This past week wrapped up Book Blogger Appreciation Week, in which I’m sure many of you participated. In two weeks will be Banned Books Week, in which I’m sure some of you also will participate. I’m also sure that many of you participated, and will participate, with at least a post per day, if not more, on your respective blogs.
Personally, after such weeks, I feel almost burnt out and think, “Why am I doing this? I’m not getting paid for this.” Do you ever feel the same way after weeks like the ones mentioned above? If you do, what do you to counter it? How do you keep going? Do you take a break from posts after that, or do you just “soldier on”?
Or if you don’t feel burnt out after such weeks, why not? Also why are you a book blogger? From what I’ve seen and experienced, it’s certainly not the fame or the glory that you get. So what is it? Why? Why? Why?
This leads me to the next question – why do I blog? Why indeed? I started because my book club friends were doing it, and I realized that I was missing out on an entire new world. I started blogging because it looked like fun. Then I began to review books on my blog and realized that writing a review made me a better reader. (Apparently, all those elementary, middle, and high school English teachers were right to assign book reports.) And through following other blogs, I branched out from reading almost only classics to popular fiction and ARCs and have been loving every minute of it. I feel that blogging has become another stepping stone on my path to discover who I truly am while enjoying several lifelong passions – books and writing. I find it cathartic to write out what I feel about life, share my favorite things, and just act silly in a way that would probably cause me to receive some very strange looks in real life. I feel stronger for having the courage to put a stake in the ground and declare my feelings about something for all the world to see. This is why I blog.
Why do you blog? Do you get burnout? How do you cope? I’m curious what others have to say on this topic.