Reading (and blogging) burnout is one topic on which I feel like I can write a really long essay on (though I’m not going to do that, so don’t worry!). And I am sure most book bloggers can too.
Now I know that technically anyone who reads a lot is in danger of burnout, but if you also blog about your reading life, then it’s sort of like a double whammy. It’s easier to get overwhelmed and reach your breaking point faster. Mostly because of all the perceived external pressure and expectation.
That being said, it’s totally possible to prevent a burnout. All that is required is a good system in place, and the willingness to proactively work on it. Because if you choose to ignore it, then you will find yourself in the dreaded land of reading (or blogging) slump, more often than you like.
How do I know this? Well, mostly because, while I am (thankfully) not a permanent resident of the dreaded land, I do hold a multiple entry visa, and have (unfortunately) visited the said land many many times!
Understanding triggers and cause-effect relationships (This sounds so intellectual, LOL! 😛 )
In this post, I am talking about reading & blogging burnout together, because for me they are inter-connected (if you don’t blog, then scroll down below, to my top 2 tips for preventing reading burnout).
But coming back to what I was saying, I am clubbing these two things together as for me a reading burnout/slump almost always leads to a blogging burnout/slump, because while I post about other things too, a majority of my posts revolve around books.
Having said that, the reverse is not true. For one, I have never faced blogging burnout/slump when my reading life has been all rainbows and butterflies. But even if for some reason, I have not felt up to blogging, I have used the time to spend in my reading cave, which eventually makes me want to blog, because I typically have a lot to say about the book (s), and unless I want to risk (unwelcome) information overload on the non-reader I have for a spouse, there is no outlet for my endless bookish babble.
How I prevent/handle a burnout?
So like I mentioned above, for me, blogging burnout is a non-issue, so long as all is well with my reading life. So essentially, I just have to take care of one, and the other takes care of itself.
There are several things that I do to prevent/handle a reading burnout, but these are the two things that I have found to be most helpful –
My Top 2 Tips to Prevent Reading Burnout
Alternating genres – I almost never pick up the same genre back to back; in fact I try to pick up something as different from the preceding one as possible. For instance – after a high-fantasy series, I pick a standalone contemporary; after an especially dense classic, I pick some fluff that enables mindless reading. I know this might not help or work for everybody, but it keeps things fresh and interesting for me.
Following fellow book bloggers – This is a no-fail thing for me. If I find myself in a slump due to burnout, reading fellow book bloggers’ posts/social media updates almost always manages to suck me right back into the reading world. Their enthusiasm is infectious, I tell you!
Having said what I have said, if all fails, and I find myself in a reading slump, I don’t force myself to read. This is where Netflix binges come to my rescue, and soon enough (in a week or two – sometimes more, depending on what I find on Netflix ), I find myself missing reading enough to want to get back to it.
That is all from me. I would love to hear from you guys! Have you experienced reading/blogging burnout/slumps? What helps you overcome them? Do share. I would love to know!
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