Today is the last day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week and fittingly things come a full circle!
Today’s prompt: One of the unfortunate side effects of reading and blogging like rockstars seems to be a tendency toward burnout. How do you keep things fresh on your blog and in your reading?
Just a couple of days ago, Chris of calmgrove was talking about the art of reviewing. While reading his post it struck me that the reason I blog is because I like figuring out why a book works or doesn’t work for me, and writing my thoughts down helps me get there.
And then it’s fun to know if the things that worked for me worked for another reader. Or perhaps those very same things irritated them! Or maybe they picked up on something which sailed right past me.
Or conversely, to read a book that strikes a chord with someone else, and to see how I respond to it.
I guess what I’m saying is that I read and write, first and foremost, for myself. I love everything that follows as a result of it—the connections, the new books, the ideas, the new ways of looking at things—but primarily, I’m doing this for myself. So if at any point of time, for whatever reason, I start contemplating this thing that I enjoy as just another box to put a tick against, I’ll know that it’s time to take a break!
As for keeping things fresh in my reading, I’ve found that if it’s possible to, reading according to the mood I’m in, really adds to my reading experience. Which is probably why I’m in the middle of multiple books simultaneously. And is also why I love having a humongous TBR—it’s easy to go back and pick up something that sounds about right for the moment. And why it can take me such a WHILE to finish any one book!
How about you? Do you feel the pressure to keep a steady stream of words flowing in and out of your bloggy-verse?