Good morning, good afternoon, or goodnight, friends! I hope you had a great week. Today is Sunday, and, as always, it’s discussion post day? I already have a lot of things I wanted to talk about, but, TO HELL with this. This wasn’t what I originally planned to talk about, but with how I’ve been feeling lately, I’m guessing that post is in order. I’d love to know your thoughts about this subject, too.
A few weeks ago, I talked about the awesomeness of Book blogging, and all the perks that comes with it. I can say, that I’m really, really happy, and over the moon almost every day, when I get comment, when I get to read what other bloggers are thinking about, when I just, feel part of a community. This is one of the best things in the world.
But blogging is a job, no matter what people can say, it is. It’s time consuming, it takes me whole days to plan out blog posts for a week -maybe because I am a perfectionnist, maybe because I am slightly crazy, or all of the above, who knows? Blogging is a job, blogging is a hobby, blogging doesn’t get paid -well, I don’t, even if I’d love to. I’m going to say an ugly word there. Blogging is a chore, at times. There are days when I get sick of it, and it makes me sad. I get sick of writing blog posts and consuming my days like this.
A lot of people, me included, are saying that stats don’t matter that much. THEY don’t, it’s true, BUT when there are days I see that I almost got no visitors, or no comments, I feel like no one wants to hear what I have to say, and/or people aren’t that interested anymore… The pressure to produce new content every day, to keep people coming and going, just to, DO GOOD, is real. I think this ought to happen to everyone, at times, whether you’ve been blogging for a few weeks, months, or even years. Stats certainly doesn’t matter, but WHO can say that it doesn’t truly makes them happy to see their little corner of the internet being visited? I sincerely can’t, visits are making me happy. Comments are making me even happier. Obviously, there are on and off days, and off days are sometimes making me feel down.
There are days when I think back about the time I had NOTHING to do. This doesn’t happen anymore. I always get busy, and there are always new things to do when you’re a book blogger. EVEN if you’re not getting paid for it. There are thousand of book bloggers out there, thousand of books to discover, of blogs to visit, of blog posts and discussions to think about. I think there are days where that frenzy just gets close, very CLOSE to a burn-out. Is a break in order? Or is this just a way for our brains to tell us: relax, this is, after all, JUST blogging, and you’re doing this because YOU LOVE IT? I guess so, I don’t know. All I know is, some days, we need to listen. Blogging is a struggle, at times. Juggling between life, responsibilities, trying to adult even when you don’t want to, AND blogging at a normal pace… it’s hard. It’s complicated. It takes time, commitment, and there are days where there isn’t time, except if you’re willing to cut off some sleep. Blogging must, before everything, remain a HOBBY. I said that ugly word before, and now, I’m swearing not to say it even again, or even think it. Okay, one last time. Blogging SHOULD NOT be a chore. Struggles are real. But so is the book blogging community, and the happiness that comes with it. Take a break, if you need to. But enjoy it. Embrace it. JUST BOOK BLOG THE HELL OUT OF IT.
What are some struggles you already encountered as a book blogger? Do you feel, at times, pressured to write blog posts, reviews, etc? Let’s chat in comments! 💬
This post was your weekly reminder that, if you’re there, it’s because you love it. Don’t ever stop loving books, book blogging, and this whole journey, it’s filled with love.
Yes. I am a marshmallow.