The book blogging world, like the real world, seems to have certain ebbs and flows. Seasons, if you will. And after… shit, I don’t even remember, 4+ years? However long it’s been, I’ve noticed certain trends as the bookish “seasons” come and go. And so now, I shall share my observations with you all!
This, of course, mirrors the first season of the calendar year: The time when everyone vows to get their blog in shape! Instead of heading to the gym or swearing off chocolate or whatever, you swear up and down that you’re going to start the new year right. Lots of unique ideas! Tons of new graphics! Maybe you’ll even get around to that total revamp you’d planned on once upon a time!
Only… you probably won’t. Look, this season is as short lived as a real world resolution. You might start, sure! You have a list of ideas, maybe a new organizational system. But just as Lois at your local gym will, you’re probably going to fall off the proverbial treadmill by February. Sorry.
This is a big season! Think, if you will, about how winter seems to drag on for awhile. After Christmas, it feels like school will go on forever, or that the snow will never melt, whatever your particular affliction is doesn’t matter. The result is the same: You find yourself in a routine, eventually. The excitement of the new year wears off, and you kind of just… do your thing. Fall into a pattern that should last for a few months, at least. But the year is still fresh enough that you are looking forward to new releases and haven’t sworn it off as total garbage fire yet.
You’re hopeful, hopeful enough to read and blog, anyway.
Everyone in the bookish community knows what happens as the school year winds down and the air (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway) turns warm: Book Conferences. Whether you’re attending one, or just seething with jealousy while watching your social media like a hawk, you know it’s happening. And even though people are talking about books all over the place, no one actually wants to blog about them.
Maybe people are kind of “booked out”. Maybe it’s because they’ve been good little bloggers, dutifully posting away for months. Whatever the reason, everyone basically has an unspoken agreement that it’s perfectly legit to abandon your blog at any point during the book conference season. And no one really minds if you extend that absence, in some form, for the rest of the summer.
As summer (look, disclaimer right now, I am talking Northern Hemisphere this post, you Southern folks can feel free to yell at my in the comments) winds down and schools restart, publishing decides to rev their engines, too. The slow bookish months of the summer are gone, and all your faves are releasing 8,273 books every single Tuesday.
Maybe you’re heading back to reviewing reluctantly, but you’re heading back. Probably because, oops, you requested 93 books and all but two come out the first week of October. Maybe you’re psyched to review all the shiny new books you bought. Either way, your damn blog is on fire.
Publishing, after draining your bank account for two solid months, gets a little tired. They’ve been promoting left and right, you have been promoting/reviewing/snarking left and right, and frankly, everyone is just done. So when November hits, no one publishes any more books. No one reviews them. No one wants to talk about them. Seems too early to start talking about the next year’s releases, and you know you aren’t done reading this year, so you can’t even recap.
Much like the windows of my crappy old car when the first freeze appears, you’re flat out stuck. The ideas aren’t flowing, there’s not much to review, and the mall is playing Christmas carols even though it’s barely November. You’ve lost the will to blog. You know that the seasons will be restarting again, so meh, screw it for now. You collapse on your bed and watch Netflix. (May I recommend The 100?)
‘Tis the Season for list making, y’all! Remember all those books you read this year? Super, you’re going to be talking about them for at least a month. Doesn’t matter if you’ve read 5 or 500, they’ll be all you talk about. Which was the best? Which flat out sucked and almost made you swear off reading forever? Who’s your new favorite author? Which new bloggers did you meet? Attend bookish events? Great, these will all be posted about on every blog you’ve ever read.
It’ll be fun though, to see others share your love for your new favorite series, and of course even more fun, share contempt for that one damn book that made you rage. And then you’ll look forward. And make resolutions. So we can start this whole cycle again.