Welcome to another installment of Trending Thursday, in which I pick some sort of bookish trend and we can all discuss. Hot or Not? In or Out? Love or Hate? We don't have to agree, which is what makes book discussions so much fun.
Today I'm going to pick a blogging topic. Here's my take on what I've been seeing in the YA blogging world over the past year:
- Feeling like you have to read ALL the books
- ARC and/or Series OCD -- "If I commit, I cannot quit"
- Feeling like you MUST do all the memes and hops
- Intense guilt over non-daily posting, DNFs, and feelings of burnout
- Feelings of guilt, obsession and competition
- Requesting books because you genuinely are interested in them
- Putting aside books or series that you aren't enjoying
- Seeking a better blog/life balance, whether that means finding a co-blogger, taking a hiatus, or cutting back on posts
- Making your blog more personal and less cookie-cutter
- Trying to reconnect with the joy of reading
Trend One: Co-Blogging
Jamie of the Perpetual Page Turner remarked on this trend a couple months ago, and I agree. I see a lot of bloggers joining forces. Becca of Pretty Deadly Reviews joined Great Imaginations, Jenni of Alluring Reads joined Xpresso Reads, and Taylor from Thoughts of an Endless Dreamer joined The Bookaholic. Heather at The Flyleaf Review will be joined by Marlene. Devin joined Bec and Alise at Readers in Wonderland. Rachel teamed up with Nuzaifa at Say It With Books. Starry Eyed Jen is welcoming April from SimSational Books as a co-blogger.
It seems like a lot of bloggers are also deciding that they don't have to do every single meme or hop, or participate in every tour or cover reveal. Ashley of Nose Graze wrote about her strict policy on promo posts. Recently, Jen of Starry Eyed Revue posted about why she's decided to do fewer giveaways. Casey at Literary Rambles had a similar announcement about cutting back on international giveways. There was recently an interesting Forums thread on BookBlogging.Net about ways to keep your blog fresh and unique. If you're a blogger and haven't joined the site, you should!
Trend Three: You Don't Have to Read ALL the Books
Once in a while I'll be at the bookstore and feel a sense of overwhelming panic. I mean, there are SO many books. But there's a sense of freedom in admitting that you can't read them all. Reading can stop being fun if you do it out of a sense of obligation. I like to try to read outside my comfort zone, but I also think it's okay to decide that a book and I aren't meant to be together.
What are your thoughts on blogger burnout, co-blogging and life/blog balance? Are you or a blogger you know doing something that goes with (or against!) these trends? Let me know in comments and I will add it to the post :)