Being a book blogger is weird, because it’s a hobby, at least for most it isn’t a job, and it’s fun.
But it’s also stressful like a real job – and requires a hell of a lot of effort, especially if your on your own.
Here, I’m discussing the 7 major things that can cause book bloggers stress.
Time management is a big thing. For most book bloggers, blogging isn’t a job it’s a hobby, which means carving out time to do it – and fun as it is, that’s not always possible. And even when it is, it can be hard to push your self to read or write when your brain is fried from real life.
Which leads to procrastination. Which is how you get the “accidental five month hiatuses” that my blog is no known for.
I deal with this by scheduling posts. Like last summer for while I was at camp, and like I have now for AP season – so I don’t have to worry about consolidating my melted brain so form a sensical string of words.
What do you do?
Stress Over Posting
Even when we do post, it brings a different kind of anxiety. Are people going to like it or hate it? Is it too over done? Is this original content stupid? Did I unleash too much of my weirdness at once? Did j say something dumb a future admissions officer will see and reject me for? (This last fear is one instilled in me by a very college oriented high school – like I needed more reasons to stress out).
These are legitimate concerns, and ones not easy to quell. This is the main reason generally behind my several month hiatuses to be honest.
Ever Growing TBR
This one is unique to book bloggers.
The ever Growing TBR.
TBR stands for To Be Read – a list of books a book blogger intends to read, and be a physical stack of book towering in ones room, can be a list online or wishlist of books to buy, can be a stack of arcs, or a massive ebook library – but the result is the same.
Sooner or later the TBR of s book blogger outgrows the reading speed – and threatens to crush them. Often this impending crushing can increase the prevalence of a reading slump and we get indecisive over what to read next and then just don’t. A vicious cycle.
Generally deadlines can get you reading again, but deadlines for reviews can bring their own kind of stress.
I myself have too many books in my TBR – a review TBR of about 50 and a physical TBR of too many to deal with.
Pressure For Content / The Look
The look of the blog matters.
Trying our best to improve the look of the blog, from graphics to the layout to the design to the domain is a big thing for us book bloggers. But when you don’t have the resources to get help and don’t have the skill to make good things yourself – it makes you feel a little behind the curve sometimes.
The pressure for the right look also applies to the content.
People like tags and memes. They are the life of book blogs. But too many and your blog is labeled unoriginal and boring.
Book reviews are a major thing. But so many discussions are being done on, really, other book bloggers don’t read book reviews – you might not even need them. But without them are you even really a book blog? But you can’t exactly churn out so many reviews since it takes time to actually read books- so what do you do?
The answer: Original content.
The elusive gold of book blogging.
It’s hard to come up with original posts consistently. And to be honest, most of us either take inspiration from or flat out copy each other (with credit unless your a terrible person). We do similar discussions and lists etc. But the continuing strive for better original content can keep you awake at night, thinking of ideas and second guessing yourself.
It’s hard to sustain.
So cut bloggers a break when there’s a lull in content okay? Okay.
Reviews / Discussions
Back to book reviews.
Every book blogger pretty much does reviews. In different styles with different frequency, but it is a staple of book blogging. (Though I read a great discussion at The Tattooed Book Geek that argues otherwise).
Reviews tend to take a long time though, so their less frequent – even if your reading pretty quickly.
Discussions are another thing – when everything seems to had been said but you still can to join in, what do you say? And how do you say t without sounding preachy or cheesy?
Role In The Industry
Sometimes other people read your stuff, and take your opinions seriously. Sometimes, I don’t feel qualified to be giving my opinion. I’m a kid! I’m 17! I have no authority! Except the fact that I’m a book blogger gives me a small amount of authority in a limited capacity – and it is occasionally terrifying.
I face this fear when I get review requests. People email me like I’m a professional. ADULTS email me asking me for my help/knowledge/influence and it’s weird. It feels like you can’t say no because, your just a kid and this is an adult. It’s a weird position, and not a universal struggle I’ll admit, just one I think about a lot.
Ah yes the stats. The thing everyone says not to worry about and yet everyone does.
But it’s hard not to.
When another blogger gets more comments or more likes then you.
When someone who’s been blogging for less time surpasses your follower count.
It’s hard to to try and measure up success. It hard not to get jealous. And want to be better than others. It’s human nature.
But sometimes being so concerned with stats can suck some joy out of blogging – that that sucks. But it’s honest.
This has been some of the struggles I’ve experienced being a book blogger – its fun, I love it, but people need to understand that it isn’t easy or quick before they start their own blogs or start getting snippy with bloggers for not posting more often. We’re only human.
Do you experience any of these?
Did I miss something glaringly obvious?
Let me know!