“Talkin’ ’bout Books” is a meme for weekly book discussions.
I’m finally reviving this meme! It’s been a VERY long time since I have posted a discussion question. Hence, the topic for this week!
About the meme…
Each Tuesday, we will post a discussion about a book-related topic. Sometimes, we will gear this toward writing books rather than reading them.
If you’re a blogger and you would like to join in on the fun, you don’t have to post about the same topic, but you are welcome to do so if you want. Just post a discussion and leave your link in the comments. It’s not required, but I encourage everyone who participates to visit other blogs and join in on the discussions.
You are welcome to use my image or make one of your own. If you come up with a better design, I would love it if you would share.
If you’re not a blogger, that’s okay too. Just leave a comment, with your answer to this week’s question.
My topic for this week is:
Soooo… People might be wondering where the heck I have been. 2016 was a rough year. 2017 hasn’t been much better. The main problem was/is I have been technologically impaired. My tablet died, my laptop got ruined, and my PC was slower than a sloth. Well, I still don’t have a tablet or laptop, but I got the PC running better. I’m still at a loss for reading ebooks because I hate reading them on the computer and my phone screen is too small, but I have been making do with the phone when I absolutely have to do it.
I was at a point where it was more trouble than it was worth, to be honest. When I had to spend two hours trying to get a blog post made, I got frustrated and discouraged.
Another problem has been my work schedule. I’m the backroom coordinator for a retail store, which is physically demanding. Especially during the holidays, I was too tired when I came home from work to do anything besides vegetate.
Add to that illness and financial concerns. We are on the brink of foreclosure, and I’m not sure one day to the next if I’ll still have Internet or a house to live in, for that matter. So, physical exhaustion, stress, and technological issues have made it pretty hard to focus on blogging.
Also, before disappearing for a while, I was doing so much stuff for the blog every day (reading, writing reviews, editing posts, making images, etc.) that I burned out. I was also trying to get a blog tour company off the ground, but that failed miserably. I ran one blog tour, which was great, but I couldn’t get anyone else to sign up. Then, I wasn’t able to dedicate the time to trying to promote it. So, I gave up. It’s probably for the best; I was trying to do too much. I want to focus more on this blog and my own writing.
It’s funny because I have read other people’s posts in the past about blogger burnout. I didn’t think it would happen to me, but it did. I’m still trying to catch up on writing reviews of books I read in 2016.
Finding my way back…
I can’t say I am totally back on track yet. My technological issues and work schedule are still going to interfere. At least, though, my interest has not waned. I still want to do this; I just need to find a way to balance all the different things I have to get done.
I thought about recruiting reviewers. Misty hasn’t been able to do much either due to the hours she puts in at work. I wish I knew how to go about finding people who could contribute reviews. I don’t have any other friends who like to read.
Another thing I have thought about is how I can make a schedule for reading, reviewing, administrative stuff, etc. If I can say, for example, that Monday is my day to set up all the upcoming blog tours, maybe that would help.
What do you do to avoid blogger burnout? How do you balance blogging with your other responsibilities? Have you ever burned out?
Do you blog solo or do you have help? How many posts a week do you put up? I’m full of questions! I hope to hear from you in the comments.
Sorry for the moaning and groaning about all my personal problems!
This post is part of the 2017 Discussion Challenge, hosted by It Starts at Midnight & Feed Your Fiction Addiction