When I started this blog way back in 2010, I never expected to still be blogging in 2016 but…I am! Granted, I just took a couple of months off but that was a definite necessity. Blogging burnout, especially after doing it 3-5 times a week for years, is a real thing.
It didn’t help that I struggled with reading this year. A LOT of DNF’s. A lot of mediocre reads (they were probably pretty darned good reads but I was in the biggest damn reading slump…still am a bit but it’s getting better!). My Goodreads stats:
So, why keep blogging? Why not just give it up, go back to just reading without the pressure of reviewing and posting consistently. Why? Because I’ve met the most amazing people in the bookish blogging community. People I would never have met otherwise and am so happy to have in my life. They love books and authors and are just so fantastic. Sadly, my local friends just don’t share my love of reading. (I know! Why am I friends with them?) The blog and social media is a way to share my…ahem…obsession. Truly, there’s little better than fangirling over an author or fantastic story or fussing over a sticky plot point with someone who *gets* it.
One of my biggest resolutions for this year is to chill the hell out. I tend to obsess and the obsession leads to anxiety which leads to depression and grows into this perpetual cycle that is so unhealthy. I’m applying that resolution to my blogging, too. I’m aiming to post three times a week but, if that doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. If I post more, awesome. Same goes for visiting blogs and commenting. (I love y’all but I know I won’t be commenting every day or on every post.)
Actually, I think that’s the key to long-term in blogging — do it because you love it, don’t stress out over it, and take breaks when necessary. For me, at least. What keeps you blogging? Why do you love blogging?
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