I’m a bit late getting to sit down and think about today’s blogging topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I had hoped to have all of my posts done beforehand, giving me plenty of time to formulate thoughtful responses. Ha! I forgot how my life is during September, so instead, you’ll be getting my thoughts completely “off the cuff.”
I love book blogging. While there have been times when I’ve felt a bit burnt out, more recently I seem to have found a close to Zen balance when it comes to how much I blog, and how many review copies I accept. I have cut way back on review copies – to around one a month – and being able to go to my bookshelves and pick a title up simply because it’s calling to me has re-energized my reading this year.
I also seem to have found my niche in the blogosphere, and been able to let go of my dreams of having thousands and thousands of readers a day. I’m completely content where I am. I love my regular readers and commenters, and feel like I know each one of them as far more than just a link on the page. I have also tailored back the number of blogs I read, because I wanted to have time to actually comment on my favorite bloggers’ posts, not simply scan through them in Google Reader.
The book blogosphere has gotten so big, and there are so many new blogs, that it can often be overwhelming. But I visit the blog of every person who comments on my blog, and that has allowed me to find some terrific new blogs to follow without the pressure of trying to keep up with all the latest and greatest.
I’ve also given up Twitter almost completely. I still add my review links, and get on for quick conversations once in a while, but I don’t log on every day. I’ve found that this is good for my sanity. I don’t know all the latest gossip or scandal, and therefore don’t feel the need to get righteously indignant over all the blogger drama that goes on.
My life outside of blogging is very stressful right now, with a husband still unemployed and the possibility of losing our home. It makes me so extremely grateful that my blog has become a peaceful little part of my life, a place I can escape to for conversations with like-minded people about books that are making us think, feel, and dream. If you are one of those readers and/or commenters, then I offer you my heartfelt thanks.