I have been a little lax on my Book Blogger Tips in the last couple of months, but this time around I want to talk about something very important. Something that might happen to every book blogger at least once. Feeling utterly and completely overwhelmed. It’s happened to me, and I definitely learned from it! So I want to give you a few tips to help you get through it or to make sure this horrible condition doesn’t happen to you at all.
My first tip is Just Say No. Thankfully I never succumbed to this problem, but I can see how easy it would be to fall into it’s trap. Once your blog is established you will probably start getting numerous review offers from authors. If it doesn’t sound like something you will like, say no! I know the allure of an author/publisher being interested in you can be strong, but if you say yes to all or just too many books it will soon come back to bite you. That is, in less you are a speed reader!
Here is the thing that got to me. ARC Tours. They are wonderful! I love ARC tours! But it’s so easy to sign up for all those books you want to read, so you just keep signing up for more and more and more…Eventually I was getting 1 or 2 books every week from tours. I didn’t get to read the books I was buying anymore! Not only that but it can hurt your wallet mailing all those books. So my advice to you is: only sign up for the ones you really really really want! I’m not saying anything bad about ARC Tours! I really do love them, but you can get burnt out fast if you sign up for every one.
Here’s a tip that I am living by from now on! If you are receiving a good amount of ARCs Read Them As Soon As You Get Them! This is a mistake I’m not going to make again! You may ask, Why does this make a difference? I’ll tell you! For the month of July I had 12 ARCs to read. That left no time for other books. I of course love getting review copies but I had this bright idea to wait to read them until a month or so before the release date. This did not work for me. They just kept piling up until I have 12 to read in one month. So from now on I’m going to read them as soon as I get them. Even if it’s 6 months in advance.
I would really like to know what works best for you when it comes to ARCs?
If you are starting to feel a little overwhelmed. Like you books are taking over. Read a few books that YOU want to read. I know you want to read the review books, but sometimes that just gets a little stressful. So take a week or two off from review books and read those books you bought last month or last year! You will go back to the review books with fresh eyes!
Another thing that had me stressed was my Google Reader. I follow a lot of blogs and I really love commenting, but I was waking up every morning to 150+ new feeds. I have a small case of OCD so I must read or at least skim all of them. This was taking up a lot of my time. There was so many posts to read that commenting was incomprehensible. It was even cutting into my reading time! So I made the tough decision of cleaning out my reader. I didn’t stop following blogs, I just took them out of my reader. There were a lot of blogs of genres I don’t read that much of anymore and there were some that were inactive. Even though I took over 100 feeds off my reader I think I still visit more blogs than I did before. Without all the stress!
If your reader is stressing you out then do some cleaning! You don’t have to stop following these blogs. You can maybe visit once or twice a week.
If you have tried all of these things and still feel the weight of you TBR on your shoulders, then take a break! Blogging and reading aren’t your job! This is supposed to be fun! Take a week off or maybe more. Read what you want. You will be re-energized for blogging!
I hope some of these tips have helped you or will help you in the future! Just remember to have fun! That’s what it’s all about. Let me know if you have any tips to share!