This week’s Book Blogging Tips is how to deal with blogger burnout.

The holidays are around the corner and this means that all of our schedules are about to get a little more hectic then usual. There is a reason that there are phrases touted like “the stress of the holidays.” Because the holidays are stressful. Just account for the extra money you will be spending on undeserving recipients (really $20 for a secret stupid santa gift?) and anyone can easily bow to the pressure. But what does this mean for our blogs?

Blogger BurnoutPersonally, for me, it means I might put my blog further down the “priority” list. And when I do have to focus on the blog, I might experience burn-out because of my stressful personal atmosphere. So, how does one combat this? Here are a few tips to dealing with blogger burnout.

  1. Assess your priority list, maybe your blog shouldn’t be your priority at this time. There is nothing wrong with taking a blogger hiatus. Granted a six month step-away might impact your contacts and readers, but a few weeks shouldn’t do much harm. As long as you let everyone know. This is very important too, especially if your posts start to “dry-up” and lose the passion that you normally have. Frankly, I’m of the mind, that if you don’t have anything good to post, don’t post at all. If you are missing that passion, a break might be something you need.
  2. If you are feeling the burn, maybe turn to straight-up informational posts, or top ten lists. These are easy to put together. It’s the holidays, create the 20 days of Christmas and on each day post a great book idea gift, things like that. All you would have to do is write a short blurb and a reason why this makes a great gift. Posts like these are quick and could give you the relief you need. Beware though, promo posts might turn off some readers and other bloggers have voiced temptation in just regurgitating other’s information, which can lead to some serious blogger scandal, so make sure if you resort to this, still take care in what you post, make it yours, make it original and make it work.
  3. Switch Topics. Go off topic. Have you been reviewing Romance for the past couple of months? Maybe switch to a different genre, or maybe stay in Romance and review romantic movies. Maybe do a photography series, where you showcase artwork of romantic scenes– those sort of thing. Sometimes stepping out of tried and true patterns can spice your life up a bit more.
  4. Change your schedule. Have you been posting 1 post a day, everyday? Cut it down to 4 posts a week, every other day. This might allow you to breath a bit, without cutting everything off completely.
  5. Take a weekend. Step away from the computer. Get off twitter and read a book or two or three. Don’t touch that computer, don’t touch that iPhone — just read and be with your friends and family.
  6. Don’t procrastinate though, because as the books pile up and the emails fill your inbox you’ll stress even more. Answer emails, stack your books in their proper places. Even if you have decided to take a hiatus, you don’t want to “come back” to a big ‘ole mess.

My personal favorite of all these tips is to go on a read holiday. My husband knows that if I’m feeling the stress to put ten bucks in my hand and send me to Barnes & Noble, with express instructions, 1 book, as much Starbucks as I need. With parting words “see you in about three hours.”

It works for me, but you need to find what works for you.

Reader Question of the Week:

“Spam. I know you have talked about it before, but I was hoping you could mention it again. I am getting tons of spam lately through my blogger account. This had never really been a problem before, but suddenly in the last week, I am getting a ton of spam comments on my blog. I don’t like Word Verification, and really don’t want to use it, but the spam is getting annoying to say the least. I am now using the Comment Moderation, so at least they aren’t being published, but I don’t really care for that either. Do you have any recommendations for those of us wanting to put an end to the spam?” – Melissa

Preventing Spam on your blogBlogger does have some sort of “automated spam classifying algorithms” to keep them off your dashboard, but their main form of keeping spam off your blog is that STUPID word verification system that they have going. Which is horrendous.  I would not recommend anyone use word verification. If I have to figure out what <<< that is, I probably will not be commenting on your blog.

But, what then you might have Spam. And if this is Google’s system to protect you against Spam there really isn’t anything else you can do. If it is from the same site over and over again, you can report them here. You can consider moving to a commenting system like Disqus, that might work better for you. But as far as using Blogger to do it, there are not many options.

Book Blogging News:

Not much going on in the world of the Book Bloggers. Or at least that I know about. I think everyone is caught up in Halloween and being inundated with political tweets. I’m personally gearing up for the ICED release party which is this coming Monday. *pause for freak out* so if you have some real news, leave it in the comments, or email me and I’ll post it next week. XOXO – PJ

Happy Thursday. Talk Less. Read More. Blog with Integrity.

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