It’s the last day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week and I’m so appreciative it happened and sad it’s over. Thank you to The Estella Society for a great event. It was the boost I needed since I’ve been in a blogging/reading slump this year.
The topics are: “How do you keep things fresh on your blog and in your reading? How do you stay sane, grounded, and generally happy in your blogging?”
Well, keeping things fresh on the blog and in my reading is a constant work in progress. I read other people’s blogs for inspiration, keep my eyes and ears open to things going on around me hoping something will create that surge of creativity and sometimes I just try to answer the questions I have and that turns into a post itself. Case in point, my co-worker read this little bitty book and passed it along to me and it really came at the right time when I was feeling a bit stale. So naturally I will use a book to help answer these questions. (photo credit: Google search)
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon is such a great little book with reminders and inspirations to stay creative. Here are a few of his tips:
Steal like an artist. Read other blogs. Read a genre out of your wheelhouse. Listen to music. Watch movies. Participate in bookish events. Try an audio book. The arts have a lot to offer. Surrounding myself with bloggers who have creative juices flowing used to make me feel bad about my own stale state. Now it revs me up to try something new. Most bloggers in this community don’t mind being the inspiration for a post, just make sure to give credit where credit is due. And I’m not talking about stealing someone’s entire post, words or style. Use their creativity and thinking behind what you liked and put your own spin on it.
Side projects and hobbies are important. I love his “Practice Productive Procrastination”. If you don’t make time for yourself, the slump only worsens. This is not my full-time job and when it starts to feel like work or forced, I step back. I would love to read all day and make money for it, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And I started this blog because there weren’t enough people in my personal circle who I could gush over books with for long periods of time. I used to try and schedule posts and stick to a routine but it got so mundane and expected so now I schedule time to exercise, watch movies and television, take a class, travel, relax, meditate, whatever. Those other hobbies only recharge me sparking ideas for posts. If it means I’m absent from the blog for a few days, then so be it. This community will still be here.
Be nice (The world is a small town) I’m not talking about only gushing over books you like, but I still can’t write a scathing review. Not finishing a book is happening more and more these days and I’m good with it. Commenting on other blogs is so important for the blogger and for yourself. Staying connected in whatever way feels best (Blogs, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat) helps stay out of the rut. It’s not all sunshine and flowers over here, but I make a conscious effort to connect whenever I can. It’s mostly at weird hours these days and I might comment on a post from a week ago, but I’m here and rooting for you every step of the way. And I really want to chime in on Tweet convos but two or three hours after the fact feels too stalkerish for me.
Have any tips to add?