Do you know what makes me legitimately sad?
When I see bloggers doing things they clearly don’t want to be doing.
- I see bloggers getting OVERWHELMED.
- I see bloggers stressed out about all the reviews they “have” to write but haven’t written yet.
- I see bloggers talking about how they’re so behind on their “ARC schedule” but don’t feel like reading those books and they’re upset because they don’t know what to do.
- I see bloggers saying they really want to read that March 2016 ARC but haven’t finished all their December 2015 ARCs yet, so they can’t.
These bloggers sound like they’re working a stressful job, and yet they’re not being paid.
They’re upset, they’re stressed, they have these obligations, they’re falling behind, they’re clearly no longer enjoying the process.
For me, that’s the most significant point—the enjoyment is no longer there.
Fine, do stuff for free if it’s fun. But when it’s no longer fun and you’re doing it anyway, something is wrong.
But you know what doesn’t seem to cross these bloggers’ minds? To stop doing it.
To just stop is the obvious answer. But these people post on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs asking for other solutions or workarounds. My question is: why? Why not do the obvious? Just cut to the chase.
- Are you dreading writing the 5 reviews you haven’t written yet?
Then don’t write them.
- Are you behind on your ARC schedule and don’t feel like reading?
Then don’t read.
- Do you want to read a March 2016 ARC?
Then read it, god damnit!
Something is wrong here if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing. You need to make it right. Reclaim your freedom and enjoyment.
No bounty hunters are going to chase after you if you don’t write those reviews or don’t read those books.
This is your hobby. It’s supposed to be fun. If it’s no longer fun for you, then take a break. Make changes.
- Stop accepting ARCs or review books if they stress you out. You don’t have to be reading those.
- Stop reviewing every book you read. Try reading just for fun without having to review anything. (It’s pretty refreshing.)
- Read books out of order. You don’t need to read everything in order of their publication dates. I just read My Lady Jane (to be published June 2016) because I damn well wanted to. Nobody could stop me.