Thursday, 4 September 2014

4 Ways to Avoid Stressful Blogging

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.
I used to try and read everything, and you know what? I never bought any books for myself. "I have too many books that need reviewing," I'd say as I stared wistfully into a bookshop window, "I don't have time to read my own books." You have to agree that's sad. Now, if there's a book I desperately want and I have the money, I'll buy it without feeling guilty about the books publishers expect me to review. Sometimes you just have to give yourself a break and do things for you, not for other people. Remember - it's impossible to read every single book sent to you. Don't beat yourself up if there are any you don't have time to read!

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.
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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!


16 comments:

  1. Great post Amber ! (:
    This thing with scheduling I do sometimes because if schools too stressful I can get up a blogpost anyway :D
    And not buying books? What else could I do in life :-D


    xo Anne @ anne-books.blogspot.com

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  2. This is great advice. I struggle with the whole writing posts on time. :( I'm such a procrastinator which is why it's 1:17am on the day I'm supposed to post not one, but two reviews and I haven't even finished the first book. :( If only I read faster than I reviewed, I'd be a book or two ahead of myself.

    --Amber

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    1. I'm a procrastinator too, it sucks. I like your name though #twins ;p

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  3. Posting things can be super stressful sometimes so it's important to remember not to hold yourself to impossible standards! I find having loads of drafts and notes helps too.

    <3

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  4. Really great advice. I love blogging but I find it very stressful at times so this has been really helpful. I remember you saying a while ago about scheduling posts, and for a while I wasn't so sure, but as I've just gone back to school I've pretty much scheduled all of my posts for this month - it's so much easier.

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    1. Yay, I'm glad it's working for you and making life easier ^-^

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  5. As someone who has only been blogging a matter of a few months, I have wondered how i will cope posting and doing two college courses, amongst socialising too. This post has been super helpful so at the weekend i will draft a load of different posts, take any pics needed and get a few weeks worth of posts ready so i can concentrate on the real world!!

    thank you so much for this post it has been a god send!

    Tina xoxo
    ubercrazygirlsworld.blogspot.com

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  6. Great tips! I have tried to schedule... But, I get like a week ahead and then I totally forget to do any PR. So, I schedule like a day ahead.
    I have no time to read my own books! I have a really, really bad habit of requesting Netgalley books before thinking about how long it will take me to read it first. So now I'm stuck with an Excel Sheet(well, Google Sheets) that tells me what book to read when. :/ I'm trying to finish it, then request NO MORE BOOKS so I can read stuff like Isla.
    Great post!

    Check out my latest post, Giveaway for a YA Paranormal: http://thebookworminsider.blogspot.com/2014/09/giveaway-frostbitten.html

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  7. I know that some bloggers don't like to do it that way, but I TOTALLY agree with you about scheduling posts in advance! I've always done that, and usually have between 1-2 weeks of posts scheduled out for myself. It's a total lifesaver. If I don't feel like blogging one day? Or even a few days in a row? No big deal, it's all done for me! And then I can just make up for it later. It's really such a great timesaver and something that helps me stress about blogging less. I wouldn't want to do it any other way!

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  8. Absolute wonderful tips, Amber - especially for bloggers who are quite new to the whole blogosphere. :)

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  9. AMBER YOU ARE SO ORGANISED. YOU'RE LIKE THE BLOGGY OWL OF WISDOM. *bows down* thanks for the tips! I definitely agree with them :)

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  10. LOVE this post! I use to be one of those people who also said yes to all the blog tours/review requests and now that I haven't been, I find it much less stressful! Great post, as always! :)

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