I’m going to talk about a topic today that affects many of my fellow bloggers – blogging slumps and the pressures of blogging (in particular, book blogging). Blogging is a time consuming thing, typing up posts, proofreading them, formatting them and scheduling them to go up, and for book bloggers, you also have to read and review the books. With ARC deadlines, review copies, and an endless TBR pile, there’s no doubt that you’ll feel overwhelmed at times. That’s on top of real life with school and work.
When I started this blog, it was a hobby and something I could enjoy in my personal time. At that time, I didn’t know how much time it would take to read, review books and also keep up with a blog, commenting on other blogs, and keeping up a social presence. I’ve felt the pressures of blogging at times, like the rest of you, and I know I’m not alone.
Whenever I see another blogger fall into a blogging slump, my message is the same. Take the break that you need – no matter how long it is, and when you feel like it’s something that you can relax and enjoy again, come back invigorated to blog again. Especially when you have loads of school work on or if it’s getting busy at work. Blogging is your hobby, and especially because it’s not a paid thing, you shouldn’t feel pressured to keep up with something that you’re forcing yourself to do.
After feeling a blogging slump at the end of last year, I came back this year telling myself that I would only blog when I felt like it. Blogging is a lot of fun but sometimes it can feel like work, especially after you’ve had a busy week and you come back to writing and ‘working’ again. That’s why you’ll probably notice my being less prompt with commenting back and keeping up with other blogs – but I still manage to visit my favourite blogs once a week.
Have you felt a blogging slump before and how do you cope with it?