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The Pressures of Book Blogging. #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #Blogger #Bloggers

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I thought that today I’d look at the pressures of book blogging – which I’m presuming you already gathered from the title of the post! I really need to think up some more flamboyant post titles, don’t I!

I’m sure that most of us, at one time or another have felt stressed and pressured with our blogs. Imagine Freddie Mercury belting out ‘under pressure‘ or we turn beet red with steam coming out our ears, or might end up tearing our hair out over a blog post (luckily I have none, so I just cuss out WordPress with my colourful language skills). We might even end up in a padded cell, shaking, dribbling, drooling and rocking backwards and forwards mumbling ‘it’s too much, it’s too much‘ or ‘fecking WordPress why won’t you do that and why are you doing that‘ while we are administered with some chill pills to make us chillax, mellow out and relieve the pressure.

So, like flasher Gremlin revealing himself, I will reveal the pressures of book blogging.

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Regular posting.

Bran flakes, prune juice, laxatives, even a warm cup of tea I’ve been told can help….oh, sorry, it’s not ‘that‘ type of regular. Doh! I mean blog posts, not toilet trips! πŸ™‚

Some people post every single day, some even post more than once a day, while others only post once or twice a week.

We’re all different and as such, all blog differently, but when you see bloggers posting once a day, do you feel under pressure to match them and post more? Or, are you happy to just post when you want and when you have posts prepared?!?

I generally just post when I want and don’t feel pressure to post every day as I said, we’re all different and we should all blog how we want.

The quality of your posts/blog.

Do you question if your posts and blog are good enough?!? I know I do! It’s something I question every time I post, not memes or poetry, memes are just fun and easy and with poetry, you’ll either think it’s good or it’s bad and then, you’ll either get the emotion and meaning behind it and relate or you won’t.

But for the more constructive posts, like this one and reviews. I find myself constantly questioning if what I put out is good enough, I’m aware that I’m not articulate and eloquent and due to that I always think my writing blows (a bit different to sucks, I’ve saved sucks for later in the post).

I try to put out what I believe is decent content but I always feel the pressure that both my posts and my blog aren’t good enough.

Reading every day.

We all love reading but do we feel pressure to read every day?!? Sometimes, life gets in the way and we can’t read, perhaps we are ill (when I have a bad headache I can’t read), maybe we have a new PS4 game to play, work, adult stuff, a variety of things might stop us from reading and maybe, just maybe we just want a break from reading, a day off and away from books or after finishing a book.

If I don’t feel like reading then I won’t, no pressure, no guilt, if I only feel like a quickie – sniggers and I manage around 10 pages or a chapter in a day, then fine, likewise, if I spend my whole day reading, it’s all good.

We all deserve a break at times even from things we love and there shouldn’t be any pressure to read every day.

Do you feel pressure to read every day and do you feel guilty if you don’t?

Reading quickly.

We can’t read all the books and I am a slow reader, some people can read fast and average a book every couple of days. Unfortunately, that’s not me, I’m a book a week reader and sometimes I feel like I should be reading quicker. I don’t think it’s pressure as such, as I enjoy reading slowly and becoming engrossed in a book but I often question if I should and could be reading quicker.

However, I’ve always been a slow reader and I always will be, so, tough shit, at times I might wish I could read quicker, but I can’t and I won’t lower my enjoyment of reading by skimming books just to get through them quicker, hell no! Fast readers, much respect, slow readers, holla at me playas!

ARC’s.

The pressure of ARC’s or for those unaware ARC = Advanced Reading Copy. You receive an ARC and feel the pressure and need to read and review before the book’s release date.

I understand that a lot of you feel this pressure but this isn’t something that I feel pressure over. I’m a mood reader and read what I want when I want regardless of release date. If it’s a book I’ve been looking forward to and I’ve got an early copy then I’ll probably read it straight away and I have read plenty of books before or around their release date but! If you don’t get an ARC read before release then it is not of major importance and it is not a world-ending catastrophe!

Often you won’t receive a book until it’s been released, obviously, then you can’t have read it before it’s release date as you didn’t get it until afterwards. Ergo, it’s now not an ARC as the book has been released and you received it afterwards, nothing advanced about that, ah, technicalities!

ARC’s aren’t something important to feel pressure over though – that’s my opinion, my blog, rules, but you know I’m happy for you all to disagree and voice your own opinions, after all, that’s what discussion posts are about, discussion! Unlike what seems to be a growing trend in discussion posts where if you disagree with the person you’re opinion is immediately deemed invalid I’m happy to debate and accept any opinion.Β It just seems wrong to stress over it, when most of us have out of date ARC’s even if we don’t want to admit it or are making out that we don’t. At least I’m being honest and saying I’ve got old ARC’s.

Do you feel pressured by ARC’s or are you like me and just read what you want?!?

Review requests.

Ah, the often dreaded review request from authors and the pressure that you feel like you have to accept it.

We are under no obligation to accept review requests and shouldn’t feel pressure to say yes, it’s OK to say no.

I understand helping authors out, which is why I’m happy to have them on my blog for excerpts/guest posts (though, it’d be nice if they sent the links, bios and all the stuff with the content to make a post, as it isn’t my job to find links) as I’m closed to review requests, but we shouldn’t feel pressure to accept and then even guilt about declining their request especially if the book doesn’t really interest us.

Reading/liking/commenting on other blogs.

You might feel the pressure to read, like and comment on other blogs. I guess this depends on your level of interaction with other bloggers and how much blog hopping you do as to whether you do actually feel pressure or not.

I suck at interaction – not in that way, I’m not that way inclined, dirty minded people! But I try my best to read and like posts. Though, I admit that I fall firmly (again, not like that) into the category of not commenting unless I have something relevant to say e.g in a discussion post, or if it’s a book I’ve read/I’m interested in reading and then finally, if it’s a blog and blogger that I exchange banter and can have a laugh with.

Time.

Tick tock! Tick tock! Oh man, always to much shit going on and never enough time! The pressure of time is ever-present to us in all walks of our lives.

Time to blog, time to write posts, time to read, time to do other hobbies, time to go to work/school – see, no discriminating on this blog as I’m including the kids! πŸ™‚ Time to eat, time to wash/bath/shower (I’m presuming that you all have some semblance of personal hygiene). Time to socialise (loner, so that doesn’t apply to me much) and time to do our grown-up and adult responsibilities.

I think we all need a time-turner from Harry Potter to allow us enough time to do everything we want! Yes, I mentioned Harry Potter, obviously, the geekiness is running rampant today.

Stats.

Something that we all feel pressure over. Our stats and possibly the lack thereof. We ask ourselves why are our stats bad? How can we improve them? Is it my blog? Is it something to do with me? Where have the people gone?

It’s even worse if you’ve seen your blog grow and start to gain good stats only to see them once again fall away.

Stats really aren’t something that any of us should stress over. There’s a myriad of reasons why we don’t have great stats and other myriad reasons why other bloggers do. Some people put in hard work, dedication and interaction to gain their stats, hard work pays off, others just seem to look out and have a blooming blog and some might even buy their followers.

If we enjoy what we’re doing then that’s all that matters and stats should be irrelevant.

Popularity.

Do you stress out over being one of the cool kids? Mr or Mrs popular themselves?!? The jock or the cheerleader instead of the geeky book reading nerd?!? Do you and your blog aren’t popular enough?!? Thinking it’s not my blog, it’s me and taking it as a personal affront that you aren’t the King or Queen of blogging?!?

This ties into our blog stats (I mentioned in the above point) and while we shouldn’t get hung up on them, that’s easier said than done and at times it’s something we all do.

But I think whereas blog stats are general, questioning the popularity of our blog is personal, especially if we blog solely for the purpose of being popular and not just for ourselves and our love of books.

I know I’m not popular and as such, I know that my blog isn’t and you know what, I’m OK with that. I’ve never been one of the cool kids or part of the in-crowd and I’m happy to be the loner sitting in the corner making sarcastic comments about everything! – though, if anyone wants to join me in the corner the offer is open. πŸ˜‰

Personality.

Do you feel stressed out over the need to be polite, happy and smiley all the time? A bright ray of pleasant sunshine on your blog? When in reality you might really be a sarcastic foul-mouthed and mean degenerate?!? Or maybe, you are a sarcastic foul-mouthed and mean degenerate on your blog who stresses out that they should be polite, happy and smiley?!?

It’s not something that I particularly stress over, I do on occasion take the sarcasm to far, I know and realise that but you all know by now what to expect from me and my blog. And, I’m guessing that if you didn’t like it, well then, you wouldn’t even be reading this post! πŸ™‚


Do you agree with my pressures of blogging?!? Disagree?!? Have any to add?!?


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200 thoughts on “The Pressures of Book Blogging. #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #Blogger #Bloggers

  1. How did you read my mind this morning? I have been freakin out about posting two reviews, two due soon, and a BookCon recap. I feel so swamped since I came back and I need to post ASAP bc it’s been so long! Plus I need to do a giveaway for those who helped me get to the Con…there’s just so much to do and so little time.
    And my mom likes to nag me about a person’s book I received last year that I have not read yet: trust me, I get the pressure you speak of. πŸ˜“

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    1. Ha, tell Mom to quit it, if you don’t want to read it then you don’t need or have to.πŸ˜‚

      Ah, you have a reason to be swamped though due to going to the con so I’m sure people get why you haven’t posted, not to mention the mountains of book mail you receive, they might think you haven’t posted as you’re buried under books!πŸ˜‚

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  2. I tried to make a commitment to posting every Tuesday and every other Thursday a while back, with occasional additional posts. I am MUCH happier keeping that schedule than I was when I kept a more irregular schedule, even if it means writing a post at midnight because I’m swamped with real life.

    My daily views continue to steadily increase, if remain paltry. I just ran my first interview and giveaways. I’m having a bit more success with ARC requests. But really what makes blogging satisfying is regularly interaction with a handful of readers (mainly on Twitter).

    I’ve been doing this for over 2 years now! Hard to believe.

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  3. The things that stress me most are not feeling like reading but knowing I should be because I have a blog tour coming up that I’m reviewing for.
    I know I need to relax about it more (it might actually help) but like many things that is easier said than done.

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  4. I love your discussion posts, I relate to them so much – where was the WWE reference in this one haha. Loved the bit about ARCS, that’s the only part I really feel pressured about, I think “oh that book was sent to me pre-release, it’s now published and I still haven’t read it” or that author asked me last year to review his/her book were now 6 months into the new year and I still haven’t read it. So I’m making a point of reading the majority of my review copies this month so I can be free from and read my own books. I know I shouldn’t stress over it but I feel bad. I’ll still dabble in NG but I’m no longer accepting review copies unless it’s a book I really, desperately want to read. Sometimes publishers send books as I’ve ended up on their mailing list in which case I don’t stress over those one.

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    1. Thank you! Damn, oh well, can’t have a WWE reference all the time, have to change it up a bit.πŸ˜‚ – or, I just completely forgot to add one!πŸ˜‚

      Lots of people feel pressure ARC’s and I understand that, it’s a personal thing especially if it’s an indie author but it can’t be helped if we miss the dates at times. Sounds like a good plan though, spending a month reading them to catch up.πŸ˜€

      I don’t stress over unsolicited books at all, half the time I’m like WTF, why have you sent me this!πŸ˜‚ Do get some great unsolicited books but some I have to question why I got sent them.

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  5. Fantastic post. Great conversation starter. I get caught up a lot in the pressures, but then I step and realize… for me, this is fun. When it feels less fun, I stop myself and go do something else. It’s like email to me — I stress over what’s waiting for me sometimes.

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  6. Great post….I really enjoyed it. Yup sometimes I feel like a slow reader occasionally I can read fast. I fail so much on readathon’s I usually start really optimistically then life gets in the way. I am sure you have read many bloggers minds with this one.

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  7. I have gotten to where I will “do what I can when I can”. I post several times a week. I do two meme posts- First Line Friday and Standalone Sunday. I do the whole month at the begining of the month so I don’t have to worry about it every week. Then there are the blog tours, reviews, and whatver else may come up.

    Interaction- Anyone who retweets me I will click on that little heart. I don’t have the time to tell everyone thank you like some do. (working a full time job just interferes with my site. Damn job! LOL) I try to comment on some people’s blogs if I have the time. And during the week it isn’t much. I do what I can.

    I wish I had the time to read everyday, but it just doesn’t happen. I get a book read about every 2 weeks. Which is good for me, if I can get one read quicker then even better! I also listen to audiobooks for my commute.

    Stats/Popularity- I know I will never be a ‘popular’ blogger and have huge numbers I am fine with it. I try not to focus on my numbers. I got excited when I saw I was closer to 100 email subscribers, so I did a giveaway when I got over that 100. (For some reason my subscriber count doesn’t include Twitter and the various social media I use- I don’t know how to change that and oh well!) There are some people out there that love me! I started my site for me first and anyone else who comes along for the ride I welcome!

    Quality- My hubby helps me with my reviews- He edits them. He catches errors I may not have caught and he can change things around to improve my post. He’s awesome! And not to say there are not still errors- they happen and Oops when they do.

    ARCS- I have started to give priority to the paper arcs I receive versus NetGalley. I am behind on NetGalley and I am staying away from it unless it is to post a review. I am not looking on NetGalley at all right now as I know I will click that request or read now button. I don’t need that right now! If I receive a paper ARC that I was not expecting, I don’t feel the need to get to it right away. I will at some point, but I’m not sure when! LOL

    Review requests- I have it on several places on my site and even had to put it on GR that I am not taking any more right now. If I get a request I just ignore it now. If they choose not to read that I am not taking requests in several places, I choose to not respond. I will still do interviews, blog tours, etc if I choose to. I had to learn to say no.

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    1. I think doing what you can, when you can is the best way. We all have things that get in the way of blogging and unfortunately work, responsibilities are more important than our blog.

      Definitely agree about ignoring requests, that’s what I do, I always tried to reply but after I’d had that I’m closed to requests for a few months and yet still got requests, I thought sod it, you’re ignoring that I’m closed to requests, I’m going to ignore your email.πŸ˜‚

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  8. SO MANY PRESSURES! It’s hard not to eff it up (ahem, polite. See?) Also, forget UK and US, I would like to know how to get ARCs in India! It is so damn hard! I don’t know how people post everyday, if I do that my stats tend to go down, which is really weird! Great post as always Drew.

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    1. Eff?! Ah, I know what word you mean!πŸ˜‚ alas, being polite isn’t something that happens often on my blog I’d probably have to make a blog post out of it if I ever do it!πŸ˜‚

      That’s very true, daily posting baffles me how people find the time for it.

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    1. I haven’t come across a book that is that poorly edited yet but if I did it would depend on if I could read it or not and get enjoyment out of it or if the editing issues made each page a struggle as they were that bad.

      If you can’t read it then you can’t read it, it is what it is. If I’d consented to a review then I’d email the author/publisher and tell them that I couldn’t finish the book due to the editing and possibly enquire if it is just an ARC and if the issues will be fixed in the proper book or not.

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    2. I learned to just let the authors know that it really wasn’t within my personal reading interests. They needn’t know what those interests are. If it’s so poor and it’s so difficult to read or follow, I usually let them know that. The way I see it, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean that someone else won’t like it either.

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  9. I haven’t even started doing reviews on my blog because right now I’m busy with other life related stuff like exams (should’ve probably thought of that before starting the blog but ofcourse I don’t think these things through). I relate to you on being a moody reader, I read whatever I’m in the mood to read. Also, I don’t even know how people post daily, It takes me about a week to even think of what to post next (my first two posts were on consecutive days but that wasn’t planned, that was only because I felt an urgent need to rant).

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    1. Ha, that’s very true about people posting daily, some even post reviews daily!! That’s really crazy, it takes me a week to read one book not one per day!πŸ˜‚

      Ha, that sounds like a typical book blogger thing to do, starting the blog when there’s important life stuff going on. I shouldn’t worry about not posting reviews yet, lots of bloggers don’t post many reviews.

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  10. I definitely feel some of the pressures like ARCs and author requests. I’ve decided that it’s my blog and I will accept what I want to read and get to the ARCs when I can. Sometimes I feel terribly guilty about the NetGalleys I have sitting on my device but I think of those bloggers that haven’t read theirs for years and I feel light and fluffy again! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes! My blog, my rules! And, your blog, your rules! Hell yeah, get to them when you can, sh#t happens, life, you might not get them until after the release date and you might have wanted to read them when you requested them but now you don’t (I’ve got a couple like that, thought sound good, yes please, arrived a few weeks later and wasn’t interested anymore and has other books to read) it’s just stuff, can’t be helped and yes, bloggers have books years old that they haven’t read so it’s all good.πŸ˜€

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  11. I think really the only pressure with book blogging is the (not inconsiderable) pressure we put on ourselves and the imagined expectations of others. You’re right that you should blog in your own way and stuff (you would probably use a different word πŸ˜€) everyone else…

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    1. Ha, yeah, I’d probably use a different word to stuff but that’s just me being me!πŸ˜‚ I definitely agree with you that the only real pressure is that which we put on ourselves, all the points I’ve listed would be irrelevant if there wasn’t first pressure that we put on ourself and our blog.

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  12. Great post Drew! I’m drowning in ARCs right now and I just had to tell myself “Self, you need to chill! It’s your schedule and your time, not the other way around.!” For once, I’m listening to myself. I decided to read them in the order I want, depending on what I feel like reading. All authors have been notified that I will get to them before the end of the summer and that’s it. I’m actually enjoying reading them now.

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  13. Enjoyed this immensely. I read books and talk about them if they interest me. I update more on one blog than the others I have (boring lives can handle more than one blog). I always read if I like something posted and sometimes it sparks a response. I enjoy interaction, I used to spend more time on FB…then, there was an election and now I restrain my impulses to communicate. Numbers of followers amuse me. It appears inappropriate and God oriented posts get the most hits. Crazy—

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  14. This great and I can say I pretty much agree with all of this. But don’t really have an ARC problem since I like paper copies, not many want to send those out to a small blog. I definitely feel the pressure I out on myself to read and blog more.

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    1. Thanks and yeah, you have a point about paper copies, I prefer them too and when I’d not long started blogging (still think I’m a small blog) it was hard to get them from indie authors who prefer offer e-books which is fair enough but then you see that the author has sent paper copies to various blogs in different countries and think sod it. Every blog has to start somewhere, which I think is something that all these bigger blogs need to realise.

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      1. Exactly we all start small and I just don’t have the time or maybe I’m just not willing to put it in. I work full time this is a hobby, oh well I’m having fun with it that’s all that matters πŸ™‚

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  15. Great list there!
    Loved knowing am not the only one who loves to take blogging in my own stride and have long given up stressing about not reading daily or fast enough. Just like you I am a slow reader and read books only when I can concentrate. Thanks for touching upon the ARC issue, it has been at the back of my mind but I somehow never got about discussing it with anyone before.

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    1. ARC’s are one of the subjects that bloggers love to discuss and have differing opinions over. Me, I’m firmly in the read what I want, when I want side of the debate. I understand people feeling guilty over it but nah, it’s not worth it.

      I like to read daily but some times I can’t and I’ve realised it can’t be helped, same for being a slow reader, it is what it is and yeah, totally agree about taking blogging in your own stride, whether it’s a post a day and 3 books each week or 2 posts and 1 book per week, it should be whatever works best for you and you as the blogger enjoy.

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  16. Amazing post and so relatable. For me, the biggest struggle is managing the time I spend reading and the one spent blogging. Because as a book blogger, you obviously have to read, duh. But then you also have to blog, promote your posts, interact with people, make a sacrifice to the Gods. I`ve been blogging for years, but I still struggle with that.

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    1. Thank you and yes, you’ve got it spot on, time spent reading takes out of time spent blogging, something people don’t seem to realise but I often forgo reading to blog when it’s needed.

      Love it, awesome! “make a sacrifice to the Gods” pure quality!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  17. I absolutely agree with another commenter, the pressure tends to be self-imposed. I definitely put a great amount of stress and pressure on myself last year. This year I find I am more relaxed. Second year, pfft, easy peasy. The only time I really feel pressure is when I am doing the time sensitive posts of the book tours I help host.

    A lot of it is really a learning curve, honestly. It’s about figuring out your limits and your strengths. I had to teach myself how to be a reviewer, a saleswoman and I had to learn to say that very important word of “no.” As a people pleaser, to be honest, that was the toughest lesson. But now I’m a lot more comfortable with it.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one, though, who finds it absolutely ridiculous that after placing a “not accepting review requests” on my blog in two places that I still get review requests. Drove me nuts at first. Haha.

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    1. Ha, I think it drives every one nuts to be honest, you can laugh about it but at times it’s just damn annoying. Like when I got a thriller request (closed to reviews) so they ignored that and then went on to tell me how as I’m not a thriller reader I’d be perfect for their book as it’s not a typical thriller!πŸ˜‚

      I get they want reviews and for the most, they are all decent but on occasion you get some who think as a blogger that you should ‘jump’ for them when asked.

      That’s very true, saying no is hard but we have to learn it and also that it is OK to say no to authors and books.

      Oh yes, that other comment had it bang on, I’ve listed lots of things that cause pressure but none would exist if we first didn’t put that pressure on ourselves.

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  18. Great post as usual (must be our shared name, Drew not Ali!)

    My biggest guilt/stress comes from review requests. I have it highlighted in red on my blog that I am NOT accepting any at the moment so why does everyone think they are the only person to say “just fit me in” what part of no don’t they understand? I felt awful saying no (again) so now I have added the statement that I will ignore any emails etc and that has relieved a lot of my stress and time replying!

    Next I need to learn how not to put the pressure on myself…..

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    1. Ah, yes, Drew is a name images writing awesome blog posts easy!πŸ˜‚

      Ha, ignoring is the way to go, I used to try and reply to requests even after I’d been closed to them for ages but in the end I thought sod it. They are ignoring that I’m closed, I can ignore them and not feel bad about it.

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  19. I do feel the pressures but generally only when other things in my life are stressful. I’ve taken a step back the past week and it’s been just what I needed to not be looking at the blog every day. The one thing I don’t worry about ever are my stats or popularity. I take a look at my stats from time to time but I’m not really bothered what they are doing or how many people are visiting. I don’t have a popular blog by any stretch of the imagination but I like my blog and most of the time it chills me out running it! I don’t really care what people think of me either if they don’t like the way I write they can find another blog to follow!
    ARCs don’t stress me too much I go through periods where I have quite a few so I won’t request any until I’ve culled the list down but like you I’m not so worried about release dates. As long as they get a review that should be all that matters.
    I think if the whole thing starts to feel pressurised and stressful that’s the time to take break or consider a new hobby.

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    1. That’s very true about ARC’s, seem to come in droves at times and then at others hardly any press releases at all.

      I only keep an eye on my stats, more out of personal interest than caring about them but lots of bloggers seem to find them a huge deal and have to constantly and religiously check them.

      Hell yeah!πŸ€˜πŸ˜€ “If they don’t like the way I write they can find another blog to follow!” my sentiments exactly, if you don’t like my posts and personality then don’t moan about what I write cos you’re decency has been offended, f#ck off to another blog!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  20. I think stressing about blogging can be so overrated. The only thing that stresses me out is the blog hopping because once I get behind on it, I’m behind for a while, and I like to keep up to date on what’s happening. As for all the other stuff, I post when I want (although I’ve gotten into a pretty good rhythm of posting), and I just don’t do ARCs or accept requests because I can’t be bothered. Sometimes I feel like not having that option makes me look like a bad book blogger, but I’ve gotten over it. Great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ha, no way does not accepting requests or ‘doing ARC’s’ – inappropriate book title, sniggers!πŸ˜‚ make you out to be a bad book blogger, craziness! It’s personal choice and nothing more, not everyone has to accept requests it’s nothing to feel bad about.

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      1. HA! 😝 Oh I know, but it’s something that’s in the back of my mind that I should be doing those things, but I’m very happy with how I run my show that I don’t plan on changing things up for anybody!

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  21. The one blogging stress I tend to have is coming up with different ideas about what to post. I can do the tag posts, reviews, weekly memes but I don’t like doing the very same posts every week, especially since I don’t publish posts everyday (about 3 times a week). It just becomes repetitive and it bugs me that I can’t break that.

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  22. Ok Drew, any blog that gets over 55 likes on a post and over 50 comments is successful in my book! I have never come close to that many likes. I’m sure your stats are at least triple mine! I struggle with all the stresses you mentioned and of course try not to stress, but when you love your blogging life like a baby it’s hard not to. I’m like you, it takes me about a week to read a book, but I’d KILL to be able to read 3 or 4 books a week like some bloggers I know. Ahh, to stop time…

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  23. I feel stressed everyday, I have started getting up an hour early so I can visit each blog and make sure my friends get that Stat visit and share and not just a RT on Twitter. I enjoy doing it and I think it’s very important.
    I plan my blog a week in advance and I have a system in place now for all the Blog Tours and Interviews.
    It’s hectic but I adore it.

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  24. I frequently turn down books that are promo’d to me via email… many of these are indie authors and they’re trying to push a book that I have no interest in, but I also turn down offers from mainstream publishers (politely of course because I like my free books). I feel a little bad, but I just have so much stuff to read! I also keep a few reviews ahead of schedule. I don’t write them and post them right after I finish the book, so that helps alleviate any pressure to HURRY UP AND READ STUFF. :p You’re discussion posts are always fun to read and totally relevant to all of us bloggers, new and old!

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    1. I wouldn’t dare post a review straight after reading a book, especially not when I usually sit there staring blankly at the screen trying to figure out what the hell to write anyway.πŸ˜‚ like to be able to write the review in my own time.

      I keep a couple of reviews drafted too, seems the best way to go.

      Luckily I don’t get requests from indie authors any more, took long enough with being closed to requests, some who want book excerpts or guest posts posting still like to make that point though ‘I see you’re not open to indie requests’ and it’s like gee, thanks, cos I don’t remember writing that, thanks for letting me know.πŸ˜‚

      “politely of course because I like my free books” so true, so very true, we all like our free books!πŸ˜€ I know what you mean though, Gollancz and Titan in the UK send press releases and while you want to say ‘gimme gimme gimme’ have to show some decorum and not accept them all.πŸ˜‚

      Thanks, I try to make my posts fun to read.πŸ˜€

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      1. If I wrote my reviews straight after finishing a book, they would be incoherent with all-caps shriek-y craziness. Especially if it’s one of those books with a mind blowing ending or lots of unresolved feelings.

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  25. I’ve felt a ton of pressure around bookblogging lately, mostly because of the lack of time I have right now. It seems like in the Summer everyone I know comes out of the woodwork and wants to hang out, or spend an evening together, so reading has kind of fell by the wayside in some ways – which I feel very guilty about. I only read one full book in the last week, which I know isn’t bad at all, but in comparison to people who are reading one full book a day, I feel awful about it. I’m a slower reader too. If I feel like I’ve missed something, I go back and re-read a paragraph or two, which slows me down even more.

    I’m slowly learning that I need to just stop caring so much about what everyone else is doing, and just do me. People are still tuning in and checking out my posts when they happen, so I know I need to just stop stressing about it so much and enjoy life a little bit more. It’s just putting those thoughts into practice that is difficult!

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    1. One book in a week is still good, it’s what I normally manage!πŸ˜‚ But I get your point, especially when you see people reading a book every couple of days.

      That’s true, just focusing on your own blog and not what others are doing is the best idea but as you say, sometimes putting those thoughts into practice can be hard.

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  26. ARCs or review copies that get sent to me unsolicited, I feel no pressure to review which is kind of a relief because unsolicited books probably accounts for 90% of what shows up in my mail box, and if I had to read them all I would not have time for anything else! ARCs that I request though, I do feel some pressure to review, if nothing else because I’m always so touched the publisher was kind enough to deem me worthy of receiving one, lol! I don’t stress as much about the “when” though, since most publishers prefer it anyway when reviews are posted closer to release date (or even after release date – I’ve been told by several publicists it’s so that someone interested in a book after reading a review can head to their retailer of choice and purchase it straight away).

    And I’m one of those bloggers who sometimes ends up with the same book twice because both US and UK publishers would send me their respective editions unsolicited. Jo Fletcher Books UK, for example, would surprise me with a book in the mail every once in a while, which is what happened with City of Miracles when both JFB and Crown (US publisher) sent me finished copies. I was thankfully able to avoid this situation again for Tyrant’s Throne when Quercus USA pitched me the book and I was able to tell the publicist to hold off on sending me another copy because JFB had already beat them to the punch (it released in the UK two months before the US, I think). As for your question about how a US blogger would be receiving ARCs from a UK publisher or vice versa, quite honestly, all I did was email them and ask! With JFB, I requested one book from them years ago, and I guess that’s how I ended up on their book mailing list. I’ve only worked with bigger UK publishers (Tor UK, JFB, etc.) and I find most of them are happy to send review copies to the US. I would imagine it would be the same for US publishers to send copies to UK, as long as it doesn’t step on any international rights for the book, and if their budget allows for it!

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    1. I’d noticed that with The Greatcoats series, seems quite a long delay but I guess, it is what it is. Same with Blackwing, we get it in July while you US folks have to wait until October. I’d guess there’s some books that are out in the US first too though.

      Yeah, I’ve been told that by publicists too, even that it’s OK to get to it when you want/can. I agree about feeling slight pressure when you’ve requested a book. I’ve only got a few but I was genuinely interested in them but then when they arrived weeks later I’d got other books to read. I guess it’s just life.

      That’s true about unsolicited books, I’m happy to get some as some are cool books that I didn’t know about but some, I have to question why I got sent them, one of them was book 18 in an urban fantasy series!πŸ˜‚

      Damn, I’ve seen a few bloggers with both UK and US copies from all genres and I just wondered as there’s a few books I’ve been unable to find with UK publishers but damn, didn’t realise it was as easy as just asking, cool to know, thanks.

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  27. I’m glad you wrote this. Some days the pressure is real! I’ve set myself up on a schedule to at least post once a week with memes so I’m staying active, but I do schedule those to post ahead of time. I learned that way I don’t have to stress about working and posting and never missing a day.

    I will admit that I see other bloggers who can post every day and seem to pop up reviews every other day, and it’s hard to not to look at my blog and feel the pressure. But, I have to step and remember that is something I do for fun. My blog is way to talk about the books I’ve read, the ones I want to read, and see what other people are reading.

    I’m also a slower reader which means I don’t always finish more than a couple of books a month. So I don’t request a lot of ARC copies unless I really want to read something. Otherwise I start to feel pressured to read them, and then it becomes hard to pick up that book and enjoy reading. I’ve learned to be honest with authors when the ask if I’ll read their books. Sometimes I have time read more than one book at a time. Some weeks I don’t.

    My biggest pressure is when I write reviews, no matter how I felt about them I want to give them a well written review. I know a book I didn’t like could be a book that someone else loved, and vice-versa. So I want to make sure I do the book, and author, justice. A don’t want to overly geek out or blast a book. I’m lucky to have a handful of people who will edit my posts when I question the quality of my reviews.

    End of the day you’re right, we do this for fun. We read because we like to and we blog because we want to share what we’re reading. That’s the part that matters. πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s cool that you’ve got people to edit your reviews. I just have myself and the free reign that goes with it and posting what I want. As you can see from this post that often includes sarcasm, swearing and bad jokes.πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, that’s true with people who post every day, can’t help but feel pressure and even a slight envy at times that they can get through so many books but I’ve come to realise that I can’t and it’s OK. Sometimes can read more and quicker but at other times, no, over a week for a book.

      True, we do it for fun, it’s just on occasion we lose that sense of fun.

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  28. Perfect timing for this post, Drew. As usual, you have nailed it. Yes, I have old ARCs though I am fairly new. So there you go, starting the morning with some honesty. After a little chat we had on review pressure mentioned in your other post, I feel a lot better. I have started saying no, too. πŸ™‚ Growing up, aren’t I? Blogging is too much fun to stop, especially now that I know it’s under my control and nobody else’s. Thanks for writing such insightful and sensible articles in such a gentlemanly manner with a lot of politeness. Eloquence oozes out of your words. Don’t ever change. πŸ™‚

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    1. Honesty is the best policy. Some people may disagree with the ARC’s, I don’t see that it’s an issue.

      That’s true, growing up and saying no. There’s no harm in saying no and it’s OK to do it. We can’t help all the authors and sometimes (only very rare occasions) but the authors aren’t always polite and decent anyway thinking we run a free service for all, so, yeah, saying no is perfectly fine.

      “Thanks for writing such insightful and sensible articles in such a gentlemanly manner with a lot of politeness. Eloquence oozes out of your words” – think you’ve got the wrong post and blog there!πŸ˜‚

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      1. Hey, as I said, I was kidding. If I didn’t love your style, why would I be checking and commenting n most of your posts! It’s your individuality that draws me back. And the new slang words. My dictionary is growing. πŸ™‚

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  29. Cool Post Drew (as usual) , Sorry for the late reply , as you said in the post “Life gets in the way”

    I do wish to post regularly , it was even one of my year resolution , but sadly I have been diagnosed as having a Migraine disorder and I have been made to work like a Fantasy book horse (Hopefully there won’t be a similar end for me as the fantasy book horse) and ergo I can’t find the time to read , review or blog 😦

    In terms of quality of posts , I always question it , I don’t even need to look at other blogs to question whether my grammar is right and whether or not I can express my views correctly. And ofcourse I am still trying to figure out how to write a concise post.

    the rest I don’t feel pressured about , My stats are not impressive but I never set out to write blogs for the sake of stats and similarly I don’t post comments because I HAVE to , I do it coz I WANT to . Its been a long time since I have stopped taking ARCs and review request since I have a huge TBR with some really famous books most of which I have bought and I want to atleast read 50% of that before I go for ARCs and Requested reviews

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    1. Life always gets in the way.πŸ˜‚

      Oh no, we know what happens to fantasy horses. That sucks, I hope you manage to get the migraine disorder under control. I sometimes suffer with terrible headaches and the last thing I want to do is read so I get where you’re coming from.

      Ah, concise posts, I’ve tried to cut my reviews down in length but still fail to be concise with these sorts of post. Being honest, after I started that 200 Words or Less post I do I started writing shorter reviews as I kept getting decent comments and realised that I don’t need to babble so much in reviews when people think those really short ones are fairly good.

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      1. of course people love shorter reviews , every body has a busy life and short reviews help but sadly I just can’t understand how to write them 😦

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  30. You know, every time I feel under pressure I start singing Queen in my head… it’s just automatic!
    Real life is pressure… shittons of pressure but blogging not so much… today for example, I deleted a whole huge pile of blog notices from my inbox because i.just.have.no.time to visit them and they’re just piling up day after day.. sorry, minute after minute event XD
    I feel a bit bad, BUT the ones who always support me, always get my time as well… others I kind of filter out… www posts and wrap up post go to the bin.. I’m mainly after reviews, me.
    Anyway… I feel no pressure now… I only request books that have tons of time to review… it’s small choices that make a big difference.. and the only one putting pressure on us is ourselves… and my middle name is chillpill! πŸ˜€

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    1. Ha, that’s true, life is always pressure and blogging shouldn’t be, but for lots it is at times, I try not to stress but at times, yeah, then again it might not be pressure and more annoyance, gggrrr wordpress!πŸ˜‚

      But yeah, with blogging if we didn’t pressure ourselves on our blog there wouldn’t actually be any pressure.

      I hope I’m on the list that always supports your blog Queen Fussypussy the freaking third. But yeah, I get your point completely about blogs that support you. I do what you do, it’s life, I don’t see why I should make an effort with blogs that don’t bother with mine. And, hell yeah! WWW posts and wrap up posts, God no! Pointless posts especially the wrap up, oh look a list of links to posts I’ve done this week, how awesome and yet they are popular posts, I mean WTF, people will have already liked/commented on the individual posts, don’t need to do it again on a wrap up, it’s like – oh, you’ve had a good blogging week, who’s a good blogger!πŸ˜‚

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      1. Of course you always support my blog… I always make sure to read your new posts! πŸ™‚

        I know right? how are the wrap ups so popular? mind boggles… I like book haul posts and posts of what’s up for the coming month in terms of reading but recapping the previous month/week? It’s like… well… why do I visit your blog so religiously if you’re going to give me a recap anyway? XD it sounds mean, but gotta prioritise… time is money and all that shizzle πŸ™‚
        hahaha… I guess, it’s good to congratulate yourself on being a good blogger, but… hey… some bloggers I know they do really interesting wrap ups actually.. rather than linking all the past reviews, there’s like stats on books read and genres and graphs and all that.. I like those!

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      2. Oh, yeah, that’s definitely true, some do intersting wrap ups and that’s cool but it’s the ones with just links to the posts from the week that are lazy and yet do so well. That’s the same for those top ten posts though, etc, you’ll find some interesting ones with effort in that are cool and then just ones with a list of book titles and author names and the crappy list generally does as well as the better one.

        Book hauls are awesome, or as they should be called the ‘ha ha, look what I got’ post.πŸ˜‚

        Ha, if I was in a really sarcastic mood I might just post once in the week and then do a wrap up post with a link to the one post!πŸ˜‚

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  31. hahahaha this post made me laugh so much!! And I can relate *so* much!! I love blogging, but I definitely get that *UNDER PRESSURE* feeling!! Especially posting regularly at the moment :/ And then worrying about the quality of my posts. And interacting with people. And then all those start to bleed into each other… :/ Let’s just say that image of smoke coming out of my ears is pretty accurate πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ha, smoke out the ears is awesome. I should have perhaps put a ‘issues with wordpress’ section in the post because I certainly had steam coming out my ears with sodding wordpress this afternoon, along with cussing and swearing and threatening to throw the laptop.πŸ˜‚

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  32. Love this post! I put myself under way too much pressure with my blog sometimes. I used to try and post every day but then I realised it was unrealistic aim considering my lifestyle (work, playing Pokemon, spending hours upon hours doing sudoku etc) Even after that realisation, though, I still get stressed if I feel I haven’t posted enough. With my last podcast post, my WiFi crashed just as I was about to post and I literally burst into tears because I felt so bad!
    But that incident showed me that the only pressure we face is the pressure we put ourselves under. The only person getting mad because I hadn’t posted was ME, no one else.
    Thank you for admitting to being a slow reader too πŸ˜› I am the slowest of the slow when it comes to reading. Sometimes I don’t have time, sometimes I don’t have the attention span. It’s nice to know I’m not the only book blogger who reads slowly. I know some book bloggers who seem to read a book a day and it’s like how are you doing that!?
    I can see why ARCs would make people feel under pressure. I joined the review team for one of my favourite authors and she sends us emails about a month before she sends us the actual book, so we can make time to read it. When she sends us the book, she gives us up to two weeks AFTER the official release to post a review so the pressure isn’t too bad with that πŸ™‚
    Awesome post!

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    1. Thanks.πŸ˜€

      Posting every day, damn, it’s a lot of time, effort and hassle, respect for doing it at all.

      Pokemon?!? Is there not a pigeon type pokemon?! What happens if you find one of them?πŸ˜‚

      Ha, there are some of us out there, the slow readers, though the amount of people who seem to read a book every couple of days is crazy and there seems to be far more fast readers than slow readers. What I don’t get though is that they have jobs, kids, lives, etc, how do they find the time as it’s not just the reading but then the writing the review, drafting and blogging too.

      Yeah, that’s very true none of what I wrote would even be an issue if we didn’t first put pressure on ourselves.

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      1. Pidgey has yet to appear in the version I’m playing, thankfully πŸ˜€ You should know, though, I encountered several pigeons in my travels today and I didn’t run from a single one!
        I know, right!? In all seriousness, I work part time and have no kids and even I struggle to find time to read AND blog. I think some people just have their days better organised than we do or something!

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  33. When I see fellow bloggers managing 2 or 3 books a week (or more!) I do feel a little envious, indeed – not because they are able to post that many more reviews than my paltry 1 book per week, but because they manage to READ more than I can: I love books, I love reading (I’ve been like this since I learned to deal with printed pages) and nothing would make me more happy than to spend all of my waking time immersed in a book. But when you are a slave to time and pressures from real life, you have to scale down your expectations… (BIG SIGH).
    Pressure? No, not at all: book blogging is for FUN, and where would fun be if it felt like work? πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, exactly! I could care less that they can review a book every couple of days it’s the fact that they can read so much quicker and I’d just love to be able to do that regardless of blogging, etc as it’d mean I’d get through more books and more books read would be an awesome thing!πŸ˜€

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  34. TBH I used to read a helluva lot more before I started blogging. Blogging just seems to grow and before you know it it has swallowed a chunk of your reading time. Not complaining mind you just stating the obvious I suppose. I like all the interaction and it helps me to find out about up and coming books plus vent my spleen with like minded people. I don’t really feel under stress blogging – unless I get behind with reviews (which has happened recently and means that at the moment I sometimes have two posts a day – which feels a bit over the top but I’m trying to catch up!)
    I’m a bit of a mood reviewer and so ideally I like to write my review when I finish reading – that way it feels, to me, that my review should reflect my feelings. Once I’ve left it a few days that feeling is much more subdued and so this is why I don’t like to get behind. I’m still a few reviews behind now but I’m finally catching up.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

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  35. WOW WOW WOW! I feel very exposed right now! It feels like you went into my mind and pulled all these thoughts out! πŸ˜‚

    I can 100% relate to every single point you made! I always feel super pressured when it comes to blogging whether it comes to quality content, personality or schedules! I definitely need to learn to stop pressuring myself and have more fun! Because that’s what blogging is supposed to be!

    Fantastic post! πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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  36. Great topic! Stats don’t matter…says a guy who’s stats are doing extremely nicely! πŸ˜€ Lol just kidding I agree with you that stats don’t matter. I’d get pretty upset if nobody was visiting my blog but having people visit is enough for me and the more I get is simply a bonus. I think you shouldn’t worry about your blog posts anymore (I know, easier said than done) but you’ve proven that people enjoy the posts you write and afterall blogging is about posting whatever you feel like.
    I have trouble reading constantly. Sometimes it’s easy like at the moment I’m a bit of a reading machine but that’s because I’ve packed up most of my video games as I’m moving in a few weeks but if I got a new game I just wouldn’t feel the want to read and I really believe a book shouldn’t be read until you feel like it. Not always easy to say this with ARCs in demand. I’ve dropped almost all ARCs these days and only get occasional ones from NetGalley and people I know but luckily these days I am looking forward to those books and that’s why I request them. On my old blog I just couldn’t keep up with all the requests and I really agree with what you say about review requests. It’s okay to say no and something I’m adamant in doing these days :p !
    Hmm is there something wrong with my personality ’cause I’m all sweet and nice and polite? :/ Lol I think personality is what makes a blog unique and your personality and blog features a lot of sarcasm and reads very differently to others I know and that’s why it works. You have a unique voice and obviously lots of people enjoy it πŸ˜€ I’d say your blog is popular, so as a blogger you are popular, you get lots of comments and interaction from lots of people which in my mind means you are popular but I’m glad to hear the message to not go after popularity. I’ve never been popular, I’m not sure what does count as popular, but I think the interaction I now get on my new blog is better than what I id with my old one and that is more important than popularity or stats, etc.
    Apologies if I’ve not made much sense writing this. It’s too late in the day for me and I’m not going to re-read what I just typed (I usually do!) lol :p

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    1. No worries, your comment makes perfect sense.

      Good luck with the move.πŸ˜€

      Glad to hear it! It’s OK to say no, damn straight!

      Ha, I wouldn’t say my stats do nicely at all, I have always thought me and my blog suck and I always will.πŸ˜‚

      Cool way of putting it though, own unique voice, I’ll go with that as it’s what I try to do, my blog, my personality, it just wouldn’t feel right writing a standard post, much more ‘me’ with the sarcasm and swearing.πŸ˜‚

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  37. I forgot to add about posting everyday. It may seem like I do post almost everday nowadays but the truth is I’ve been introduced to and fallen in love with the ‘Schedule’ feature of wordpress. I think a lot of people appear to post every day (I do appear to but in reality am not really on WP at that time so don’t reply to messages all the time!) when in actual fact they, like me, have pre-prepared several posts in one day to go out in advance. If I don’t post one day it’s because my whole set of pre-prepared posts has run out and I haven’t been around for a long time to write anything new. It’s a good feature to have on a blog. whether posting regularly makes a blog more popular I don’t know. Some people say it’s important to blog on a regular schedule or at a regular time but I haven’t really noticed a difference in activity no matter what time I put a blog post out, don’t know if it really has an affect…does it? :/

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    1. That’s very true about scheduling meaning the blogger isn’t always around. But, they still need to read all those books, write the reviews and then draft them and any other posts up to schedule which all takes massive time.πŸ˜‚

      I’m not sure about the timing of a blog post, being honest I don’t really think it does.

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  38. Lovely discussion post! As a new-ish blogger I definitely feel a lot of stress to keep to my schedule and be noticed- I’m still working on that last one! I used to be sad that I could never get hold of any ARCs too; although I have since borrowed some from my old job, my TBR list is currently so long that I don’t mind not having any advance copies. This post was really enlightening; I definitely have an issue with wanting to be acknowledged as a blogger, but this has really put it into perspective. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you.πŸ˜€ I definitely think being noticed takes time, some people luck out and gain hundreds of followers a week but for most it’s just a case of being seen, patient and the followers do come. Hell, if I can get followers anyone can.πŸ˜‚

      Ah, that’s a bane of all bloggers, the massive TBR mountain!πŸ˜€

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  39. Ha ha I love all your points! I have always been the book nerd sitting in the corner with my imaginary fictional friends and lugging around suitcases of books on holidays (that was before the days of my kindle – the best invention of the century in my opinion). I only started blogging cos I loved the idea of getting ARCs to review and because I was poor at the time and could no longer feed my book habit. But now I find that blogging has become addictive and I do stress about silly little things like no one interacting on my blog or even looking at my posts. I guess it also takes courage to find your voice and to let the sarcasm flow freely and to hell with the consequences – I’m still hearing my grandmother’s tut tut in my head every time the eff-word slips out, defying my good little catholic girl upbringing and defiling the family name. So yes, courage to let my inner voice come out is the one thing I would like more of. Thanks for your post, it made me laugh, and there is precious little of that around on the web these days πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

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    1. Thank you.πŸ˜€

      I’m glad the post made you laugh, I try to add humour and make people smile or laugh at my posts but I’m aware that what I find funny others might not, so it’s always cool to know someone laughed.

      “I’m still hearing my grandmother’s tut tut in my head every time the eff-word slips out, defying my good little catholic girl upbringing and defiling the family name” – one of the best sentences ever!πŸ˜‚

      I wouldn’t say it takes courage to find your inner voice, I’m fully aware that I’m not very eloquent with writing and so, decided on an informal approach and to add my own personality into my posts, just to try and make my blog my own and a bit more individual.

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  40. From the time I started blogging, until now (a little over a year later) I have found my “blogging pressures” have changed. When I first started blogging, I felt the pressure to have good stats, be “popular,” accept review requests, read & review ARCs, and read as many books as possible (oh and write amazing reviews for all) Now, I’ve taken a lot of the pressure off my self in most of these areas. I don’t really obsess over my stats anymore. I quit requesting ARCs and have been working on reading & reviewing all the ones I requested last year. I have no issues saying no to a review request and do so all the time. The pressures I feel now revolve around post quality and being active in the blogging community. I am always insecure with my book reviews, discussion posts, features, etc. etc. AND the amount of time it takes to blog hop to comment on other blogger’s posts is overwhelming at times. At the end of the day, I can only do so much, and I need to just accept that.

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    1. Glad I’m not the only one who is worried about their post quality!πŸ˜€

      Saying no is great, we all should do it from the start but we don’t. I don’t even think it’s anything to do with a ‘free’ book and more to do with being asked by the author. Alas, not every book is something we want to read or fits our blog.

      That’s true, we can all only do so much, it’s life.πŸ˜€

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  41. About six months ago I felt this huge pressure on my back, and i had to give up my blog. Not give up for real, but take a long break, just to get some air and read just to have fun. I think this descision was made way to late – if I made it three months ealier it might not have taken me almost half a year to get back.

    I truly believe that this is something that need to be talked about. It’s not because I (or we, perhaps) need other people to think it’s hard work or that I dont appriciate the opportunities, but I think it’s my own way of thinking. As mentioned by you and other comments: I can only do so much, and I need to accept that.

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  42. I just read your interview that you did for Clues & Reviews and I want to say you’re right about that not many people read. I used to work at a place where I couldn’t connect with any of my co-workers because they didn’t read. I would have a book with me to read on breaks. Alot of the supervisors there would give books though. Anyway, even though I’m not an official book bogger, I do feel pressure because of Overdrive. I get so backed up with books.

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