Have you noticed this? Book bloggers put a lot of pressure on themselves. A lot, a lot.
And though we might say we succumb to the pressures of the community, it’s not the community that places pressure on you to succeed: it’s YOU. You’re the one who wants to compete. To read those books and join all the challenges. To have the most views, comments, and followers.
I’ve seen a lot of tweets and posts about “failing.” Failing challenges, failing at reading, failing with writing reviews, failing to respond to comments or tweet people.
I think that’s a load of bullshit.
Oh, for sure, if you don’t reach the goals you set for yourself, that’s failing. But sometimes, IT’S OKAY TO FAIL.
Because you know what’s more important than blogging or reading? Real life. Work priorities. Spending time with your family, friends, and loved ones. Taking a break to recharge. Doing something nice for yourself that doesn’t involve any kind of obligation.
Blogging is hard work. Period. The more you pile on your plate, the more likely you are to burn out. Let me repeat: The more YOU pile on your plate, the more likely you are to burn out and “fail.”
In 2014, I made a decision not to join any challenges because I didn’t want the extra work involved—because I know I always end up “failing.” And rather than set myself up for failure, I’m not even going there this year. I’m going to do what I want when I want.
As you begin to sign up for challenges and take review requests, remember that you’re only one person who also needs a life outside of blogging. Take care of that person by not beating yourself up for perceived failures. They’re never as bad as you think.
Because you have to take care of YOU. If you’re not happy blogging, why bother?