15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 12

I am totally a ball dropper lately. Like, if it is hot, I can’t make myself do something, at least not until it has cooled down to the point of me not thinking about how hot it is and how much I hate not having air conditioning. So, lately, I have been writing up these challenge posts in the morning before work OR after work during the day when they should be up and I am sorry, I know lots of you like to input your links and I totally suck. ALSO, it is day 12 and I am still commenting on day one posts. It’s hot though and I do not want to sit in front of the computer for longer than necessary. I will say that my plan is to comment on ALL the challenge posts for ALL the days, but it’s slow going. If you get a random comment from me in January on one of these posts, that is why ha ha. ANYWAYS.This post is part of a 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I started because I was feeling burnt out and then inspired.Check out the challenge here.

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Good Books And Good Wine

How Do You Fight Blogger Fatigue?

I wish that I had a good answer for this, really I do. Lately, fatigue is something I’ve been battling. I come home and feel totally drained. I used to be able to do blogging in my downtime between 9-5, but now I have to stuff that, along with reading from 5-10, or 6:30-8:40. It’s hard dealing with a loss of time, BUT I see that as good too, because my weeks go by much faster which is a great thing.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to pump myself up for blogging:

I try to write about new things. Seriously, I love writing book reviews, but I look at my need to review list and feel overwhelmed, so instead of tackling that, I decided to browse pinterest and make this challenge up, because it is a thing plenty of other blog niches do. I just can’t sustain 30 or so days.

I try to change how I write reviews — like, the whole question and answer format for reviews really helps me to get them written and also have a fun time because legit I will always love a hilarious GIF, I cannot even pretend.

I try to talk to my friends who give great pep talks or make me laugh or provide a screen for me to complain at. It’s kind of really, wonderful.

I try to just take a step back and do other things. Tony and I have been out of town pretty much every weekend picking things up because I’ve accumulated a lot of crap over the years OR we have to go do family things like graduations and weddings and a surprise party next week. These things are great because I come back a little liquored up, and instead of staring at the screen with no clue, the words just flow and flow and flow. Of course, they might not make much sense in the morning, but sometimes I can parse out what I was trying to say the night before.

I try to read books in different genres. Sometimes the blog fatigue is a result of reading fatigue, and you know changing it up really is key, I think. I don’t even know why I said key, it’s not like I am an expert and can be like OH YES THIS IS KEY TO SOLVING YOUR ISSUE. Anyways.

I am curious about what those of you who are much smarter than I am have to say about this, as I am sure you probably have a solution — AND I NEED YOUR SOLUTIONS <3

About April (Books&Wine)

April is 30 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and baby, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I agree changing it up helps. Also, focusing on the reading of the books and posting reviews rather than all the other stuff involved with blogging helps too.

  2. I find myself writing non-book review posts more often now (meaning once or twice a month). Or even offering up a discussion post about something book related. Mainly because it’s hard to keep up with the reading when I get busy and also because it can become a bit redundant (even though I love my books). My trick is finding something that is book related and then writing about it, even if it’s only a tiny thread that links it together. But then again, sometimes it’s good to write about something TOTALLY different because it will bring in a whole new set of followers that never would have clicked on it before!

  3. I’m curious about what those smarter people have to say, too. I try all sorts of things and it works for the short term, but I always end up tired after awhile. I’m just not very good at going more than 24 hours without a post. And I’m way too controlling to take on a blog partner.

    But I totally agree on all your fatigue-combatting efforts. I think they could work pretty well for just about everyone.

  4. I really love your new format on the reviews (the questions). I also think writing about something else is a great idea. I’m definitely going to try to use some of these tips.

  5. I am fairly new to blogging so I haven’t hit fatigue yet but I do feel like I get myself too busy and sometimes it gets overwhelming trying to keep up. I love reading your techniques and getting ideas on how I could combat it if it hits, and it probably will. 🙂

  6. This is me right now and dealing with it is something I’m having such a hard time with. I think in the past two months I’ve told my friends like, ten times that I want to take a break. But I’ve yet to do that. Then some things happened this week and I realized I HAD to take a break because it was starting to affect my sanity (seriously. it was badddd). So until the end of the month, I’m going into blogging with a “no pressure” kind of attitude. I usually have a pretty strict schedule, but I’m not going to follow that and instead I’m just going to blog when I feel like it. I don’t have to review every book I read and I can stay off the internet for days if I feel like it. It’s going to be difficult, for sure, but II think in the long run it’ll pay off.

  7. I really am enjoying reading everyone’s replies on today’s challenge. I’m quite new to book blogging so I’m yet to suffer the blogging slump but sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the tours I’ve signed up for and all the review books provided by Publishers and Authors, but I feel that most of those are taken care of if your organised.

    The actual blogging fatigue, I think the main thing is to try something new! Even take a break for a few days, just visit favourite blogs, and by seeing their blogs and posts you come back rejuvenated and inspired!

    Thanks April for this fantastic challenge, it’s got so many fantastic topics!

  8. I think it’s important to switch up the genres when reading … and if I read something I didn’t like (which happened today) I know the next book I pick will be something I KNOW I’ll like. Also, if I read something heavy, read something lighter next, if I listen to a lot of audiobooks, then pick up a paper book. And take breaks — that’s a big one for me!

  9. I’d say you offered up some pretty practical suggestions! What usually works for me is getting out of my book blogger zone and doing other stuff, whether it’s watching a movie or going somewhere or meeting up with people. I find that immersing myself in real life (and really doing it, not just halfheartedly) makes me miss blogging and want to return to doing it.

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