Yesterday, while randomly going through my Timehop app I came across my review for Blood & Salt by Kim Leggett. Now this isn’t uncommon for me. I check that darn app almost every day and nearly every time I come across something that sticks. But what was so profound about this is what the review made me FEEL. It took me back to a place where reviewing was a passion. Something I did to get my thoughts and opinions about something out. Something I did to connect with other people who may share a passion creepily similar. I sat and read that review and I giggled at my excitement while at my desk. I remembered the creepy things that happened and how I kept being surprised by the twists and turns.
But then I look at some of my more recent reviews. And I realize my heart hasn’t been in it in a long time. I want to blame it on life being super stressful and all the crap I’ve been dealing with but I’m wondering if it’s more than that. If maybe I’m just in a rut and haven’t found a book I’m just super passionate about. Or maybe I’m tired of only reviewing what everyone is else reviewing. Maybe I’m putting too much pressure on myself to be this 100% all the time kick ass blogger who tweets, and bookstagrams (that shit is HARD), and reviews, and interviews, and hosts challenges.
When I cohosted the “Blogger Burnout” panel at BEA one of the biggest things Amber and I kept suggesting was “change up your outlet. Binge a genre you don’t get to read often. Step away from blogging and come back when you feel like it.” And I’m going to take some of this advice! ARC August starts in 3 weeks. I’m going to take the rest of July to avoid all my ARCs. Even ones that are already released. If I have a tour scheduled it’ll go up as planned but I’m going to take this time to read library books, and things that have been on my shelves for YEARS. I’m going to use Litsy (ReadSleepRepeat) and Goodreads (link to the right) on a DAILY basis. I may even host a Periscope chat/review!
Do you have any techniques to get you in the blogging spirit? Leave them below and don’t forget to keep up with me during my recharge!