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[Discussion] Do We Create Too Much Content? Should We Just Breathe Already? Or..?

So lately I’ve been getting sort of tired of my #NewBloggers 101 feature, and all the calendar based properness of my blog. It’s just.. it’s tiring. Want to know why #NewBloggers is tiring? While I appreciate people helping out and writing guest posts so much, and kudos to the ones who did a wonderful job (you know who you are!), sometimes it can get… a little much. First of all, if it’s a group post, it means you’ll be juggling conversations for WEEKS. If it’s not a group post… It can still be a hassle. For example, right now, I am stuck about one post – a person has left me hanging. It has already been pushed back twice. I don’t know if we’re even posting it anymore. And even if it goes cleanly – I still have to format and schedule, and.. it’s still a lot of work.

So thank you again to all of you who made it super easy for me and sent everything in real quick. But I think I need a break. I hope you don’t mind?

I know some of you have looked forward to the #NewBloggers features a lot, but… I’m tired. And my blog’s starting to feel like a chore. So I’ve started thinking…

Do We Create Too Much Content?

I know someone’s already talked about it. There was a post, I think it might have even been Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts, but I don’t have the link currently. But my thoughts stray from that idea a little bit… I do believe that some of us (*points at herself*) might just be doing a little too much work. Cause… I know it’s fun while it’s fun, but if it starts feeling like work..?

And there’s another thing to consider.

What If We Wrote Less, But Socialized With Each Other More?

Don’t roll your eyes at me! I know creating content is important, but hell… We write all this content, but do we have time to read what others have written? Do we appreciate it? Or are we just running in the consumerist cycle, too fast to notice anything?

One of my good examples here could be Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books. The amount of love she extends to others by blog hopping truly impresses me, and that’s why I think it’s a good model of blogging. And it’s a way to reach out and make it about others rather than making it about yourself.

I’m starting to become bored with writing and not having time to respond to my comments. And with having three different readers and never having any time to read your posts on them. So I’ve decided, for the upcoming weeks, you might be getting less posts from me. They might be less on schedule, more random. More when I feel like writing them, unless it’s a scheduled review. I miss the times when I posted whenever I wanted.

And more than that, I miss visiting you all. What I want to do right now, is remember the blogs I loved. Return to reading what you all have to say. Instead of worrying about my schedules. I hope that won’t cause you to forget me. Hopefully you’ll see me more at your side this way!

We’ll see how this works. What are your thoughts on this?

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Utopia State of mind
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This is an excellent point! I have been thinking about it a lot for a while, wondering what I should do about it

ireadthatinabook
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I think it makes a lot of sense. I believe adding thoughtful comments should also count as creating content, at least it adds a lot to the community.

Marta
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Aw, I’m sorry you feel this way, Evelina! ❤ I truly understand this feeling, this last month has been especially pressuring for me when it comes to writing posts as well. I guess it gets a bit overwhelming at times and it’s okay to take a break (in any way) from it ❤
I hope it works and that you feel recharged, you do a lot for the community and I hope you know that we appreciate and love you!

veeshee
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I honestly agree so much with this post. There comes a point when even something you love can start to feel like a chore and I’ve been feeling that way about blogging. All of the deadlines and stress associated with writing up posts and scheduling them means I spend less time enjoying the process. I’ve also been spending less time blog hopping and seeing what everyone else is up to and it seriously sucks! I totally understand why you are taking a break and you deserve it! ❤

Jenn @ Bound to Writing
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Amazing post! You have to do what’s best for you and if continuing something that’s making you not enjoy blogging, then don’t do it. You can always come back to it later. Take some time to de-stress. You deserve it!

emma
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I have been blogging a lot less recently because I don’t feel like I have the energy. I am purely posting reviews due and nothing else. I think it’s good to do what you want with your blog. Good luck!

Chloe @ Book Dragons
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Valid points. I think once April is over and I’ve scheduled everything I’ll be rejigging my schedule. Since I’m not going to keep up with posting every day sometimes it’s twice a day. Like I’m a fast writer and everything but sometimes I want to do other things, and the schedule I set myself was insane. BUT that all said I’m glad I experienced it, so I can better find a schedule that suits me. Loved the post though 🙂

readinginthewings
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I totally feel you on this! This month has been crazy for me too, and I have been stressing about getting my posts out on schedule so much that I sometimes feel stuck and like I’m not producing any quality content… Sometimes we just need some time to ourselves.

Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
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I was actually thinking of taking a blogging break this week….but I failed LOL

Grab the Lapels
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Some of my favorite bloggers are people who post once per week, or even once per month. Their posts always have far superior content, and they always comment on my blog posts, too. I think creating so many smaller posts make it hard for readers because they have to choose between reading the post, skipping posts and feeling guilty, and wanting to be engaged with deep, meaningful content. How meaningful are the comments on a “fluff” post anyway? How deep into a conversation do readers want to get when they know a new post will pop up tomorrow and the… Read more »
H.P.
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NetGalley sent out an email earlier today with a subject line that started “Take a break.” It probably says something that my first thought was of taking a break FROM reading instead of taking a break TO read.

Brian Joseph
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I struggled to put up content on my blog. Life is so busy and I tend to write very slowly. I wish that I posted more. I do socialize a lot with other bloggers. I do not regret that time however.

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
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It’s called burnout and it happens to all bloggers! I used to think it was the end of the world if I had to take a break because life got in the way, or I just didn’t feel like writing reviews (!!) but now I just realize that it’s better to blog less or even take a week or two off completely, than to post content that isn’t really “you.” Taking a break always helps me recharge and then I get super excited to blog again! And sometimes it’s nice to just visit other bloggers without worrying about your own… Read more »
Yvo @ It's All About Books
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I agree it’s always so tricky finding the right balance! But I guess blogging should never feel like work, so taking a break to breathe and bloghop more is a great choice. Definitely avoids a burnout or a slump! 😉

Book Bosomed Blonde
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I completely agree with you, I have been feeling the same way for some time now. I feel like I produce so much content every week that I take away time from responding and blog hopping. Especially with working another job full time, it’s hard to keep up with it all. I think it’s great what you’re doing!

Greg
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This is a great discussion! I get it. You’ve been gangbusters with #NewBloggers 101 (and kudos to you for that, I think it’s been GREAT for new and old bloggers alike) but yeah, I’m sure it’s a ton of work too! Give yourself a break- you’re right, this is supposed to be fun, and about talking to each other about books, and shouldn’t seem like a chore. It’s easy to happen though. And visiting… like Tammy said, sometimes I just like t visit some blogs and worry about posts later. 🙂

Lara @ Words With Lara
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I most definitely know where you’re coming from here! For a while I was posting twice a week, but that meant that I didn’t have much time to interact with other bloggers. Now I post once a week and have wayyyyy more time to blog-hop and comment on other peoples posts and reply to the ones on my own… I’m still trying to figure out the perfect balance but I’m slowly getting there!

Cait @ Paper Fury
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Ooh I definitely see where you’re coming from because nooo I DON’T have enough time to read tons of blogs. *cries* I only post 3 x a week (and reviews aren’t hard because I review everything anyway haha) but I often end up on my off-blogging days just recovering and still not getting a ton of blog reading done. Whoops. I feel like lots of comments have dropped off too?! And maybe it’s because we all just don’t have time to create + interact. Although I get sad when my faves don’t post…so HOW DO WE WIN.

Charvi
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I love this idea! I know for a fact that I’m bone exhausted from juggling school life and blogging life and I just lost my line of thought. Wow.

There’s a lott of stress, is what I’m trying to say. Do what’s best for you!

Anna Pittman
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I think you bring up a really good point! Since I started book blogging I’ve struggled to find the perfect balance between publishing posts and also visiting blogs. I love to talk about the books I’ve read but I also love discovering new books through the awesome blogs I read. I think it’s a good idea to slow down and enjoy the blogosphere!

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
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Oh wow, thank you so, so much for thinking of me in your post, this means a whole lot <3 <3 <3 I get where you come from, it is so hard to find the right balance between putting ourselves out there, writing original content, writing what we love, but also sharing the love around the community, visiting blogs and everything else. Really, for me, commenting, visiting other blogs and spreading the love is just as important as putting my content out there and such an integrant part of book blogging and feeling part of the community 🙂 Really, best… Read more »
lauren
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i agree with your decision bc i think you will find blogging more enjoyable this way. blog hopping and reading posts seem less of a chore 🙂

Terry Tyler
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As a writer rather than a blogger, and one who has being looking at blogs on social media for some years, I think it is better to post once a week or once a fortnight, and make it your very best, rather than posting for the sake of posting. I DO read a lot of posts, but in the past I’ve heard bloggers complaining about lack of views – when I asked them, it turned out they didn’t read other people’s posts, either! So much about online relationships is about generosity and being interested in others. I’ve seen blogs that… Read more »
Dalindcy @ Books&Rants
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This is a really interesting point. The truth is, I DO NOT have time to read everyone’s blog, especially if people post every single day. I have so much respect for people who manage to blog so much, but at the same time it’s hard to keep up. This is why I try to blog about twice a week. Makes it manageable for me to blgo next to work and uni assignments, and I do some blog hopping inbetween.

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages
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I was thinking today that Evelina hasn’t posted on Monday and neither today, is everything fine with her? And I opened Feedly and here was your post Somehow I didn’t get your notification. Anyhow, I can totally understand your feeings here. I too was feeling a lot liek this lately and almost dropped this Monday and Thesday posts.. but ended up writing them last minute yeah yesterday’s post was published at 11:45 PM I don’t know why this feeling is there.. I know my time is really limited but yet within that time too, sometimes I don’t feel like writing… Read more »
JJ @ This Dark Material
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I love this and you make some excellent points, Evelina! I’ve found that I work harder to schedule in blog hopping and commenting than I do writing posts, which I peck away at when I have the time. And I’m definitely posting more content now than I’d like to in an average month, just because I know that schedule isn’t sustainable long-term. Thankfully I’m already eyeing the summer as a time to re-organize and prioritize, particularly with reviews! I think some of it stems from a fear of being overlooked or forgotten? When, when I think about it, is kind… Read more »
Daniela Ark
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I can definitely understand how you feel! You are such a dedicate blogger and have worked so hard to put amazing content out there! You deserve a break! Enjoy it!

Jackie B
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Amen, Sister! While I *have* a document I use to schedule my posts (thank you for that!), I don’t stick to a firm posting schedule. Instead, I stick to a set of posts I’d like to publish each month. Where they appear, they appear. Sometimes, life is too hard! We don’t have time to do all of this. And it should never, EVER become a chore. (Well. Unless your blog is down and chaos is happening and why is technology so haaaaard?!?!?) I’m sorry you’re feeling run down. Particularly when it comes to #NewBlogger101! But I’m glad you’ve recognized your… Read more »
Lilyn George
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Best of luck with it! I would love to do this in theory, but in reality I’m someone who finds it almost impossible to break a habit once it’s established, and my habit is to make sure I have at least one review, guest post, interview, or something on the site every day.

I want to get down to 1 post a day, but I’m afraid my views will drop if I do, so. ..aaaaargh.

Cahleen Hudson
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I. Love. This. Post. Everything about it resonates with me. As a new blogger, you’d think I wouldn’t be sitting over here thinking about burn-out all the time, but I tend to overanalyze everything and I couldn’t help but notice a few things almost immediately after I started blogging: 1. Blogging, while fun, takes away time from reading. 2. Book blogging is not a paid job for most of us (and according to my research, it’s like the hardest blogging niche to somehow get an income from), and it takes away time from doing something I could be getting paid… Read more »
Danielle
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I do not have a huge, wonderful feature such as your #NewBloggers101 but I love this post with my whole heart <3 And I can only imagine the time, commitment and exhaustion. I am not able to keep up with the regular content, so I feel like you have rocked it at this point. The important thing is doing what works best for you, your sanity and helps you continue to enjoy this journey – xx

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Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
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YES! I agree that the way Marie goes about sharing love even with those like me who are not the most consistent commenter are stellar! She is my blog hopper role model. I actually struggle with the socializing part of blogging though I love to read what others think and to hear their opinions… So making content is a safety for me… But I’ve learned that you must do whats best for you and if writing is a chore then taking a step back and socializing is what you should do. Distance did always make the heart grow fonder… <3

Cam
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Yessss, so much time and effort is put into blogging & taking photographs that I don’t always get a chance to blog hop or comment. It’s something I’ll need to put time aside everyday for.

Marie is honestly the queen of blog hopping hehe!

Caro @ bookcheshirecat
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Thank you so much for writing this post! I definitely get what you’re feeling because lately I’ve felt a bit of pressure too, which originated from me having to do a lot. University started for me again and with that AND participating in Camp NaNo things have been more stressful. I had scheduled a lot of posts for April beforehand except for the upcoming week and now that I have to write posts again, I’ve started to feel the pressure again. I love writing posts, but I feel like I put too much pressure on myself to always have them… Read more »
herding cats
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All about balance and finding what’s right for you as a blogger. I do a schedule but I keep it flexible as well so when I’m not feeling it or need a break from a feature I can take it. Works well on this end 🙂

Sophie Eloy
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What a provoking thought Evelina! But you may be right. At least that’s what we used to do before blogging: visit others and chat with them. So yes why not take a back seat and just enjoy other’s posts!

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sjhigbee
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Yes… I think I’ll echo what Tammy and Greg have to say. You make an excellent point – I want to keep my own blog worth visiting, yet the point of blogging in the first place is interaction and when trying to keep all the handles winding, I’m conscious that chatting with other bloggers and visiting their sites is a casualty. I’m wondering whether to factor in a GONE VISITING post once a week where I explain why I’m not posting, instead visiting other folks and interracting on their sites… What do you think?

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Katie
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Oh wow, this is too close to home! I definitely agree with all of this and am victim myself to forgetting to read other blogger’s content. And I feel terrible when I don’t comment on e v e r y o n e ‘s posts!

Vee @ Under The Mountain
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Vee @ Under The Mountain

Blog less! Get rid of a day (if you blog every day) and dedicate that day to interacting with other bloggers and see how you feel. If your blog is stressing you out, take a moment to work out what’s going wrong. <3

Vee @ Under The Mountain

Angelica @ Paperback Princess
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Evalina it was funny that I’d come to this discussion post, and I love it! I’ve recently restarted my blog after taking a 2 year hiatus. I had a baby who was extremely premmie so it took some time before his health and life just settled. Like every new blogger I was over-excited about blogging, and I too got stuck in the consumerism wheel and lost my original focus of why I started a blog to begin with, to meet like minded book lovers so I can discuss the books I read, as I did not have anyone else to… Read more »
Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight
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Yep yep yep, couldn’t agree more! I have hit this point in my blogging journey where it’s like… you come to a crossroads where you will either completely burn yourself out, or you take a quick step back. And I have done both, and I promise, your plan is the way to go! I tried the whole “power through” thing, and all it got me was exhausted and overwhelmed and unhappy. Now, I am doing the “whatever the hell I want” approach, and wow, it’s SO much better. AND I have more chance to reach out to other bloggers, like… Read more »
Grace
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Great post! It’s so important to find a sustainable blogging schedule, especially when you’ve been doing it for a long time. Otherwise you get burned out and feel disconnected from the community.

Andreea
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I am all for breaks – even though I felt a bit down with myself for not finishing the books I want to review fast enough to review this month, and this thing threw me in a blogging slump but the truth is that I really enjoy reading those books and taking my time with them. I still feel guilty, though! Blogging should be fun! I love the NewBloggers series and it is really helpful, but it would still help people if you post once a month or whenever you feel like it and the posts already written had helped… Read more »
Arub
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As someone who has only recently started blogging a bit more regularly and only recently started engaging with the community, I definitely agree. Blog hopping is a lot of fun and commenting and communicating about different topics is so much more rewarding than just blogging into the void! And on the reading side of things, I find it so overwhelming subscribing to blogs where people post 2-3 times a week! I commend them for finding the time to blog so frequently, but I honestly can’t keep up reading them either.

Stephanie Jane
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It’s difficult to find a balance and I think it’s important to take a step back when we need to. I’ve recently been looking at ways to streamline what I do post, especially with regular blog series posts, so I can keep up the content without wasting ages on html coding and tweaks.

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity
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Whilst I’ve enjoyed seeing your New Bloggers posts, even me who’s been blogging for a while has gotten a couple of good tips, I totally understand why you’ve decided to take a break from it, though. If you’re not enjoying it then it totally makes sense to stop. Blogging isn’t meant to be a chore so when it begins to feel that way stop whatever is making you feel that way. I actually haven’t written a post (or finished a post, anyway) for the past two weeks. I have instead been focusing on commenting on everyone else’s posts. I want… Read more »
Tori @ InToriLex
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I struggle with balance as well. As someone with very scheduled allotments of time, I really want to visit more blogs, but find myself focusing more on content and reading them anything else. It’s good to spend time doing both though