Blogging can get stressful. That's a well-known fact. Last week I gave my tips for dealing with jealousy in blogging (and life in general) so this week is all about trying to ease the stress that blogging can occasionally cause. I'd love to know your own tips for avoiding stressful blogging, too!
Try not to pressure yourself into reading aaaaall the books.
Say no!This is something I used to be terrible at. I would say yes to everything - blog tours, cover reveals, even review requests for books I wasn't all that interested in. It was so stressful but I just couldn't bring myself to say no to people. Luckily I've become more assertive now and it's a big bloggy weight off my shoulders. But not only is saying yes to things when you know you'll struggle for time going to stress you out, it could also mess around the people you're supposed to be working with.
Don't leave it until the last minute!As much as we'd all like to pretend we have super awesome memories, there's no way we can remember every notable detail from an entire year, so yearly wrap-ups could be a pretty big source of stress. That's why I started writing my 2014 wrap-up in January, and I've been adding to it each month ever since. Just add to it whenever you can, and each time you do it'll give you a nice fuzzy feeling as you look back on the year so far.
Schedule, schedule, schedule!I've said this one before, but scheduling a bunch of blog posts in a short space of time is stressful but only temporarily. The weeks afterwards will be a piece of cake, and who doesn't like cake? Once you have a nice little library of draft posts, you can blog as little or as often as you want, and you won't have to worry about not having a blog post up at times when you don't feel like writing, because you'll already have something scheduled.
---Essentially just do what's best for you, and if you haven't figured that out yet then you will do soon. I've been book blogging for nearly five years and it was only last year that I finally fell into a routine and worked out how and when I blog at my best. Take these ideas with a pinch of salt, and hopefully they'll inspire you into leading a less stressful blogging life!
Leave your own tips for avoiding stressful blogging in the comments below!