Hello friends! And welcome back to The Pond Gets Loud – a ongoing feature where book bloggers share their experiences. The aim of this series is to provide book bloggers an opportunity to share and be more open with their experiences about balancing book blogging and life.
Today is the fourth, and second to last, post of the current The Pond Gets Loud series that celebrates and raises awareness of the incredible work that book bloggers do by sharing their candid stories of what the average week of being a book blogger looks like. Book blogging can be a huge and significant commitment for some bloggers, the work that book bloggers do is truly understated, and it can sometimes feel like no one really understands the amount of work they put in. Book blogging can be really lonely and can feel like you are shouting into a void, so I hope that reading these accounts will make other book bloggers out there feel less alone.
THE AIM OF THIS SERIES
The following is what I hope that you will take away from today’s post:
- A book blogger’s time is not limited to writing book reviews. Book blogging also involves creating graphics, formatting, promoting ourselves and books on social media, and reading the books that we promote and review.
- Book bloggers not only do this for free, but at their own expense. Consider: costs of purchasing books, costs of hosting domains (book bloggers), costs of decorations and props (bookstagrammers), costs of recording equipment (booktubers), and unquantifiable costs, such as time and energy.
- Book bloggers accept the costs of book blogging because most book bloggers love what they do, love sharing books with others, love promoting books.
For the last three weeks, I have invited eight book bloggers to the Pond to share their experiences of how they balance blogging and everything else in their life. Every single response has been illuminating, and I continue to be humbled by all the responses that I have read. Thank you again to all the wonderful bloggers who shared their experiences last week and the week before! You are all amazing.
Today’s post is the fourth out of five post of the Balancing Book Blogging and Life series. So here are eight more responses from eight incredible voices in the book blogging community.
May, book blogger (2 years) from Forever and Everly
Hi, I’m May! I’m a teen YA reader, writer, and blogger at Forever and Everly, and I’ve been blogging for (an official) two years now!
The biggest reason I love to read is because I get to escape. I love meeting different characters and seeing into a bit of their lives, and also being able to get out of my own world. It’s comforting, especially when I’m struggling in life, and reading has always been something fun and soothing for me. I love books enough to base my blog on it, and honestly, I love to blog because I love talking about books! I get to share books and discuss books and recommend books, and not just with myself. Whenever I’m going through a rough time in blogging, I can always count on the people and community to keep me going.
My average week is very busy. I go to school Monday through Friday for about 8 hours a day (5 on Wednesdays!). I have extracurricular activities every day but Sunday: dance, piano, and Model United Nations. I go to dance four times a week, including Saturday, and piano requires practice almost every day. On top of all that, I’m have a lot of homework I need to do for school, things I want to do and actually enjoy (like reading, writing, blogging), and dealing with whatever mental state I’m in, which hinders how much I get done in a day.
I blog whenever I can, honestly. When I first started blogging, I prioritized it over school and other more important things, but luckily I’ve changed that. My biggest problem isn’t the blogging part itself, but the interaction that’s a huge part of it. I find the time to write and publish blog posts, but commenting on others’ and replying to comments people leave for me…? My biggest priority is always writing the blog post, and by the time I’m done with that I need to do other non-blogging things and/or am too drained to comment/reply to comments. It’s difficult for me, especially with the mental state I’ve been in for a long time!
I spend… a LOT of time reading and blogging. I read about 2 books each week (or at least try to!), and the average-length YA novel can take me 3 to 6 hours to read sooo it’s probably around 9 hours a week reading-wise! As for blogging, a blog post will take me about 2 hours to make (though the amount has been falling on the longer side lately), and I try to post 2 times a week. Interaction, both with other bloggers and other book influencers on other platforms, can take up to about an hour if I do it daily. I would estimate about 9 hours a week spent on blogging as well!
I definitely have forgone way too many other commitments for the sake of blogging! I’ve lost sleep trying to finish blog posts, or comment on others’, or write book reviews, or even just plan what’s ahead for my blog. Blogging is very fast-paced, in my opinion; you write the post, you publish it, it gets comments and views for a few days and then it’s over, and each day you comment on others’ posts, and each day new posts are published. As someone who always likes to be on top of things, I’m always pushing myself to get things done, and often I’ve loaded myself with way too many things, and sometimes I choose blogging over other things.
Honestly, I’ve never felt discouraged from continuing to blog—hiatuses I’ve taken have been about a month long and I’ve always come back!! I feel a very strong connection to blogging and though I’ve grown to other platforms as well, I think I’ll always be a blogger at heart because it’s where I started. Because of all the nostalgia and love attached to it, though, it definitely hurts when I see people undermine the amount of work bloggers do and the effect they have. There’s so much time and effort put into the things bloggers do, and book bloggers also support, boost, and promote tons of books. All that is underappreciated by a lot of people, and it makes me seriously frustrated.
I definitely have a lot of suggestions on how to show appreciation for bloggers! Like: Follow blogs! Like their posts! Read their posts! Comment on them! Boost and recommend their blog! TALK TO THEM!!! Appreciation can be shown by a simple retweet of their book review or a long comment on a heartfelt discussion post they wrote. And speaking from experience, my whole day can be made by a few (or a lot of!) sweet words from someone telling me they love my blog and what I post, or being mentioned in a list of favorite bloggers. Finally, though, I think boosting marginalized voices is one of the most important things you can do. If you can, spend a few minutes to check how many diverse book bloggers you’re following and if it’s low, try to fix it! And try to promote them as much as possible!!
For any blogger who needs to hear it: Take a break. Blogging is really, truly hard. Maybe we want recognition, maybe we want to get better at blogging and meet new people. Whatever the ambition may be, don’t let that get in the way of your health and happiness. The most important thing, when doing something that, yes, can bring a lot of joy and happiness, but also requires a lot of work and time and effort from you, is that you make sure you love it and you love doing it. If there’s ever a time when you feel like you’re starting to fall out of love, stop. Maybe forever, maybe temporarily. But you owe it to yourself to do what you love and stop doing what you don’t. I’ve faced a lot of struggles as a blogger, mostly due to my mental health. But what’s been pretty much always constant is my love for it, and that’s why I’m still here, and why I hope to keep blogging for years to come.
Julianna, book blogger (2 years) from Paper Blots
Hey! I’m Julianna, and I blog at Paper Blots! I’ve been blogging for almost two years now?? (woah.) and I definitely have not been the most consistent at posting. I took an unannounced hiatus at the end of 2018, actually. I was really busy with schoolwork and just generally, not in the best mindset?
But… I keep on returning to blogging, because I freaking love the book community. Whenever I post, I love seeing the comments (even though I may not always reply on time!) and reading other poeple’s posts! The friends that I have made through the book blogging community are honestly, so invaluable to me and I will forever be grateful that I met them. I’m currently a student, and I go to classes Monday through Friday. I procrastinate way too often regarding my schoolwork, but blogging? I’m so excited to write posts (haha watch me feel the blogger burn-out within a week) and usually, the book community is the first thing I jump to when I get home.
I should probably… do my schoolwork first, before concentrating on blogging, but I’m just so happy and excited that I’ve rejoined the blogging world to delay it?
I probably spend about… three hours a day trying to read, if I actually even have the time to read (why is reading so hard. why can’t I speed-read at 500 words per second. life is cruel) and for each post I write, I spend about an hour writing each of them? Although, I’ve spent a lot more time depending on whether or not the post is heavy on graphics or has any extra features (like linking all of the book covers) that I need to add on!
Honestly, I’ve lost a lot of sleep because of blogging (I try to keep to my posting schedule!). For example, I needed to post a review by a specified date and… on that date, I hadn’t actually read the book yet?? (yes, I’m so irresponsible I’m so sorry everyone) Soooooo I just took up around five hours of my time focusing on reading the book, which took until around 9 pm to finish, and then I spent around half an hour to an hour writing my blog review! (I had already put in the graphics and information.)
It can be so, so frustrating to see that people… to assume that book bloggers don’t spend a lot of time on their posts and content? It takes a lot of mental and emotional effort to a. create featured images on each post, b. actually write the post, c. add in the graphics & all of the links, d. reply to all comments on your post, and e. blog hop on other people’s posts. Of course, that doesn’t even take into account social media platforms such as Twitter or Instagram.
Besides that, the one thing I would like to mention is the everlasting belief that bloggers… don’t deserve arcs or that arcs are a huge, huge benefit. I just… honestly don’t understand. Yes, arcs are publicity and marketing tools, but let’s be freaking real: bloggers are a huge part of marketing and people need to stop diminishing that! Book bloggers are a HUGE, huge percentage of the people that actually purchase books as well.
I also don’t like the notion that book bloggers are too greedy for wanting compensation for their work. Listen. Book bloggers literally do so much work, and it’s not unfair to for them to want a book in exchange for writing posts and promoting books? Honestly, I want to shout out all the freaking international bloggers, because they do so much work and rarely get physical arcs and sometimes not even digital. Howwww.
Something that I think could help bloggers out could just be showing some support to your favorite bloggers and maybe telling them how much they mean to you! A lot of them also have Ko-Fi’s or amazon wishlists and giving them something material could also be extremely nice, although of course not needed! Also, if you plan on purchasing books based off of a review they wrote, (if they have affiliate links) using their affiliate links would help.
And for advice to other bloggers? Don’t worry about not posting consistently. Don’t mentally beat yourself up if you can’t review an arc on time. (Seriously, don’t worry about this. I’ve reviewed arcs late way too often and publishers… (hopefully…) haven’t blacklisted me yet.)
Major shout-out to CW for letting me contribute to this project! She’s actually amazing. Oki bye. (Also, just a note… I’m a lot more snarky on my own blog.)
Lark, book blogger (3 years) from The Book Deviant
My name is Lark, and my blog is The Book Deviant. I’ve been blogging there for about three years now. I love reading because it lets me see myself in stories where I don’t see myself in the real life. I also consider it an escape, and that’s how I originally found it. I started book blogging because I wanted to share that love with other people. Being able to blog about books that I enjoyed and love is what helps me get through tough times, because, like I said before, I can share my love with others. I continue to run my blog because I feel that spreading the love is more helpful than giving in to the hate.
My average week consists of reading. I try to take a week and schedule the next few weeks of posts so I can focus on other things that might come up. During the time in between, I try to read as much as possible. I try to make every other post a review, but it’s not a big deal if I don’t manage that. Other things come before my blog and reading, unfortunately, such as my schoolwork or work. (Thankfully, I do not currently have a job.) Being an English Literature major, I have to read a lot of stuff for school, so I sometimes end up writing reviews on those. So, when I’m scheduling everything, that usually takes a full day. Normally I would wake up around 11 or noon on a weekend, and I would take that entire day (probably well into the night) writing up reviews or other posts to fill up the next few weeks. On average, I would say blogging would take up to 10-12 hours on that one day, not including any times that I miss that “blogging day”, and have to take times outside of those 10-12 hours. I’m rounding that number to 15 for everything that falls out of that single day. As for reading, I read whenever possible. I read on my phone, on my kindle, on my laptop, or with physical copies if I can sneak them wherever I am. Overall, per week, I probably end up reading 10 hours, but if I’m in a rush or have a lot of free time, then it could be anywhere from 10 to 20 hours a week.
Considering that a lot of my free time is during the night, I often stay up during the night to read or work on blog posts. It’s really impacted my sleeping, and I do this on school nights or whenever needed to get things done.
People not understanding what I do is honestly just frustrating. I don’t get sad over it—I just get pissed. A lot of people think we do this for the free review copies, and really, we don’t. I spend so much of my money on books that that I want to read and review, and for every 10 reviews you see on my blog, only 1 of this is probably an ARC, and I will say that I might be luckier than some because I am based in the US and people are more willing to send in the US than if I were international. Something that has always frustrated me a lot with book blogging is authors thinking that we are nothing and don’t deserve their time of day. I have had experiences with authors where they treat me like crap because they can, even if I’m trying to promote their stuff. With more negative reviews, I’ve had authors send me personal emails telling me to “reconsider” or how I’m a terrible person for writing negative things.
The only thing I can think of for helping people understand is just … don’t take us for granted. Also, don’t think that your stance as an author can suddenly mean you have control over everything your book is involved in. Once you publish the book, it’s out of your hands, and people can view it however they see fit. That means you shouldn’t treat us like crap because you can, or that you can email us and ask us to “reconsider” our negative review. That’s not how it works.
Kate, book blogger (2.5 years) from Reading Through Infinity
I’m Kate and I blog over at Reading Through Infinity. I’ve been blogging for about 2 and a half years now and I love it because it gives me a platform to share my enjoyment of books with others who feel the same way. There’s something inherently uplifting about discussing a book with another blogger and finding you both loved it. Something that gets me through the tough times is when someone tells me they read a book at my recommendation. I love that feeling.
I work full-time, as a content editor and publisher, and have a 3-hour round-trip commute each day. I’m out of the house from roughly 6.30am to 6.45pm and then when I get in I go to sports classes, like as zumba, spin, and boxing. My commute gives me a lot of reading time, but not much blogging time (unless I want to use all my mobile data, haha no thanks) so I have to fit blogging in during evenings after classes and on weekends. If I’m away for the weekend, I try to schedule posts in advance, as I’ll not have time to write them otherwise. I sometimes find it a challenge to fit in blogging around my other commitments, but it’s definitely worth making the time, as I get so much enjoyment out of it.
There are plenty of times when I’ve stayed up late trying to finish a blog post and ended up going to sleep at 1am. I’m thinking, here, of my review for The Girl in the Broken Mirror blog tour, which ended up being over 1000 words long and I was really happy with, but took three hours to write and edit. Whoops. I didn’t regret spending this time on it at all as I really liked the book, but the reason I felt the need to do it was the promise I’d made to be part of the tour. If I’ve made a commitment to be part of something and upload on a certain day, then I want to make sure I deliver on that commitment. Blogging relies a lot on trust between authors, publishers, and bloggers, and if I’ve promised to post something then, as far as possible, I want to keep that promise.
Lack of understanding about blogging has never made me think about quitting, but I do find it disheartening when we’re undervalued or dismissed. Blogging takes a lot of time, effort and passion, and we do it because we love it (not that there’s anything wrong with being paid, of course), so to see people shame bloggers for things that are often beyond their control is disappointing. A small group of individuals might do something wrong, and yet the entire community gets defamed for it. Yes, I am referring to the recent ARC drama on Twitter, where several authors accused bloggers of being ARC vultures and only picking up ARCs to trade. I wasn’t directly involved in this, but I saw all the tweets and found them demoralising. It makes me think that people inside and outside the community need to re-evaluate their perceptions of bloggers and look more carefully at the work we do. But it also makes me determined to work even harder to show the positive things that bloggers bring to the book community.
On a lighter note, posts sharing and appreciating bloggers/their work are a great way of spotlighting hard work and spreading positivity across the community. Sharing each other’s posts can go a really long way; when someone retweets a recent link to one of my posts, I get actual heart eyes. I also think closer interactions between authors/publishers and bloggers would create a better understanding of the work bloggers put into each post and how much blogging means to us. A more collaborative approach would eradicate some of these Twitter misunderstandings and would go a long way towards helping us achieve great things.
Megan, book blogger (3 years) from Written Infinities
Hello Readers & Writers! My name is Megan and I’ve run the blog Written Infinities for about three years. Though I would say I didn’t get serious about blogging until a year and a half ago. I’ve loved having a blog because it not only connects me to the book community, but allows me to boost a variety of voices. I often house reviews, author Q&As, and guest posts to spread the word about upcoming titles.
I don’t blog as much as I would like to, particularly because I have a full time job, an internship with a literary agency, and other commitments that I have to shift between. My dive into blogging more frequently began when I was unemployed, but working full time has limited how often I can post. That doesn’t mean I won’t take on writers – I want to help as many as I can – it’s simply a matter of budgeting my time. I tend to write posts whenever I have down time whether that’s during a slow day at work, commuting, or before I go to bed. For my book reviews, I love to have an accompanying photo to go with the review which I tend to take after work (often involving rearranging my bedroom or living room). On top of that, there’s coming up with new ideas, reaching out to authors and publicity contacts, and making sure each post shows up correctly on my website. Depending on how much I have scheduled, all of this could take a couple of hours per day.
Of course, I don’t have to blog, but I’ve enjoyed learning more about authors – who they are and their processes. I’ve enjoyed posting reviews/Q&As and getting my audience hyped about an upcoming title. I continue blogging because of my desire to want authors to succeed. Selling a book is hard. Marketing the title and meeting expectations is even harder. And while some people in the industry may have soured the experience, I would like to point out that most bloggers have the best intentions for the books they promote and the authors they work with. There’s been a huge discussion around if bloggers are necessary and I would say yes because not only are they passionate and creative folks, but they often know how to spread the word about publications. Marketing and publicity efforts tend to work best when there’s a following or trusted source behind a recommendation.
For anyone feeling discouraged about blogging, I would say to keep going, especially if creating content makes you happy. Someone will always be there to read it. I also think it would be great to encourage one another – leave a comment on a post, retweet it, give a shootout to someone who has featured you or worked with you in some way. Sometimes, that can make all the difference.
Ben, book blogger (2 years) from Ace of Bens
Hi, everyone! My name is Ben, and I’ve been blogging at Ace Of Bens since June 2017! I focus on Young Adult and New Adult fiction on my blog, and sometimes I also talk about my experiences as a queer person and as someone with mental illness and other non-bookish things that I just like to blab about.
I love reading because I love stories. Even in other forms such as movies, music, and simply talking, stories are one of the biggest ways we connect as people, and they’re our greatest form of entertainment. Reading just happens to be my favorite way of consuming stories. My blog is what lets me talk about these stories and share stories of my own. So despite it being a ton of work and having hit a fair amount of roadblocks during my time, it’s one of my favorite things to do, and that’s why I do it.
I’m a junior in undergrad, so I’m in class for 15 hours, and I work 15 hours a week. This doesn’t count out of class work or sleep or the time I take to socialize or relax or the fact that I’m vice president of two clubs which take up at least 5 hours a week between them. So I have all of these commitments and normal, daily life things, but still make time for blogging, because I love it!
On most days, I can’t work on my blog until the evenings after I’m done with work and classes, but if I get some free time in between, I’ll pull out my laptop and work on a post or catch up on reading. Weekends are my best bet during an average week, though. I also like to use winter and summer breaks to get ahead. For example, at the time of writing this (Jan 24th) I have three posts a week planned out for my blog all the way through March into the first week of April. All the posts through February are written. I wouldn’t have been able to do this during a semester, and it’s all thanks to having nothing to do during my five-week holiday break!
During the semester, I’d say I spend up to 10 hours a week working on my content. Sometimes even if I have a lot of ideas that I need to write before I forget. Either way, it’s a decent chunk of time when you realize how many other commitments I have throughout the week. PLUS I spend a few hours a week reading books, which is the main source I make content from, so in a way, reading is also working on my blog.
So far, I’ve never missed a commitment to get blog content finished. Being as social as I am in real life, I have too many people on back about going to class and getting work done, so both remain a priority over my blog in just about every instance. However, I’ve definitely stayed up too late working on my blog. Unfortunately, my brain seems to think sleep is more negotiable than the rest of my commitments.
Because I’m active in the book and publishing community on Twitter, I’ve seen a lot of people misunderstand or underestimate what book bloggers do. So far it’s never made me think about quitting or slowing down, but I think that’s more of a sign of my resilience or apathy toward what others think than of the ignorance in the community. It’s a tough world out there because, at the end of the day, publishing is a business. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Otherwise none of us would be here.
My best suggestion to people in general is to regularly read content from the bloggers in your life. Whether you follow their blog directly or you follow them on Twitter/Instagram/Goodreads, try to take some time out of your week to visit their blog, read their content, and interacts with their posts if possible. I try to take a hour at least three days a week to go through my WordPress reader and my other blogger friends’ sites to catch up on the posts they’ve made. Especially to fellow bloggers, we have to support each other. And if you’re reading this as someone who doesn’t blog, it’s even better to see you support us! The more you read our content, the better you’ll understand what we do. But the bottom line is that we can’t do what we do without you. We can’t create and publish if there’s no audience, so make sure you’re reading their content rather than simply just following them!
And if I could add a piece of advice to my blogger peers who are in school: Please take care of yourself. I know people throw that phrase around all the time on the internet, but I really mean it. So far, this is my first semester blogging without announcing a hiatus on my blog (though it’s still early). The last three semesters I either announced at the beginning or at the end, and I promise there is nothing wrong with that! Just keep communicating with your followers, maybe post an update every 2-4 weeks until your hiatus is over, and they will understand. Or maybe you’re used to posting 5 times a week and need to cut down to 2 times or even less. That’s perfectly fine and I encourage you to consider it if you find yourself struggling to balance school, blogging, and the rest of yourself. You can’t run on empty, and it’s not the end of the world to take a break. So please take care of yourself.
Fadwa, book blogger (3 years) from Word Wonders
Hey there! I’m Fadwa (she/her), the blogger behind Word Wonders. I’ve been blogging for exactly three years this January.
I’ve been a reader my whole life so the why of it was never something I dwelled on because it’s something that’s been a part of me for as long as I can remember. My mom used to read to me when I was a teeny tiny baby and then I took to doing it on my own the minute I started to read. But if I think about it long and hard, I think I love it so much *because* it is a constant in my life. The only constant really. No matter how much things change, reading is the only thing I know will always be there. As for blogging, well, I love it because I get to talk about my passion, day in day out, with people who share it. I started my blog because I had no one to share my love for books in real life, I didn’t know anyone who was as much of an avid reader as I am and I just really wanted somewhere to put my thoughts. Enter Word Wonders. It started out as a place for me to put down my thoughts about the books I read but it then turned to so much more. People started reading it, liking my content, trusting my opinions and coming to me for recommendations. It was mind-blowing. And extremely motivating, so I just kept on doing what I was doing and falling in love with it more and more.
But to be completely transparent, blogging doesn’t come without its own set of challenges. I am a medical student, juggling theoretical classes and hospital rotations. When I started my blog, I was in my 2nd year and had significantly more free time, since I only had classes from 8 to 12 and all afternoon free to do with as I pleased, so I could sometimes spend all that time on my blog with no real strain. But then 3rd year happened and I found myself with 8am to 6pm days and completely overwhelmed with the sheer amount of things I had to do in only 24 hours. Besides classes, I have an hour long commute, I have to get home and stay on top of my study material (it’s…a lot), prepare notes for the next day at the hospital, work out, do some house work and still find time to read and blog.
My typical week day goes something like this: I wake up a little earlier than necessary because I like to read while having breakfast, so I’d read for around half an hour then, for around an hour during my lunch break and then for an hour at night on average. I also listen to an audiobook while driving, so that’s roughly 3.5 hours of reading a day. By the time, I do everything I need to get done, it’s probably 9 or 10pm, which is when I edit, caption and post an Instagram picture as well as reply to the comments from the previous day. I then try to do blogging related things, which can range from brainstorming a post, editing, formatting, etc… to working on side projects, scheduling things and just generally figuring out what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. So, during a week-day, reading and blogging take up 5 hours.
I do all my actual post writing during the week-ends. Every waking and free hour I have during those two days is basically dedicated to writing and scheduling posts, catching up on comments and blog-hopping. That can take up to 8 hours on Saturday which is when I do most of it and around 4 to 6 again on Sunday. So that makes for roughly 40 hours a week spent on Word Wonders. And let’s not forget about the Instagram pictures that I take in bulk once a month (~ 4 hours). This the first time I quantify how much time I spend on it, and it’s a lot more than I thought. It’s as much as I spend on my actual career.
I’m an open book, anyone who knows me knows I struggle with anxiety which can be made worse by blogging, and I found myself letting that happen more times than I can count in 2018. I always prioritized blogging over sleep, quality time, my mental health and sometimes even my physical health. Oh, yes! I also have chronic pain that can sometimes make it impossible to do much of anything (luckily not often) which…doesn’t bode well with blogging. I am trying to get better putting blogging on hold when I feel like I’m pushing myself too hard especially after it contributing to one my worst mental health relapses last year. And generally, I am succeeding. I don’t blog or read when I’m too tired, I try to go to sleep at a reasonable hour and just generally take better care of myself. Because, if I don’t, blogging can get all consuming very fast.
It’s something I started doing out of love and that I continue doing it for the same reason. But that doesn’t negate the huge amount of work it takes. I absolutely adore hyping up books and supporting authors and it makes my day when my efforts in doing so don’t go unnoticed, when they’re acknowledged. Most of us bloggers want just a word of appreciation, a boost, a retweet, etc… they can go a long way. And when it comes to readers, nothing makes me smile more than someone telling me they appreciate my posts and read so and so books because of me and loved it. It makes all the hours of work worth it.
Last thing I can say is that if you’re a blogger or someone thinking about starting a blog, if you organize your life and make sure you have time to allocate to blogging, you can absolutely do it, but please don’t be a Me, prioritize your health above all else, and if you feel like it’s getting too much, it’s okay to dial it down or take a step back altogether. Blogging should always come second to your well-being and if that means you only post occasionally then so be it. You work is still valuable and important no matter what.
Gel, book blogger (4 years) from Whimsy Wanders
Hello everyone! I’m Gel from the Philippines and I blog over at Whimsy Wanders (http://whimsywanders.com). I’ve been blogging for four years now but most of that time was spent on hiatuses. I’ve only just started Whimsy Wanders last May 2018.
I’ve always been a reader ever since I was a kid. I grew up with asthma so I can’t really join sports. I have no talent in singing or in the arts and I think those are the top reasons I turned to books.
Some of the challenging times in my book blogging life where I really had to take a break was when I was studying. I really had no time then to blog and things were pretty rough in my personal life that I really need the break. But if my mental and physical health can bear the stress then I just blog despite the challenges.
I work full time and right now I’m also looking for a side hustle so I’m pretty busy. I move all my blogging commitments (writing posts, taking photos, replying to emails etc.) on the weekend. But if I have free time on weekdays I try to do them immediately. It’s kinda hard to make time for blogging but I find scheduling things on my bullet journal makes it easier.
I don’t think I have ever lost sleep or forgo other commitments because of blogging. It may be because of the reason that I’m still a small blogger despite blogging on and off for four years so blogging opportunities rarely come my way.
So to anyone feeling super stressed about blogging, remember that blogging isn’t supposed to bring you so much problem/stress. Take a deep breath and maybe even take some days off. The blogging community will miss you and will wait for your return. I experienced this when I came back and some people still recognized me.
One thing people can show appreciation for us book bloggers is to simply say thank you for everything we have done in the community considering most of the work we do are not paid and made just by the love of books and community. Just be nice.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR LISTENING
Thank you so much for taking the time to read these wonderful book bloggers’ stories. Thank you for listening and giving your time read and listen to what they had to say.
And, I couldn’t have done it without these incredible book bloggers who contributed this week. Thank you so so much; you are all wonderful and it was a pleasure to share your stories. Please take a moment to check out their blogs and have a look at the incredible work that they do:
- May from Forever and Everly
- Julianna from Paper Blots
- Lark from Book Deviant
- Kate from Reading Through Infinity
- Megan from Written Infinities
- Ben from Ace of Bens
- Fadwa from Word Wonders
- Gel from Whimsy Wanders
Once again, thank you all so much for joining me today and reading these stories. It’s my hope that with greater awareness of what these incredible book bloggers do, we can do better to help each other and be more supportive of each other moving forward. As these book bloggers have said, it’s the small things that count, so drop by their blogs today, like a post, read their review, and leave a small comment!
Want to read the other parts of the ‘Balancing Book Blogging and Life’ series? Here are the other posts: