Self-Care as a Book Blogger (A Behind the Bookwyrm Feature)

POSTED ON April 4, 2018 BY Austine IN Behind the Bookwyrm, Guest Post

I have been blogging for two years now, which simultaneously feels like a long time and no time at all. What was a hobby became a lifestyle. I read in all my spare time to produce content: book reviews, Instagram posts, Facebook links, and hilarious Tweets (when I am having a good day). All my spare time is devoted to my wonderful book blog.

And I’m happy about it – thrilled – to do something that I genuinely love. But I’m not getting paid and sometimes I feel like my reviews never get read. I get it, that’s part of the role and the blog. But it’s hard to continue without feeling like you always have to do more – to be more competitive, to read more of the upcoming releases, and to just generally do more. For the most part, I’ve fallen into that trap.

I used to post a review every week. And then twice a week (but quickly to three), and now I post six reviews a week and often another post with ‘extra’ content. My goal is to read three books a week. I largely accomplish all of those things, but in the last few months my mental health has taken a hit.

I’ve been stressed and anxious and this has manifested itself in a few health problems. So I thought I’d use this opportunity to talk about the struggles I’ve faced and the importance of self-care. It can be tempting to try to do more, to gain more followers, and to read more books. After all, we all got into this because we love books, reading, and fanning it all with others. But it’s never been more important to take care of yourself. Well what do you do?

  • I have started cultivating a list of books I want to read for fun and absolutely no review (the Outlander series and comic books for example).
  • Going for walks with audiobooks. Now this is a bit tricky because it seems like working (I do review the audiobooks), but I enjoy having the company while I walk. I really don’t like walking in the silence, it just feels a little terrifying. And it’s important to have a different change of pace, to have fresh air, to move the location.
  • Playing a game that doesn’t require much thought – to just turn your brain off. I’ve been playing Sims, but also Simon’s Crush (like candy crush except with Simon’s Cat).
  • Try to give myself more of a break – to not sweat it when I don’t read all the new releases, or don’t have an Instagram post for the day.

The biggest part of self-care is the mentality that goes along with it. You matter. Your time, your mental health, all matter. The book blogging will be there when you have the time – when you have the mental energy to give it your best, to funnel the passion you have for what you love.


Lili @ Utopia State of Mind

My name is Lili and I am a scholar at heart, obsessed with SFF and always carrying a book wherever I go (including to the top of a dormant volcano and mountain for Instagram photos). I did my Masters and BA in Women’s Studies and English Literature. I lived in Germany for three years and am now working in the publishing industry. I am obsessed with diversity and use Utopia State Of Mind to champion books I feel deserve more praise and attention (including smaller presses and indie authors).


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A Note from Lili

Today is the last day of a two week Birthday celebration over at Utopia State of Mind. I’ve been blogging two years and I’ve decided to celebrate by asking my blogging friends to contribute guest posts about what representation means to them, as well as host an exciting pre-order giveaway. If you want to join the party, just go to my birthday introduction post to see their posts and the giveaway.


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18 responses to “Self-Care as a Book Blogger (A Behind the Bookwyrm Feature)

  1. I’ve been struggling with this lately. Actually, I think I have a post about my struggle scheduled to go up next week. I feel like I’m spending too much time on the blog. I’ve decided that I’m going to post less often and post fewer reviews. Hopefully that will make blogging less stressful.

  2. Great post, Lili! It’s definitely important to remember that things we do as hobbies should be things that we have fun doing. If it starts to feel like we HAVE to do certain things, it doesn’t feel fun anymore. I don’t review every book I read, and I try to take breaks once in awhile, even if it’s just for a few days.

  3. Self-care is really important as a book blogger, I fell into this trap before for sure, after blogging for 6years I have learned that I have to remind myself that I don’t care about my numbers or how many comments I get, I look at each one as a win! I definitely read a lot of books for myself and try to focus on just having fun!

  4. Six reviews a week! Wow… But that’s genuinely a job. Is that even fun anymore? That would be soooooo too much for me. I post 4 posts now, and that’s already quite a bit for me – one of them is a guest post, usually, and when those stop, I’ll probably go back to 3 posts a week. Gotta live life as well, after all.

    I agree about reading books and not posting reviews. I’ve been doing that, but off the blog – I still post a short snippet on Goodreads, but it’s so much less work it actually does the job.

    Candy Crush with Simon’s Cat? WHERE DO I SIGN UP 😀

    • So far I’m actually two weeks ahead and have been for a month, so that’s okay. I do still love the books and even writing the reviews sometimes. It is just dictated by certain commitments at this point

      I’ve been loving reading comics and not reviewing them!! Maybe I’ll do a what comics I’ve read round up every month though cause I love some of them.

      It’s on the app store!! And so so fun!!

  5. Woah…six reviews in a week?! No wonder you were burning out! That is a full-time job. I’m glad you are taking the time to take care of you. Without a healthy you there would be no more blog.

  6. carolesrandomlife

    Great post! I can relate to everything you talked about. I spend so much time on my blog and I have to remind myself that I can do other things in my free time besides read. I have been reviewing 4 books per week on average. I do enjoy everything associated with the blog but sometimes it seems overwhelming. It is good to find the balance that works for you.

  7. I think a lot of bloggers go through stages of being burnt out. We always try to take on too much, but we need to give ourselves a break and remember what we love about reading in the first place. Sometimes you just have to step back and stop saying yes to so many review requests so you can enjoy reading for fun again.