Does book blogging ever feel like a competition to you?
- Who has the highest page views?
- Who gets the most books in their mail?
- Who gets the most comments?
- Who leaves the most comments?
- Who has the most twitter followers? Facebook fans? Repins?
Y’all, book blogging is exhausting.
Especially if you are the slightest bit neurotic like I am. I’m about to admit some not too pretty things about myself. I hope you all don’t hate my guts afterwards. I often build up blogging to be a competition in my mind. It’s the dumbest thing, and I know it’s totally WRONG but I can’t help it.
I admit to:
- Not visiting a blog because I was all omg we are competing for page views.
- Seeing someone I’d never heard of with 2,000 Facebook fans and thinking, oh they probably required it for a contest.
- Being catty with others on the twitters.
- Reading book after book after book after book because I am too afraid of going one day without content and my page views dropping.
You guys, this stuff is not easy to admit, but the funny thing is, when you say things out loud or in my case, in the Add New Post box, you realize exactly how ridiculous you sound.
It’s funny how sometimes when you take a step back and just breathe, you are able to put things into perspective.
Epiphanies That Occur When Taking Said Deep Breath:
1. Just because I visit another blog and give them hits does not mean that it takes away from my page views. This whole stay in your shell, people might be more popular attitude is utterly WHACK! Also? It’s false logic, self. Rather, I need to remind myself that hey, I am making FRIENDS and I should not be jealous of those friends.
2. This is not high school. The amount of facebook likes a blog may have does not determine a blog’s worth. You know, if people want to require the liking in their contests, fine GO FOR IT. Hell, if you can get people to click the like button just to win free books, you are obviously awesome at social media and have something I could learn from rather than be catty or jealous.
3. Twitter is NOT the girl’s bathroom or the cafeteria table. I have been working very hard on my occasional attitude problem and being positive and NOT gripping constantly. I’ve got a long way to go, but I AM trying. Plus, I think that stuff tends to turn people off.
4. The pressure fricken sucks. It gets to me a lot. I tend to box those feelings up and stuff them away, because ugh, who wants to look weak after having book blogging induced high blood pressure? Not me. However, because this is my safe place, I will come clean and admit I feel that pressure constantly. It is why I always have an audio going in the car instead of music, even when I am in a music mood. It is why I am constantly reading at night after work instead of say, winding down with an episode of The Office or one of the many movies in my netflix queue. I mean, yes it is fun to have a high books read count and a high amount of reviews, but at the same time, it gets so exhausting. And on top of that maintain twitter, facebook, pinterest and my SEO. Make sure to leave at least 30 or so comments a day. It is a wonder I have not had a nervous breakdown. I have a wonderful blog partner, Allison, who really helps as far as writing reviews and participating in community activities. I think it’s time to let that pressure ease up.
Book Blogging is NOT a competition, I think I need to remind myself of that a little more often.
A few questions for you, in closing:
- Do you ever feel the need to churn out content constantly?
- Do you feel intense pressure in relation to our shared hobby?
- Have you ever found yourself thinking catty things or being petty out of jealousy?
- Do you ever feel like blogging is a competition? What do you do to snap your self out of it? Are you able to snap yourself out of that attitude.