15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, Day 12: How I Fight Blogger Fatigue

Okay, so I’m late boarding this train, but I want to be part of the fun too. I asked on Twitter for buddies, so that I wouldn’t be alone in taking this epic journey. Thankfully, bloggers are awesome people, so I quickly found three friends to travel with me through the book blogger challenge: Lili of Lili’s Reflections, Mickey of I’m a Book Shark and Jessie of Ageless Pages Reviews, so make sure you check out their responses too! We’ll be doing one challenge a week every Friday for fifteen weeks. For more information on the challenge itself, go visit Good Books and Good Wine‘s explanation post here.

Though blogging overall is really fun, it’s also SO MUCH WORK. It gets really tiring. Partly, I know this is my own fault, because I’m all like POST ALL THE THINGS, when really no one’s going to care if I take a day off along the way. Except for me. Anyway, here are some strategies by which I avoid slumps, either in posting or in reading.

  • Reviewing Books Immediately: Ever since I started this blog, for better or worse, I’ve always reviewed books the moment I finished.  This effectively prevents review slumps and backups of unwritten reviews. The most behind on writing reviews I’ve ever been was five or so, because I was on vacation without a laptop. Even then, I wrote a detailed outline for the review right when I finished the book.
  • Mixing It Up: To keep myself from getting bored of a particular book and thus slumping on reading, I read several at a time. Generally I have two print books and an audio going. Recently I’ve started reading a manga in addition. Obviously, this won’t work for everyone, but I’ve gotten used to it. In theory one of these should be good enough to pull me through any that aren’t as good.
  • Keeping Calm: This one I’m still working on. I need to learn that everything I’ve worked so hard to build her will not disappear if I skip a post for a day.
  • Cutting Out Blog Tours: It’s not that I don’t do blog tours, but I keep them to a minimum. I only do tours with two companies, one of which has no rating requirement (thanks, TLC!). Even then, I don’t like to do too many, because having to have the post up on a specific day adds a whole lot more stress, even though I generally try to get posts up by a specific day anyway. Having flexibility is still makes a world of difference.
  • Preparing Posts Ahead of Time: Historically, I’m terrible at this, but I am TRYING. I’ve got a backup of backlist reviews that I can post when I don’t have an owed review ready to go, and that helps a lot. I posted two of those this week, rather than stressing myself out to finish something else. I’m also trying to build a more realistic reading schedule and plan out posts ahead of time. Working on Cover Snark throughout the week, rather than all on Wednesday, is a big help. Doing TTT and posts like this ahead of time also really helps (though I’m writing this late, so…).
  • Pushing on Through: Honestly, a lot of times, the only thing I can do to resist blogger fatigue is to not let it win. Sometimes I have to post a review I hate because that’s really all I’ve got. Sometimes writing Cover Snark is torture from the first cover to the last. Keep going and get through it. That’s my main thing. If I skip writing a review for one thing or stop meeting my own standards, it’s probably going to be the beginning of the end. I’m lazy by nature and I need to keep up my forward momentum.
  • Getting Great Feedback: Unlike the rest on this list, which are self-motivated, this last one comes from you guys. While I do love doing this for myself, I doubt I would have stuck it out so long were it not for the wonderful community. The thoughtful comments I get on a regular basis, the tweets about things I’ve written, and things like that really help me on days when the devil on my shoulder is saying that I should probably just not bother writing that post.

What do you guys do to fight blogger and/or reader fatigue?

9 responses to “15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, Day 12: How I Fight Blogger Fatigue”

  1. Kat Kennedy says:

    This is me. I feel continually burnt out from blogging these days. But I shall valiantly try your advice!
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  2. Meg says:

    Your discipline is admirable and I wish I were half as organized as you are. Your dedication shows through and in my opinion, this is one of the best YA blogs out there, it’s definitely one of my favorites.
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  3. Lili says:

    Kicking myself that I forgot to do this. Again. F my life.

  4. I read more than one book at a time as well. Usually 2 e-books & a print book although I seem to have issues really getting into print books lately. Really weird. I figure that if something’s not catching my attention/interest than one of the other 2 books will.

    I am really good at doing posts in advance (not to toot my own horn or anything) I swear it’s because of the OCD though. I have 4 reviews already written and ready to go. Posting date’s span from November to February.

    I’m in a minor reading slump right now and I am realizing that I don’t WANT to fill up my blog posts with endless Blog Tour posts/Book Blitzes/Cover Reveals.To me, if they are done too much, it signifies a lazy blogger.
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  5. Rachel says:

    A lot of the things you listed are things I’m working on as well. I’m just coming out of a slump that I swear has been going on for the last five months or so, so it definitely takes a lot of focus and keeping on top of things. Whenever I’m feeling fatigue, I find the thing that helps me best is to just force myself to read and review and comment, to push through feeling burnt out, because eventually it becomes easy again and I’m excited about blogging again. I’ve tried the whole taking a break thing, but that only seems to make things worse because I get stressed out and feel left out of the blogging community.
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  6. These are great tips. I think the thing I admire most about your blogging is the review writing right after finishing the book. I am slowly trying to get there. I used to do it too, but somehow I stopped doing it, though I never let myself get more than two reviews behind so that’s something. And a lot of times I finish my books late at night and I don’t feel like writing a review then. But I really am trying to get to where you are because I used to love doing it that way, and you are right, it really does keep you from feeling that blogging stress.

    The rest of the time, I push on through and take social media breaks when it gets to be too much. Like now. Love you!
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  7. Jana says:

    These are great tips, and they’re definitely worth keeping in mind!

    When I’m trying to fight reader fatigue (which I’m struggling with right now), I make sure to take breaks and read old favorites. I’ve got a stack of 6 ARCs that I’m trying to get through, and between each one, I’ve been sneaking reads through Madeleine L’Engle’s Austin Family Chronicles. I know those books by heart, I love them, and it’s a nice change of pace to read something which doesn’t require notes or careful attention on my part. 🙂

  8. Molli says:

    You are so inspiring, girl! I struggle with pushing through slumps. When I’m in one, I just want to throw up my hands and say I’m done, because I get so frustrated. And I LOVE you for making that extra effort with Cover Snark and your reviews and such. It means a lot that you think enough of your readers TO push through it. 🙂
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  9. Lyn Kaye says:

    Good post. I think we have all had the burn out hit us. I don’t know how single bloggers do it. I blog as a team, and I would not have made it this far without Kara.
    I think the important thing to remember is that this is for fun. This isn’t a job or an assignment.

    Love the feedback!
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