Talk To Me
is a no-nonsense feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to ask you a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it!
I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a while now and this recent post prompted me to finally write up my opinion on blogging and stress. If you’re reading even just a couple of (book) blogs, you’ll have read things like “I’m sooo behind on my ARCs” or “I’ve only blogged twice this week even though I wanted to blog every day” and so on and so forth. It seems like a lot of people deal with stress related to blogging.
It stresses me out just reading those things! And I mean that literally, I’ll start comparing myself and my blog and feel inadequate for a few minutes until I remind myself of what actually matters to me. I’m not judging anyone because if I started requesting ARCs, I’d get worried about not being able to stay on top of my reading list too. I also understand why it’s so important to post regularly if you have a lot of readers you don’t want to disappoint, or if you want to build your audience or even just because of a goal you set for yourself. I do also get itchy when I haven’t posted in a while. Honestly though? I blog because I love it. I don’t care to make it a competition. I’ve read like 30 books this year and you know what? With that I already surpassed my own goal and I really couldn’t care less if that’s 200 books less than someone else read. I read because I enjoy it (or because I have to for uni) and I blog because I enjoy it.
I downloaded an ebook from NetGalley once in the Read Now section and was stressed out about abandoning it for about a day before I realized I don’t even want ARCs because I don’t want to feel obligated to someone. I think accepting books for review consideration instead of for review is a great idea, and I adamantly refuse to do any sort of weekly feature because I know the pressure of things like that would take the fun out of blogging for me. Instead what you get with me are rambly posts, I’ll-do-it-when-I-feel-like-it-features and an irregular posting schedule. I’m obviously not saying everyone should follow my example – I like some weekly features on other blogs and I love when my favorite blogs are updated regularly. However, I do wish there was less comparing and feeling stressed and more chilling the eff out.
So, what’s your opinion on this? Are you deeply offended by what I just said, or have you had similar thoughts? And please tell me I’m not the only one who feels stressed when she reads about other people’s stress!