Discussion: I’m Burned Out.

Posted on 08/01/2015 in Book Review / 20 Comments

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Guys, I am burned out.  Blogging for 4 1/2 years has taken its toll on me.  Rather than get excited to put my thoughts down about a book – even if I liked it! – is almost too much for me.  I don’t know why I feel this way.  Wait, yes I do!  Part of it is because I’ve struggled since the blog rebrand to figure out why things don’t work, like how my site is no longer ranking in Google.  The Bawdy Book Blog ranked fairly well for a book blog, but no matter what I do, Google refuses to rank BookShelfery (or at least, I haven’t been successful with all my troubleshooting).  So in essence, we’re shouting into a void and no one is hearing our voices.  It’s been a frustrating experience, to say the least. It’s less rewarding than it used to be.  Perhaps that is because I’ve rediscovered other passions, like photography.  Or perhaps it’s because it’s simply a lot of work with little return.  Blogging needs to be a passion and I’m not sure I feel that fire anymore. I don’t enjoy books like I used to.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still love to read.  But some of that magic is gone and it makes me sad.  I automatically read books critically now, even if I don’t plan to review them.  I’m looking for all the things that I like or dislike, rather than reading because it’s a joy. I am grateful for the blog, in so many ways.  I do love to discuss books, and that will never change.  It brought me many new friends that I think will be in my life a long time.  It connected me with authors.  It brought me closer to my bookworm friends.  But it took things away, too, like time for other things. Blogging takes an incredible amount of dedication and time. I guess what I’m saying is, I’m not sure my heart is in it anymore, or at the very least, I need to rethink this whole thing and do something to shake things up for us.  I just don’t know what that would be.

What do you guys do when you feel burned out?

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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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20 responses to “Discussion: I’m Burned Out.

  1. I am about to celebrate my 4th year and feel for you. It has to be a passion I think I think we all get burned out at some point. I switched up my review formats and change them just like I do my genres. Why not incorporate your love of photography into your reviews.
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  2. I hear you on ALL these points, which is a big reason I sort of vanished the last couple months. I’ve only been at this for two and a half years, so I applaud you for getting to where you are. And I’ve been doing the same thing when I read, regardless of if it’s a review book or not. People say it all the time, but you have to do what’s right for you. That’s the one truth in all of this. I hope whatever you do makes you happy, Jennifer. But…you should totally share some of that photography. I think we’d all love to see it 🙂

  3. RO

    This is a wonderful topic and I think we’ve all been there whether we blog for a year or 8 years, particularly with those of us who are book-a-holics. I love my books, but very rarely do I review now because it was just too time consuming. I do still interview, because it’s just fun to get into the mind of an author. I used to blog daily, but i’ve moved it to 5 times a week to keep me fresh. I’ve seen really huge blogs do it only once a week, and maybe that’s how they stop the burnout. Sometimes, I just jot down a topic and watch tv or cook for a while. Maybe you can use your love of photography to add to your blog for something different. I’d like to see your work. That mixes it up a bit so you can stay sane. BIG Hugs…
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    • I think we are lucky if we get three posts out a week, but honestly, I think we’re just going to post when we can about books we love or hate and not adhere to any sort of expectations. And hopefully we get through this. I will share my work, no worries. 🙂

  4. I’m so sorry you’re feeling this way. 🙁 It sucks to have something be part of your life for so long, then it’s suddenly just not you any more. I do think the best thing you can do for yourself is never force it. So if you’re not feeling like blogging right now, then don’t. I’m not really feeling a blogger burnout, but I am kind of feeling a reading burnout. I think reading so many books has just made me way too critical. I don’t necessarily read books and start picking them apart, it’s just more like it now takes A LOT to impress me. So even if I can’t find anything wrong with the book I’m reading, I almost always have a sense of indifference while reading these days. It’s not that the book is bad, it’s just that it’s not interesting me. At all. 99% of the books I read these days just feel so been there, done that. I feel like I’ve seen it all and nothing feels original any more. It’s a sucky feeling.
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    • Yes, that is the other thing. Even when I KNOW a book is good, I have a hard time getting excited about it, because my expectation has become, “blow me away or go home.” I have DNF’d solid 3-4 star books lately because they weren’t blowing my mind. And it made me think something was wrong with me, so it’s good to know I have company. A part of me would be satisfied with completely giving up the blog and just posting thoughts to Goodreads. But damn, I’ve dumped a lot of money into this thing over the years.

  5. I can so relate…I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years and it takes up all of my free time (I work a lot of hours so I don’t have a lot of free time except on the weekends) I really got burnt out a while back and just started blogging only when I really felt like it. I used to post 6-7x a week. Now I post 3-4x a week. Something had to give. I do a lot less blog tours now…I have to be really interested to sign up not just mildly interested etc. Just do whatever works for you!
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  6. Hi Jen! I’ve been blogging for 4 years this past May and I hear your pay. I used to read with the review in my mind, highlighting quotes and taking notes… now it takes a long time for me to review them. I dread writing the reviews because it takes me a long time to put my thoughts in order. I’ve been sharing my books with others so they review them for the blog (so many ARCs and I feel bad that I don’t get to review them all!) That’s helped some, I also limit them to 2 or 3 a week. To be honest I get a lot less traffic on reviews than memes or discussion posts. Maybe we should turn YADC into a blog and all blog in one place! That will be a lot of co-bloggers, but Hannah can keep us straight 🙂
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  7. Oh dear. I’m so sorry you’re feeling this way, love; I’ve been going through some rough times lately and I’ve seen it take a toll on my blogging as well, so I completely see where you’re coming from. Perhaps a break is in order – or at the very least, some soul-searching as to what your purpose with the blog is? It sucks when we have to force ourselves to do something we once loved – and especially so when our readers can tell we’re forcing it. Regardless, I’m sending so many good vibes + virtual cookies your way. Slow & steady, yes? xx

  8. Kaylie @ Potterhead Reviews

    When my blog disappeared off Bloglovin’ I was so down about it I thought about quitting altogether. Bloglovin’ is the only way I feel like I reach my audience. I use social media as well but that doesn’t bring ANY traffic to my blog. So when that horrible thing happened I wasn’t in the mood for blogging anymore either. I took a break from it all. A very long one that took a couple of months and I’m only recently back but not in the full swing of things. The advice I give to everyone that’s feeling unsure of where their blog is headed is simple: take a break. Think about it when you feel up to it. Make a mind map with all the things you want to talk about on your blog or what the theme(s) of your blog are. A list of all the pro’s and con’s. I hope this helped you out (even if just a teeny tiny bit) and that you feel better about your blogging situation soon!

  9. I feel similar if I’m honest – I’m just not feeling the want to read, and I have books I’ve waited for aaaaaaages, and anticipated reads, I just don’t feel the mood to come to read them, and it sucks. Ugh, that’s a burn out, but that doesn’t affect my blogging. I think I’m just distracted in myself you know, and that can be a big issue, but I’m working on.. I think? This is such a honest post, and I hope you get your mojo back soon! 🙂
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