I’ve been active in the online book community on and off for almost a decade. Like many other people, I found a community of liked minded people. I got super excited for this new community and new found hobby and threw myself into the hobby with reckless abandon. See: The Cheap Reader
It was great! Until it wasn’t. Feeling the pressure from myself and the need to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ was exhausting. The hobby I enjoyed because too much so I stepped away.
Not from reading though. Never from reading. Books are always there and don’t demand much from you.
Well with a few years away from the pressures of the online book world, I discovered a new corner of the internet: Bookstagram.
This was perfect for easing myself back into the online community! I could snap photos of what I was reading with a little blurb (no need to write up entire blog posts). It was easy to squeeze into my life.
It worked. I was hooked…again. That bookstagram was followed by me dabbling with other spaces on the internet. Blogging again. Booktube (too much work). Booktok (fun but short videos take a surprising amount of time to make). Pinterest. Goodreads (still the best for me and the one I’ll keep no matter what).
The past few years have been great. This new step in the online book community was different than the one I left behind years ago. Different doesn’t always mean bad though. It’s interesting to see readers on different platforms with different materials and different tools. This new focus on visuals more than writing was the most fascinating part.
I’m starting to feel that burnout again though.
Maybe it’s pandemic burnout. (If you’ve been in a customer facing position over the last 2 years, you get it)
Maybe it’s aging out of some of the online YA book community. (I am in my 30s now)
Maybe it’s growing tired of the materialistic nature of the online book community. (Pretty books are nice but when there’s more talk of how many copies of book you’re getting rather than how you enjoyed the book is really odd to me.)
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m not reading the same books as the people I follow online. (Still loving mystery and thrillers right now)
Whatever it is, I’m just blah. As a result, I’m slowing down.
Does that mean I’m going to stop posting? I don’t know. Right now that means I’m going to take it easy and post when I have things to say or share. I just don’t have the urge to hustle and work on posts just to have things to post. I have posts scheduled on and off for the next few months.
I hope that love of reading never goes away. That’s a big reason I’m stopping while I’m ahead of hating it.
I’m still here lurking around. I’ll be back when I’m ready. I hope you’ll be here whenever that is.