April over at Good Books and Good Wine is hosting a 15 day Book Blogger Challenge, which you can read all about here. It seems like a great idea, and I’m loving the idea of putting something random and exciting into my blog at a time when my real life makes me want to sleep rather than blog!
Day 12 of the Book blogging Challenge is a really tough one – it asks us how we cope with blogger fatigue.
Honestly, this is one I’m definitely still figuring out an answer to! As a lot of you know, I just started a summer job in an office, 8:30-5. It’s not a job in an area I’m interested in, and it doesn’t have any potential to go anywhere, so it hasn’t left me particularly inspired! (Though it is paying off my overdraft a bit so I can’t just pack it in). The job means I’ve gone from having a few hours of lectures a day to a full structured day, so my reading and generally relaxing time has dropped off hugely. That means when I get home from work, by the time I’ve eaten, showered, prepped for work etc, I basically just want to read or hang out with my other half – something that involves little brain power and no computers! Here are the things that have helped me both with past blogger fatigue, and now (which is more like overall fatigue!).
Take part in a challenge
Readathons, as well as challenges like this and Bloggiesta, are short term projects that keep me inspired and have at least a small motivation to post every day, even if that’s just a post that says “today I read 200 pages”.
Sometimes I just can’t motivate myself to write a review, or whatever else I “should” be reading, and instead I’ll be busy thinking about something else. Posting about whatever is on my mind can help to get it off my brain, so I’m open to other things. It sometimes can also then lead to another idea for content (like my June project!)
Talk about something I’m passionate about, or about real life!
I love book blogging, but books aren’t my ONLY love. Sometimes it can be nice to post about something totally different, like I do in my filofax posts (which remain my most popular posts!). Alternatively, I might post something based on day to day life, such as a recipe or drinking game (incidentally, the Harry Potter drinking game is another super popular post!)
Read something different
Sometimes I get burnt out on blogging because I’m in a reading slump. This is especially true if I’ve been reading review book after review book. Sometimes all it takes is putting down the books everyone else is raving about, and picking up something random at the library, or a book of my own.
Take a break
I’d rather take a break from blogging and come back to it than force myself to trudge on and eventually give up blogging all together.