How to stay positive while book blogging

This feels like a strange post to write, but what the hell, I’m doing it anyway because it feels necessary to put it out there, too.

I know that, if you’re unhappy while book blogging, if you’re feeling down, if you resent it and everything else, sometimes there are no reasons to go on with it and I agree with that. If you’re not feeling things anymore, it’s okay. It’s okay to take a break and it’s okay to give up on it, too. Life is too short to do things you’re unhappy about.

Yet. Yet, friends, I also know we’re all humans here.

Unless some of you reading this are robots…. this is a bit strange, but well I’m not shutting off that possibility, the world is a strange place after all. Because we’re all humans, we go through ups and downs, we feel happy, sad and go through an incredibly colorful and sometimes annoying panel of moods, moments in life and everything else. That affects book blogging and, sometimes, just makes us feel negative, upset and down about it all.

We, but the book blogging world as well, goes through ups and downs and through passageways and times we don’t really understand, either. Page views, comments, interaction, what seems to make our blog burst alive and with colors sometimes goes down, up and down again. There are moments when nothing seems to happen and we can’t quite figure out why. We haven’t been working less on our blog, sometimes even working more, putting hours and hours on end drafting blog posts, finding the perfect layout, updating book covers and fretting with formatting for hours and hours until the day, night, weekend is over and all we wrote is one blog post.

πŸ“Related blog post: How much time do I spend blogging?

We’re proud of ourselves and that’s the most important thing, but we are also human and, as humans, we’re always going to seek validation. I know I always do, bothering my sister all the time to proof-read my blog posts and tell me if it seems okay (hi hello, sister, I love you thank you). I know I get giddy and excited when I see that I received comments, that a post was shared on twitter, that I got more views than before on that particular day. It feels like I did something GOOD and it feels good, too.

Yet sometimes life happens. Sometimes book blogging envy happens because we realize we could be getting more page views, more comments, we could chat with more bloggers, put ourselves out there more, overall, do more. Sometimes it feels so disheartening when we’ve been working hard and hard and loving it, but feel like we’re not getting that validation we’re craving for.

πŸ“ Related blog post: Validation as a book blogger and why it matters.

Honesty alert, friends. I’ve been blogging for over 4 years and sometimes I feel kind of proud of everything I do, did and keep on doing. (Kind of). Yet, yet, yet, almost every single day,

I feel like I’m not doing enough and like I’m not enough.

I know reasonably that I can’t do more. I know I’m already putting myself out there as much as I can, spending way too many hours sometimes on everything. Even if, logically, that would make me grow, get bigger reach and logically, more pageviews, I know I couldn’t post every day. I just don’t have the time. I know I could start bookstagram, because it sounds like such a must and I should do it. I also know that would make my health really go down the drain because I would do too much and, as hard as it is for me to admit, I can’t do more.

I also know that, as a creative, it’s hard to come to terms with the fact that I can’t do more. When I feel down and worthless and like things are not moving enough, I’m doing this. So here’s some advice, for you and for me, too.

Advice to use whenever you’re feeling a little down and tired and need some blogging positivity…

πŸ“š I look at my bookshelves, goodreads TBR, the books I want to read….

because it is filled with recommendations from book bloggers and books I added because, well, thanks to, this community. This makes me happy and we always need more books, so this makes me want to go on, too.

πŸ’» I blog-hop….

because supporting other book bloggers always makes me warm and happy and somehow, reading and seeing how hard other bloggers are working just inspires me a lot, too. I adore chatting with you all, too.

πŸ“ Related blog post: Why and how I blog hop & why you should do it, too.

✏️ I look at my blog and go through old blog posts….

because as cringe-worthy as this might sound, it reminds me of all the work I’ve put into this blog since it started, I am reminded of old posts I was, and am still proud of and it makes me want to go on, do better, grow more.

🎊 I remind myself of small and big accomplishments…

because no matter where you’re in, in your book blogging journey, there are accomplishments to look at proudly. Whether it’s numbers -because yes, no matter what we tell ourselves and want to believe, numbers feel important- your first, 100th, 1000th follower, pageviews, comments…. or whether it’s small, unquantifiable things. Like hitting publish on that blog post you were nervous to write. Like putting yourself out there and trying to chat with bloggers that you were a little nervous to approach. Like putting out a tweet in that scary, fierce twitter bookish community (me). Like, yes, receiving that first digital or physical ARC. Like hearing, well, reading, a compliment about your blog.

Or, simply, like creating that little corner of the internet to scream about books on and to be yourself. That’s something to be proud of.

Keep every small and big thing in your mind and heart.

🏝 I take a break…

because no matter how small or big, whenever I’m away from this community, it feels good and refreshing to come back to it. I’m reminded of how I miss it after a while (after half a day sometimes, too) and how important it is to me and, most importantly, how much I love it.

I know that it feels strange to have to remind ourselves of why we’re doing this and some people might disagree, but if you ask me, we are human. It’s okay to feel down and get back up again, this happens. Just like a reading slump.

Be proud of yourselves friends. Take breaks if you need to. Keep on going because you love it. That’s what matters the most and despite what I said before, it’s not statistics and numbers that make your blog burst with colors and feel alive at the tip of your fingers. It’s your passion and it shows.

I can tell.

πŸ“ In case you would like a peek into book bloggers’ hard work, I would definitely recommend reading CW’s fantastic feature on her blog. You might find me and my experience…. there!

If you’re interested in supporting book bloggers, please consider reading these two blog posts as well:

πŸ“Β  Support Book Bloggers
πŸ“Β  Support International Book Bloggers.

The inspiration from this post has started from a small question from my friend Michelle.Β  It’s funny how even a small snippet of conversation can start up a whole rant, isn’t it. Shout out to her and her incredible blog!

What do you do to stay positive when you’re feeling a little down about blogging? Do you have any tips and tricks?

What is the thing that never fails at making you happy when you blog? Share some positivity in comments, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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166 thoughts on “How to stay positive while book blogging

  1. I had a bit of downtime with my blogging recently, but I came back and I found that editing graphic for my blog posts is very much relaxing for me, those are never too complicated things so I don’t get frustrated with them, I just enjoy time spend on creating them.

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  2. This is a great post, Marie! I think a lot of bloggers get so disheartened with blogging for a variety of factors, and we don’t talk about it enough in the community to normalize the fact that blogging slumps happen, too. And that’s okay!

    I love the suggestions you have, especially blog hopping & taking a break. For me the best form of blogging self-care is scheduling ahead and hopping as much as possible, but not beating myself up about it when I get behind.

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    1. I agree that it’s important to talk about these things and be completely honest with them, too. It happens and it’s okay! ❀
      Thank you! I'm so happy that you enjoyed this post adn yay for scheduling haha, it's always a life saver for me πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh, this is SUCH an amazing post Marie! I haven’t been blogging for very long, but in the time I found your blog, I’ve seen how much care you put into your posts and how much time you must spend blog hopping and interacting in the blogosphere in general! It’s so admirable, especially since you’ve been doing it for so long. ❀️ Your posts are so amazing, I appreciate you and your blog so much! Because I’ve only started blogging basically, I haven’t really paid too much attention to the stats (because they’re not going to be great no matter what haha), but I can totally get how it can be discouraging. But your tips were so great, and I love how you’re spreading positivity in the blogosphere despite the more difficult parts of it! ❀

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    1. Oh, oh Aline you’re such a sweetheart, thank you SO much for your sweet words, they mean THE world ❀️ ❀️ ❀️
      I think it’s important to try and step away from the numbers, I know that I have the hardest time doing so, but at the same time, they tend to make us sad about blogging, too and… we’re here for the fun and to scream about books ❀️
      Thank you so, so much!! ❀️

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  4. No matter how much we love blogging, there are always times that we feel like we could or should be doing more. I definitely find myself falling prey to those moments of anxiety where I can’t keep up with everything and I feel like I’m failing at certain things. But you give some great advice here on how to combat that!

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  5. What a lovely post Marie!

    What do you do to stay positive when you’re feeling a little down about blogging? Do you have any tips and tricks?

    When I am feeling down about blogging, I actually like to watch BookTube…. I don’t know what it is about BookTube that just inspires me to work on my blog.
    I also like to sit down & draft some creative content ideas when I’m feeling down about blogging. This always gets me back into the mood to blog because I’m excited about what I’m working on.
    I’ll go read. Eventually I’ll read a book I need to talk about, then I’ll start blogging again. It’s a cycle.

    What is the thing that never fails at making you happy when you blog?

    Every time I hit the publish button, I feel joy. I think if you blog for yourself first, blogging will make you happy. If you are blogging for stats or for others, blogging isn’t going to be as enjoyable. I’ve now been blogging for 3 years this month, and I’ve come to learn to take off all pressure on blogging and just blog to make myself happy πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh that’s amazing! I don’t really watch booktube, but I bet it has to give you so much inspiration, this is such a good tip πŸ™‚
      I’m so, so happy to hear this, this is my ultimate goal, too and if I’m still caring too much about stats and stupid things, I’m also enjoying it more and trying to focus on what makes me happier more and more and it’s been, well I’ve been slowly feeling a little more relaxed and happier about it all, too πŸ™‚
      thank you so, so much Amanda! ❀ ❀

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  6. This is such a fabulous post and at the right moment, at least for me. I have been feeling a bit of a burn out lately and this came in at the right time. Blog hopping usually helps and so does reading my old posts. Fabulous piece of advice, Marie.

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    1. Oh I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling a little burned out! I hope this helped a little bit and that you’ll feel the motivation again soon! Take care of yourself ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀

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  7. Amazing post. Sometimes it is hard and life does happen. I totally agree if you don’t want, like doing it anymore – DON’T. Take a break if you still feel like that – maybe it’s time to give it up. Be done with it.

    Mary

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    1. Ugh right there with you, the guilt is always there, but it’s so important to take breaks when we feel like we’re about to burn out, too. We’re here to have fun! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  8. thanks for writing this!! i really love reading about how other bloggers deal with the slumps and manage to stay positive because i know it’s something i’ve been struggling with too only 2 months into the experience. this was very well written and inspirational.

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your sweet comment, I’m so happy you enjoyed it ❀ I hope you'll keep on finding the positives in your experience and keep on loving it all ❀

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  9. I needed this today. πŸ™‚ I like to read through the posts in the Discussion Challenge link-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight to give myself a blogging boost. It helps me to connect with other bloggers and see how they’re doing, and I love how real everyone gets in their discussion posts.

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    1. Ohhh yes, this is such a great tip! I love reading other bloggers’ posts and sometimes it’s so inspiring and makes me feel so happy to be part of this community πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  10. This post was so timely for me, as I’ve recently been feeling a little fatigued with blogging! I love doing it but it’s so hard to feel like I’m staying relevant, especially after 5+ years and still not having the thousands upon thousands of followers it seems other people have on platforms such as instagram! I appreciate when bloggers are transparent about there feelings about blogging because it helps remind us all that it’s ok to feel overwhelmed by this whole blogging thing no matter how much we love doing it. Wonderful post!

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    1. Oh I’m really glad this post found you at the right time ❀ I agree that it can be a bit disheartening to see how fast bookish people are growing when they're on social media such as instagram, compared to a good old blog haha. It's so important to remind ourselves that it's okay to feel a little overwhelmed at times, it doesn't mean we don't love it anymore, it happens! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Cristina ❀

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  11. This is really great post Marie 😍😊✨
    Love it 😍😍 I am currently taking a break from book blog but I still do blog hopping and it remind me the exciment of book blogging

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  12. MARIE YET AGAIN COMING THROUGH WITH THE WISEST BESTEST POSTS OUT THERE! And a sprinkle of Gifs πŸ’–! Your discussion posts always feel like you opened up my head, found a blogging insecurity and decided to write something full of positivity about it! This really made me feel better (but that’s nothing new when I read your posts now is it? πŸ˜‰)! From now on when I feel down about taking frequent breaks I’ll think “Marie will be disappointed with me rn, WHAT WOULD MARIE DO” – foolproof magical way of making a blogger feel better.

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    1. Ahhh you’re too sweet, thank you so, so much, this means SO muchh ahh I’m going to be all emotional, I don’t deserve your love and support ❀ ❀ ❀

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