Bloggiesta has inspired me to write a post about how book bloggers always have to balance reading with blogging. I’ve said this before and I’ll probably end up saying it over and over again: my blog is my happy place. This is the place where I can talk about something that I’m passionate about – reading books. That’s a pretty big thing for me because there aren’t a lot of people in my life interested in hearing me go on and on about the books I read. So yes, I love my blog. But there are also times when I just feel like I want to read without having to worry about writing a review. There are times when I get tired of blogging and feel like my enthusiasm has gone. Since the blog is my happy place, I don’t want to feel this way – I don’t want to feel pressured to read, review and write posts. If I really think about it, there’s really no need to feel pressure anyway. Living here in the Philippines means I don’t get a ton of review copies (aside from galleys requested from sites like NetGalley). Even if I do have galleys lined up, I’m not exactly required to read and review them. So it seems like the pressure is coming from me. And the blog isn’t going anywhere, it will still be here even if I don’t post as much as I used to. Conclusion? There’s really no need to pressure myself – I have no idea why I even do it.
To keep reading fun, I make a point of choosing books that I feel like reading. Each time I’m about to start a new book, I think and consider whether I’m in the right mood for it because I don’t want to experience a reading slump. I also don’t post reviews for all of the books that I read because I don’t want to force myself when I can’t think of anything to say. I also participate in readalongs with blog friends because it’s always interesting to have more in-depth discussions. To keep blogging fun, I do my best to come up with posts that get me excited. Such as features that I’ve created focused on my other interests but still related reading and blogging: Postcard Love (because I love sending and receiving postcards and I’ve discovered that other book bloggers feel the same way) and Shoot That Book (because I enjoy looking at book pictures, why not take photos and post them?).
Another thing that I love to do? Talk about favorite authors, celebrate their books and promote their work. I tend to get enthusiastic when it comes to authors I love. Two blog events that I’ve organized this year so far: Queen’s Thief Week to celebrate Megan Whalen Turner’s books and Marchetta Madness to highlight Melina Marchetta’s novels. No, I’m not just promoting these events. My point is these blog events have made me excited to blog again. I was nervous when I sent out invites for guest posts and I was thrilled when people said yes! I couldn’t wait to check my mail because I was looking forward to reading what other readers had to say about my favorite authors. If I could do events like these for ALL of my favorite authors, I would. A week featuring Robin McKinley? Sherwood Smith? Elizabeth Wein? Ilona Andrews? Kristin Cashore? Laini Taylor? Give me enough free time and people willing to do guest posts and I’ll do it.
What are some of the things that you do to keep reading and blogging fun? Would love to hear your thoughts (even if you’re not participating in Bloggiesta).