I'm a pretty laid back blogger. I read whenever I feel like it and don't berate myself when I choose Game fo Thrones over the latest book. But I have been in that stressful zone of 'oh-god-my-followers-are-going-to-leave-me-if-I-don't-post-all-the-latest-book-releases'.
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Open them. Guess what? Nothing happened. Your blog didn't explode, your followers are not picketing your Twitter. Don't be afraid to not post every single day. Take a break every now and then! Go catch up on Game of Thrones!
|I gotta start using this as an insult.|
How many books have you requested to review on NetGalley and Edelweiss? Are they piling up? Be honest. If the answer is 'erm... *silent panic*' then you might want to... take a break. I know, they're new and they're shiny. But there's nothing stopping you from adding those books to a Goodreads shelf and reading them at a later date. Make your blog different to everyone else's, give some older books some love and search out ones no-one else has heard of.
Be nice to yourself. You're not a bad blogger if you haven't read 1 million pages this week and posted all the reviews! Give yourself lots of positive comments. 'I wrote a review for the blog today!' 'I didn't buy any new books this week!' 'I bought lots of books this week! *party*' are all good statements.
Take a day off from reading and blogging and go on a book hunt! I do this often. I'm not sure about America but in the UK we have lots of Charity Shops and it's really fun to visit a new place and rummage for bargains. Why not search to find out if there's any beautiful bookstores near you and take a trip? I recently went to Bradford, where I hadn't really visited before and found a wealth of charity shops and this beautiful Waterstones.
|Of course if you want to rummage like Macklemore that's cool too.|
Take a day to be social! We all get caught up with reading and reviewing and promoting so it's good to have a day to be social I think. Maybe if you post memes, use that Saturday to visit some other blogs and see what they're up to. Of course, you must be somewhat social already, you're reading this.
Set a Goodreads reading goal lower than you think you can easily read in a year. Why? Because when you easily smash it it will feel DAMN GOOD. I have mine set to 100 because I'm just one of those speedy readers (sorry not sorry) but I know by the end of the year I could easily read 130. So if you think you can read 70 books this year, set your goal to 50 instead of 100. Try it!
Stop forcing yourself to read books you don't like. If you're four chapters in and want to stab your eyeballs out, now is the time to stop reading and choose a different book instead. You can always pick this book back up later.
If relaxing in front of the TV watching 10 hours of Game of Thrones isn't your thing, maybe do a bit of spring cleaning. Sort out all your bookcases, go through books that have been sitting on your shelves forever and decide if you really need to read them if they've been sitting there that long. And if the answer's yes... see Step Two.
Re-read! I don't think I know many bloggers that feel they don't have 'the time' to re-read their favourite books which is odd because we spend most of our time reading. One favourite book a month or few months is hardly going to dent a hole in your review schedule, so go and fall in love with it all over again!
Just enjoy everything more! You started a blog because of love of books, and apparently, writing a lot, so if you've fallen out of love with it, learn to love it again. Love the smell of new and old books. Love the soppy quotes that are littered around Goodreads. Love your neighbours dog! But not too much. That would be weird.