Friday, February 19, 2016

BBAW Friday: Wrap up and Burnout

Many thanks to the BBAW hosts for organizing this event.  It was a blast and I'm sure we all appreciate the time and effort that went into it!

A few takeaways from this week:
  • Read The Sparrow, Tiny Beautiful Things, and anything by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Reread Harry Potter at least ten more times, maybe backwards.
  • We still miss Google Reader.  What were they thinking?
  • Introverts unite!!
  • There are a lot of new-to-me, high-quality book blogs out there that I'm excited to visit!
And since I didn't post yesterday, a few thoughts on connecting:
  • I'm really bad at social media, but from the handful of posts I read yesterday, I'm not alone.
  • And I think that's okay.  I think a lot of us book bloggers feel comfort and support from a community that shares our love/obsession for hardcore reading even if there are not a lot of concrete involvements like a comment or twitter post. 
  • I love you lurkers!  It's good to know you're out there.
  • Having said all of that, visiting and commenting is one of my favorite things. I think we all would like to comment more but are limited by time, darn it!
  • I WILL master Twitter.  
  • I have lots of warm and fuzzy feelings about bloggers that I have felt connected with over the past 9-10 years since I started my blog.  However, I find that I hold back because I know that there are going to be times when I need to step back from the book blogging community depending on what's going on in life, and I hate the idea of forging a friendship, and then backing away into my cocoon when things are stressful.  Does anyone else feel this way? Maybe this is an introvert thing.
And concerning burnout/keeping things fresh:
  • I don't think I've experienced burnout.  I just stop blogging when my priorities shift and then jump in when I can again.  My longest break was very recent, for about 2-3 years because I went back to school and other things.  Yes, I lost followers, but it happens.  As long as I get one comment on a post I'm happy.  Zero is depressing I have to admit :)
  • My blog is pretty unprofessional, and that works for me. My main focus is to write reviews so that I remember my experience with a book. Because of that, I don't do a lot of different types of posts.  
  • Having said that, I do have GOALS this year, which is a bold step for me.  I plan to review every book I read this year (even geeky Star Wars books and 1,000 page history books) and even have it on the calendar to write a review every Monday and Thursday (have failed at this just a bit already). I also would like to include some other things that go on in my life, mostly because I love it when other people do so.
  • With that in mind, here's what has been keeping me from completely immersing myself in BBAW this week.  We're redoing a room (that my adult kids used to sleep in before they left, boo-hoo).  That big thing in the middle is a treadmill.  This is going to be a guest room/fitness room.  We've had to do a lot of wall repairs and replace all the trim and frame the window.  I'll post pictures when it's done.  I plan to do a lot of reading while on that treadmill when it's all in place!


  1. Ahahahaha, everyone just misses Google Reader SO MUCH. Come back, Google Reader! All is forgiven!

    Good luck on your room redesign project! That looks like a ton of work, and I hope it all goes super smoothly for y'all.

  2. I totally could have written this (as in, I totally relate - I'm not involved enough in blogging right now to have actually written a post that wasn't a review :).

  3. I'm not even sure I knew who Diana Wynne Jones was before this week. :-) I tend to favor the "unprofessional" blogs. ;-) Mine is one of those as well. I like it that way. Google Reader was a real loss for all of us, I think. The alternatives just haven't been the same.

    Good luck with the remodeling! We just converted my daughter's former crib turned toddler bed into a full sized bed. I'm not up for more changes in there just yet, but that one alone makes the room look entirely different.

    I am so glad to get to know you. It's been a fun week, and I'm sad to see it end. Have a great weekend!

  4. To have given Diana Wynne Jones a higher profile is a splendid result of this week! I hope you will lover whatever you read. The Sparrow and Tiny Beautiful Things are good too, but DWJ is one of my all-time faves.

  5. I agree about finding new blogs. I used to click through the sections like your "Blogs to visit," and I found some great new ones to follow that way. But I got out of the habit - so I appreciate BBAW reminding me.

  6. Zero comments CAN be depressing. Still happens to me these days, though. Oddly, it tends to happen when I post about books! heh.

  7. Yes please DO read The Sparrow and Tiny Beautiful Things! Two of my absolute faves. :) RIP Google Reader is right. Man I loved that thing.