I’ve only ever been honest with you all, and that’s how I like it. I’ve made a number of posts similar to this one before, but I just felt the need to write a post today and talk a bit about how I’m feeling at the moment towards blogging.
Blogging kind of sucks at the moment. I have millions of ideas for posts and events and super secret ideas, but I have no motivation to carry them out. Just thinking about sitting at my computer and writing a review makes me wince. Right now, I’d rather sit and do nothing.
I’ve been in a reading slump since the start of November and am only now just getting out of it. Not wanting to read, and feeling like I don’t have enough time to do so, is such a horrible feeling, because reading is my main hobby. All I’ve wanted to do is get lost in a book, but lately I haven’t been able to do so. Reading slumps really are the worst. Before I started blogging, I could simply not read and not worry but now there’s so much pressure that I can physically feel it crushing down on me. This makes reading a chore.
You may have noticed that I’ve slowly been updating my YouTube video more and more and updating the blog less and less. My blog is my pride and joy, and my baby. I’d love to find a balance, and I worry that people will get fed up in the end. I’m ruled by my follower count and my page views, although this isn’t such an issue as it was. When I was on Blogger, I used to get a lot of spam views so I shouldn’t be disappointed by them now, when they’re purely all of you amazing people viewing.
Now that I’ve got multiple Google+ accounts, I’m having to switch back and forth every time I comment, and it puts me off. Before I would comment on thirty or so blog posts EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. After a while, it gets very tedious and I often bang my head against my desk because a lot of the time I’m reading multiple reviews of the same books and the same memes. When I don’t comment on these blogs though, nobody will visit me. This is one of the main things I absolutely hate about blogging, which you don’t seem to get on YouTube. I hate feeling pressured into commenting on so many posts every day.
I’m currently in the process of planning six events for January, one of which will be running the whole year. It’s a big task and it relies on my getting back into blogging again. I’ve put so much time, and even money, into this blog and I hate to see it gathering cobwebs in a dusty corner. What could be worse?!
I really hope you’ll all understand this. We all feel like this sometimes! I’m currently writing reviews to be posted in the coming weeks and I have lots of other posts planned too. I’d LOVE your ideas, too, because I am a bit stuck and you’re the ones who’ll be reading them.
I’m going to try and juggle my blog and my YouTube channel at the same time, and I might post some different things over here soon that aren’t entirely book related.
Do you have any tips for getting back into blogging? What would you like to see me post about? Let me know in the comments below!
Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea18 November, 2013 at 7:08 pm
Blogging slumps are the second worse thing ever. Reading slumps are the first. I’m kind of in the midst of one and I HATE it. As for getting out of a blogging slump, the only thing I can suggest is simply posting what you want, when you want. Don’t try and stick to a schedule unless you want to. We’ll all still be here, ready to read your posts when you feel like posting again! 🙂
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Ellie18 November, 2013 at 7:13 pm
I stopped doing comments for comments sake a while ago. I read the blogs I like and if I have something to say I will comment, but I don’t feel the need to tell them I was there. I think it’s better to build up relationships with other bloggers on sites like Twitter. I care what my Twitter friends are blogging about, even if if they never leave a comment on my blog.
Blog for yourself and the joy will come back. And don’t stress if you’re not into reading. I’ve been watching loads of films lately, if the blog is a bit quiet, so be it. It’s menat to be my fun thing after all 🙂
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Maya @ The Book Nook18 November, 2013 at 7:51 pm
I don’t envy you, it must be really difficult juggling two blogs plus a youtube channel! I was in a blogging slump recently and I’m not really sure there is anything you can do about it other than take a short break and get back to it when you want to. Blogging slumps suck, but when you fall back I love with it it’s always great! Like the other day I had a sudden surge of motivation and wrote seven reviews in a row 😉
The comment thing is tricky too. I comment on blogs every day but my past three reviews haven’t had any, and it is disheartening. It’s also tricky having masses of posts to comment on but I went through my blogroll last month and deleted all the blogs I never actually read, and that helped. Anyway, I hope you get your blogging motivation back soon, but meanwhile don’t feel guilty or anything about not posting, we all go through blogging slumps 🙂
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Candace18 November, 2013 at 8:43 pm
I don’t think you should feel you have to comment on blogs to get traffic. But yet, I understand. I have it so I have blogs I like to read and I read them daily and comment, whether they visit back or not is up to them. I sometimes find random posts on twitter, facebook and triberr that I comment on cause I have something to say. But sometimes I read posts and don’t comment. Usually it’s because I don’t ‘know’ the blogger or it’s because I don’t have anything to say. Usually it’s because I don’t really have anything to say.
I know it’s hard to find a balance. It seems like every 6 months or so I find myself in the same place and needing to reevaluate things. I’m there right now actually. Everything has been very overwhelming for me. But we can only do what we can do and sometimes we just need to step back and take a break. Or just post less. Whatever it is, you can always come back.
I hope you find what works for you!
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Chrissi Reads19 November, 2013 at 6:29 am
I don’t think blogging should ever become a chore, but I completely understand where you’re coming from. I often feel pressure. When I feel it, I try and take myself off my blog completely and get back to my books, to read something just for me. I try to remember the reason why I started book blogging- my love and obsession with books!
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