Discussion: Blogging Pressures and Resolutions

I think many of book bloggers have been there before. You go overboard with requesting books and your TBR pile is threatening to crush you — there’s no way you can read all of these books in a timely fashion.  You’re so busy that you can’t possibly dedicate as much time as you’d like to your various platforms. Real life strikes and you find yourself unable or unwilling to keep up with your reading or your blogs.

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Some of you may have noticed that I have barely been posting here.  Going from posting six or seven days a week to once or twice has been a very strange struggle for me!  As the holidays rapidly approach, real life does its best to interfere, and reading slumps strike, I’m finding it hard to keep my afloat with my blogging schedule.  I run this blog, an Instagram feed, a Twitter account, and a YouTube channel, all while trying to keep up with my reading and posting to coincide with publication dates.  Also, a social life (sometimes).  Sometimes it’s just a little bit too much!

When these things begin to pile up, anxiety begins to rear its head.  Blogging is obviously a hobby, albeit an all-consuming one.  In order to ease the burden a bit,there are a few things I sacrifice in order to keep on top of things.  The first thing to go is my Instagram account, which has suffered a lot over the past few weeks.  I just haven’t had the time to post.  The rest of my platforms begin to show signs of struggle soon after that.  I haven’t posted any new videos in awhile due to illness, and it’s making me nervous!  I’m posting here less and less, despite having blog posts written and ready to go.

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The one thing I really don’t want to suffer is my reading, but I’ve unfortunately been really struggling over the past month or so.  The whole point of blogging is to yammer on about the books I love, the books I’m reading, the books I hated, the new books coming out that I’d like to read, etc.  I have so many amazing books that I’ve either purchased or have been sent to me, but I sometimes look at the pile and feel a sense of dread!  How am I going to get all these books read?  I always try to prioritise proofs and review copies, however sometimes they’re just not what I’m in the mood for.  This can result in me just not picking up a book.  However, that’s the worst thing for a book blogger and lover.  If my reading begins to suffer as a result of blogging, I’m ready to go on a hiatus.

So for the new year, I’m coming up with resolutions to make my blogging life a little easier.  I absolutely love what I do here, but sometimes it can suffer when I’m busy.  I’m planning on doing things like starting a bullet journal, something I resisted for a long time because it seemed like more trouble than it was worth, and keeping a really up-to-date diary.  I’m also going to make a bigger effort to schedule things in well in advance.   And writing reviews in a timely fashion can’t hurt!  I’ll be cooling it with the review requests until I’ve read down my pile of books.  I’ll be reading what I want when I want.

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So here’s my question to you: what are your tips and tricks for alleviating the pressures of blogging?  To you restrain yourself when it comes to proofs and ARC’s?  Do you schedule things well in advance?  Do you take hiatuses?  How do you prevent the Dreaded Reading Slump?  Let me know!

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12 thoughts on “Discussion: Blogging Pressures and Resolutions

  1. I just read what I want, when I want regardless of release date, ARC, etc. I’m a mood reader and I need to read what I want otherwise I won’t enjoy the book and won’t actually want to read. Sure, I get books read before the publication, at times, at times, nope and you know what? It doesn’t matter. There’s not a single blogger out there who hasn’t gotten books/ARC’s be they Netgalley or paper (and there’s no difference even though some bloggers have 100’s of old yet to be read Netgalley books on their e-reader and complain when a blogger misses a paper ARC release) that they haven’t read before publication, it happens and the world doesn’t end. I understand people wanting to read all the books before release date but if you don’t, you don’t. Often publishers don’t send books until they’ve been released anyway, Gollancz do it and so do others, can’t read a book before release if you don’t get it until after release.😂 If you get sent unsolicited ARC’s/books you don’t even have to read them, no obligation whatsoever.

    I often take breaks, be it only a day away from bothering with the blog to keep from the pressure as some days you’d much rather just read and anyway, the blog will still be there another day.

    Preparing and scheduling posts is great too, means you can have a post scheduled and ready to go and you don’t have to rush and bother with drafting, etc on the day you want to post.

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  2. Slumps are the worst!! The way I deal with slumps is by scheduling basically ALL of my posts in advance. It’s kind of a lot of work up front, but once you get a nice supply of them going then you can relax a bit and replace the posts more leisurely. I hope you feel better soon! ❤

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  3. It’s a strange thing but reading or rereading a book that was totally NOT on my reading list can help a lot? Also giving myself permission to unplug completely- I had 3 days without internet on my last holiday away and it gave me lots of time and just think. And that was really good 🙂

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  4. I admit I still don’t really understand bullet journaling. It looks kind of fun, but also kind of just like a fancy to-do list???

    I try not to request too many ARCs because “having” to read things is the pressure that really gets to me.

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    1. I didn’t really get it until I was trying to find a planner that suited my book blogging needs. There was nothing that quite fit what I was looking for! I’m going to give it a shot, but I’m not a particularly artistic person.

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  5. Hello Justine. I can totally relate to juggling multiple priorities at a time! And although blogging isn’t an essential part of my life, it is hard to let it go, because of how I love the blogging community.
    What I found helped for me was scheduling posts in advance, which I only started doing a few weeks ago. I set aside on one day of the week (Sunday for the most part) and write all 3 posts that I will post for the rest of the week. This takes away the stress of “oh no I need to post something today but I have no idea of what to write!” I know other bloggers keep a schedule of blog ideas, which I want to try but haven’t yet.
    Take care 🙂

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  6. I schedule things in advnace and tell myself I only have to post once a week – every Friday – if i have time, room, energy for an extra day that I’lld o that but ONLY if i have stuff scheduled in advance so i dont ever get in a position where im out of time.

    i restrict myself askign for arcs too now as i have a backlog to get through and im a slow reader

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