Let’s Talk Bookish: Anxiety and Book Blogging

Happy Friday, everybody! I’ve had a lot with school this week, but I’m very excited for this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books, and this week’s topic is anxiety and book blogging!

Has there been a topic that you were afraid to discuss?

No. This might be because I haven’t actually done any discussion posts that I’ve come up with, only LTBs like this one. But when I’m writing my opinion about books or anything, I’ve never felt like I’m going to be criticized for my opinion.

Do you censor yourself because you are afraid of backlash?

No. I know that there are people with different opinions than me on literally every topic, but I don’t censor myself and my writing, because I’m fine with having a different opinion than someone as long as they’re respectful of other people’s opinions.

Does your anxiety (not necessarily an actual diagnosis, but that feeling of nervousness and minor terror/anxiousness) kick in and make you afraid to truly be yourself on your blog? How do you deal with this?

A little bit. I’ve always been nervous about showing other people my writing, and when I’ve written stuff for school, it’s usually not my best work. So when I started this blog, I was truly terrified of the prospect that anyone anywhere could read my blog. Because of that, I guess I kind of censored what I wrote. Now, I think it’s really cool that anyone anywhere can read what I’ve written on this blog, and I want people to read it.

Its also easier that I don’t know the people who are reading my blog. My parents are the only people who read my blog that I know in real life, and everyone else is kind of mysterious.

I do have blogging friends who I’ve chatted with in comments, and whose blogs I follow, but that’s really really different from knowing someone in real life!

I guess Im kind of afraid to be truly myself, because there have been times where I write a sentence, or a paragraph, or even a whole post, and then I delete it, or change it.

However, I’ve definitely started to write a lot more confidently and have started to figure out how I want my posts to be, how the style of my writing is going to look like, and that sort of thing.

Other anxieties:

I do get nervous about getting posts done on time. I sometimes feel like I need to post 4 times a week, and although that would be great and I would love to be able to do that, I have the rest of my life to balance, and it just doesn’t work out.

When I recently took a short break, it was really nice because I was able to catch up on other things, and now I’m back to writing more consistently.

Conclusion:

I do have some anxiety around book blogging, but I do find ways to deal with it, and to work past it. Not feeling guilty about not posting or not reading other blogs is definitely something I need to work on, but over I’m not to stressed about blogging.

What about you? Do you ever have anxiety related to book blogging? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy reading!