engagement on my posts, when I felt like I was pouring my heart and soul into my content and releasing it into the void. I thought that maybe my content wasn’t good enough? Since obviously people didn’t care about it. But truth is a lot of people feel the exact same way. Most book bloggers share the same insecurities and a lot of the elements that factor into stats can be quite arbitrary, I know more than a few bloggers with amazing content who don’t get the kind of engagement they deserve.

The fix

On an individual level, reduce the time you spend looking at your stats. I used to OBSESS over my stats, check them every couple hours or so and beat myself up when they didn’t go high enough, so cutting back on that was HARD. But I did it, now I sometimes forget to check them out at all during the day. Most times now, I only check them out at the end of the day on a posting day but I sometimes forget even that. If you don’t give your stats power over you, they’ll cease to affect you quite as much. Do I still get bummed out when my stats don’t go as high as I hoped on a post I was expecting to do well? Yes. But I don’t let that discourage me anymore. I just focus on the posts to come, the potential those have and how to make them the best the can be.

Of course stats still matter to me, but I tend to look at the positive and sometimes even look for ways to improve them, because at the end of the day, they’re the most concrete proof of growth *shrugs*.

On a community level, we COLLECTIVELY need to be more transparent about our stats. It’s almost seen as a taboo to talk numbers because “we’re not supposed to care” but fact is we DO care and the less we talk about these things, the more the stigma and insecurities around them will grow. There are people who get 500 monthly views, there are some who get 5.000 or 20.000 but from what I’ve seen A LOT of people think that most fall in the latter when in my experience there are more who fall into the former, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong about that.

I tend to share my stats in my yearly wrap-ups but I’m thinking of dedicating a post to this because maybe y’all overestimate my numbers haha. I could also include my tips on how I almost doubled my number of views between December 2018 and January 2019 and how I maintained that growth if that’s something you’re interested in seeing.

This section alone turned into a whole post, oops.

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Can we all agree that we need a year with zero (0) new books so we could catch up on all the ones that are already released? Yes? Yes. THERE ARE JUST SO MANY BOOKS COMING OUT ALL THE TIMES AND I NEED TO READ THEM ALL. And I feel this on a visceral level this year especially, everywhere I look is a book I desperately want to read and yet other just keep on popping up and I feel like I need a lifetime to read the books that released in the last couple of years alone AND CAN YOU TELL HOW STRESSED THIS MAKES ME? But seriously, too many wonderful books to read them, too little time to read them. But also too little funds, I don’t have the money to sustain my thirst for these books y’all. Send help.

The fix

A TIME TURNER!!!!!

No but seriously there’s sadly no fix for this particular issue other than to make peace with the fact that it’s literally impossible to read all the books. Mkay? Mkay. I know we can easily get carried away by the hype surrounding new releases and the semblance of urgency that comes with their imminent release date, we all feel that “OMG IT’S RELEASED, MUST READ NOW!!!!” but just remember that:

  1. Not all books are for you and you should sort through the releases and prioritize the ones that sound up your alley.
  2. New releases don’t have an expiration date, you can get to them whenever you have time/money to get to them. I promise they won’t lose any of their initial magic if you read them a few months or even years after release.

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Lolol do you think that because I talked about new releases, I’ll forget about backlist books? I can’t. THEY HAUNT ME. Especially those glaring at me from my shelves, waiting to be read. And I know most of us bloggers are guilty with getting so caught up with the aforementioned new releases that we forgot about the as excellent books whose only fault is to be released a few years back so they got relegated to the background. This is also something else that I could have included in the fast pace portion, because at the pace in which books come out, older ones can quickly be forgotten and that’s just the sad truth that we’re sometimes all guilty of enforcing as well. There’s nothing wrong with it, we read what we want to read, but those books deserve love as well.

The fix

I won’t tell you what to do, if you’re not interest in backlist books, by all means, don’t read them, read whatever strikes your fancy! But if you’re like me and are interest in MANY backlist books, I am here to share a couple ways in which I managed to raise my older to newer books ratio:

  1. You can alternate in your TBR between older and newer books so half the books you end up reading in the year are older releases.
  2. Alternatively, if you don’t want to read that many older releases, you can make the conscious effort to put one or two backlist books on your monthly TBR, depending on how much you read in a month.
  3. Audiobooks. And this is the one that’s helped me the most. Since I got into them, I’ve been mostly using them to read backlist books that I don’t necessarily want to review but still want to read. That way I’m still enjoying the stories without taking physical reading time away from the books I need/want to review.
  4. Read different formats. If you are able to read multiple books at a time, once in each format, you can make one of those a backlist book.

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Okay. We all feel this. This is a community that relies heavily on Arcs (Advanced Readers Copies) whether we want to admit it or not, and if you’re someone who doesn’t read them either because of a conscious decision or because you don’t get them, it’s inevitable that you’ll sometimes feel excluded, irrelevant, like you’re in front of an exclusive club, on the outside looking it and it sometimes can get discouraging too.

I feel this especially hard as an international blogger because through no choice of mine, I can’t get most Arcs. My only fault is that I’m located in a country that considered pretty much irrelevant in the publishing industry (I’m lucky if people knows where Morocco is located, or even that it exists tbh). Physical Arcs are a miracle, and digital Arcs are an almost impossible feat because Netgalley restricts my requesting privileges now and Edelweiss is a huge mystery. So I’m talking from a place of knowing when I say that this can be a bummer.

There’s also the other side of the coin, when you keep getting Arcs and getting them (2019 me can’t relate but 2016 me…Boi oh boi) and then you get approved for all of them and you stare into the void while you’re internally, in a wave of panic, screaming “HOW AM I GOING TO REVIEW THEM ALL IN TIME” and…yeah. Pressure. This is the definition of it. Self inflicted at that.

The fix

For the first part, well… honestly, I don’t know. It still gets to me sometimes that I don’t have access to Arcs like other bloggers do. Especially those that I am an ownvoices reviewer for. But mostly, I focus on the books I *do* have access to and I’m grateful and for those opportunities, no matter how far and few they are, because I *still* am able to receive Arcs. Mostly, like I did with stats, I removed the power they had over me by focusing on the positives, the Arcs I get to read and take it as an opportunity to trash my owned TBR. 

For the second part, what I’ve learned shortly before Arcs got restricted by location, is to request only the ones I’m TRULY interested in. I know that in the midst of all the excitement and with all the available options on Netgalley and/or Edelweiss we can get carried away and end up requesting 20 books when if we stop to think about it a bit, we’re only truly interested in half, if even that. When requesting, I read each and every synopsis, stopped and asked myself  “does this book really sound like something I’d enjoy?” If the answer was no I moved on and I found that a lot of the books I requested were hype driven and not interest driven. Plus, if you get rejected for most the books you were VERY interested in, you can always go back and request those that are lower on your priority list.

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Last but not least, is this expectation we have of ourselves and that we think others have of us to be this perfect image of a blogger, to do the most of everything, have a bright personality but not too bright, to be smart and witty but still light and funny, to have entertaining, unique and creative content, to stay on top of things, to interact with everyone, to, to, to….AND ENOUGH. This is a huge myth that we all conscribe to for ourselves but that we actually do not expect of anyone else.

At one point, I lost my way as a blogger, I lost my voice, and whenever I wanted to post something my first question wasn’t whether or not it was something I was passionate about or genuinely wanted to talk about, it was “Is this something that would get me views? Is this something others are interested in?” and that’s sad. I tried too hard to be funny (especially when I was actually depressed) and when I go back and read my posts, it feels disingenuous because I can remember my mental state and how much everything I wrote didn’t match up. I also don’t like anything I posted back then, I mean, objectively, the posts are fine, they’re decent but the didn’t come from a place of enjoyment, I just wrote them because I felt like I had to.

The fix

There’s no simpler way to combat this than to realize it’s a myth. This perfection we all strive for isn’t real. Truth is as long as you put out content you’re genuinely interested in, in your own voice, no matter what that voice is (funny, serious, sunshiny, cynical, etc…) you’ll find your audience and people will be interested in what you have to say because they know it comes from a place of passion that shines through your writing. It’s as simple as that. And it’s quite freeing to be honest. Once I shrugged off this fictional pressure, I felt a lot less constricted in my blogging.

My posts are sometimes sad, they’re sometimes happy, they’re sometimes super serious and sometimes fun or sarcastic. Because that’s who I am as a person and I am proud to let that show through my blog. I’m not perfect but that’s okay, I still try my best. I don’t want to hide my mental state anymore, so whatever I am feeling shows through my posts and people like them all the same and show immense support. And that’s something I’m forever grateful for.

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What are some of *your* blogging pressures? And how do you fight them?

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44 thoughts on “(Some) Book Blogging Pressures & How to Fight them

  1. I absolutely agree with this post! Like, I relate to every single one of these pressures, and it’s something all us bloggers need to take to heart. I tend to beat myself up a lot about stats and not keeping up with things, and it really killed me (and still is!) I’ getting back onto it, and it made me feel so much better. Anyway, that was my lil tangent, haha. Happy reading 💘

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  2. I definitely get caught in requesting too many books on Netgalley! I try to limit myself! Also, I guess, putting pressure on myself to post more often gets me a bit stresssed, but it’s helped to make a schedule and specifically plan to post on a day.

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  3. I needed this post. I’m constantly in and out of the book community because either my mental health is bad because of personal life or I get too overwhelmed trying to keep up with it all. Plus it really sucked not seeing my blog grow when I WAS putting effort into it. Now I just do it for fun and read what I want. I’m not putting myself on any posting schedules or how many books I need* to read, I just do it because I want to and that has helped me SO much. (I still need to stop requesting damn ARCs though.) Awesome post, Fadwa. You’re one of the many blogs that I looked up to and inspire to be like so to see you also feel the same way I do sometimes helps me realize that I’m not alone in feeling this. 💙💙💙

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    • Aww I’m sorry to hear that and it’s definitely frustrating and disheartening when the growth doesn’t follow your efforts, I’ve definitely been there and it can quickly put you in a somewhat unhealthy mindset. This honestly means the world to me, thank you for telling me. You’re definitely not alone ❤

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  4. This is such a good, relatable and important post, Fadwa, thank you for sharing this ❤ I have felt and still feel every single one of these, like I have to be on top of everything, like I should be reading quicker than I, well, than I actually am really able to, like I need to be on top of it all all.the.time. Thank you for these reminders that we and our health comes first, too and that the community might be fast paced and move quickly, it's not a train we won't ever be able to catch up again. Loved this. 🙂

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  5. Aww I love this post so so much, Fadwa ❤ and I'm also really happy that you wrote what so many of us are likely thinking but too afraid of admitting to ourselves. Sometimes when school gets heavy, I want to cut down on the number of posts I'm writing and the number of books I'm reading, but FOMO just gets so real. Then, I feel like I need to catch up because everyone is reading and reviewing these amazing releases and then moving on to the next big thing when I'm still two steps behind. As much as I love this community, it does move extremely fast so it sometimes feels like you're behind or left out if you don't stay on top with everyone. Statistics are definitely a big bad wolf for sure. It's a scary cycle of constantly checking stats because they help with getting approved for ARCs which feeds into an overwhelming TBR and no time to breathe.

    I love that you wrote recommendations and fixes for all these struggles because they're such a great reminder to take our time and be happy with where we are. This was a post I know many of us needed 🙂

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  6. I loved this post! Lately I haven’t been making a lot of progress when it comes to reading and it feels like the whole book community is rushing past me and I’m standing still. 🙂
    The biggest and most important pressure I feel is having people see my blog and that it makes them want to read my book. And if I start thinking about it…it feels like super quicksand.

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  7. Yes to all of these and I agree I think, when I actually reflect upon it, it is me that puts the most pressure on myself. That plus I am an easily distracted reader so it does take me a long time to finish books and it does feel like a lot of bloggers have a superhuman reading capacity but its nice seeing that other people feel the same 😊

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  8. I adored this post!! I love that you included guidance for the struggles as well!!
    But book blogging does definitely have struggles!! And it is good talking about them because there is nothing worse than feeling alone!!
    I agree that the blogging is fast paced– it kind of doesn’t sleep. There is new posts out, new ideas, new news etc. so it can feel like you are racing to keep up with everything. And I definitely feel like breaks are so, so important– resting can sometime be the most productive thing you can do!!
    And honestly keeping up with new releases and back-list books is hard and if I think about too hard I can really stress myself out!! But I try to focus on the book I am reading instead of all the ones I am not.
    And I think your last point of writing what you want and how you want is so important especially because it feels so good when you are writing something you are passionate about!!
    Lovely post ❤

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  9. This post came at the perfect time. I’ve definitely been struggling a lot with balancing new releases and trying to catch up on my TBR. I also have a bunch of Netgalley books that I got months ago and didn’t read because I may have had a small breakdown. Catching up on old books and keeping up with new releases can feel impossible. But I’ve been prioritizing catching up on old NetGalley books and the books I’ve renewed from the library over a dozen times

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  10. Honestly, when I read this post, I could literally feel my shoulders unclench and my spine straighten a little bit. I think this is my new fave of your posts for this year, Fadwa. So insightful, so honest, and so HELPFUL. You’re a treasure!!!

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  11. Yesss thank you so much for writing this post, Fadwa! Oh my gosh, totally same about the statistics, except it doesn’t affect me the same way– instead of going on constantly, I just shrink back and hide away from my stats because I’m so scared that my posts will get 2 likes and that I’ll be forgotten forever. Actually, that’s what I’ve… been doing this past week. I’ve just kind of avoided looking at my stats and I’ve stopped going on WordPress specifically, but I know I have to go through and actually /write posts/.

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  12. I love this post so much and agree with everything! I struggle the most with arcs, because everything seems to just be available to residents of us and Canada. It’s so discouraging to see reviewers who are not own voices getting the arcs that I’m an own voices reviewer for (but I’m happy that for them still hahaha). I just comfort myself with the thought that I get to support the author when the book actually releases because it’s not like the book is never gonna come out

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  13. This is such an incredibly important post! I have been to all these places and they are absolutely not fun. Knowing that I’m not the only one helps. It also helps to understand that there’s so much I can do on a personal level to let go off this daunting feeling.

    Thank you so much for articulating all of this so perfectly and putting it up! It’s an absolutely amazing post and I love it. ❤

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  14. I love this post so much and it really spoke to me. I think as book bloggers, we definitely do feel a lot of pressure and a lot of it does come from ourselves! Though I think community pressures are present, I think in general most book bloggers are supportive of each other to take a break or whatever we need to do for self-care.
    I think my struggle is that book blogging is fast-paced. I’m a slow reader and a slow writer, so the time it takes for me to finish a book and then write a review of it is SIGNIFICANTLY less than the presence it will have within the community. And that really sucks sometimes.
    But I think your fix is one I use as well – to be more patient with ourselves and to acknowledge that we’re doing our best!! And that is okay.

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    • Ahh I’m so glad bb ❤ And yes that's true, intra-community pressure exists but like you said, when it comes down to it, everyone is very pro taking breaks just…not for themselves hahah. AND SO MUCH YES! A post has around 2 to 3 days longevity and you're like…is that timespan really worth so many hours of work? But when it comes down to it, if it's something you're doing out of love and when you take some distance from all the pressure, you find that maybe it is.

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  15. This post is SO SO important!! Personally, i feel like every post HAS to be good, and I end up stressing so much over the facts that I a) may/may not have “unique” content b) the posts may/may not be BAD c) how frequently I post, d) if I post too many/too little discussions… etc, and in the end I end up NOT posting because I’m stressing. As well as that, just the TIME that it takes to blog, I mean gosh can I just have another few days in the week?? It’s so so so important to remember that there is no ‘perfect’ blog and stats don’t matter but that’s really hard when you really think about it ahaha. Anyway, my fix: sleep. This year I’m trying to take a way more relaxed approach to blogging (because school, urgh) but it’s actually VERY nice to just post what I want when I want without over thinking eeeeverything. I LOve this discussion so much aha 💕

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  16. I really related to this, thank you so much for sharing it. I definitely need to work on making peace with myself and learn how to not let things control me and have power over me. We know how much stats can get to us! When I first started requesting from Netgalley, I didn’t have much control either, but I’ve gotten better at it, even before all the restrictions. At least I’m glad for that. My current blogging pressures are stats, perfectionism and lack of time – I can’t get as much content out there as I’d like to. I still haven’t figured a fix for those, except to try and come to terms witht it …

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  17. I love this post and it totally resonated with me. I constantly put myself into pressures worrying about the blogging schedule and the blog hopping. I have made my peace with the ARCs, because as you said my location is never gonna be a hub for publishers and also I prefer backlists to ARCs. I have no idea how to improve my page stats so I have not begun worrying abotu it yet. Thank you !

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  18. There’s only so much you can do, right? I’m glad you’ve been able to work through a lot of these challenges.

    I’m lucky to live in the United States and I have access to plenty of ARCs. But I still want to read all the books too, right? Perhaps the main thing is not to beat ourselves up if we can’t live up to the expectations we place on ourselves (because probably most people aren’t placing those expectations on you).

    I try to read one ARC and one “older” book a week. It typically works, but if I can’t do it, I don’t beat myself up. The “older” books might just be books that have been out a month, or they might be books that are years old. It seems to work for me.

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  19. As someone who feels pretty invisible most of the time, this post was extremely helpful to me. It’s so comforting to know that, regardless of where we’re at in our blogging journey, all of us feel pressure in similar ways at each level. Nobody completely has it together as a blogger or even as a human being. We’re all imperfect, we’re all messes, and that’s how it’s supposed to be!

    I think the pressure that gets to me the most is the first one in your post: I constantly feel like I will never be able to keep up. It only takes a couple days for me to feel like I can’t keep up with all the posts I want to read, and I’ve stopped even trying to keep up on Twitter. Like you said, though, we each have to put in what we can put in. I guess we just have to find a way to accept and love ourselves when we’re not magically made out of excess time!

    Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration and encouraging so many of us to keep doing this out of LOVE ❤

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  20. My favourite thing about this – and all your posts – are how honest you are.

    A lot of my blogging pressures, I’ve come to realise, are self-inflicted, and this year I’m taking a step back from them every time I get too anxious, and sometimes just taking a week or two to not read or respond to blog posts. It’s been helping a lot, and while I know it means my stats and interactions are limited, my mental health is not going under (again), especially now that I’ve restarted a medication that already negatively affects my state of mind. So reading this, having you be so refreshingly honest and to the point, is making that little bubble of anxiety I still have on taking care of myself as a person first and as a blogger second become that much smaller.

    What I’m trying to say, in this very roundabout way, is thank you for writing this, Fadwa. ❤

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  24. Such a relatable post Fadwa! You really hit the nail on the head with all these common pressures we face as book bloggers.

    I feel like all of these points are the exact reason why many book bloggers call it quits within a year or two of book blogging. I feel like the “veteran bloggers” become veterans because they’ve figured out everything you stated in this post. It really does seem like you learn these things through experience.

    When I was a new book blogger, I was so overwhelmed with stats, ARCs, creating content that would be successful, reading as many books as possible, etc. At about the 2 year mark, I learned to let it all go. I barely look at my stats anymore. Like maybe once a week. Why? Because at the end of the day, I’m still going to keep blogging and still do the posts that make ME happy. One of my features – my kids’ corner feature where I feature children’s books – is a very low viewed feature, but are some of my favorites to compose. I’m not going to stop creating them because the views are not there.

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  26. okay so! i just saw you linked this post on twitter and decided to click on it, and while i’m a new book blogger, i find it very interesting. i only have an introduction post up but i can’t wait to get started and post more, and this was very eye opening! as a new book blogger i would add that another pressure (for me at least) would be to make people find you interesting and to make friends in the community! i love your posts! have a nice day 🙂

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    • Ahhh welcome to the community, i hope you have the best time!! Thank youu ❤

      Tbh that struggle is something we all go through when we first join and sometimes even along the way but honestly as long as you write what you’re interested in and are genuine and *yourself* in your posts you’ll get people interested! And the best way to make friends is to comment on people’s blogs and get involved in the community. Best of luck!!

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  28. I loved this post and related to everything in it! I think for me I’ve slowly made my peace with certain things. It used to bother me that I wasn’t reading everything, until I realized that what I really care about is reading the books I think I’ll enjoy. (Which also helped me with ARCs as you mentioned.)

    I think caring about stats is the biggest thing I haven’t come to terms with. I happen to have the misfortune of being obsessive and loving numbers, so I can’t help but want to dissect all our stats every hour of every day. Which means I get upset when a post I loved and wanted to share with the world completely flops stat-wise. I know I’m putting a but too much value into the stats, but it’s more so that I have this blog so I can share with others, and seeing that the content isn’t always loved and appreciated keeps me from being a true part of the community. But I know this isn’t true, and that sometimes things just fall under the radar, and so that’s what I’m currently trying to fix within myself. Great post!

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    • I think there comes a moment for all of us when we realize we can’t read everything and start focusing on books we know we’ll enjoy!

      Stats are the bigger beast to beat and i’m not gonna lie, i still struggle with them sometimes but that doesn’t happend often anymore. And yes, that’s definitely not true! There are quite a few variables to stats and we can’t control most of them. The only things you can control are what and when you post as well as how/if you advertize your posts

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  29. Wow this strikes SO true with me! I love blogging because I love doing book reviews. It’s the main reason I started and I find it mentally calming to read a book, review a book and know that my thoughts are shared. It’s like I can mentally shelf that story in my mind once that’s done. But it’s so hard to keep up with other content AND get reviews done (especially when heaps of people rather read other content than reviews, so the low stats aren’t encouraging me to keep up the reviews, ya know). AGH.

    I found one of the most interesting fixes for destressing over the whole content mass production factory that is blogging, was travelling. Because I did not have time, nor wanted to make time for blogging whilst I was abroad. And EXACTLY like you said, you step away for a month and nothing falls apart and it’s a big ‘oh’ moment when you realise it’s okay to go at your own pace.

    ARCs though, sheesh. I live in Australia and whilst we don’t get the insane number of EVERYTHING that America gets, there are still a very large number of ARCs available to me. Unsolicited copies drown me some months when publishers send you a bajillion books in one go. It’s something I’m still trying to suss out with prioritising and getting to the books before the publication date! Perhaps one day I’ll have an answer for that one – but for now it’s good to read posts like this from other bloggers and know that it’s okay to be a bumbling mess sometimes 🙂

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    • I definitely relate to that! I started blogging for the exact same reason and the fact that reviews bring the lowest engagement can be discouraging but the way i see it if my review encourages just one person to pick up a book then it’s worth it to me.

      Ohhh and yes! I traveled during the summer, in July, in the middle of my burnout and i didn’t even *think* about my blog. It was a breath of fresh air!!

      And i’m glad! Thank you for sharing your experiences ❤

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