On Weekly Geeks, Unfinished Person asked what keeps us blogging, and whether we get burnt out by events like Book Blogger Appreciation Week.
Having returned from vacation Sunday night, with my blog reader overflowing and my family ready to settle into our fall routine, I was probably not in the best mindset to appreciate book blogging. To be bluntly honest, after spending nearly three weeks mostly away from blogging, as we launched into BBAW I found myself questioning whether the benefits of frequent blogging outweighed the cost.
Participating in a vibrant online community of bloggers
Participating in a real-life community of readers and writers
Keeping track of my reading
Feeling proud when something I write makes has an impact on others
Helping authors get the word out about their books
Being more "in the know" about new books and authors
Discovering wonderful books I wouldn't have known about
Being a better advocate for reading (quicker to recommend books to friends, etc.)
And let's not forget: fun
Time with my family
Time and energy to write non-book-blog stuff (fiction and my other blog)
Time and energy for other creativity
Okay, I came up with far more benefits than costs, so I guess that answers the question of why I keep blogging. But, could I get those same benefits with fewer costs? What would happen if I didn't review every book I read? Or, wrote fewer full reviews and more mini-reviews? What if I dropped the Twitter time-suck? What if I stopped accepting review copies and participating in book tours altogether? Would my readership go down? Do I care if my readership goes down? Why?
Those are the questions I've been wrestling with this week while avoiding writing reviews and the posts I've promised other people, avoiding even catching up on blog-reading. But I don't feel burnt out, I just feel like I'm living my life and it's not focused on the blogiverse at the moment.
Do you go through phases with your blogging or other hobbies? Ever given up a hobby entirely because the benefits didn't outweigh the costs?