This is one topic that I am sure all book bloggers have a lot to say about. The struggle against reading/blogging burnout is real, and if one doesn’t have a good system to deal with it – one will find oneself in the dreaded land of reading/blogging slump, more often than one likes.
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! 😛 )
For me, both these things (reading and blogging) are inter-connected. 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 arounds 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?
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 –
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!
Lots of Love