BBAW 2016: Day 5

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Book Blogger
Appreciation Week

Day 5


Day 5:
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?

How I keep things fresh in my reading:

  1. I try to keep a healthy balance between New Releases AND classics, and books that have been on my TBR for too long.


    Doing Reading challenges helps,

    but mostly, I have learned to be very very very picky at what book I request or agree to review. I have not counted, but maybe I accept to review only 1/10 books I get offered through email.
    But I guess that requires self-discipline.
    And when I do accept, I look at my review schedule and give myself a lot of time ahead, and tell them: yes I’m interested in reading your book, but I won’t be able to post until that day.
    I only accept to be part of a book tour when I really want to read a book and again, it’s schedule far ahead, so that I have no pressure.
    I think that’s also what is keeping me sane: I ultimately read what I really chose to read, no pressure.
    And schedule, that is organization!

  2. I keep an eye on diversity in books mostly through books in translation.
    Review copies
    are important for me, because I don’t have a lot of dough, and books are expensive. I use a lot my library, but that’s not always easy with new releases (unless, like for my favorite authors, I know when the book is going to be released, so I keep an eye on my library catalog months ahead and request it as soon as it says they are ordering it – but that’s pressure to organize!)
    I also read a lot of books in translation that are coming from smaller presses. If I get them through interlibrary loan, usually I can’t renew the loan, and they may be fat books! So review copies save me

  3. and through books published in French – it helps to be tutoring in French: for instance, with one of my advanced students, every week, we work on an except of a book which received a literary award in France in 2015 (there are A LOT of different French literary awards).

How I keep things fresh in my blogging:

  1. By doing all of the above, as my blog is essentially about books I read

  2. By trying to write better reviews

  3. By visiting other blogs and gathering new ideas here and there

  4. By reading material to try to always improve (Blogging University for instance)

  5. By trying to create conversation through my posts

  6. By accepting guest-posts from different authors

  7. By taking part in current blogging events, such as #BBAW!

  8. By staying away from controversies when they come up – so keeping blogging positive, not a place to fight

  9. And also by not bothering if I can’t do anything on the blog, because I’m away with no internet connection. It’s good to totally disconnect from time to time

  10. By trying to update the look from time to time – I know, I have promised a major update for a while…




25 thoughts on “BBAW 2016: Day 5

  1. “WOW cela est génial” (no, I do not speak French – I used the translator…) You and I have totally different approaches to almost everything here. You are extremely impressive — I look forward to following your blog and all you do. I also want to know more about Blogging University, please. 😀


  2. Oh, yeah, keeping a regular blogging schedule is so important to stop me from feeling stressed. If I don’t have posts scheduled a bit in advance (which is the case right now! eek!), I get anxious. Having that preparation done helps a lot.


  3. Reading what you want to read is so huge! I learned years ago that ARCs aren’t for me and that I much rather read from my shelves or books that have been around a year or so. Great advice to alternate between a newer book and a classic! I need to make more time for classics.


  4. Organization helps me too, as well as keeping a schedule (but one that is flexible and not feeling bad when I can’t keep to it). I used to be able to write and post at the last minute, but I don’t have that luxury anymore. If I don’t schedule ahead, nothing gets posted.

    And staying away from controversies! Such good advice. I usually hear about them after the fact now, when I hear about them at all, and I’m glad for that. It does help with keeping things positive. And I’d rather not be caught up in the drama.

    I enjoy visiting your blog, and am glad to know you. I hope you have a great weekend!


  5. Yes, I love what you write about being organized and being picky. I think I would get burned out as a reader very quickly if it started feel like a job. Reading what you really want to read keeps it fun!


  6. I think we’re in the same boat with a lot of things. I also try to do what you are doing to keep the blogging fresh. Perspective is the most important thing to have – and getting away from the blog is really important.


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