A few weeks ago, when I talked about book blogging pressures, I mentioned how in Summer 2018 I had my worst blogging burn-out to date and was even considering quitting my blog altogether. And I thought that I would go from there and explain what helped me get out of that state of mind and love creating content on here like I did when I first started.
Back in 2017, after a *mild* burn-out, I wrote a post all about the blogging burn-out and although both these post are quite similar, I’m taking this one from a different angle, because whereas the previous one was burn-out specific and pretty general advice, the one I’m writing today is all about what worked for me personally to fall back in love with blogging, and it’s not really burn-out specific because you can always burn-out without falling out of love with it and vice versa.
I feel like I’m rambling and not making much sense but ANYWAY. Here’s me being candid about how I beat my struggles in the hopes that it will be helpful to someone out there who needed this post.
This is the best thing you can do when you fall out of love with any of your hobbies/passions. That distance from it will either show you how much you miss it or how much you’ve grown out of it, whatever the answer is, it’ll help you take a few steps in the right direction. Also, that break will help give your creative juices a good kick and when you’re ready to come back you can do it with a lot of fresh idea that inspire you and that you’re ready to share with the world.
Back in July and August, I took a complete break from blogging, I didn’t write a single post during those two months. Sure, a few posts went up but those were scheduled in June. In those two months, I took a complete and clean break from my blog. No writing posts, no checking stats, no blog hopping, no replying to comments. NOTHING. I even took a step back from posting on Instagram. The only platform I was still fully active on was Twitter and I didn’t even tweet much about books since I also didn’t read much. It was basically a waiting game, I waited it out until I got that blogging urge again during the last week of August and even then, I eased my way back into it and only wrote posts when I felt inspired. My blogging experience has only gone up from there.
Y’all know I follow my blogging schedule almost religiously, I only stray from it in extreme cases or if I have an additional post that does not fit into the schedule. So it might seem that I’m ANYTHING but relaxed about my blogging. That being said, when I first came back to the blog, I wasn’t strict about my schedule and didn’t really respect it, but as time went by, I found myself naturally leaning back towards the schedule and being able to write according to it. The most important part though and what made a huge difference for me is that I stopped pressuring myself to put out posts in their assigned days and beating myself up when I didn’t. Which weirdly only made me follow the schedule more.
I think what helped is that I’m not *scared* to miss a posting day anymore, which means I don’t stress myself and rush to posting so I actually enjoy the writing and scheduling process a whole of a lot more. In the past few months, I’ve only missed one day (Friday a couple of weeks ago) and it was…fine. I felt I couldn’t bring myself to write a post so I didn’t, and when I got around to writing that review (for The Weight of the Stars, if anyone is curious), I was actually really proud of it.
I think I’ve mentioned this in a post before (I…can’t remember which) but for a while back then, I wrote what I *thought* people wanted to read because I wanted to be relatable and appeal to my readers, and didn’t really listen to myself or what mattered to ME, which means that I completely lost interest in anything and everything I wrote, my voice didn’t come across in my posts and I was just all over not proud of them at all and rereading them now kind of makes me sad lol.
Truth is though, people started following my blog and reading my content when I talked about whatever the heck I wanted to talk about, and according to them, they enjoyed it so I came to the realization that it doesn’t matter what people want to see because different people want different things, and no matter the content you end up putting out there it will find its audience so why not just write about things I cared about? And I not only started having a LOT of fun writing my posts but these posts attracted way more people than the posts I wrote when I was trying to please people who aren’t me.
See, reading is originally our hobby, but reviewing books can make it feel like a job a lot of the time, which can make it draining and lose its original appeal that made us start blogging about it to begin with. Defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Which is why I stopped reviewing every book I read. I started finding myself with a huge backlog of books to review because I couldn’t review as fast as I read AND reviewing became a chore because I didn’t always have a ton to say about some books and have to squeeze my brain like a freaking lemon to get the words out.
What I do now is:
- I don’t review audiobooks unless it’s a special case of books that I really *have* to talk about (The Poet X and A Heart in a Body in the World are two examples). I listen to audiobooks solely for enjoyment which takes the pressure off of being super critical.
- If I find myself lacking words to review a book, a book that left me feeling “meh” but that wasn’t objectively bad, and it’s not a book I got for review, I don’t review it either. It’s not worth the trouble. Same goes for books that hit close to home and that I can’t review without putting too much or myself out there or word vomit my emotions.
And that’s all I have for today, friends. There’s really no secret to it, the key is to not let it take over your life and have a more relaxed approach to blogging. I hope this helps someone out there ❤
That’s it until next time.
What are some of *your* tips to fall in love with blogging again?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.