Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the June 2022 prompts!
Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:
Have you ever considered quitting blogging?
(SUGGESTED BY KRISTIN @ LUKTEN AV TRYKKSVERTE)
Prompts: Have your reasons for blogging changed since you started? If so, what changes have you noticed? Have you ever taken a break from blogging, or thought about it? Have you ever thought about quitting blogging entirely? What stops you? What gives you motivation to keep blogging?
MY REASONS FOR BLOGGING HAVE CHANGED
Actually, yes, my reasons have changed since I first started. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it a time or twenty by now but I started my book community journey on Instagram and started a blog after seeing people comment on how important it is to have this platform to get ARCs. So, yes, although the reasoning is very simplified, I essentially started blogging to get ARCs, specifically from NetGalley. Did it work? It has in a way because I learned about blog tours and connected with indie authors but it didn’t work out in the way I expected—and the joke was on me as an international blogger! 😂 Since realising the limitations of being an international blogger in a non-western location, my reasons for blogging have definitely changed.
If I’m being honest, I think my reasons for blogging would’ve changed regardless because what I get most out of it is really the connections I make with other bloggers—doesn’t that sound cheesy AF? 😂 But seriously, it is mostly about connecting with others who share the same passion and interest, though I also blog to keep track of what I’m reading, to share my thoughts through reviews and other bookish posts (like these Let’s Talk Bookish posts!), and of course, to find out what everyone’s reading and to grow my never-ending TBR!😂
IT’S GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK… OR TWO!
That said, it’s always good to take a break… or two or more, even! I’ve taken one unexpectedly long 3-4 month break last year and another shorter break earlier this year. I didn’t take those breaks because I didn’t enjoy blogging anymore but I was feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated and my mental health was Not Great™️. I missed engaging and writing but taking that breather to do other things (like gaming) or even simply focusing on reading without worrying about writing reviews was exactly what I needed. If you do feel this way, or even if you don’t, know it’s 100% okay to take a break—the community will still be here whenever you decide to return! 😉
I WILL NEVER STOP… 🎶
(Does anyone else start singing that *NSYNC song whenever you think the words “I will never stop” or is it just me?)
Back to the question: have I ever thought about quitting blogging entirely? Nope, I haven’t and I mean, it’d be premature of me to say I’ll never stop (heh) since I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the future, but right now I still really enjoy blogging. I think it is easy to feel demotivated sometimes when you see others posting so much and so often, also, I don’t know about you but the imposter syndrome I feel a lot of the time is no fun, especially when other bloggers are posting such smart, interesting and original content. Still, at the end of the day, I’m mostly blogging for me but it’s the connections I make, all the new books I discover, all the amazing posts I read, and all the people who read my posts too, that motivate me to come back and keep doing this!
What about you, friends? Have your reasons for blogging changed? Have you ever taken a break or thought about quitting blogging? If you have thought about it but haven’t yet, what is the thing that’s motivating you to keep doing it?