Beyond the Blurb | What to Do When You Fall Out of Love with Blogging

Morning, bloggers!

Blogging is mostly a hobby for people. Some find their niche and brand, then work off of them to make business. Others don’t. And that’s okay. More will fall out of love with blogging. And that’s also okay.

When I found my Mom’s diagnosis, my life got turned upside down. And blogging helped me cope with what was happening. But once everything settled, I almost fell out of love with my blog and questioned if I should keep it. A part of me never wanted to admit that fact. I didn’t. However, being honest is kind of my thing on here. I open up more than I have in my personal life. But it took me a while to accept that I wanted to stop. But that time is when I appreciated it and the book community.

Over the last three years, I have grown as a blogger and reader. And I’ve found close friends who I love and cannot imagine not having them there for me. So what happens when you’re in the same situation? Well, that depends on you as a blogger. But I’ve figured out which pieces of advice you may want to follow if you’re struggling with your blog. Here they are:

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Beyond the Blurb | Publishers, Not Just Readers, Should Advocate for Triggers Warnings

Morning, dearies!

I’ve talked about trigger warnings in my discussion series, Beyond the Blurb, before. And while numerous bloggers, readers, and reviewers champion them, sometimes they aren’t always clear in the publishing industry.

Book Twitter has been talking nonstop about Leigh Bardugo’s adult novel, Ninth House. From the sale of ARCs to copies being hoarded by bloggers, this book is in high demand. Anything Leigh creates, everyone wants. One concern that has popped up is the content in the book. Justine from I Should Read That brought up the lack of trigger warnings listed in the ARC (I warn you now that the Tweet below is graphic, so if you want to read the full thread, click on the photo below).

For months, Leigh has marketed Ninth House as an adult book with graphic content. You can also call it grimdark, which is a violent or realistic subgenre. A good example is Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns or even George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. However, I haven’t seen any warning of it being a grimdark title though. Yes, she informed her readers it’s not like her YA series. I’m fine with that. And my issue isn’t with her. My issue is with the publisher itself. I’ve discussed why bloggers should use trigger warnings, but publishers need to understand the delicate reasons why they need to start advocating for them. Here’s my take:

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Soul-Ripping Romance Tag

Morning, my darklings!

Gasp! I’m doing a romance tag. Really? Two years ago, I would have given you a hard no on that. But my reading habits have drastically evolved. And I am a better reader for it.

My evil and better twin, Jess, from Fiction No Chaser, tagged me. Damn you for making me do a hard tag. But I love you. You need to check out her post and blog. 😉 You’d think that five couples would easy to pick. They aren’t. It took me several days to finish this post. So good luck!

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heartstrings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

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Sunshine Blogger Award (7)

I swear you are all out to make me cry this month. And I feel as if I don’t deserve it. Okay, okay. I’m good. I’m fine. Let’s start a new week with an award nom post, yes?

Leelynn from Sometimes Leelynn Reads, who is so damn sweet, nominated me for my seventh Sunshine Blogger Award. And all I want to do is to smoosh her with love. Don’t forget to take some time to visit her blog.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

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The Anticipated Releases Book Tag

Hello, dearies!

The weekend has arrived. Hopefully, when the new week comes along, this blogging slump is long gone. But I am looking forward to my time off. What are you all planning to do this weekend? Anything exciting to read?

I found this tag on Bookishly Rebecca. She didn’t nominate me. But I had to do the tag. You know me. Do not forget to visit her blog. Do it now!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

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Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

Morning, everyone!

You don’t know how much I need this long weekend. The renovations were bloody torture, and I am desperate for a break. We Canadians will soon be celebrating Canada Day. So I win on that front.

I thank Brittany from Perfectly Tolerable for tagging me. Head over to her blog! I love her posts. 💜

The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com) in your post
  • Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
  • Tag 5 others to take part
  • Enjoy!

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Sunshine Blogger Award (5)

Morning, bloggers!

I’m a little sad to see the weekend go so quickly, but I had a busy one. And a part of me is happy it’s over. And frankly, I’m glad for this new month.

Kimberly from Bookish Kimberly nominated me for the award. I can’t thank her enough. Please, take some time and visit her blog!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

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Beyond the Blurb | Book Blogger Interaction Etiquette

Okay, book bloggers!

You know I can’t offer author interaction tips without giving you some. I’ve witnessed several bloggers struggle with interacting with authors. So learning proper etiquette at whatever stage in your blogging career isn’t bad. You’re growing as a blogger. And I, too, am constantly learning in this ever-changing environment.

In my last Beyond the Blurb post, I discussed how authors should interact with us. For my next one, I want to provide tips to bloggers who may not know how to communicate with authors. Again, I’m not an expert. But I wish to give any advice that has helped me.

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Beyond the Blurb | Why We Should Defend Negative Reviews

Morning, bloggers!

Bloggers sometimes dread writing bad or low-rated reviews. Authors possibly fear them more. So why is writing them such a taboo topic? Frankly, it shouldn’t. As reviewers and bloggers, we make some unspoken promise to be honest with our readers. How can we not? But I’ve seen other bloggers face attacks for their honesty.

Jenn from Jenniely inspired me to write this post (thank you, deary!). She discussed the reasons why she doesn’t write negative reviews. And I agree with her. For my next discussion post though, I want to address why they’re important and why we should write them.

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Beyond the Blurb | Recognize and Prevent a Blogging Burnout

Happy Friday!

This summer, I will have blogged for the last three years. I never thought I’d hit this milestone. I’m far from a blogging expert. I’m still small. But I do know a few things. And I hope to pass along at least some knowledge onto new and seasoned bloggers. We bloggers need to offer support when we can. And I hope that my Beyond the Blurb posts provides that for you all. So my next topic will be all about blogging burnout.

How do you recognize a blogger burnout? Sometimes, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly. However, I’ve noticed some of these warning signs:

Lose the Spark in Blogging

You all discover that first spark of blogging, right? You’ve never taken on such a project. And you’re thrilled to start. Occasionally though, when you’ve been blogging nonstop for months or even years, that flicker may disappear. Picking up on this sign is important. If you lose that reason, then it may be hard to find it again.

 

Fall into a Blogging Slump

I’m in one right now. Or at least, I’m in a small one. No, I still love blogging. However, I find writing some post a bit difficult. But my personal life may be the reason why.

 

Ask Why You Still Want to Blog

Sure, I wanted more experience in the blogging community so I could use that for publishing internships. And yes, it helped, quite well, actually. But the thrill in blogging, the community, and the bloggers are the reasons why I’m here. I don’t want to leave. But if you can’t answer why you want to continue, then you may be heading into a burnout.

 

For the second part of my post, I want to suggest some tips to follow:

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

For several months, I’ve been scheduling per day, and I can’t handle that anymore. Instead, I plan out my week. Which posts I want to publish, what I want to write, and when. However, schedules aren’t set in stone. If you aren’t up to working on a review, because we all know how much work we put into one, swap out that post for a discussion post, book tag, challenge, blogger award, or anything you feel up to. Don’t push yourself into keeping the schedule all the time. You have the flexibility in choosing what you want to publish and when.

And if you design your own graphics, perhaps use your weekend to create them. The weekend is also a great time to catch up on replying to comments, comment on other bloggers’ posts, and reach out to your blogger friends.

 

Find Easier Ways to Blog

I also use a simple format for all of my review posts. You don’t always need to make the most creative post either. Find a formatting layout for each post and stick with that so you aren’t spending any more time with the design part. Use shortcuts your blogging platforms offer as well.

 

Take a Break

It’s perfectly fine to walk away. Take a breather. Don’t let your blog control your every free time. Blogging is more than just a pastime. You dedicate countless hours in building a tiny creation and turn it into a brand. So don’t think it’s just a hobby. Sure, it is, but it’s more than just that though. So take a step back and see what you want to do next.

 

Have you ever had a blogging burnout? What other tips can you offer other bloggers who may be struggling with it? What works for you?