Book Blogger Appreciation Week is a week-long event that celebrates the work and contributions of book bloggers. There’s a new blog topic each day, and I plan to actively participate. I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming next week.
Friday’s Topic: We’ve been visiting each other and getting to know each other better…now is your chance to share what you enjoyed about BBAW and also what your blogging goals are for the next year!
This post ended up being a little bit more, something, than I intended it to be. I’m not normally this navel gazing (I think), but I hope you’ll bear with me as I meander through a big lesson that BBAW helped me remember.
Since I started work at my new job in May, I’ve been having a really hard time with the whole work/life balance thing. I’m probably working fewer hours than I did when I was a grad student, but the whole 9 to 5 work atmosphere is an adjustment from the student schedule. Not having homework is good, but having to sit at a desk at a computer for 8.5 hours a day is hard for me.
I want to note that I am not at all complaining that I have a job or complaining about my job. I like what I do and I am so grateful to be employed right now. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been a challenge to change.
By the time I get home from work, I don’t feel like sitting in front of the computer. I want to be writing reviews and reading other blogs and commenting and participating… but I can’t seem to get inspired to actually do it. I’d rather read – hence my summer reading binge and subsequent review backlog – or watch tv or hang out with Boyfriend or just sit.
I guess this is just a long way of saying that blogging for the last few months has been hard for me, and I’ve felt a lot of the familiar blogger guilt about not being in the community enough, not reviewing enough, not being enough.
BBAW helped remind me that I’m not the only blogger this happens to. We all get tired. But we’re all doing our best. And you know what? Our best is absolutely good enough.
What we’re doing – as individuals and a community – matters. Even when it doesn’t feel quite like enough, it is. As a collective, we’re powerful and funny and supportive and we should be proud. I’m proud to be a part of it.
There are certainly things to improve on. I know that I have a list of blog tasks a mile long and a TBR pile that’s threatening to spill off my bookshelf and on to the floor. There are issues of ethics and integrity and bad behavior and questions, absolutely. But we’re doing good, and that’s always something.
I’m writing this late at night and it’s been a sort of emotional day, so I’m afraid I’m being a bit gushy. I guess the support within the community that BBAW brings out makes me happy, and even when blogging is hard, making the effort to do it to stay in the community is worth it to me. This community inspires me; thank you for the reminder of that.