Thanks to GoodBooksAndGoodWine.com for hosting this challenge.
Day 12: How do you fight blogger fatigue?
This is a hard one to answer since I have been going through this since about April. In April we had an explosion of posts, authors, readers, searches, etc. and I felt like I was putting in 10+ hours a day keeping up with the site. By May I was totally burned out, but trying to hide it. While it has gotten better over the last few months, I do find myself saying I would rather read than write a review. So this comes at a timely moment when I need to help myself out of my funk.
- Write some unique articles besides reviews and book tours. Talk about what you are reading. Pick a topic related to reading and give your thoughts on it. Break out and write something totally different. It might spark some conversations and uplift you.
- Change up the format of your review. For a while I ended each review with five reasons you should read the book I reviewed. It helped me to think of why I would recommend it to a friend and made me think harder about the book.
- Step out of the review box and say something wild. It can be respectful, but totally unique that will spark you to be even more creative.
- Move the review elements around. For a while I posted a quote at the top of the review from the book. I don’t do this every review, but it helped to shake up what I was doing in my review.
- Install a shiny new plugin, but be careful. Not all plugins are great to use, but a new one might make you want to come back to the blog more.
- Take a day off. I have done this twice this summer. I just didn’t feel like writing the Sunday Summary that I wasn’t sure people even read. So I just took a break and let is slide and enjoyed my free time. Nobody will die if you miss a week. Seriously!
- Talk to a fellow blogger. We all go through this. Sometimes you just need someone to give you a pep talk to make you feel like it all matters.
But if blogging is really fatiguing you, then take a week off. Maybe you just need a week away from the demands. Sometimes I think of walking away from it, but then what would I do with all that time…read…and then want to review again. So keep with it!
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