So, it took me three weeks to get through Wayfarer, and while it was satisfying finally turning to that last page knowing I conquered a 520+ page book, it’s killed all my reading and blogging motivation.
Every time I thought about picking up the book, I would busy myself with doing other things, like cleaning the house, or playing with Toby, or procrastinating in other ways.
And when I did finally pick it up, it felt like a massive chore, and my eyes drooped at the long, detailed descriptions that were only useful at bedtime. My usual car rides to work in the morning would be spent browsing my Instagram account, or writing random scenes of my book.
Sometimes as part of blogging, we feel the responsibility to publishers, to authors and to our fellow readers for pushing through something that we’re not enjoying. But as I’m feeling now, sometimes that’s probably the worst way to kill off your inspiration and love of what you’re doing.
We have to remember that we read because we enjoy it, regardless of whether it’s a review copy you requested, or whether you signed yourself up to a reading challenge that you’re struggling to complete (or start. Sorry #AsianLitBingo). Pressuring yourself is a quickfire way to take all the fun and enjoyment out of what you do, which means you’re worse off than when you started.
Some of you may notice that my Twitter posts have decreased dramatically, or my Instagram is looking more stark than ever. Despite my impending TBR threatening to take over my living room, the last thing I feel like doing is looking at more books, or even thinking about books, because of the pressure I’ve assigned it to.
For those of you who feel the same, just know you’re not alone. You don’t have to do things to be relevant, like commenting on every single blog in existence, constantly posting on Twitter, keeping up with all 321847 social media accounts and feeling like you need to read every new release. You’re a reader, first and foremost, and then a blogger. This is what you do for fun.
Don’t ever think you should be doing things or that you’re never enough, because you’re doing this, for you. Pave your own way, and find out what works for you. No matter what you do, your fellow readers and bloggers will be there to support you.
Have you ever struggled from blogging motivation? How do you get past it?
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